We help in reducing the carbon footprint
Anup Nair, Managing Director – India and South Asia, Martin Engineering, speaks about the key role their products play in making cement processes more efficient.
Tell us about the role that your products and technology play in the cement industry.
We are into bulk material handling products. In the cement industry, our products are used in two different areas – in the plants and at the mines. In the mines, there are conveyor belts that help move the bulk material and these conveyor belts need lot of maintenance. If the conveyor belt stops, the entire mine will stop. Our products improve the efficiency of the conveyors by a great extent. This is one part of our offerings.
The second one, which is a major influencer for the cement industry, is within the plant. Cement plants have kilns and preheats. A lot of material blockages happen in them. Our air cannons blast and push this material out. It helps in bringing down plant maintenance considerably. You don’t have to shut down the plant to deal with the blockages. This process is becoming more and more significant today as cement companies are using alternative fuels. So, more blasting is required.
Conventional compressors or blasting cylinders are available but compared to them, we have a greater advantage because we have the better technology. We help in reducing the carbon footprint and also give huge savings in energy. With our technology, not only is carbon footprint reduced but energy costs also come down.
Elaborate on how carbon footprint is reduced?
A conventional blasting requires a 300-litre tank, whereas our modern technology gives the same or more blasting force using a 70-litre tank. The compress is considerably reduced and this is important because compress making requires energy or electricity. When electricity or energy usage is reduced, carbon footprint is reduced, too. It can be said that one blaster reduces about 70,000 kg of carbon per year. So, a typical cement plant kiln requires about a hundred blasters. Now, you can imagine the reduction in carbon.
With such advantage of cost efficiency and reduction in carbon footprint,
shouldn’t all cement companies be looking at this product?
The cement companies are definitely looking at our product. Earlier they used to manage it manually and then they moved to traditional modes such as large tanks. Now they are turning to us for modern technology. Our products may be priced higher when compared to the conventional modes but once the traditional methods are removed and only our product is made to perform, the cost is recovered by energy saving itself. The cost of the product is realised in a year’s time. One year is the payback period.
What innovations should we expect from Martin Engineering in the near future?
At Martin Engineering, apart from the air blasters that I spoke about we also have nozzles for the cement industry. These nozzles come with a different type of technology, which gives all round blasting
inside the refractory areas. It also requires less maintenance and are much more efficient. These nozzles can also be replaced without stopping the equipment. So, it is both safe and economical for the cement manufacturer.
As far as innovations in our conveyor products are concerned, we have a remote monitoring system called N2, which enables the customer to sit anywhere in the world and oversee the progress on their mobile phone or device, like a live feed. This remote monitoring system uses the latest modern technology.
Are all these products and technologies exclusive to the cement industry?
No, we are very much present in the steel sector, too. We are also present in power plants, ports, food verticals such as sugar and several other industries. Wherever there’s a need for bulk material handling, Martin Engineering is present. And this is in India. In other countries, we are present in many applications such as quarry aggregates. In all the other sectors, too, our deliverables are focussed on cost efficiency and reduction of carbon footprint.
With regards to the cement industry in India, what kind of future do you envision over the next 10 years?
Our tagline is ‘Problem Solved Guaranteed.’ So, we are not just product sellers. We solve our customers’ problems and address their pain points. Today, the pain points are energy efficiency and carbon footprint, and we are solving them. We are looking at a long-term partnership with our customers as they will definitely require solutions that reduce costs and help them make their processes more modern and competitive. Our philosophy is well-matched with their philosophy in this regard.
We have a full-fledged plant in Pune, and we are moving ahead with ‘Make in India’ initiative.
We also have the capacity to expand in Pune. We are spreading out by adding more team members and with the help of our dealer network across the country. We are trying to be as close to our customers as possible.
ACC launches ‘Bagcrete’, a pre-blended concrete solution
The company’s ongoing innovation process is consistent with ACC Bagcrete
ACC, the cement and building material company of Adani Cement and part of the Adani Group, has been a pioneer in building innovative concrete solutions. The company’s ongoing innovation process is consistent with ACC Bagcrete, a proportional balance of premium components produced to generate high-quality concrete mix.
The company has added a new product dimension to the building industry with ACC Bagcrete, a hassle-free, smart, and user-friendly concrete solution for all types of construction demands. A stronger, more durable final product is produced as a result of the pre-blended components being meticulously measured to ensure uniform quality.
