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February 2012

Our second issue of 2012 focuses on materials handling from the quarry to the kiln. Topics range from conveying and storage to weighing and feeding, whilst plant maintenance and refractory management are also covered. This month’s regional report looks at the GCC countries. Paul Maxwell-Cook’s Industry Insight discusses the improvements to infrastructure and the developments in trading relations that are spurring growth in Colombia’s cement industry.


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Colombia: Investors Take Note
Paul Maxwell-Cook looks at the improvements to infrastructure and the developments in trading relations that are spurring growth in Colombia’s cement industry.

Regional Report: the GCC Countries

GCC Cement Sector
Hettish Karmani, Global Investment House, Kuwait, discusses the state of the cement industry in the GCC region.

A New Player: Revisited
Fahad Alresheedi, Hail Cement Company, Saudi Arabia, provides an update on the cement project near Hail City.

Towards Sustainable Production
Hilal Saif Al-Dhamri, Oman Cement Company, Oman, explains how replacing imported bauxite with local kaolin can improve the burnability of raw material and reduce energy and gas consumption. Alternative Fuels

Europe’s Environmental Challenges in Difficult Economic Conditions
Michael Herson, The Strategy Works, UK, talked to four leading European manufacturers to discover how they are coping with the recession, the growing threat of imports and the environmental challenges posed by phase 2 of the EU’s carbon ETS scheme.

Fourth Generation Maintenance
Malcolm Hide, Strategic Maintenance Ltd, looks at the transition from third to fourth generation maintenance.

Reaching World Class Standards in Reliability and Maintainability
Dr. Klaus M. Blache, University of Tennessee, USA, shares the findings of his study into benchmarks and the impact of workforce engagement on reliability and maintainability in the process industry.

Three Simple Ideas for Managing Maintenance in a Cement Operation
Ricky Smith, GPAllied, USA, discusses the key steps to successful maintenance.

Solving the Bottleneck Mystery
Igor Zelenovskiy and Ken Piper, Rexnord, USA, discuss the common causes of material handling bottlenecks in cement plants.

Securing the Logistics Chain
Barry Woodbine, Aumund Group, runs through the materials handling focus points from the quarry to the kiln.

Boosting Efficiency and Reducing Maintenance
Jeff Shelton, Martin Engineering, talks through the benefits of multiple-port air cannon systems.

Controlled Dosing
Hubert Wagner, FLSmidth Pfister GmbH, Germany, introduces a state-of-the-art controller for reliable and accurate dosing of gravimetric feeders.

Bridging the Data Gap
Dr Roger Meier and Dick Kuiper, PANalytical BV, the Netherlands, weigh the advantages of standardless XRF analysis of production samples during quarry change and start-up periods in a cement plant.

Avoiding the Shelf Life Problem
Refractarios Alfran SA discuss a new line of monolithic refractories.


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