We have entered a year with challenging market conditions. Investments by our clients are curtailed by low oil and commodity prices, which severely affect the global cement industry. Furthermore, the challenges of environmental impact, sustainability, social responsibilities and emissions regulations are putting traditional production philosophies firmly under the spotlight.
Yet for FLSmidth, our approach to meeting these challenges not only provides us with a competitive advantage, it is central to the way we do business. In this magazine, you can read about some of the initiatives we are pursuing in our ongoing bid to provide productivity enhancing solutions.
One of these is our philosophy of Tomorrow Matters, which is a statement of how we aim to work alongside our customers to future-proof their cement businesses and meet the challenges of energy costs, environmental concerns and productivity needs. It communicates our commitment to fulfilling our role in building the societies of tomorrow by helping our customers remain competitive, while achieving sustainable production.
In this issue of Highlights, we also announce a major new product launch, an example of our continuing efforts in technological innovation. This is the FLSmidth® JETFLEX® burner, which is a next-generation kiln burner that meets customers’ demands for fuel flexibility, reliable operations and outstanding heat efficiency. The signing of several important orders demonstrates our competitiveness in today’s market. In addition to a significant new EPC order with the Algerian cement producer Amouda Engineering, SARL, for the turnkey delivery of a 6,000 tpd greenfield cement plant in El Beida, we have renewed and expanded our operations and maintenance contract with ACC Ramliya in Egypt.
Among the many other stories, you can read about the successful application of our advanced solutions for reducing emissions. Yes, the market is challenging, but we are working hard to meet our commitments with our customers’ immediate and future goals firmly in mind.
Per Mejnert Kristensen
President, Cement Division