According to Rockwell Automation, lack of standardisation in cement operations can limit productivity and put a strain on project budgets. To improve productivity, operator consistency, and maintenance efficiency, the company has enhanced its process functions for cement plants. The new functionality includes pre-engineered and tested process instructions and operator face plates developed with leading cement companies to standardize equipment and system configuration, and optimize operations across cement plants.
The customised functions have been added to the Rockwell Automation PlanPAx DCS, allowing them to be integrated and utilised across various plant operations. The modern DCS uses a common automation platform for integration between critical areas of a cement plant, including process, power, information, and safety control.
The enhanced and new functions include processes, such as motor and drives control, valve operations, and sequencing group controls, among others. These functions can help cement producers get one step further on their journey to achieve a fully connected cement plant – offering opportunities to improve plantwide efficiencies, reduce safety risks, and drive better decision making to be more competitive.
Included as part of this launch are additional features, including support for larger systems, improved library instructions, Windows Server 2016 support, and an Asset Centre 9.0 backup agent. These enhancements, as well as the additional functionality, can improve control in all industries.
“Merger and acquisition activity has intensified standardisation challenges across cement operations,” said Fabio Mielli, Market Development Manager, Mining, Minerals, and Cement, at Rockwell Automation. “These new functions allow cement producers to follow a standard approach for all control areas of their plant and among different plants. This helps reduce engineering and deployment risks and helps simplify operation and maintenance activity. Consistency can offer a critical performance advantage, making it easier for plants to expand and add new functions as operations evolve or grow.”
Saudi Cement’s revenue for the first quarter of 2019 rose 18% higher year-on-year to US$103.9m, driven by higher export sales volume of cement and clinker. It said that its prices had risen, but that the price rise was not as great as that achieved by some other producers. Its profit for the quarter was US$35.2m, a 7% fall year-on-year. However its profit was 6% higher compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.
Saudi Cement’s cement export volumes increased to 0.25Mt for the quarter, while clinker sales volumes (mainly exports) jumped to 0.41Mt. In contrast, local cement sales volumes declined by 16.5% year-on-year to 1.19Mt. Going forward, the company says it will continue to focus on exports in light of weak domestic demand.
In May apparent cement consumption (domestic sales plus imports) in Brazil increased 27.7 per cent YoY to 4.6Mt, according to the country’s cement association, SNIC. The sharp rise reflects the 10-day nationwide truckers’ strike in May 2018 that damaged economic activity and saw domestic cement sales down by 0.9Mt. Sales were up 30.5 per cent in the key southeast market to 2.262Mt, while the northeast – the country’s second-largest market – reported a 23 per cent advance to 0.889Mt. In the south sales were up 22.1 per cent to 0.724Mt and in the central-eastern region there was a 39.5 per cent increase to 0.53Mt. The country’s smallest market, the north, saw offtake up 12.4 per cent to 0.19Mt.
In the first five months of 2019, apparent consumption in the South American country advanced 5.7 per cent YoY to 21.6Mt. Sales growth in the central-eastern part of the country was the strongest at 12.4 per cent to a volume of 2.313Mt, but the southeast also delivered robust growth of 5.1 per cent to 10.397Mt. In the northeast offtake advanced 4.4 per cent to 4.38Mt while in the south sales advanced 5.9 per cent to 3.63Mt. In the north sales edged up 1.2 per cent to 0.921Mt.
SNIC has attributed the latest market expansion to high levels of activity in the real estate sector that have offset the weak performance of infrastructure projects due to low public investment.”The number of new real estate launches is on the rise and [this] is serving as a foundation for the growth of the cement industry,” said SNIC president, Paulo Camillo.
“On the other hand, we still don’t see any movement in the infrastructure sector capable of leveraging cement consumption. Our expectation is that with the approval of the pension reform, the economy will be more positive, enabling a new cycle of growth,” he concluded.
Exports fell by 20 per cent in May 2019 to 8000t from 10,000t in May 2018, while in the first five months of 2019, overseas sales dropped 10.9 per cent to 41,000t from 46,000t in the 5M19.
The conference will allow all attendees to maximize their profits from slag – both ferrous and non-ferrous, will keep them up-to-date with the industry state-of-the-art and will provide extensive networking and business opportunities for both producers and users of slag and slag-based products. If your business is slag, make it your business to attend the 15th Global Slag Conference in 2020!
