Deepening the industry dialog and ­expanding trading opportunities

Industry specialists from over a dozen countries and multiple continents attended the AshTrade Europe 2015 conference on 22./23.04.2015 in Frankfurt (Main)/Germany. The Europe-focused fourth meeting in GMI Global’s worldwide Ash Trade meeting series saw participation from recognized leaders in the coal combustion byproducts industry, including fly ash, bottom ash, gypsum, shipping, handling, logistics and technology specialists. The event brought together professionals across the value chain in a forum that provided tangible networking and trading opportunities for buyers and suppliers. Conference speakers offered attendees a broad perspective on fly ash, not only from Europe, but also from the global experience.

Companies represented at the meeting included Cementia, CW Research, Dal Teknik Makina, Dedusting Technologies, Dirk India, Ecotrade,
Eesti Energia, Enel, Erik Thun, Euroment, Grace, HC Trading, HeidelbergCement, Holcim, Howe Robinson, Interbulk Trading, KGJ Cement, Lafarge, Lytag, Powerment, ST Equipment & Technology, Surschiste, TBS-Transportbeton, Titan Cement, and ZAG International, among others.

AshTrade Europe 2015 focused on ways to increase the use of fly ash in cementitious applications, cost effective uses and structural applications of calcareous fly ash, fly ash separation, logistics and dedicated cement carriers as fly ash transport solutions, gypsum supply end-user segments (e.g. cement), as well as burnt oil shale as binding
material used in road construction.

Focusing on the three main attributes of fly ash, permeability, fineness and water requirement, Georg Dirk, ex-Chairman of India-based Dirk Group of Companies, discussed fly-ash based HPC (High Performance Concrete) solutions as well as experiences in India with fly ash as building material.

Ms. Raluca Cercel, analyst for the CW Group, provided the audience with a detailed global perspective on cement demand, key trends for the cement industry, cement consumption outlook, clinker usage in cement, usage of extenders in cement production as well as reports of worldwide slag and fly-ash production and usage.

The financial and economic consequences of gypsum supply evolution, determined by the “energy turnaround” in Europe, were identified by Holger Alwast, Head of Prognos’ Waste & Secondary Resources Division. His presentation covered highlights on the gypsum processing industry, markets for gypsum products, FGD gypsum supply, and gypsum recycling.

Dimitris Georgantis, Chartering Broker at Howe Robinson Shipbrokers, offered transport and logistics insights into the process of adapting existing cement carrier fleets to a viable and profitable fly ash transport solution.

Jens Garbe, Product Manager at Claudius Peters Projects, presented the cooperation between SPM and Claudius Peters formed to develop a technology to separate the coarse and unburned particles from fly ash.

The AshTrade series will build on the Euro-pean meeting with two additional forums in 2015: AshTrade India (04.09. in Mumbai, India) and Slag & AshTrade Americas (30.09. in Rio de Janeiro, ­Brazil) an expanded forum also covering steel & iron slags and other pozzolanic materials. AshTrade ­Europe will again be hosted in spring 2016.

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