New silo to become shimmering blue landmark

Cementa’s new landmark in Malmö will shine blue at the top.

“The top of the silo will consist of three metres of blue glass which will be lit up from behind,” Jan Gabrielson, Project Manager at HeidelbergCement, says.

CMP’s new 250 metre long quay in the North Port has just been completed. The white-pigmented silo, which will be built 30 metres from the quay, will form a sleek and elegant silhouette in Malmö. It will contain six chambers with a total capacity for 30,000 tonnes of cement. When completed in late 2011, it will have reached its full height of 90 metres and have a diameter of 27 metres. It has currently reached a height of 28 metres.

“Moving our current cement terminal from Limhamn to the North Port will improve the environment for local residents, as there will be less heavy goods vehicles passing through the area. From a transport perspective it’s also better, as there is a connecting railway in the North Port.”

“The silo will be ultramodern and fully automated,” Jan Gabrielson adds. “And lorries will be able to collect cement at any time of day or night using their cards.”

HeidelbergCement bought the land from the local authority in Malmö. The company is leasing ships, which will unload their cargo in the North Port. The goods will then continue by rail and road.

Facts about Cementa

Cementa grew out of Skånska Cement, which was formed 139 years ago. Later, Skånska Cementgjuteriet was formed, which is now Skanska. In 1999 Cementa became a part of HeidelbergCement, a large international group which is the world’s third largest producer of cement. Until today the company has been based at Limhamn in Malmö. For many years the production of cement and lime took place at the nearby Kalbrottet limestone quarry.

Facts about cement

Cement is a fine powder produced from limestone and clay minerals. To produce concrete, cement is mixed with water and a filler material consisting of gravel and stone. The key properties of concrete are its mouldability, strength and durability. Cement is thus a main component of concrete, and concrete is used everywhere in modern society: in residential buildings, bridges, dams, paving stones and sewage pipes.
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