PRESS RELEASE - FLSmidth has been awarded a contract for process and quality optimisation of 17 cement plants recently acquired by the CRH Group, based in Dublin, Ireland using FLSmidth's ECS/ProcessExpert® and QCX/BlendExpert(TM) products.
FLSmidth's ECS/ProcessExpert system stabilises the process of the plant, optimises the production, manages and corrects process disruptions and minimises wear on plant equipment - all to ensure optimum plant performance. By improving equipment availability and utilisation, the system helps reduce operational and maintenance costs. FLSmidth's QCX/BlendExpert(TM) system controls the proportioning of raw material feed to raw mills to obtain the desired chemical product quality with respect to chemical constraints, process constraints and material costs.
The order is the largest advanced process optimisation project awarded to FLSmidth and includes process optimisation of 12 kilns and 40 grinding mills, as well as quality optimisation of 14 raw mills. In addition, the order includes a service agreement, covering all 66 applications, where FLSmidth will provide 24/7 support and ongoing remote monitoring and optimisation by its process specialists.
CRH is the third largest building materials supplier in the world and has more than doubled its cement production volume due to the recent acquisition of 34 plants (incl. grinding stations), divested as part of the Lafarge/Holcim merger last year. Many of the plants are already using optimisation systems, but CRH chose to standardise on FLSmidth's ECS/ProcessExpert and QCX/BlendExpert solutions.
CRH chose FLSmidth's solution due to FLSmidth's process knowledge and technologically superior solutions, as well as FLSmidth's ability to deliver the large number of systems within 14 months.
FLSmidth is a leading supplier of automation technologies for the cement and minerals industries. For more than 40 years, FLSmidth has been pioneering advanced process control systems using the latest technologies combined with FLSmidth's extensive process knowledge. FLSmidth's well-proven methods ensure successful implementation and complete lifecycle management of the solution.
Please address questions regarding this press release to Group Executive Vice President, Product Companies Division, FLSmidth A/S, Bjarne Moltke Hansen, at +45 36 18 18 00.
The value of this order is below DKK 200m which is the threshold for FLSmidth stock exchange announcements.