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Ambuja Cement announces completion of its Sankrail expansion project

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Mr. Martin Kriegner, Head of LafargeHolcim - India Operations and Board of Director for Ambuja Cements has inaugurated the augmented Sankrail Grinding Unit in Howrah, West Bengal.

Sankrail Grinding unit is strategically located about 25 km from Kolkata and was commissioned in 2001 with a grinding capacity of 1.2 million tpy. This included 2 ball mills of capacity 92 tph, 2 packers of capacity 180 tph, and a manual wagon loading system.

Due to the plants proximity to prime markets and increasing demands of higher despatches over the years the plant capacity was increased to 1.5 million tpy in 2010. With the recent modification the capacity has touched 2.4 million tpy.

While inaugurating the expanded project Mr. Martin Kriegner said “To meet the demand of the eastern market and better customer orientation in the competitive market of West Bengal and increasing supply to the nearby States of Orissa & Jharkhand by optimising the overall regional logistics cost, a capacity addition of 0.90 million tpy of PPC cement at Sankrail was envisaged. I am sure this will address the expectation of the customer in the eastern markets in India”.

The Sankrail plant’s expansion unfolded as a brown field project in November 2012 with an investment plan of 338 Crore. The project included installation of Thyssenkrupp Roller pressure of capacity 140 tph in Cement mill 1 increasing the capacity to 235 tph in combo grinding, 2 additional packers of capacity 240 tph mechanised cement rake loading system and an additional railway line network.

Ambuja Cement is recently launched their super speciality cement Ambuja Plus –the Roof special in the specialised segment of the market. Ambuja Plus - Roof Special is a special quality PPC cement with advanced SPE technology. It extracts 100% of silicate gel from cement that helps in making the concrete stronger, denser and leak proof, resulting in strengthening of the roof.

Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Kapur, MD & CEO – Ambuja Cements Limited said, “I am sure that the unit with additional capacity will help us to cater to our customers faster, resulting in higher value proposition combined with the unbreakable strength of the Ambuja brand.”

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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