Indian Cement Ind charts a roadmap for global leadership : The first national Concreatech 2018 Summit organised by the country’s Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) and supported by government of India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change got off to a rousing start at New Delhi on Thursday with the Chief Guest, Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs sharing the big picture on how India’s cement industry has an important role in “Building the Nation” with a sustainable competitive edge.
The conference saw all key policy makers, economists, industry leaders come together to share insights on the key factors and the cement industry’s role and commitment to the Sustainability Development Goals (2030).
While speaking at the event the minister said, “I congratulate CMA for this 56th AGM and would like to underscore that I recognize that cement plays a direct and concrete role in nation building. This will help India in meeting not only the SDG 2025 goals but also 2030 development goals.”
Dr Shailendra Chouksey, President, CMA & Whole Time Director, JK Lakshmi Cement, said , “India is today home to the world’s second largest cement industry in the world and accounts for over 8 per cent of the global installed capacity of 500 million tonnes from 250 large cement plants. We are extremely proud to hold this event and we aim to create a matrix of public private partnerships that can shape the goals that are eco-friendly, inclusive and growth oriented for India.”
Speaking at the conference Mahendra Singhi, vice president CMA and Managing Director Dalmia Cements said, “What is equally important is that the country’s cement industry is creating a sustainable competitive advantage banking on new technologies, latest quality manufacturing processes, energy savings, low carbon footprint and a green future. 50 per cent of Indian cement industry’s capacity is less than ten years old.”
CMA Secretary General Aparna Dutt Sharma said “Concreatech 2018 brought together the best of delegates and speakers from India and overseas and highlighted the shared concerns and achievements of all the stakeholders of the Indian cement industry with a special focus on sustainability.”