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JMI Invented ‘Environment-Friendly Cement’ Gets Australian Patent

The main objective of the invention titled ‘A Method for Preparing Modified Cement and Evaluating Mechanical and Chemical Properties’ is to reduce carbon emissions.

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) faculty has invented environment-friendly cement. The cement invented by Dr Ibadur Rahman, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, JMI, along with other researchers from AMU has been granted a patent as an intellectual property by the Patent Office, Government of Australia.
The main objective of the invention titled ‘A Method for Preparing Modified Cement and Evaluating Mechanical and Chemical Properties’ is to reduce carbon emissions.

Dr Rahman said: “There is a pressing need for the construction and other industries to go through green revolution-in other words, industries need to adopt and introduce environment-friendly materials.”

The co-inventors from AMU are Professor Mohammad Arif, Professor Abdul Baqi, Dr M Shariq, Er Mohammad Gamal Al-Hagri and Er Amer Saleh Ali Hasan.

“This invention focuses on the effect of cement replacement with micro-silica fume, nano-silica fume and fly ash in a combination of two additives on the mechanical properties of the concrete mixes,” an official statement said.

The combination of micro and nano-silica fumes, the inventors said, improves the mechanical properties of concrete and eventually the microstructure and chemical analysis of the modified concrete show enhancement in the morphological properties of concrete owing to pore filling with dense and compact structure further.

Dr Rahman has been working in the field of nano- based modified cement and concrete composite for the last eight years during his PhD research. Dr Rahman has now two patents to his credit, a JMI statement said.

In September 2020, Dr Rahman was granted the patent titled “High Strength Cementitious Nanocomposite Compositions and the methods of making the same” by the intellectual property at the Patent Office, Government of India.

Ramco Cements launches new plastering solution ‘Super Plaster’

he Ramco Cements Limited, the pioneers in cement industry has launched Ramco Super Plaster, a revolutionary plastering solution for plastering and brick work.

For plastering work, consumers and specifiers have to depend on ordinary cement which is meant for general applications. For plastering, the key requirements are — Coverage, Crack Resistance and Finish.

Ramco Super Plaster is a non-refractory plaster and brick mortar concentrate which has several advantages viz. Greater Workability, Lesser Rebound Loss, Higher Productivity, Higher Coverage, of 10% and more, Superior Finish, Crack-Free Masonry, M-Sand Compatibility and Higher Durability.

“Ramco Super Plaster is a value added mortar product, engineered purely for plastering and brickwork. The product provides increased coverage and better crack resistance to the walls. It also gives excellent workability with M-sand” said CEO A.V. Dharmakrishnan.

With a series of Cement and cement-related product launches, RAMCO CEMENTS becomes a complete solutions provider. “Ramco Super Plaster is launched with the objective of segmenting the market and focusing on RIGHT PRODUCT FOR RIGHT APPLICATION” said Balaji K. Moorthy, Executive Director (Marketing).

As a word of caution he added “Ramco Super Plaster is not to be used for load bearing applications and is to be used for plastering and brick work only.”

The product has been launched in a convenient 25 Kg bag which ensures easy handling and lesser wastage. The Chairman and Managing Director, P.R. Venketrama Raja, remarked “I would say that the correct solution for plastering and brick mortar today, is this revolutionary product which is very easy to use and comes in a new 25 kg packaging so that this can be applied even for small applications. One can easily transport it and use it for small works too.”

Now, with the launch of this new product, Ramco Super Plaster (a NonRefractory Plaster and Brick Mortar Concentrate), Ramco Cements has once again emerged as a solution provider, market leader and innovator in the industry by continuing its commitment of providing Right Products for Right Application.

At around 12:20 PM, The Ramco Cements was trading at Rs1,093.25 apiece up by Rs0.55 or 0.05% on Sensex.

Ambuja Cements to invest Rs310cr to expand Ropar Unit in Punjab

Ambuja Cements Ltd, one of the top cement making companies in the India, plans to expand the production capacity of its Ropar plant in Punjab with an estimated investment of Rs310cr over the next two years.

Ambuja Cements, a part of the global building materials conglomerate Holcim, is expanding its Cement Grinding Unit by 1.5 MTPA at Ropar.

The expansion is expected to be completed by June 2023.

Post this expansion, the total capacity of the Cement Grinding Unit at Ropar will increase to 4.5 MTPA from 3 MTPA now.

This expansion will help the Company maintain its share and competitiveness in the Northern markets in India. The Ropar brownfield expansion is part of the Company’s strategy to increase its total cement capacity to 50 MTPA in the mid-term.

The upcoming unit will have state-of-art technology with Vertical Roller Mill for cement grinding and will produce fly ash-based cement. Ambuja is aligned with its parent Holcim’s Net Zero plan and sustainability strategy and it is progressing on its Sustainable Development Plan 2030, with a sharper focus on climate and energy, building a circular economy, conserving resources and nature, and driving meaningful change in the lives of communities.

