Eurocement Group Holding has completed a large-scale investment at the Pikalevsky Cement enterprise, under the agreement on socio-economic cooperation with the government of the Leningrad region. A modernisation of the grinding department was carried out, which made it possible to improve the quality of products, increase the stability of its characteristics, and expand the range as a result of high quality and additional cements. Investment in the project amounted to RUB150 million.
“The holding interacts with key customers and receives feedback so that the quality of Eurocement group products meets consumer expectations,” said Alexander Sapronov, Senior Vice President. “Our customers require cement with a later setting time, higher strength, and the products of the new grinding department were the answer to this request.”
Pikalevsky Cement manufactures products with high performance characteristics. Laboratory physical and mechanical tests of industrial batches confirm a 27% decrease in water separation rate and an increase in the rate of curing. The values of strength indicators increased more than 20%: today, the strength of the third day is 25 MPa, and on the 28th day it is more than 60 MPa. An increase in the setting start time (up to 175 min.) improved the shelf life and workability of the cement paste. Thanks to the optimisation of the particle size distribution after grinding clinker, the durability indicators of cement stone have increased.
The upgraded grinding department uses equipment from leading Western manufacturers: KHD, Aumund, and Siemens. The plant employees have mastered the skill of working with new equipment and apply the best world practices in production. Modernisation was carried out without stopping the existing lines in order to meet the needs of the market in the current construction season.
“The quality characteristics of the cement of the Eurocement Group enterprises in the Leningrad region meet the requirements of consumers and are ideal for construction projects of any complexity: high-rise and low-rise buildings, residential complexes, and industrial construction, and the creation of transport infrastructure,” said Sapronov. “It can be used in the preparation of ready-mixed concrete, in the production of reinforced concrete products, dry building mixes, and masonry mortars. Demand for such products allows us to expand our sales markets both in the Northwestern Federal District and beyond.”
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