The product was created to offer the best compressive strength (10 MPa to 80 MPa), exceptional workability retention, and unmatched ease of placement, a trifecta of attributes that set it apart from competing products. In contrast to traditional concrete, which necessitates the mixing of various components on-site, it is a pre-blended mixture of cement, sand, and aggregates. For building projects that call for a quick and effective application method, ACC Bagcrete is ideal.
There are two functional variants of the versatile building material ACC Bagcrete: dry-mix and wet-mix. The dry-mix is pre-blended concrete that may be used right away with just the addition of water. wet-mix is pre-mixed, immediately usable concrete that doesn’t require any additional mixing before use. This can be especially helpful in places with scarce water supplies or where conventional concrete mixing techniques are impractical. Both kinds of ACC Bagcrete are of exceptional quality and effectiveness. This unique concrete solution is ideal for remote job sites and maintenance projects since it can be easily transported in the form of bags, enhancing productivity.
Ajay Kapur, CEO, Cement Business, said “We are dedicated to pursuing product innovations and offering the finest products and services to our customers. We have always strived to create products of the highest calibre in order to meet the varied needs of our customers and assist them in constructing robust structures. ACC Bagcrete is a unique product that not only meets but also exceeds the demands of our customers.”
The prestigious university IIT Bombay has recently reaped significant benefits of using ACC Bagcrete for a special need in its R&D Lab of Civil Engineering Department. The M80 Grade ACC Bagcreate has also been used in various NHPC projects in spillway repair. ACC Bagcrete is a unique solution that guarantees minimal waste, accelerates construction, and improves longevity with constant quality. In conclusion, dry-mix concrete is a versatile and convenient option for construction projects of all types.
Ambuja Cements’ loyalty programme wins top award
Has been awarded as the ‘Most Innovative Loyalty Programme of the Year’
Ambuja Cements, the cement and building materials company of Adani Cement and part of Adani Group, has been awarded the ‘Most Innovative Loyalty Programme of the Year’ at the Customer Fest Leadership Awards 2023 for its Contractor Loyalty Programme – ‘Ambuja Abhimaan’. This award acknowledges the Company’s exceptional efforts in creating and maintaining an outstanding loyalty programme that has helped build strong relationships with its contractor partners.
The evaluation of nominations was conducted by an eminent jury panel of experts, and Ambuja’s innovative and transformational initiatives such as skill upgradation programmes, family engagement and social welfare, talent hunt contests, and business aid to contractors were highlighted. These initiatives differentiated Ambuja from competitors and helped win the award under the Customer Loyalty – Organisational category. The event featured more than 50+ renowned brands across various industries.
Ajay Kapur, CEO, Cement Business, said, “Ambuja has always been synonymous with strength, and we are honoured to be recognised for our strong commitment and efforts that go beyond cement. This award is a testament to our commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to our partners and customers. We thank the jury panel and all the participants for acknowledging our efforts towards customer centricity and innovation.”
Ambuja Abhimaan, a differentiated long-term loyalty programme has achieved many milestones, including recognition as one of the best mobile loyalty programmes, engaging and benefiting 1.2 lakh+ key contractors.
Ambuja places order for capacity expansion of 14 MT cement
This will enable the production of blended green cement of 14 MT
Ambuja Cements, the cement and building material company of the diversified Adani Group, placed orders to expand clinker capacity by 8 million tonne at Bhatapara and Maratha units on the highest ESG standards with 42 MW of WHRS, provision to utilise 50% AFR and provision to operate on green power.
The capacity expansion projects will enable the production of blended green cement of 14 million tonne, post all requisite approvals. These projects will generate substantial value for the existing business and enable more employment and growth opportunities in the States, beneficial for all stakeholders.
These projects are expected to be commissioned in 24 months and the capex will be funded from internal accruals.
Ajay Kapur, CEO, Cement Business, said, “These brownfield expansion projects are part of our strategy to double our production capacity over the next five years from the current capacity of 67.5 MTPA. Our ongoing investments in capacity expansion and sustainability will enable us to achieve our long-term objectives, as we remain committed to delivering sustainable growth and value to our stakeholders.”
The Company remains committed to achieving significant size, scale, and market leadership with a strong emphasis on margin expansion and world-class ESG standards.