The fresh investment is also made in anticipation of a growing demand for cement triggered by the steady growth in India’s urbanization leading to more investment in public infrastructure and housing.

“We are optimistic about the growth in demand for cement in India. The expansion of our Ropar unit along with more investment in the coming years will help us unlock fresh opportunities by debottlenecking of existing capacities and create new ones across the country. We expect our expansion plans to add around 15 MTPA capacity in the mid-term taking our total cement capacity to 50 MTPA,” said Mr. Neeraj Akhoury, MD and CEO, Ambuja Cements Ltd.

Ambuja will also be commissioning new capacity in Marwar, Rajasthan that will enhance clinker capacity by 3 MTPA and help increase cement sales by 5 MTPA, thereby contributing to long term strategy of capacity expansion. This Greenfield integrated plant is being set-up with a total investment of Rs. 2,350 crores.

Ambuja Cement, and its main subsidiary ACC, have now come together to create more shareholder value and have a strong presence in India with strategically located plants. Its integrated plants and grinding units are present in more than 11 states covering more than 32 districts across India.

With the Government’s thrust on infrastructure and affordable housing, the Company believes that the cement sector has an attractive growth potential and Ambuja Cement is strongly progressing to become the ‘Most Innovative, Sustainable and Competitive Building Solutions Company in India’. The Company has a robust road map to become the best in the industry – through four strategic priorities –Competitiveness, Growth, Innovation & Digital and Sustainability.

Indian government sets up new cement council

The Indian government has set up a 25-member development council for the cement industry, which will suggest ways to eliminate waste, obtain maximum production, improve quality, reduce costs and promote the standardisation of products, according to a press release.

Other functions of the council include recommending measures for securing the full utilisation of installed capacity, particularly of less efficient units, as well as promoting training, and promoting or undertaking scientific and industrial research.

“The central government hereby establishes a Development Council for the Cement Industry (DCCI) and appoints the persons…to be the members of the said council, for a period of two years,” according to the order of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade.

The members include Dalmia Bharat’s CMD, Puneet Dalmia, and UltraTech Cement’s MD, K C Jhanwar, with Dalmia as the chairman of the council. Other members include Shree Cement’s MD, HM Bangur; The India Cements’ Executive President, Rakesh Singh; Birla Corp’s CEO, Pracheta Majumdar; JK Cement’s Deputy Managing Director, Madhavkrishna Singhania, and JSW Cement’s CEO, Nilesh Narwekar

JK Cement expects 10% revenue growth in FY22

The company has expansion projects in Panna & Madya Pardesh. Upon completion of said projects, the company’s Installed production capacity will surge to 20 MTA which currently stands at 14.7 MTA. In next five years the company is seeing to go beyond 25 MTA installed capacity.
projects have seen delays due to covid-19 pandemics.
The surge in revenue is motivated by governments support for infrastructure projects, good monsoon and demand for the sector.

Ambuja Cements leads the way in green construction with low carbon, innovative and sustainable products & offerings for its customers

Ambuja Cements is setting industry benchmarks in offering low carbon, sustainable solutions to its customers. Aligned with the vision of LafargeHolcim, the parent company, Ambuja Cements is committed to group-level targets to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Ambuja Cements’ sustainable and innovative product portfolio includes differentiated products for different climatic conditions, as well as low carbon building materials and solutions. By developing these sustainable solutions, Ambuja Cements aims to produce eco-friendly products to ensure a greener tomorrow for the future generations.

Engineered with cutting edge technology – Ambuja Kawach is a specially formulated cement with high-quality water-repellent properties and is a one-of-its-kind product. This product has 33% lower carbon footprint as compared to OPC products. This premium quality solution has been developed through its in-house manufacturing and product innovation efforts. Kawach has been developed to prevent water penetration in the most effective way, resulting in improved durability and life of the houses.

Ambuja Buildcem is an innovative way of using fly ash to produce high strength Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC) which helps build strong and durable structures. The product aims to conserve natural resources by producing less CO2 and it also helps reduce waste. Another low carbon and environmentally friendly offering is Ambuja Cool Walls, a state-of-the-art solution to the problems posed by clay bricks walls. The blocks of Ambuja Cool Walls are made of pre-cast concrete and have a special heat barrier technology that keeps houses 5⁰C cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It is made of cement and has no natural or added salts and never has the problem of ‘shora’(Efflorescence). Thus, the plaster retains its strength and helps save recurring painting cost.

Neeraj Akhoury, CEO India LafargeHolcim, Managing Director & CEO of Ambuja Cements Ltd, said “We are committed to the net zero pledge of our parent LafargeHolcim and our low carbon product offerings are an important part of this endeavor. Our research and innovation team are constantly developing products which are not only innovative but also responsible and sustainable. We want to provide green living choice to the customers through durable and environment friendly products in India.”

Ambuja Cements’ vision to become the most competitive and sustainable company has led the company to adopt True Value, the triple bottom-line accounting methodology which encompasses the three pillars of sustainability – people, planet, and profit.

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