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Cement Tycoon N. Srinivasan Calls for Return of Nehruvian ‘Freight Equalisation’ Policy

The suggestion must be seen in the context of the South Indian market's health, which has seen a de-growth of 8% in cement demand in the nine months of the current.

Chennai: In what may be considered a throw-back to an older economic era, top industrialist N. Sriniva...

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Emami to sell cement business to Nirma group arm for Rs. 5,500 crore

The Emami cement deal will bring Nirma firm Nuvoco’s cement capacity in east, north and west India to 23.5mtpa
Last year, promoters sold 20% stake in their listed flagship fast moving consumer goods company Emami Ltd 

MUMBAI :
Emami Group agreed to sell...

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Budget 2020 Part 2

From Down to Earth

Union Budget 2020-2021:
Suggests closure of carbon-intensive coal power plants. But mere suggestion may not work for these repeat offenders.

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Budget 2020 impact on Cement Sector

Tax holiday for affordable housing extended by a year
The deadline for approval of projects also extended to March 31, 2021.
Vandana Ramnani
@vand...

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In spite of company’s optimism, demand weakness in cement is seen in the 4% y-o-y drop in sales volume. (Reuters)

Cost cuts and better realizations save? the ?day ?for ?UltraTech Cement, Updated: 27 Jan 2020, Vatsala Kamat from Live Mint

Lower cost of energy and logistics helped Ebitda per tonne rise by about 29% in Q3
Premiumization of acquired brands, synergistic?operat...

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Top cement companies may grow earnings by 15-25% in March quarter

To take advantage of this stable demand, the companies are increasing capacities. 

By Rajesh Naidu, ET Bureau
 

According t...

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Cement capacity in India expected to cross half a billion tonne this year

Currently, the installed capacity is 485 mtpa and with the new additions, it will rise to 508 mtpa in 2020
Avishek Rakshit | Kolkata BS

Amidst weakened demand conditions, the total installed cement capacity in the country is expected to cross half a billi...

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Accelerating growth through sales & channel excellence

A key element of digitalising the order-to-delivery process is creating a user-friendly customer interface through which customers can place orders and gain real-time visibility on their order status. With the Indian economy seemingly in a protracted slowdown, cement companies need to ur...

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Seeing unprecedented growth

The expo in Bengaluru, held from December 10-14, 2019, spelled big opportunities for the construction equipment sector, offering an expectation of 40 per cent increase in sales for the industry in the near future. The equipment sector is always on the go with a never-give-up attitude! An...

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Waste Not!

Construction and demolition (C&D) waste will enhance the building material supply chain and support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India, says Sonia Rani. The shift towards urbanisation in India has been brisk, leading to the development of countless infrastructure proje...

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Reuse Plastic, Repair Potholes!

Recycling plastic wastes by mixing them with bitumen can help build stronger, better quality roads at a cheaper cost. Can you imagine roads without potholes this monsoon? Indeed, India's pothole menace has been a never-ending one, with the country reporting an increasing number of deaths...

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Climate ambition in the face of climate inaction

The global climate talks that ended in Madrid recently were really about asking developing countries to carry the burden of 150 years of First World privilege. With the 25th Conference of Parties (COP25) to the UNFCCC ending ...

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Robotic quality control lab from Wonder Cement

R.K. Marble group had set up ultra modern cement plants in 2012 (line 1), in 2015 (line 2) and recently in July 2019 line 3 has been inaugurated. The combined capacity of the group is to manufacture 9.50 MTPA clinker at Nimbahera, Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan. Wonder Cement is a cut...

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Are you smarter than your field devices?

Cloud-connected, digital field devices have arrived with a broader value proposition than their legacy counterparts, but it's still all about building a business case. Across the industrial economy, the move to digital, cloud-based systems is on. The rise of inexpensive sensors coupled w...

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NCB's initiatives to meet the challenges of cement industry

Recently, the 16th NCB international seminar on Cement, Concrete and Building Materials during December 3-6, 2019 at Zorawar Auditorium, Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi was successfully organised under the leadership of Dr BN Mohapatra. The seminar with the theme of "Clean & Green is sustainable" ...

