Ashwin Pahuja, Director General, NCCBM welcomed the participants and the dignitaries. He elaborated on the objective of the seminar in clear terms and further said that this event will be knowledge and experience sharing platform for the entire cement fraternity. He said from here the plant management gets idea and guidance to evolve strategies for day to day operations and improving efficiencies. He appealed to the participants to be more interactive and involved in the sessions.He said that NCCBM will focus on the new technologies and greener cause of manufacturing. Ajay Kapur, CEO and MD of Ambuja Cements, Chief Patron of the event gave an industrial perspective. He started by highlighting the completion of 100 years of cement industry and further said that there is enough scope to increase the per capita cement consumption of our country considering the decisions taken by the new government. He highlighted the technological developments vis a vis that is happening out side the country.The daily kiln capacity has reached up to 12,000 tons per day and our plants are energy efficient in terms of electrical and thermal energy. He said that CAGR has been of 7-8 per cent which is likely to go up and by 2020 we shall reach the figure of 425 million tonnes annual production. At the end of the speech he expressed a hope that soon India will become major exporter of cement and clinker to the neighboring countries.
Some of the cement majors who supported the event were Dalmia Cement(Bharat) Ltd., JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd , UltraTech Cement, Shree Cement and Star Cement. The technical exhibition which was also inagurated on the very first day had a very good foot fall and one could see good interaction at the exhibition as well. While giving his inaugural speech Amitabh Kant, Secretary, DIPP said," NCCBM which is the host of the seminar has been doing a good job in the field of research and consultancy for the industry. He further said that the economy should be growing at the rate of 8 to 9 per cent from next year on wards. The next three decades is the period of development for us as a country. There is rapid urbanisation happening. Our biggest challenge is to urbanise in a sustainable manner which will be a role model for the rest of the world. Tackling Green House Gas emission is going to be an integral part of our economy. The younger generation has much more expectations from us and we must stand up to that. He referred to the development of 100 smart cities, housing for all by 2022 and projects like dedicated freight corridors which will totally change the way in we move our goods and do business. All the initiatives of the Government will enhance the cement demand, by 2020 it will be 400 million tonnes and by 2030 it should be 850 million tonnes. He said he would like to be the ambassador of cement industry for the principle of ´Polluters pay´. He further suggested to receive a paper from the industry to push the principle with Environment Ministry and other related departments.
The list of participants for the seminar included all cement consulting firms from Europe and India. Also the top brass of all cement manufacturers were present on all the time.
The response received for paper presentation was so over whelming that the authorities arranged two venues namely at Zorawar Auditorium and Ashoka Convention Hall for presentations.
The topics which received very good response for discussion