ZKG Newsletter 14|2023
Low-CO2 lime production as the starting point
for a climate-neutral industry
The transformation of the German industry to climate neutrality requires a pioneering technical spirit and political will. This was the main message from the three industrial heavyweights Lhoist, Air Liquide and thyssenkrupp Steel during the plant visit by EU parliamentarian Peter Liese and member of the Bundestag Klaus Wiener, both CDU, to Europe's largest lime plant, the Lhoist Flandersbach plant in Wülfrath near Düsseldorf. [Photo: Lhoist]
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Cement industry’s widespread overcapacity and net-zero transition addressed at WCA’s Annual Conference
The World Cement Association’s (WCA) Annual Conference took place from the 24th to the 25th of October in Dubai, with a focus on "Improving Profitability in a Time of Multiple Global Crises." The gathering of senior cement sector leaders highlighted two critical challenges facing the industry: widespread overcapacity and the transition to a net-zero carbon future.
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Alpacem takes over cement plant in Italy and expands strategic partnership
The two cement manufacturers Alpacem and Buzzi are further deepening their long-standing strategic partnership in the Alpe-Adria region: Alpacem subsidiary w&p Cementi SpA is taking over the Fanna cement plant in the Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia near Pordenone, which formerly belonged to Buzzi SpA. [Photo: Alpacem]
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Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection approves funding for innovative CO2 capture technology
Holcim Germany has received funding approval from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) for the project “Industrial research into membrane-based CO2 capture for the decarbonization of cement plants” at the Höver plant. The funding is aimed at the construction of a larger test plant and a one-year active test phase in which the innovative technology will be investigated in long-term operation. The grant notice is being issued as part of the “Decarbonization in Industry” funding program. [Illustration: Holcim]
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[Gebr. Pfeiffer SE]

Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd. orders more vertical roller mills from Gebr. Pfeiffer
Dalmia Cement, India’s fourth-largest cement manufacturer, is based in New Delhi and operates cement plants and separate cement grinding plants across India. Large cement manufacturers with multiple production sites often work with different grinding systems, as it’s only through experience that real comparisons can be made. Although Dalmia Cement had previously used Pfeiffer MPS vertical roller mills for grinding raw meal, coal and cement, the company had also worked with other grinding systems.
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[Geda GmbH]

A decade of Märker and Geda
Having worked together for many years, construction and industrial lift manufacturer Geda GmbH and Märker Zement GmbH are continuing their partnership. Geda has enjoyed an impressive track record with its products in recent years, many of which have been deployed in a number of projects at the cement works. And the company is coming to Märker’s assistance yet again, this time with its Geda 3700 ZP P permanent transport platform.
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Highlights of the Current Issue
The cement industry in Europe at the crossroads
Concrete: silicone-based additive inhibits alkali-aggregate reactions
Study on mechanical strength and early hydration properties of cement paste modified by polycarboxylate superplasticizer with slump retention
Study on the production of cements using a multi-stage grinding strategy
MPS mill now uses waste heat from a PFR kiln, saving 600 t of CO2 annually
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