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India should lead in greening of the industry: NCCBM

The 16th NCB International Seminar on Cement and Building Materials, held during December 3-6, 2019 at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, received overwhelming participation from the who's who of the cement industry. During the seminar, a panel discussion on "Changing Climate - A Threat or an Opportunity for the Cem...

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Nuvoco's high-performance cement

Newly-launched cement variant uses up to 25 per cent less water; enhancing sustainability in the Indian construction landscape. Nuvoco Vistas Corp, a leading building materials company, launched Concreto Green, one of its most innovative and environment-friendly cement variant. This high...

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Logistics Untapped potential

There are many elements that can make "Make-in-India" thrive. A sound industrial policy is one of them, and logistics is certainly another. Right now, logistics costs in India are 13-14 per cent! How it can be brought down to 10 per cent or even below? ICR takes a look. ...

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Reducing road logistics cost through TAT optimisation

Learning is not compulsory; it's voluntary. Improvement is not compulsory; it's voluntary. But to survive, we must learn and improve. India has witnessed a huge transformation over the past few decades - the earlier decades were about meeting needs; now it's about aspirations. Every orga...

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SOHAR Port Anticipates Potential Business Opportunities

With several developmental plans underway, including future projects, SOHAR Port and Freezone continues to seek possibilities for growth and expansion. In line with this principle, SOHAR is now looking forward to leasing out their Terminal 2D. The sizable land area was initially deve...

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Imperatives for Indian cement companies in current slowdown

Given the slowing demand, sluggish pricing, and upward pressure on RM prices, cement companies will be under tremendous pressure to achieve and meet their financial targets and goals, say Amit Ganeriwalla and Rahul Sanghvi of BCG. <...

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Future of M&As in cement industry

Consolidation in the cement industry drew a lot of attention in the recent past. After the new Government took over in 2014, the industry expected healthier growth, however, the same is yet to be realised. Today, despite numerous challenges, cement players are continuing to set up plants and are active in the M&amp...

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JSW strengthens its position in the East

When cement industry is reeling with excess capacity, Parth Jindal, Managing Director of JSW Cement sees an opportunity to expand. JSW Cement plans to invest Rs 2,875 crore to nearly double its manufacturing capacity to 25 mi...

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IoT, AI & era of cutting-edge lubrication

Even as automation and digitisation are transforming the manufacturing eco-system, ExxonMobilTM is harnessing emerging technologies to redefine lubrication solutions. Manufacturing, as we know it, is transforming. The entire manufacturing processùfrom design to delivery - is consumi...

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Skill development initiatives in India

Skill development is a major challenge and initiatives have been taken not only by the Government but also by industry to facilitate skill development, but the task is gigantic and more needs to be done, says Dr Rajen Mehrotra. <p&...

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Build ups in pyro-processing

It is a common problem to face build ups in the cement making process. The difficult ones are in pyro process, because you have to deal with high temperatures and unsafe conditions. It is always a challenge for plant management to handle such situations. Undoubtedly pyro processing is t...

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What after Petcoke?

India annually consumes around 27 MT of pet coke. It is nothing but a dark solid carbon material left out by petroleum refineries that emit 11 per cent more greenhouse gases than coal. In August 2018, the Supreme Court put restrictions on free import of pet coke. The authors look at the options for the cement industry....

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Is India on track to meet its Paris commitments

The country may not meet its targets completely but is within reach to achieve a substantial part of it. India's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounted for 6.5 per cent of 2014 global total, according to data from the World Resources Institute. This made the country the fourth-largest ...

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Port-A-Trac refractory transport system for increased efficiency

Bricking Solutions, a full solution provider of refractory installation equipment, offers its Port-A-Trac refractory pallet transport system for increased efficiency and safety during refractory installation applications. The Port-A-Trac offers customisable lengths and allows installation crews to transport full pallet...

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Structural or Cyclic - an Irrelevant Question

With the reported GDP growth of 4.5 per cent in Q2 of current year, we now have six consecutive quarters of slippage in economic growth. It is a different matter that some experts are of the firm opinion that this reported growth of 4.5 per cent is actually a paltry 2 per cent only, and that the GDP growth is being con...

