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Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group
ZKG International | Year: 2011

Alternative fuels have become a trend topic all over the world. This is partly due to the increase in price of conventional fuels and partly to the discussion about resource conservation and climate change.What contribution can the cement industry make? This report presents background facts and experience gained in the cement industry. Its purpose is not only to deal with the technological aspects but rather to explore the economic and ecological considerations. It particularly discusses the cost-effectiveness and ecological benefit of waste co-processing in cement plants and what developments are currently taking place. Source


Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group
ZKG International | Year: 2011

The market prospects for Western Europe's construction industry are changing rapidly. The data shows that the Scandinavian countries Finland and Sweden show the biggest gains, while Ireland and the southern countries of Greece and Spain suffered the biggest slumps. Germany and France experienced small decreases in 2010 but are the biggest winners in 111 2011 with double-digit positive growth rates. Italy has a small plus, while Spain still has a double-digit negative growth. In Spain, the cement consumption rate fell from almost 56 Mta in 2007 to 24.5 Mta in 2010. Spain thereby lost first place in the ranking to Italy, whose consumption only dropped to 33.9 Mta. Germany has even managed to take over 2nd place in the ranking, having achieved a cement consumption rate of 24.6 Mta in 2010. In 2010, 17.998 Mta of cement were produced in France. The consumption figure of 19.785 Mta results in a per capita cement consumption of 327 kg. 1046 Mta of cement were exported and 3.00 I Mta were imported. Source


Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group
ZKG International | Year: 2010

The ASEAN countries in Southeast Asia are currently one of the driving forces of the world economy, experiencing an economic growth of between 6 and 15 %. Economic stimulus packages introduced by the governments of the region have resulted in relatively good prospects in the construction and cement industry. In the Philippines, for example, cement consumption rose by 9.5 % in 2009 after years of stagnation. However, even the foremost cement countries of the region, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, differ greatly, each having its own particular development as regards per capita cement consumption, imports, exports, cement production capacity and utilization.This report presents the current economic data and cement figures of each country and discusses the prospects up to 2013. Source


An overview of the European autoclaved aerated concrete industry focusing on key manufacturers, plant engineers, and technologies, is presented. A list of top 10 autoclaved aerated concrete manufacturers show that Xella owns a market share of 30%, while H+H is in the second place with a market share of 9%. The list also finds that with five production plants and a capacity of 1.26 million m 3, Solbet is the market leader in Poland. Autoclaved aerated concrete is produced in closed loops, which includes adding residual material from the production process to the slurry, while the off-cuts from cutting the green cake can be returned to production. The production capacity of concrete plant is determined by the number and size of autoclaves, and the upstream and downstream equipment is designed for a plant cycle tiles that allows optimum filling of the autoclave units. Source


Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group
ZKG International | Year: 2010

Summary: Due to gigantic construction projects in the Gulf States, the cement industry in the region enjoyed high two-digit growth rates until the financial crisis occurred.Thanks to good capacity utilization figures, a high cement price level and favourable production costs, regional cement producers achieved profits of over 50 %.The cheap money available for the financing of investments triggered a massive expansion of cement production capacities. The problem of surplus capacity was ignored for a long time, but now that growth has in some cases come to a standstill, overcapacities are imminent. What are the current prospects for the cement industry in the region and for the most important countries of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iran and Pakistan? This report provides a number of answers to these questions. Source

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