International Congress of Cement Manufacturers - 2009
On October 6-10, in Belgorod, the 2nd International Congress of Cement Manufacturers was held.
The key issue of the event was - "Effective management, modern technologies, preservation of industrial potential".
The organizers of the event were: European Technical Institute, Sub-Committee on Marketing of the Chamber of Commerce and
Industry Committee of the RF on the Industrial Development, Belgorod State Technical University n.a. V.G. Shukhov,
international magazine "ZKC International".
68 representatives of the leading world famous cement companies took part in the congress this year:: HeidelbergCement
(Germany), Yep STROY (Turkey), KXD (Germany), PSP Engineering (Czechia), Holcim (Germany), "Evrocement Group" (Russia),
Humboldt Wedag International (Germany) and others, the works of 56 students and post graduate students were presented at
the competition of diploma works by four higher educational establishments, which train 90% of Russian specialists in the cement
It is been already for the second year that the Belgorod State Technological University n.a. V.G.Shukhov is chosen as
a meeting point of the cement experts, and this is not accidentally. A wide experience in cement production has been gained
during the last several decades just at that spot. Besides, the University is an unquestionable leader in training specialists
for building and building materials industry. Nearly three fourth of the industry top managers and specialists graduated from
it. The departments of cement technologies and composite materials, technological equipment and complexes have well established
relations with manufacturing enterprises, and carry out for them contractual science and research works. The scientific
developments are getting accepted in production and that enhances enterprises potential. The university hosts regular advanced
trainings for cenet industry workers. That is why the congress carrying out in Belgorod has become a logical result of the
University staff activity and confirmation of its high status.
While opening the plenary session, rector of the Belgorod State Technological University n.a. V.G.Shukhov, Doctor of
Engineering, professor A.M. Gridchin warmly welcomed the forum participants. In the eyes of Mr Gridchin, it was a great honour
and high responsibility to receive industrial and scientific elite of the Russian and foreign cement industry within the
walls of the University. Among the other priority tasks of the University, highly qualified specialists training, building
materials production improving and designing and maintenance of machines and mechanisms was highlighted as especially
important by the rector.
On behalf of the Governor of Belgorod Region E.S. Savchenko, the First Deputy Head of the Building, Transport, and
Housing and Utilities Department A.S. Turbin greeted the guests at the opening ceremony. Speaking about achievements in
the building industry, he mentioned contribution made by the Belgorod State Technological University n.a. V.G.Shukhov into
the scientific support and staff training for building industry enterprises.
The greeting speaches of the representatives of the Russian Union of Builders and Association of Russian Builders expressed
confidence that experience and potential, accumulated in Russia, will help overcome quickly difficulties and preserve the
strength of the building industry.
The congress was defined as significant event in the cement industry by one of its organizers, General Director of the European
Technical Institure (Moscow) M.E. Shmatov. Due to his opinion, the unique character of the congress consists in the fact, that it
has united the representatives of the real business, governmental authorities, scientific and research centers and the students.
It is assumed to organize in the future an All Russia Congress of the Young Professionals in the Cement Industry.
A great interest of the plenary session participants attracted reports of the Head of the Department of Cement Technologies
and Composite Materials of the Belgorod State Technological University n.a. V.G.Shukhov and V.K. Klassen "Versions of Cement
Enterprises Reconstruction in Russia", the representative of the firm Holcim M. Kapkhana "Modern Methods of Preparation of Raw
Stuff Based on Chalk Stone". Deputy Director on Quality and Ecology at the State Unitary Enterprise "NII Mosstroy" V.F. Afanasieva
spoke about the problems of the cement quality. An interesting report about training on probation of the young professionals at
the firm Heidelberg Cement was made by the personnel manager I.A. Ulianova.
As well as in the year 2008, when an agreement was signed between the Belgorod State Technological University n.a. V.G.Shukhov
and "Heidelberg Cement Rus" (Germany) and "LaFarsh" (France) on training of specialists for these enterprises, this year an
agreement was signed with the largest Russian manufacturer - "Eurocement Group".