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FLSmidth ® MHC Twin Shaft Breaker The ideal crusher for soft and sticky materials

The MHC Twin shaft breaker crushes soft and sticky materials such as marl, clay, shale, coal etc. The breaker comes in two teeth configurations: one for ball mills and one for vertical mills. Each ensures a product size that is optimized for the mill type. The design features offer key benefits that includes: <p>...

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Poised for Growth

In a country like ours, where many families still do not have a roof above their heads, and acute absence of infrastructure hobbles the manufacturing sector, and consequently, per capita consumption of cement is around a lowly 200 kg, potential growth of cement consumption is a given. That proposition is decidedly vali...

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Concrete times

ICR reviews the quarterly results of a few cement manufacturers. Shree Cement performed exceedingly well beyond expectations. No other cement company will be able to match the number produced by Shree Cement. It has once again proven its ability to deliver operating results irrespective ...

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State-of-the-art concrete mixing tower from Liebherr

The Betomat holds up to 600  of stone in nine silo chambers. The mixing tower is fed with aggregates via two charging hoppers and a powerful bucket elevator with an hourly output of 200 /hour.

One of...

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Concrete: Potential to grow

No wonder, India's concrete industry is a vital part of our economy, directly and indirectly. India has a lot of potential for development in the infrastructure and construction sector and the concrete sector is expected to largely benefit from it. The beauty of cement is that it is alwa...

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There is cautiousness in the current market

- Devendra Kumar Pandey, Technical Head - RMC Business, UltraTech It seems the market is seeing a ready mix v/s precast tussle. Is this real, or do you see both co-exist? What...

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Up and Down the Cement Chain

The data on growth of core sectors have just come in for September and it shows a decline of -5 per cent, the highest degrowth that this index has seen since the inception of new base year of 2012. Among all round decline of various sectors, cement has reported a back to back decline of 2 per cent on top of a 5 per c...

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Gypsum, the speed breaker

Gypsum is the most essential ingredient of the finished cement. Though useful, handling of gypsum in a cement plant is not so easy since it is a hygroscopic material and very sticky in nature. The terms cement and concrete are used interchangeably, although cement is actually an ingredi...

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India's 8 core sectors shrink 5.2%

CARE Ratings reviews the index of eight core infrastructure industries. During the first half of this fiscal year, the eight core industries production grew by 1.3 per cent, 4.2 per cent lower than that in the comparable period a year ago. The index of eight core infrastructure industrie...

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We foresee continuing steady growth in coming years

- Rupinder Paintal, Director of Market Development, ExxonMobil Lubricants The construction equipment segment is set to see a spike in growth in the wake of significant announcem...

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India Construction Festival 2019

The festival, organised by FIRST Construction Council in New Delhi from October 15-16, successfully brought together the public and private sector to discuss probable resolutions to impediments faced by the infrastructure sector. Last year, infrastructure think tank FIRST Construction...

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Concrete Upswing

Indian concrete equipment users are setting records with the synchronised use of high-capacity equipment. Demand for concrete equipment is looking up. &quot;We have observed a steady increase in demand for concrete equipment in the past few years from companies developing infrastruct...

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RMC: Building a concrete future

Technology offers improvement in efficiency, understanding the market and customer need is critical for the ready-mix industry to increase its market share. Enabling technologies have brought in changes that redefined the landscap...

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Customised solution for every stage of construction

ACC, one of the oldest cement manufacturers in the country, is credited as the first commercial ready-mix concrete producer. The cement/concrete producer has passed through different phases of lifecycle and is at crossroads today. ACC is a pioneer in cement and concrete. We are not mere...

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Strong Connection

Constructed at approximately Rs 10 billion, the 9.63-km Dilshad Garden (Delhi)-Ghaziabad New Bus Adda elevated extension is set to benefit over a million people. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) recently inaugurated its first line extension constructed by a Tata Projects-led JV. The 9...

