29 May 2020

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Spotlight- VICAT Cement

VICAT FRANCE inaugurates its Cement Terminal in Mumbai under its Flagship brand “VICAT”



French cement maker Vicat Group, which entered India a decade ago, is seeking to raise its capacity by more than 50 per cent in three years, but would not chase volumes to enhance its shelf-space presence in the world’s second-biggest market for the building material. Last month, the group launched the Vicat brand cement in the country.



Kalburgi Cement Company Pvt. Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of VICAT France, has estabilsed 1.2 MTPA bulk cement terminal in Mumbai to cater to the cement demand of rapidly growing Mumbai Megalopolis. This terminal was inaugurated by Guy Sidos, VICATGroup, Chairman and CEO in presence of Markus Oberle , Chairman-VICAT INDIA and Anoop Kumar Saxena, CEO-VICAT INDIA. With start of this terminal, Kalburgi Cement company has decided to launch the brand 'VICAT'in India. This is flagship brand from France for last several decades in cement. Two products under brand VICAT were launched; VICATOPTIMATE & VICATDURAMATE. VICAT's long term strategy in Indian Market is strengthened with the launch of VICAT brand, which is having 200 years trust and legacy in France, in Mumbai.


VICATOPTIMATE is a premium quality OPC 53 grade cement from VICAT group. It has one of the best properties in its grade of cement. This product is manufactured using the best limestone available in Gulbarga cluster with optimum fineness and with low percentage of alkalies, chlorides, magnesia which ensures better durability of the concrete structures. Due to development of high early compressive strength, VICATOPTIMATE provides lesser de-shuttering period, high early compressive strength of concrete and results in saving the cement consumption.


VICATOPTIMATE is used in the construction of residential and commercial projects, concrete precast structures, roads and by major RMC manufacturers. This has been the best choice of RMC players and it helps in making highly compressive design from concrete.


Another product­- VICATDURAMATE is a premium quality blended cement manufactured by inter grinding high quality clinker and the best quality High Reactive Silica (HRS) which is collected from Electro Static Precipitators (ESP) of power plants. VICATDURAMATE generates reduced heat of hydration with lesser thermal shrinkage cracks. It offers high durability characteristics, particularly in hydraulic structures and marine constructions. VICATDURAMATE has high fineness hence the conrete becomes more cohesive.




During the launch of terminal Sidos, VICAT Group Chairman said “India is a very important country for our business and this investment of terminal is in line with our comittment to supply best quality of cement from house of invetor of cement with best service level. With this we show our comitment towards India’s progress and growth. The entire team of India Operations is known for its quality consciousness and excellence in operations and that has compelled us to launched the brand VICAT in India.”


The Terminal is 2nd rail based terminal in Mumbai. It has dedicated own wagons, 24 hours loading facility. This is first ever industry to have end-to-end logistic automation. This is ZERO discharge plant (with NO Air & Water polution). It is having dedicated facility of loading bag as well as bulk cement to any part of Mumbai. It is having 1.2 MTPA capacity and it can store upto 12000 Tons cement at any point of time.


Recently during visit of France President, Emmanuel Macron, to India, VICAT has announced investment of 223 million Euros which includes second line of 2.75MTPA capacity in exsting Kalburgi Cement Plant and also announced to establish a grinding unit of 1.7 MTPA capacity at Vizag in Andhra Pradesh to expand its footprint.


VICATFRANCE is well known name gobally in cement industry. Histoy of group started in year 1817 when Louis VICAT invented artificial cement to build a bridge in Soiullac on France’s Dordgne river and thereafter legacy and expertise is developed by generation after generation. Today this group is led by 7th generation of Louis VICAT.


Joseph VICAT, son of  Louis VICAT started VICAT group by establshing 1st plant in 1853 in France. Today the group operates in 11 countries namely Egypt, France, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Staes. It has 15 integrated cement plants, 5 grinding units, 243 concrete batching plants and 69 aggregate quarries globally. It has turn over of 2600 million Euroswith 8460 employees.


VICAT entered in India in 2008 after working for 10 years in India to findout a good partener. It had entered India in a joint venture with an Indian partener with proposal to establish an integrated plant. In year 2014, VICAT bought 100 per cent stake of joint venture and renamed it as Kalburgi Cement Pvt. Ltd.



In the year 2010, VICAT bought Bharathi Cement with the Indian partner having 5.5 Million Tons Per Annum (MTPA) capacity. It has an integrated cement plant consisting 2 lines in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, total capacity of group in India is 7.75 MTPA.


In the last 8 years, the company has expanded its markets in many new states in India and now it has operations in 8 states namely Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Mahashtra, Puducherry and Tamilnadu. It has strong network of 3300 dealers.


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