Logistics for Cement Industry
Every cement production facility depends heavily in the supply chain of raw materials, fuels, and spare parts into the plants and in the logistics of product delivery to market.
The following aspects are considered in a logistics study.
- Supply of essential raw materials external to the main operating mine. These generally include clay, silica minerals, iron ore, gypsum Pozzolan, slag and other additives.
- Supply of fuels to be utilized for combustion at the plant.
- The movement of vehicles within the plant from all incoming traffic taking into account peak hours and assuring prevention of interference with plant operations.
- The logistics of dispatch within the plant perimeter. Truck traffic is usually concentrated within short periods and requires careful analysis and staging areas.
- Distribution of cement by rail, barge, or ships lowers costs and improves the economics of serving remote clients. Terminals for transfer to trucks, requires long term planning, logistical analysis, site selection and other critical aspects for proper return-on-investment.
Every cement facility needs to be analyzed to maximize ROI. Logistical planning is dynamic in a changing market. An optimal logistical plan 10 years ago may not be efficient today. Logistical studies should be updated periodically, even more so when there are changes in market, improvements in technology, and Social/Economic changes in the region.
Cement terminals offer a reliable and low cost logistics system for the distribution of Portland cement. (+)
PEC Consulting offers expert services in the preparation of logistic studies for the Cement Industry. Our studies will provide the optimization to lower logistical costs.