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Sustainable, Rapid, Affordable

Made of waste gypsum, glass fibre-reinforced gypsum (GFRG) facilitates rapid and affordable construction, adds to greenness, and offers better resistance to earthquake and flood-like situations. Cost-effective and faster project deliveries are the key challenges in affordable mass housi...

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The trend in underground mining is towards mechanisation & automation

Epiroc covers a wide range of underground equipment needs with production and face drill rigs, loaders and trucks. Having production plants located at Sweden, China and India, Epiroc helps to maximise customers' output with safe, cost-effective and sustainable solutions. <span style="font-weight: bold;">...

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Key initiatives of new Mineral Policy 2019

The major focus of the new Mineral Policy preparation was to guide the mining sector to function with utmost environmental and social responsibility, prevention of illegal mining besides economic considerations, discusses Bhanu Prakash Bhatnagar. &...

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Ensure safe mechanical conveying with FLSmidth In-Plant Belt Conveyors

FLSmidth In-Plant Belt Conveyor solution is an easy to operate and maintain mechanical conveying system. Designed with safety at top of mind, easily accessible maintenance parts and a dynamic rock box deliver trouble-free mechanical conveying of materials. Building on the proven design pri...

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We deliver equipment, techs & collaborative support

Caterpillar offers a wide range of equipment and solutions for underground metal mining and coal mining in India. Kush Tandon, Commercial Manager, Underground Mining - India, Caterpillar Global Mining, elaborates on the underground mining methods, equipment ...

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Why Bhavnagar farmers oppose limestone mining

The farmers sought that the committee, appointed by the Gujarat High Court, recommend that all mining on agricultural lands of Mahuva and Talaja talukas of the district be stopped with immediate effect. A group of farmers in Gujarat's Bhavnagar, who have long been opposing limestone mini...

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Adoption of continuous miners in underground coal is growing

Komatsu Mining Corp is a major equipment manufacturer in underground mining operations. Shib Bhowmik, Managing Director, Komatsu Mining Corp, India elaborates on the company's solutions to the industry and the market scenario. ...

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Transforming mining safe & productive

Underground mining is an extremely tough mining method with various risk factors involved. But the evolution of digital technologies and automation, and the technologically advanced equipment are transforming the underground mining operations safe and productive. With mines are going de...

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Ceramic grinding media, a new entrant in cement grinding circle

Grinding operation still draws highest attention of the top management of plant in the entire plant operation cycle. No wonder when 35 per cent of energy is consumed by the cement grinding process alone. ICR had time to talk with Biswajit Dhar, who spoke on the present scenario of capex in the cement industry with resp...

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Finer the fly ash or slag, more value it commands

- Bhalchandra Shrikhande, a freelance consultant, speaks on split grinding cement units. What is your opinion on the ease-of-doing business? There is l...

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Moving from natural to manufactured sand

Today construction industry faces shortage of aggregates and sand. In fact, the availability and cost of sand have seriously slowed the progress of couple of projects in the country. There are other options, but we as a country are yet to exploit those. One is using the over burden from mines as aggregates in construct...

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Cement Industry is all about Minerals

And, coal is the most important of them all. Of all the minerals that are processed in manufacturing cement, namely limestone, coal, gypsum, iron ore and other minor mineral additives, why do we single out coal for this pre-eminent position? One would think that limestone, being the primary raw material ingredient of ...

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Grinding still draws interest

Grinding is a conventional process in the cement industry and still draws a lot of interest. It is mainly due to costs involved in the process. ICR tried to give a perspective of the existing scenario coupled with the two interviews from experts. In the entire process of manufacturing ...

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Fly ash utilisation in Samruddhi Mahamarg

Maharashtra Government has undertaken an ambitious project, the first-of-its-kind (distance wise) in the country. The project has a big potential of using fly ash as a construction material. A glimpse of the project has been compiled by Sudhir Paliwal and Dr Ajitkumar B...

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How to prevent sickness in enterprises

Enterprises need to undertake global benchmarking, so as to remain locally, regionally and globally competitive, writes Dr Rajen Mehrotra. Industrial sickness in any country affects the economy of that country in a number of w...

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