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Cement manufacturing process

Cement is a fine powder which sets after a few hours when mixed with water, and then hardens in a few days into a solid, strong material. Cement is mainly used to bind fine sand and coarse aggregates together in concrete.

An international presence

Over the past 30 years, the cement industry has witnessed an accelerated internationalisation. European cement companies, albeit operating predominantly through regional markets, have positioned themselves as key actors throughout the world.

Cement industry - main characteristics

The cost of cement plants is usually above € 150M per million tonnes of annual capacity, with correspondingly high costs for modifications. Each tonne of cement produced requires 60 to 130 kilogrammes of fuel oil or its equivalent, depending on the cement variety and the process used, and about 105 KWh of electricity.

Key facts & figures

The following section contains key facts & figures about our industry. Copyright and Producer of Database Rights reserved to CEMBUREAU. Reproduction and dissemination are authorised provided the source is acknowledged: CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association