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  Our first 25 Years [1975- 2000]



Initially, ASEC’s activities were confined to the engineering and raw material investigations for cement plants.

  • ❑ In 2000, ASEC’s specialists were running 6 plants, producing over 60% of the cement manufactured in Egypt.

ASEC introduces a variety of new services to the cement industry. It quickly develops modern facilities. In the 1970’s, it was one of the only laboratories in the Middle East and Africa.

  • ❑ It will soon become the most reliable for analysis and testing of cement and its raw materials.


Suez Cement

  • ◊ 1st private cement production company in Egypt (1976).
  • ◊ ASEC conducts raw material investigations and the engineering for the dry process line, as well as supervising the reaction and startup of the plants.

Helwan [Portland Cement Company]

  • ❑ Assigns ASEC as consultant for the construction of the 2 largest production lines in Egypt (1978). ( Each turning out a record of 4,500 tons of clinker per day )

Assyut Cement Company (largest cement plant in Egypt), plans in 1979, to convert its production line from wet to dry process, while also increasing its capacity from 1’500 to 5’000 tons of clinker per day.



1981


  • ❑ Asec works on expanding the quarry for the Helwan Cement Company.
  • - Drilling work and geological tests are undertaken.

  • ❑ The Assyut Cement plant wants to add kilns, each producing 3’700 tons of clinker per day.
  • - ASEC takes on the engineering and supervision of construction on a turnkey basis.


1982


  • ❑ The first dry process line goes into operation at Tourah cement plant.
  • - ASEC starts the planning for Tourah’s line no.8, followed 2 years later by line no.9.
  •   o Each line producing 3’300 tons of clinker per day.


1983


  • ❑ Suez Cement Company commissions its first kiln in Suez.
  • - Largest in Egypt, producing 1 million of clinker per year.


1985


  • ❑ Tourah’s line no.8, producing 1million tons per year, is finally launched; this is the first turnkey project in Egypt.
  • ❑ ASEC is assigned to do a market study for the first white cement plant in Egypt, to be erected in Minya.
  • - The study not only included examining the specialized production process, but also explored the possibility for exporting this precious building material.
  •   o Egypt is one of the few countries where white limestone can be found.


1986


  • ❑ Suez Cement Company commissions its first kiln in Suez.
  • - Largest in Egypt, producing 1 million of clinker per year.


1987


  • ❑ ASEC signs the first technical assistance contract with the Ameriya Cement Company, taking on the responsibility to operate the plant, produce the designed nominal capacity and maintain the equipment.
  • - This contract is a major milestone in ASEC’s history.
  • - The specialized know-how of ASEC’s employees renders them competitive on an international level.


1988


  • ❑ ASEC designs a water supply system for the Assyut Cement Company, pumping in both industrial and potable water.
  • - The system also sets up reserves in case of fire and provides a new source of irrigation for a farm of 4’400’000 square meters.


1989


  • ❑ ASEC leaps in to the future with the funding of its first subsidiary company : ARESCO.
  • - Soon, ARESCO extends its activities to including major plant overhauls and manufacturing of plant components, as well as undertaking the complete construction of cement plants.


1990


  • ❑ The first dry process white cement kiln in Egypt is fired up in El Minya.
  • ❑ In September, ASEC signs its second technical assistance contract for the operation and maintenance of a cement plant.
  • - Objective: maintain production capacity and strive to increase it.


1991


  • ❑ In Tourah, the efficiency of the cement plant is improved, a direct result of the ongoing technical assistance contract signed with ASEC, the third one in 5 years.
  • - Production is increased by 40% and on the job training means that Egyptians specialists are gradually replacing their foreign counterparts.


1992


  • ❑ Technical assistance contracts with ASEC are in great demand, becoming a model of efficiency to the entire field.
  • - ASEC is assigned to develop and operate Assyut’s limestone and clay quarries.
  • - ASEC joins a World Bank team, conducting a study for the restructuring of the Tourah, Helwan and National Cement companies.
  • ❑ Pollution control projects called PIAF is set in motion, starting with the Tourah, Helwan and Nationa Cement plants.
  • - ASEC is assigned by KfW, Germany, to prepare, implement, and assist and follow up the project.


1993


  • ❑ To better cope with the tremendous amount of packaging material (85% of cement is sold in 50kg bags)., ASEC helps build a new paper bag factory in Beni Suef.


1994


  • ❑ Second line production of Suez Cement Company’s bid document is prepared by ASEC
  • ❑ The government embarks in the privatization of the cement companies, and it entrusts ASEC with the technical audit of the Tourah, Helwan and Ameriya plants.
  • ❑ ASEC wins a contract to upgrade and modernize the laboratories at the Alexandria National steel plant in Dekheila.


1995


  • ❑ ASEC establishes ASENPRO, an environmental protection company. Up to 630 engineers and technicians perform assessment studies of environmental impact, dust emission measurements and the overhaul of cement plant filters. They also produce, operate, and maintain pollution control equipment.
  • ❑ ASEC offers its most ambitious training course yet : ACMC. A 6 weeks course, it cares to workers in the cement industry and welcomes other industrial sectors as well. The instructors` technical knowledge is matched by an understanding of the mechanisms of management, economy, markets and marketing.


1996


  • ❑ For the first time in Egypt, a public sector company signs a technical management contract with a private company. On May 12th, ASEC concludes a contract with Tourah for the lines 8 and 9, which includes upgrading the lines on a turnkey basis from 3`300 to 3`900 tons per day.
  • ❑ On the same day, ASEC secures a second contract with National Cement for its two 4`500 tons per day lines. Dr. Atef Ebeif, then the Minister of the Business Sector, gives the contract his personal blessings.


1997


  • ❑ ASEC Automation (ASA), is founded, providing skilled and qualified engineers and technicians who offer special services for the electrical industry, encompassing everything from project studies to the erection and commission of electrical and control systems on a turnkey basis.
  • ❑ The new company supports clients with technical training and supply parts for the installations.
  • ❑ ASEC designs the Sporting Club of the Assyiut Cement plant.


1998


  • ❑ ASEC sings the first turnkey project for a new grey cement plant with Sinai Cement Company, to be erected 50 km south of Al-Arish. The new plant will crank out 4`500 tons of clinker a day.
  • ❑ ASEC will provide the raw material investigation, all engineering services and the supervisory work. Under the project management of ARESCO, a record breaking 70% of supplies are delivered by Egyptian companies.


1999


  • ❑ ASEC founds three new companies:
  • - ASCOM Geology and Mining: This former ASEC geological department har contributed greatly to the growth of the Egyptian cement industry since 1975.
  • - ARTEC Research and Technology: Providing special services in various fields, in particular computer software.
  • - REPERLCO Electric Rewinding and Repair: Specialist in the domain of motor and transformer repair.
  • ❑ The Sinai White Cement Company awards a turnkey contract for its 300`000 tons per year plant to ARESCO, while ASEC oversees the detailed design and site supervision. The entire ASEC Group participates in the project.


1975 to 2000

ASEC increased cement production in Egypt more than six-fold, and astounding record that was made possible by contributions from all of ASEC`s collaborators. The list of ASEC`s activities over the past 25 years goes on and on. It includes: engineering and consulting on 18 cement production lines, of which 10 are grass root plants, opening plans for quarries of 7 cement plants, upgrading 3 production lines, and concluding 5 technical assistance contracts and 2 technical management contracts.


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