An extended programme was presented to the forum participants: competitions of diploma projects, work of the discussion club
"Cement" and excursions to the leading enterprises of building industry in Belgorod Region and, by all means, plenary and
sectional sessions in the course of which the most important issues in the conditions of the world crisis were discussed. Among
them were, for example, personnel training for cement industry, condition and current problems of the cement industry, modernization
of production, software and production automation, logistics and investments managements at the cement plants. A start of SMS
quiz "Cement - I Love You!" was timed to the opening of the 2nd International Congress of Cement Manufacturers by the European
Technical Institute and "Eurocenment Group". According to the tradition, there was a mini-football tournament for the Cup of
Cement, which was won by the team "Itog Zodiak" this year.
The participants had the following comments about the congress:
Sergey Bogdan - a representative of the Czech company PSP Ingineering, is responsible for realization of investment projects
"Our plant has been manufacturing equipment for cement and lime production plants for 50 years - mills, furnace lines. The interest
in this equipment is constantly growing in Russia. The congress presented a rare oportunity to the company to meet the buyers
of our products - cement plants representatives".
"It is very important that we are discussing plans for the future. This confirms the fact, that the winds of positive changes
will reverse the situation to the better".
"In my opinion, you main problem is underfinancing of projects. The credits can be granted only against security of banks.
In the Czech Republic, for example, the bank supports its clients financially. The weakness of the Russian banking system is that
the small-, and middle-scale banks cannot grant bank guarantee. And here the role of the state is very important. Without its
interference, without support programmes, including concessional financing, there is no way out of the crisis".
Askin Ergul - a manager on realization of projects of the representative office of the Tukish company YEP
STROY in Russia:
"For 35 year our company has been building and commissioning ready-to-operate cement plants all around the world, which are
corresponding to the European standards. We see a great potential of the Russian market and we would like to establish on it.
The first step is taken - our company got the licence to engage in economic activity. Unfortunately the crisis retarded
the realization of some of the projects. But we are not going to leave the Russian market. We are sure about the positive
changes in the nearest future. Judging by the general mood at the congress, the changes for the better are not far beyond the
mountains. It is the first time that I take part in the work of such representative forum and I would like to mention its
constructive atmosphere and perfect organization. Every smallest detail is considered. The tour to the plant "Oskolcement"
and excursions around the town were very interesting and useful. I have got to love beautiful Belgorod! I would also like
to mention the hospitality and cordiality of the event organizers and of all the people, with whom I communicated".
There was a press-conference within the framework of the congress, in which rector of the Belgorod State Technological
University n.a. V.G.Shukhov, Doctor of Engineering, professor A.M. Gridchin, the representative of the company "Eurocement
Group" S.V. Suev, director of the European Technical Institute M.E. Shmatov, Doctor of Engineering, professor, academician
of the International Academy of System Researches I.M. Tynnikov and others took part.
While opening the press-conference, A.M. Gridchin told that the urgent industrial problems would be discussed at the congress.
"The production of building materials and construction can be regarded as locomotives, which will "draw out" the whole country
economy" - stated A.M. Gridchin.
In Mr Gridchin's opinion, cooperation with the manufacturers will help the University to improve the quality of specialists
training. The theory cannot live without practice. The signing of the agreement between the University and the largest cement
manufacturer in Russia - holding "Eurocement Group" - was the confirmation of it.
The Belgorod State Technological University n.a. V.G.Shukhov's graduate S.V. Susev, who represented the company at the agreement
signing, said: "The student of the Belgorod State Technological University n.a. V.G.Shukhov should know that he will be welcomed
at the "Eurocement" company".
The journalists were interested in price formation problems, improving of cement quality, recycling of technogenic wastes
of cement production as well as in the issues of construction of building industry plants in the Belgorod Region.
Academician I.M. Tynnikov highlighted the high productivity of the congress, "more businesslike approach to discussing urgent
problems and working out solutions is observed this year".
As explained by General Director of the European Technical Institute M.E. Shmatov, the forum sessions helped to solve specific
problems in the industry.