- In 2018, FLSmidth sold 31 new vertical roller mills for all grinding applications
- The combined cement grinding capacity of OK Mills from FLSmidth, grew by over 38% from 2270 tph in 2017 to 3145 tph in 2018
Raw materials grinding was added to the OK Mill’s résumé in 2017. Following the launch of this flagship VRM, three new OK Raw Mills were sold in 2018 – a strong indication that cement producers are favouring FLSmidth’s modular mill design for both raw materials and cement grinding. The flexibility of the modular design is a key driver of its success. It uses the same core grinding parts in raw and cement mills, in multiple mill sizes, greatly reducing the capital investment for spare parts in a plant.
FLSmidth has supplied VRMs to 67 countries around the world since the OK Mill launched in 1982. In the last two years alone, OK Mills have been sold in Indonesia, the Philippines, Algeria, Turkey, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Peru, Cuba, India, Nepal, Algeria and Egypt.
Particularly in South Asia and Africa, where large-capacity plants are installed, cement producers choose single big mills to take advantage of the lower installation costs associated with a single mill versus multiple smaller units. Perhaps the most impressive example of this is at Shah Cement in Bangladesh, where an 81-6 OK Mill, the world’s largest vertical roller mill for cement grinding, was inaugurated in 2018 – featuring six rollers and a whopping 8.1-metre diameter grinding table.
Average grinding capacity per sale of OK Mills for cement grew by almost 10% from 2017 to 2018 (206 tph in 2017 to 225 tph in 2018)
FLSmidth has supplied OK Mills with grinding tables ranging between 2.8m and 8.1m in diameter. The number one selling mill size is the OK 56-4 Mill, which is right in the middle of the available size range.
Why the attraction?
Reliable production, low total cost of ownership, and industry-leading energy efficiency are just some of the OK Mill’s key characteristics. Its modular design with parts commonality across applications and sizes enhances these benefits. Undoubtedly, it’s a great choice for all investments from capacity upgrades to new greenfield projects.