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FLSmidth wins contract for full digitalization of three cement lines at Kirene in Senegal, West Africa

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 19-April-2021

The Danish engineering company FLSmidth has received contract from Chinese construction giant CBMI Construction Co., Ltd., part of the Sinoma Group, to supply and install three complete control systems for two existing and one new cement line at Kirene in Senegal.

In cement industry sector FLSmidth has a strong presence in India, Brazil and Russia whereas FLSmidth's minerals segment is being contributed heavily by the growing urbanization and industrialization in the developing countries, particularly China and India.

Energy savings, higher fuel substitution rates and maintenance planning – digitalisation presents massive opportunities for the cement industry at a time when energy costs, over-capacity and new environmental regulations are major concerns to many plant owners. With a complete and integrated control system across all three lines at Kirene, CBMI Construction creates the digital foundation for its customer to make data-driven decisions on process optimization, stay on top of maintenance jobs and accelerate energy savings.


All three lines will have a shared digital infrastructure build on the FLSmidth ECS/ControlCenter™ platform.  On top of that comes the FLSmidth plant data management software, ECS/PlantDataManagement. The data management software is the operational interface to all data, allowing plant management to transform performance data into real-time KPIs and giving operators access to critical process information via tailored dashboards. 

According to CBMI Construction, the ECS software from FLSmidth is essential in operationalising the 12,000 data points at the new Kirene line (3) for the customer. “With a combination of extensive process knowledge and digital solutions that integrate across different equipment suppliers, FLSmidth is instrumental in securing the efficiency benefits our customer expects,” explains CBMI.

“With more than 1,500 active product and process control installations in the cement industry, this order reaffirms our strong digital expertise,” says Jens Adler, General Manager in Group Digital at FLSmidth. “The cement industry might be a little slow in adopting Industry 4.0 technologies, but digitalisation is transforming how many respond to increasing demands for emission reductions and efficiency. This is reflected in the emphasis on digital solutions as part of our MissionZero ambition to offer cement producers zero emission cement production by 2030,” Mr. Adler concludes.

Apart from the digital infrastructure, the new line (3) at Kirene will be equipped with ECS/CemScanner® and QCX/BlendExpert™ from FLSmidth to further optimize the performance of the plant. The order became effective in Q1 2021.

FLSmidth, headquartered in Copenhagen (Denmark), supplies the minerals and cement industries globally with everything from engineering, single machines and complete processing plants to maintenance, support services and operation of processing facilities. FLSmidth employs more than 12,000 people worldwide in offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. As reported by the company about 99 per cent revenue of FLSmidth comes from outside Denmark.

Contact Investor Relations

Nicolai Mauritzen, +4536181851, nicm@flsmidth.com

Contact Media Relations:

Rasmus Windfeld, +45 40 44 60 60, rwin@flsmidth.com

 (Source: FLSmidth via Globenewswire; edited)


Indian cement manufacturers ACC and Ambuja Cements implemented Blue Yonder for planning, logistics and digitalization | Cement Industry News

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6-Feb-2021

Indian cement majors ACC Limited and Ambuja Cements Ltd., the two Indian cement manufacturing units of LafargeHolcim, recently announced that they have chosen Blue Yonder®, the world’s leading, end-to-end, digital supply chain platform provider, for their supply chain transformation and digitalization.

www.industry.guru - Cement Industry News

Both ACC and Ambuja Cement have implemented Blue Yonder Luminate Planning. Luminate Planning will help the two leading cement manufacturers in India improve Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP) with integrated planning and execution by gaining visibility into daily demand, production and dispatch plan to better predict demand fluctuation, scheduled maintenance, and improve logistics and transportation capabilities. With improved supply chain optimization, ACC and Ambuja Cement can better align the least cost service locations, reduce delivery costs and create a service network to meet and exceed customer service levels.


"We chose Blue Yonder as our partner for SCM digitalization because Luminate Planning will give us greater visibility into our combined supply chains,” said Rajeev Mehta, chief logistics officer, ACC and Ambuja Cement. “The objective of this project is to improve the customer experience and service levels, yet profitably grow by tapping into the synergies of our supply chains, thus maximizing capacity utilization and minimizing overall cost.”

The Blue Yonder Luminate™ Planning portfolio is a powerful set of solutions that continuously provides insights into a customer’s supply chain to allow for smarter, more actionable business decisions. Luminate Planning is built on Blue Yonder’s Luminate Platform, which is powered by Microsoft Azure and combines rich internal and external data from across a customer’s digital supply chain assets.

“As the leading cement companies in India, ACC and Ambuja Cement needed the ability to tap into their supply chains synergies,” said Vishal Dhawan, vice president, APAC sales, Blue Yonder. “With the end-to-end visibility afforded by Luminate Planning, the companies can better optimize their network and improve S&OP creating a more efficient supply chain.”

Ambuja Cements Ltd, a part of the global conglomerate LafargeHolcim, is one of the leading cement companies in India with about 29.65 MT cement manufacturing capacity in five integrated cement plants and eight cement grinding units across the country.

