Our company and our business
At FLSmidth, we support the cement and mining industries, solve the challenge of delivering higher output, while reducing costs as well as the impact on the environment. We call it Sustainable Productivity; it’s what our customers are looking for, and what the world needs.
Global provider of sustainable productivity to the cement and mining industries
Through more than 135 years, we have sold equipment, plants and services to the cement and mining industries. Today we sell Sustainable Productivity. In other words, our business is to provide our customers with increased output and quality, reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and optimized productivity. To be successful at that, we build and develop our business around three strategic pillars: Life-cycle approach, full service provider, and full flow-sheet.
We are the only company that have all the tools required to be Productivity Provider #1 within cement and mining.
Helping our customers navigate the changing market conditions
The global demand for copper has risen by 89% and cement by 186% over the past 20 years. Current trends point towards stagnation in the cement demand, but growth in the cement industry, requiring a much higher focus on productivity. Contrary to the cement industry, the mining industry is experiencing continued growth, especially within copper and even more so in gold, where the demand for technology applications is growing steadily.
A business based on strong strategic pillars
Our unique life-cycle approach is a combination of project, product and services, and offerings. That enables us to discover sustainable productivity potential for our customers. Through analysing and understanding performance data, we ensure more reliable and optimised operations, proactive and predictive maintenance, as well as increased uptime and guaranteed performance. In addition to offering a warranty on each single piece of equipment, we bundle equipment to offer performance guarantees on solutions or even complete plants. To our customers, this means a guaranteed return on their investment.
Full service provider
We supply everything from single products and services to complete plants and production lines, and full operation and maintenance solutions. This comes to life in our ‘Design-Build-Operate’-model (DBO. In essence, our customers are responsible for obtaining permits, getting access to raw materials, power supply and sales, while we build, operate and guarantee an agreed level of production and performance.
Unmatched engineering skills, technology leadership and strategic acquisitions of key products and innovations enable us to offer a full flow-sheet to the mining and cement industries.
In both industries, our products, systems and services constitute a large part of the value chain. Our employees have extensive knowledge of our customers’ businesses, and through early dialogue, we partner with customers and suppliers to discover potential, create the best conditions and support them in excelling at their business.
Essentially, we combine our vast experience and knowledge with analysis and the latest technology to provide our customers with insight and transparency.
This empowers our customers to make the best decisions in a complex environment where productivity and sustainability is key.
As a result, the benefits are more reliable and optimised operations, and a lower total cost of ownership that helps our customers on the path to long-term success.
Our competencies – your benefits
A sound business depends on smooth and efficient operations, and our extensive process and product knowledge ensures just that for our customers. Productivity is also linked to equipment uptime and performance, and by utilising operations and performance knowledge, we make sure your equipment runs smoothly. No equipment will deliver productivity standing still. We help our customers avoid costly repairs and unplanned shutdowns through proactive and predictive maintenance.
Limiting the impact on the environment is important, and we develop products and solutions, that reduce pollution and emissions as well as the amount of water and energy used in production. We acknowledge the importance of being close to our customers, and through our presence in more than 50 countries worldwide, we can deliver the highest level of local customer service and support.
Utilising industry synergies; cement, mining and beyond
We primarily operate in the mining and cement industries, and though each is distinct, there are considerable commonalities and synergies between the two. Our involvement in both industries gives us the unique advantage of sharing resources and best practices.
As an example, the project management skills needed in the mining and cement businesses, e.g. process know-how, risk management, project execution, etc., are largely the same.
The same applies to shared technologies and services, as well as scale benefits. We apply many of our materials handling, process control, packaging and other products and solutions in both industries. We also deliver a variety of products, solutions and services to adjacent industries, with similarities to cement and mining.
- Food & pharmaceuticals
- Oil & gas refining
- Port & terminal
- Power utilities
- Pulp & paper
- Waste to energy
- Water treatment