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16 CEMENT AMERICAS • Spring 2019 • www.cementamericas.com FEATURE B ack in 2011, the Ruiseco family started, and was sole owner of their new cement company, Ultracem S.A.S. in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia. At the time, brothers Juan Manuel Ruiseco Gutierrez, CEO, and Nicolas Ruise- co Gutierrez, executive vice president, felt the Colombian cement market was ripe for a new start-up cement plant but they weren't sure how long the strong market conditions would last. When designing the new plant, it was decided to start with a single production line but to anticipate the addition of a second line at some future point in time. For this reason, the material storage area and feed silos were designed to have enough capacity for both produc- tions lines, assuming that extra space would eventually be needed. This design gamble paid off. As the Colombian cement market continued to strengthen over the next few years, the company was able to proceed with commission- ing of the second production line at the end of 2015, in order to double their production capacity. The initial line was supplied by Gebr. Pfeiffer featuring a clinker grinding mill specifically designed to grind a vari- ety of product, ranging from OPC to slag and limestone cements. All equipment was delivered within one year of the contract signing, and the erection and start-up was completed in just nine months. The scope of Production Line One (commissioned in Octo- ber 2013) included the following: • MPS 3350 BC vertical roller mill with patented "Lift and Swing" technology. • SLS 2900 BC high-efficiency classifier. • Plant equipment consisting of a bagfilter, fan, hot gas generator, bucket elevator, weigh feeder and two con- veyors. Hitting a Double Ultracem of Colombia Anticipated a Need for Doubling Capacity and the Gamble Paid Off. By Mark S. Kuhar Gebr. Pfeiffer MPS 3350 BC clinker grinding mill installed with Production Line One at the Cement grinding plant at Ultracem S.A.S in Barranquilla, Colombia. View of Both Production Lines, each utilizing a Gebr. Pfeiffer MPS 3350 BC clinker grinding mill, at Ultracem Ce- ment Grinding Plant in Barranquilla, Colombia.

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