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CLEIA wih New Contract of Hollow Blocks Plant in India

CLEIA/FR continues its international development and wins a new brick plant contract in India.

The extensive revamping of this brick factory for Arth Ceramics (previously Red Ceramics Ltd.), located in Kolkata, West Bengal, will allow to reach an annual output of 200000 t/a of hollow blocks, making it one of the largest brick plant in India. The ability of CLEIA to propose innovative solutions for existing units together with a strong commitment to secure the operation – including heavy clay testing for over one year – was essential to the Arth Ceramics company in its decision to select CLEIA as partner for the complete realization of this project. The hollow blocks offer a major ­posi­tive evolution of the building market in India: in comparison with solid bricks, as it reduces the construction costs as well as the energy consumption and raw material quantity. They also preserve the natural resources and the environment with a better insulation construction method, whilst improving comfort of housing. CLEIA ceramic engineers with their extensive 4C Laboratory  – CLEIA Ceramic Competence Center will develop new technologies for the raw materials preparation process adapted to the local Indian context. For the drying process CLEIA will install a new Sirocco rapid dryer highly adapted for the drying of hollow products. The existing kiln will be renewed and fitted with new firing and control equipment. The handling facilities will be replaced with robotic setting stations. The whole equipment will be controlled by an OpenCer PLC control system.

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