ACC Limited is India's foremost manufacturer of cement and ready mixed concrete with a countrywide network of factories and marketing offices.

Blue Yonder with offices in over 40 locations and 5000 associates are part of a diverse global community. Blue Yonder headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and has offices in major cities in the United States, Asia Pacific, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Blue Yonder is the world leader in digital supply chain and omni-channel commerce fulfillment. Their intelligent, end-to-end platform enables retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers to seamlessly predict, pivot and fulfill customer demand. Blue Yonder services help in making more automated, profitable business decisions that deliver greater growth and re-imagined customer experiences.


HeidelbergCement India - Lackluster Q1 performance due to covid lockdown restrictions

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22-July-2020
CEMENT INDUSTRY NEWS | INDUSTRY GURU
HeidelbergCement India Ltd on Wednesday reported a 38.07 per cent decline in net profit at ₹ 48.94 crore for the first quarter ended June 2020.
The company had reported a net profit of ₹ 79.03 crore in the April-June 2020 period of the preceding fiscal, HeidelbergCement India said in a BSE filing.
Total revenue from operations declined 30.80 per cent to ₹ 407.70 crore from ₹ 589.23 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2019-20.

The company said its sales volume declined due to suspension of operations during covid lockdown period. "Volume decreased by 32 per cent, primarily driven by the suspension of operations in April 2020. The decrease in volume impacted revenue and profitability during the quarter," said HeidelbergCement India, a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement Group.
Cement sales volume during the quarter was 857 KT as against 1,258 KT earlier. Total expenses were at Rs 342.99 crore as against Rs 479.25 crore in Q1 FY20, down 28.43 per cent.
In an interview to ET Jamshed Naval Cooper, MD of HeidelbergCement India Ltd said, capacity utilization will be hovering between 55% and 60%. Today many of the cement companies will have a very high breakeven.
You cannot keep a cement processing plant shut continuously. We made a big mistake of having a lockdown in the cement plant, he said. However, he is hopeful that after Diwali (which falls in November this year), most migrant labourers will return and capacity utilisation of cement plants should touch 70%.


South African cement industry worst affected due to corona virus lockdown restrictions

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19-July-2020
CEMENT INDUSTRY NEWS | INDUSTRY GURU
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Cement Plant
PPC head of inland business Bheki Mthembu, says the lack of large-scale construction projects in his country has left South African cement industry heavily dependent on residential construction. “Demand is less than the supply. Most of our cement goes to retailers and then local builders, but we still cater to larger companies when bulk deals are required. The lack of large-scale construction projects has left the industry heavily dependent on residential construction. Government needs to support us through infrastructure maintenance and other projects. We were already in survival mode; Covid-19 has almost been the final nail in the coffin,” said Mr. Bheki Mthembu.




South African cement industry at present are working at roughly 50% of the capacity utilisation level in June 2020 compared to that in June 2019 following the restart of production due to the relaxing of the corona virus lockdown to Level 3 from Level 4 on 1 June 2020. The construction sectors reduced by more than half since the 2010 FIFA World Cup when it supported 250,000 jobs. While the Level 5 government lockdown restrictions brought industry to a standstill in March, cement production restarted in May under Level 4.
However, construction was still prohibited and local stores had shortages of cement when they were allowed to open with restrictions being reduced to level 3 in June. The price of cement also has gone high sharply from ZAR80 (US$4.77) to ZAR120-150 (US$7.16-8.96) in June as cement producers have been facing tough situations in sourcing raw materials to produce cement.

 (Source: globalcement.com - edited)

OCL India Commissions 2 MTPA Capacity Cement Plant in West Bengal

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14-July-2014

The marvellous journey of OCL India started when a great industrialist with far-sighted vision Jaidayalji Dalmia, set up a cement plant at Rajgangpur during 1950 - 51 at the request of government of Odisha to manufacture super grade cement for use in the construction of Hirakud dam. The origin of OCL India Limited (formerly Orissa Cement Limited) was seeded in the time that signalled India's independence. 

Today, OCL India Ltd, the flagship associate company of Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd and also a major cement manufacturing organization, announced the commissioning of its third and 2 MTPA (million tonne per annum) capacity, ₹ 615 crore cement plant in West Midnapore of West Bengal.


Built on 154.43 acres, the grinding and mixing unit was formally started at an event attended by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, according to a company release. The unit is located at the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation established Godapiasal Industrial Park, 81 km west of Kolkata.

This is the first unit of OCL India in West Bengal. The other two cement plants of the company are at Cuttack and Rajgangpur in Odisha with a combined production capacity of 5.35 MTPA.
OCL India has already a good share of cement market in West Bengal. 'Konark' Brand cement of OCL India has been extensively used in the construction of the prestigious Hirakud Dam in Odisha and in building some of India's largest roads, bridges and Industrial plants, construction of port facilities, restoration repairs by Archeological Survey of India in Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri, and construction and modernization of steel plants.

The current Market Capitalisation of OCL India stands at ₹ 1,552.81 crore. OCL India has reported a standalone Sales of ₹ 536.40 crore and a Net Profit of ₹ 41.64 crore for the quarter ended Mar 2014.