HeidelbergCement raises clinker, grinding capacity
It recently announced expansion of cement capacity to 2.7 mtpa from 0.8 mtpa at its Jhansi cement grinding plant in Uttar Pradesh. As part of the current expansion, the company has added a 5,000 tonne per day clinker line at its Narsingarh unit.
The company conducted trial runs at the new capacity before production commenced in December. While plant and machinery was supplied by the FL Smidth Group of Denmark, civil work was undertaken by Larsen and Toubro. Ashish Guha, Managing Director, Heidelberg Cement, said the expansion was part of the first major step to increase the company's presence in India and is intended to target the States with potential for significant growth. With the additional manufacturing and grinding capacity in MP and UP, Heidelberg Cement expects to increase its market share in central India and increase deliveries in other markets including Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttarakhand. With an eye to cutting transportation costs, the company has built one of longest conveyor belts to move limestone from Patharia and Damoh.
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