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Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group GmbH | Woywadt C.,Gebr Pfeiffer SE
ZKG International | Year: 2012

The cement markets in the CIS countries (Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan) are growing at four times the rate of economic growth. The growth in cement consumption is being driven by housing construction. With a figure of 56.1 million tons per year (Mta), Russia accounts for 61.0% of the entire cement output of the CIS countries, this totals 92.0 Mta. For 2012, forecasts see cement production in the CIS countries rising by 12% to 103 Mta. It is expected that cement consumption will rise by 13.5% to 107.5 Mta. Holcim is currently at the head of the group of foreign international cement producers with a capacity of 5.1 Mta at two plants. HeidelbergCement recommissioned the Tula plant which is equipped with a modern 5000 t/d kiln line. New cement capacities are being built up by companies at all levels. The most important projects of the other cement producing companies include the new 1.9 Mta Slantsky plant of the LSR Group close to St. Petersburg and the new 1.3 Mta Novotroisk plant of LLC YugPK in the Orenburg region.


Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group GmbH
Aufbereitungs-Technik/Mineral Processing | Year: 2010

Australia's economic development is remarkably positive in comparison to other OECD countries. The mining industry, characterised by the exploitation of coal, iron ore, gold and diamonds as well as such base metals as copper, plays a leading role in this development. In Australia the world's biggest mining companies are active: BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Xstrata, Anglo American, Vale, Barrick Gold and many others. What is special about Australia, who are the most important mining companies, how are mineral production figures developing and what export results are achieved? The following report provides numerous answers.


Harder J.,One Stone Consulting Group GmbH
ZKG International | Year: 2010

The main trends concerning grinding processes in the cement industry are still higher efficiency, reduction of the power consumption and system simplicity. In the case of new orders, vertical mills have increased their share to over 60 % and ball mills have fallen to less than 30 %. It is somewhat surprising that the number of different grinding processes and mill types used by the industry have increased rather than decreased. The throughput capacities of the employed mills have risen, but in some cases this has brought machines, e.g. gear units, to the limit of their capabilities. In the cement industry, the use of separate grinding plants is currently showing a two-digit annual growth rate. The number of mill vendors has also increased and the competitive pressure has intensified.


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

The cement producers are expecting to emerge stronger from the current economic crisis. However, the fact is that the preconditions for the companies vary widely and that, as in sport, there are losers as well as winners. On the other hand, the forecasts in the business reports of even the leading cement companies contain only relatively vague predictions. To create a well-founded database on this subject the OneStone Consulting Group has carried out a new market study to make a thorough analysis of the world cement market covering over 100 cement-producing countries [1]. The current cement consumption figures for 2009 are used, the imports and exports are highlighted and the further development of cement production capacity figures and capacity utilization figures is examined. The way the market potential will unfold in the future is very important for plant suppliers.


Harder J.,One Stone Consulting Group GmbH
Aufbereitungs-Technik/Mineral Processing | Year: 2011

Nearly all the currently operational rare earth mines are in China. Global demand is growing at an almost two-digit rate, but Peking is progressively cutting back its exports. Supply is correspondingly tight and speculators are additionally driving raw materials prices to new heights. However, it is wrong to blame China for the current problems. Western countries shut down most mines in the 1990s although sufficient resources are still available. Now a change of direction is taking place and numerous new mining projects are being planned. In 2011 the first new rare earths production operation is coming on line. But the development of capacities to meet global demand is going to be a race against time because China's needs are also increasing and the country could soon become an importer.


Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group GmbH
Aufbereitungs-Technik/Mineral Processing | Year: 2012

On the field of non-ferrous ore processing, attention is currently focused on the grinding technology. This is due to the fact that conventional grinding processes using autogenous and semi-autogenous mills have reached their capacity limits while modern grinding processes still have upward potential. This report describes the new grinding processes and discusses their potential.


Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group GmbH
Aufbereitungs-Technik/Mineral Processing | Year: 2012

In recent years China was the driving force for the global mining industry and triggered a boom in mineral commodities markets. One important indicator is the steel industry and the associated demand for iron ore, metallurgical coal, manganese ore, copper, nickel, chromium, zinc etc., where demand from China sometimes accounts for far more than 50 % of worldwide trade. However, the prospects are looking increasingly gloomy. Analysts are unanimous in forecasting that China is facing a significant decline in economic growth. Some sources are even talking of a crash landing. This report deals with the situation in China's mining industry, taking iron ore, coal and gold mining as examples. Trends are discussed and prospects are presented.


In recent years, no other country in South East Asia has experienced such dynamic development as Vietnam. Its economic growth is only slighdy lower than those of China and India. Since 2001, the average annual growth in cement consumption has been approx. 12.5 %. Vietnam managed this rate of growth without resorting to a high rate of importation. This feat was achieved by a cement industry that had been in a state of devastation in 1975, the year in which North and South Vietnam were reunited. In 2010, cement production capacity is set to reach a figure of 78 million t/a.This means that Vietnam will possess significantly more capacity than actually necessary for covering its own requirements. This report describes the consequences of this situation and oudines the overall development of the cement industry.


Harder J.,OneStone Consulting Group GmbH
ZKG International | Year: 2012

A review of Latin American cement markets is discussed. The Latin American cement industry has experienced a period of strong development. This is reflected in the cement consumption, which has risen from the 2005 figure of 121 million tones per year (Mta) with an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8% to 170 Mta in 2011. In the same period, the per capita cement consumption increased from 217 kg with a CAGR of 4.7% to 286 kg in 2011. In Brazil, the per capita cement consumption grew from 238 kg in 2007 to 330 kg in 2011, while Mexico's figure fell from 346 to 300 kg. Only a few other countries in Latin America have per capita cement consumptions approaching 300 kg, including Argentina (281 kg), Peru (283 kg) and Chile (294 kg) respectively. The Latin American region has a total cement capacity of 240 Mta at 225 cement plants, which means that an average plant utilization rate of 71% is achieved.

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