The cement plant of the future

What does the customer really want when he buys cement? What impact do his needs have on the cement producers? What technologies will the cement producer require to fulfill his customer’s needs? These are questions Haver & Boecker, the cement specialists headquartered in Oelde/Germany are answering by designing “The cement plant of the future” in pursuit of perfect flow of products, processes and services. The future of cement will look different and Haver & Boecker aims to play a big role in forming it.


Haver & Boecker is a family-owned and run, medium-sized company headquartered in Oelde/Germany. As the company’s global division for the cement market, Haver Cement is focused on designing premium cement processes by combining all technologies from silo inlet to final dispatch as well as the complete limestone quarry operations. In order to offer its customers process chains without any compromises, Haver Cement assembles nothing but the best technology brands, all owned 100 % by Haver & Boecker. These are:

Haver & Boecker/W.S. Tyler – While Haver & Boecker started to process minerals in 1930, W.S. Tyler got a head start in 1872. With technology centers in Germany, Brazil and Canada, both technology brands combine a wealth of knowledge in screening, washing and pelletizing. This allows for an optimal combination of technologies to design new plant concepts and processes for the cement limestone quarry operations world-wide.

IBAU Hamburg (storage systems): Founded in 1975, IBAU is an engineering house located directly at the rim of the harbor in Hamburg. IBAU offers complete solutions for cement handling and storage as well as mixing and blending solutions. Signature IBAU technologies are the cone silo, multi-compartment silos, ship unloaders and the design of cement carrying ships.

Haver & Boecker – Carl Haver and his cousin Eduard Boecker founded the company in 1887. In the mid 20’s the company began to build packing machines for cement. Haver & Boecker shaped the packing technology market when it introduced the world-renowned ROTO-Packer in the 1960’s, which is copied to this day by competitors around the globe. At the end of the 1990’s Haver & Boecker introduced the SEAL technology, capable of welding paper valve bags completely shut after the filling process. The latest innovation to the cement market is the ADAMS technology, the first in the world capable of filling cement into plastic bags for better logistics and continuous production.

Newtec Bag Palletizing (palletizing + loading): As the first international offspring of the original inventor of the palletizer, Newtec expanded their diverse line of palletizing systems to include automatic truck loading systems, railcar loading and fully flexible bag loading systems.

Haver Automation: Founded only last year, Haver Automation intends to bring in Industry 4.0 to the cement industry. Haver Automation focuses on designing complete cement plant operating and logistics systems using the latest technologies such as cloud computing.

Haver Engineering: As a by-institute of the Mining University in Freiberg/Germany, ­Haver Engineering Development focuses on the design of new working processes within the cement industry. Whether in the quarry or in the packaging plant, Haver Engineering analyzes procedures and systems, provides basic and further training, and designs build-operate-transfer (BOT) models for interested customers.

Haver Cement’s strategic orientation is to combine all of these premium technology building blocks to tailor-made solutions for cement producers around the world. Wolfgang Bednarz, Head of Haver Cement, explains his vision as follows: “We believe that concentrating the expertise of our technology brands, providing our knowledge of technology, industries and processes, and adding the complete project management package from just one single source will energize our customers to make higher quality cement at a reduced operating expense level. The cement plant of the future will set new global standards for the optimum production of cement in terms of quality, cleanliness and profitability.”

Florian Festge, Managing Partner at Haver & Boecker, has a focused vision: “Our cement plant of the future is a highly efficient process, which will empower our customers to gain an even better image, higher customer satisfaction, increased market share and maximized profits. In history, time and time again, quality has always won over price. This holds true today more than ever. Premium technology may be more expensive at the outset. To compensate for this, we will offer all the required financing. However, in the long run a premium built cement plant focused on automating the latest technology will always win over cheap solutions in product quality, operational expenses and human satisfaction.”

Global sales director Bernhard Pagenkemper states the aim: “As Darwin once said, ‘not the strongest species will survive, not even the most intelligent, but the species most capable of adapting to change’. Our industry is changing. While cement used to be a rare product in many parts of the world, today we have excess capacities. The game is changing for our clients. The question is no longer how much cement they can produce, but instead how efficiently can it be made. The core business of our customers is to make, sell and market high-quality cement. Our job is to provide whatever tool they require to do so. We are driven by the idea to reach every coordinate in the customer’s universe. Regardless of whether he simply requires a machine, or whether he requires expertise, project management, operational support or if he wants to go to the extent of asking us to operate his equipment for him – we shall be there.”

Florian Festge is determined: “We want to make a significant contribution to shaping and forming this industry that has been so very good to us and which we love. The cement plant of the future will do exactly that!”

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