The registration fee includes attendance at the conference and exhibition, conference proceedings book including delegate names/company/country and all available power-point slides, memory stick including all available presentations in PDF format, participation in networking/speed-dating sessions, delegate name badge, special distribution magazine, conference briefcase, coffee breaks and snacks, lunches, welcome reception and farewell reception.
The conference early-bird registration fee is £645 until 16 January 2020 and the normal rate is £745 from 17 January to 20 February 2020. The conference late-rate registration fee is £845 after 20 February 2019. Employees of members of the conference association partners (Euro slag, National Slag Association, Slag Cement Association, Australasian (iron and steel) Slag Association, Nippon Slag Association and the Brazil Steel Institute) benefit from a £100 discount on these rates. Speakers register for £295, while confirmed producer/user speakers register free. The Global Slag Awards Dinner will take place on the evening of 21 April at the Palais Pallavicini in the heart of old Vienna and will be a spectacular operatic night not to be missed. The Global Slag Awards Dinner is bookable at a rate of £125, during registration.
The Global CemFuels Conference and Exhibition has established itself as the largest specialized annual alternative fuels conference and exhibition in the world, attracting 150 – 200 international delegates and many exhibitors each year.
The 14th Global CemFuels event in Cyprus will showcase the best alternative fuels projects and equipment from the cement industry from around the world. Fuel mix optimization and combustion and pyro-process optimisation will be examined in depth. Delegates are expected to attend from more than 40 countries, to learn from experts how to start to use – or to increase their use of – alternative fuels. If your business is in alternative fuels for the cement and lime industry, then you must attend!
The registration fee includes attendance at the conference and exhibition, conference proceedings book including delegate names/company/country and all available powerpoint slides, memory stick including all available presentations in pdf format, participation in networking/speed-dating sessions, delegate name badge, special distribution magazine, conference briefcase, coffee breaks and snacks, lunches, welcome reception and farewell reception. In 2020, the registration fee also includes the Global CemFuels Awards Gala Dinner.
The conference early-bird registration fee is £795 until 5 July 2019 and the normal rate is £895 from 6 July until 20 December 2019. The conference late-rate registration fee is £995 from 21 December 2018. Fuels producers and users benefit from a £100 discount on these rates. Speakers who partner with a waste processor/cement producer (see Call for Papers) register at a discounted rate of £495, while confirmed fuels producer/user speakers (co-author or author) register free. Rates do not include local taxes, if applicable.
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The fourth Global CemBoards Conference and Exhibition will take place in January 2020, looking at global market trends in cement-based boards and panel systems, at the latest advances in production technology and at how producers can add value to their products worldwide. In addition to equipping delegates with the latest information, news and developments, the networking opportunities will once again be excellent.
After the success of the first three Global CemBoards events in London in January 2014, 2016 and 2018, the organisers will repeat the event in Germany and expect to attract even more participants from the global cement-based boards industries. Delegates from over 25 countries are expected to attend the 4th Global CemBoards meeting.
Global CemBoards Conference and Exhibition is brought to you by the organisers of the Global Gypsum, Global GypSupply, Global Insulation, Global Slag and Global Cement conferences.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 4th Global CemBoards Conference!
The conference early-bird registration fee is £645 until 31 May 2019 and the normal rate is £745 from 1 June 2019 until 15 November 2019. The conference late-rate registration fee is £845 from 16 November. Board producers benefit from a £100 discount on these rates. Confirmed speakers register for £295, while confirmed board-producer-speakers register free. The conference social evening at the Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan is bookable separately at a rate of £95. Prices are exclusive of any applicable VAT.
The registration fee includes attendance at the conference and exhibition, conference proceedings book including delegate names/company/country and all available powerpoint slides, memory stick including all available presentations in pdf or powerpoint format, participation in networking/speed-dating sessions, delegate name badge, special distribution magazine, conference briefcase, coffee breaks and snacks, lunches, welcome reception and farewell reception.
There was a glimmer of good news visible through the Delhi smog this week with the launch of a market-based emissions trading scheme (ETS) for particulate matter (PM). A pilot has started at Surat in Gujarat. The scheme will apply to 350 industries in the locality and it will be scrutinised for wider rollout in the country.
