Despite the cement market still being in a cyclical downturn, we are on track at FLSmidth having the highest level of unannounced orders for three years. We are seeing growth in opportunities in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Nepal and Indonesia, which you can read about in this edition of Highlights. Recently, we announced several important large orders, including the supply of a complete equipment package for a 3,000 tpd greenfield plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under the flagship of Lucky Cement Limited and the Rawji Group. Another is the major modernisation project of Holcim’s Ada plant in the US.
Product development and innovation are a hallmark of FLSmidth’s contribution to the cement industry. Our most recent major release is the new version of the OK Mill, which has been commissioned at Semen Indonesia’s Tuban cement plant in Java, Indonesia. This newest version of the OK Mill is a prime example of how FLSmidth applies performance data and practical know-how gained from operations around the world. Close collaboration with cement plants is an important element of FLSmidth research. Our research partnership with Titan Cement in conducting tests on its OK Mill reflects our commitment to delivering solutions that help meet our customers’ business challenges.
Contributing to local society is also central to the value we offer, in particular training of local workforces. Our joint initiative with the Helwan University in Egypt is an example of the long-term efforts being made in overcoming the critical shortage of skills in operating cement plants. Read about the FLSmidth sponsorship of Helwan University’s new post-graduate cement plant engineering degree.
360° certainty solution: Design, Build and Operate
For cement plant owners and investors in today’s demanding business environment, we are continuing to see a greater need for strong partnerships to add capacity and expand into new markets – from design and engineering to operation and maintenance. FLSmidth continues to strengthen its offerings in all these areas.