China robustly started to tackle its industrial PM emitters a few years ago although the work remains on-going. In its wake India has increasingly made the wrong sort of headlines with horrifically high dust emissions. Delhi, for example, reportedly had PM2.5 emissions of over 440µg/m3 in January 2019. To give this some context, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual upper guideline figure for safe human exposure is 10µg/m3. Research by the Financial Times newspaper suggested that more than 40% of the Indian population is subject to annual PM2.5 emissions of over 50µg/m3.
Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) research reckons that if India were able to meet its national PM2.5 standard of 40µg/m3 then its population would live 1.8 years longer or 4.3 years longer if it met the WHO guideline level. The current situation is an unnecessary tragedy. In strictly structural terms the country’s productivity is being thrown away by damaging the health of its workforce. For comparison amongst other major cement producing countries, AQLI data placed China’s PM2.5 emissions at 39µg/m3, Indonesia at 22µg/m3, Vietnam at 20µg/m3 the US at 9µg/m3. These figures cover all industries in different conditions and climates. If the US can do it, why not the others?
Back on trading schemes, the famous ETS at the moment is the European one for CO2 emissions. Similar schemes are slowly appearing around the world as governments look at what the European Union (EU) did right and wrong. For example, South Africa started up a carbon tax in early June 2019. Yet as the supporting documents by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) point out there have been a variety of ETS systems’ over the years. The US’s Acid Rain Program is generally seen to have achieved significant reductions in SO2 and NOx emissions although the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) has continued this work. Chile even ran its own PM ETS in the 1990s although the outcomes have been disputed.
One problem with a CO2 ETS, and anthropomorphic or man-made climate change in general, is that it is intangible. Even if sea levels deluge major coastal cities, rising mean temperatures reduce agricultural yields and human populations contract sharply, people will still be arguing over the research and the causes. The beauty of a PM ETS is that if it works you can literally see and feel the results. A famous example here is the UK’s Clean Air Act in the 1950s that banished the fog/smog that London used to be famous for.
About a month before the general elections, Union minister Nitin Gadkari had warned cement companies of stern action if they formed cartels to increase the price of the key infrastructure commodity.
He has repeated the threat after the elections as well: “The price rise is not justified and the cement manufacturers seem to be moving like a cartel,” Gadkari said at an event last week, adding that the government is exploring the option of approaching the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
Investors in cement stocks are suiting up and taking notice. Stocks of large cement companies fell between 4% and 5% following the transport minister’s comments.
“Government intervention has been an issue several times in the past and has weighed on stocks, although the industry has not necessarily given into pressure by reducing cement prices. We currently have a positive sector view, but watch out for developments here as any negative outcome could have a material impact,” brokerage house CLSA Ltd said in a report on 7 June.
The cement industry has time and again been accused of taking concerted price hikes and indulging in cartelization. In August 2016, CCI had slapped penalties of about ₹6,300 crore on 11 cement companies for indulging in cartelization. The companies are still fighting the case in the Supreme Court.
But the moot question will be how the earnings will be impacted if the companies now reduce prices.
“Given the recent concerns raised by the transport ministry, cement companies will be cautious in taking steep price hikes from here on at least in the near-term. Till the time prices sustain around the current levels, the outlook on margins doesn’t change much. Some rollbacks, to the tune of say ₹10/bag have happened in some regions, but if we see further rollbacks then sentiment towards these stocks would turn negative,” said Abhishek Anand, vice- president (equity research) at JM Financial Institutional Securities Ltd. A cement bag weighs 50kg.
According to another analyst with a domestic brokerage firm, who requested anonymity, even if prices correct, it may not necessary be an outcome of government pressure. Since the monsoon is a seasonally weak quarter for the sector, more often than not, prices tend to correct due to softening demand. “There have been times when prices have firmed ahead of monsoons due to pent-up demand, but they have hardly sustained,” he added.
Unlike last year, the sector has not seen pre-monsoon demand, so dealers are pushing sales by offering discounts. According to IIFL Institutional Equities Ltd, discounts have largely resurfaced in the southern region.
In sum, the fortunes of the cement sector remain dependent on the government, both in terms of the direction of the prices, and a demand boost through infrastructure projects.
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