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3/3/2009
Sacmi and Rak Ceramics: looking ahead together

Providing excellence through a blend of quality, productivity and energy savings

Rak Ceramics, one of the world’s leading ceramic companies with an annual output of 104 million square metres of tiles, continues to expand. Established in 1991 with a machine pool supplied entirely by the Sacmi Group, Rak is a business success story and has since gone on to diversify into other areas, almost all of which are linked to ceramic.

And the Rak Group just keeps on expanding, as Sacmi’s recent supply of four new production lines clearly shows: two for the United Arab Emirates, one for Iran and one for India.

The Sacmi machines shipped to the United Arab Emirates include four presses (three PH2590s and one PH2090), two monoporosa kilns (FMS223/105 and FMS275/180.6 models), two Sacmi Automation sorting lines and various plant completion materials. To Iran, instead, Sacmi shipped 13 discontinuous MTD340 mills, an ATM90 spray dryer, three PH5000L presses complete with a linear DCL filler box, two PH3020 presses with an effective load width of 2250 mm, three horizontal ECP285/17 driers, two FMS2550/140 kilns and a good six sorting lines from Sacmi Automation. The supply also includes body preparation materials, conveyor systems and moulds. Equally impressive is the expansion of the Indian plant, which will result in the completion of the Kakinada production facility and the installation of a MTC070 continuous mill, two MTD340 mills, three PH5000L presses, two horizontal ECP285/22 driers, a FMS2950/153 kiln and a Sacmi Automation sorting line.

Rak Ceramics, which has always aimed to maximise product quality and optimise production plant performance, recently joined forces with Sacmi to identify and implement energy saving and pollution reduction solutions. Rak has, in fact, commissioned Sacmi to install its H.E.R.O. (High Efficiency Resource Optimizer) systems, recently presented at Tecnargilla, on all the tile production plants at Ras Al Khaimah. Consequently, the current order includes materials for the installation of SPR systems (combustion pre-heat air up to 250 °C, a system that provides gas savings of 10-14%) on 20 kilns, the RVE (recovery-to-driers) system and the channelling of excess hot air towards the spray driers (simplified co-generation). Currently being installed, these systems will allow Rak to convert all its machines to natural gas and cut energy costs by up to two million Euros. Further Sacmi-developed H.E.R.O. technology solutions are in the pipeline for end-of-line installations and other Rak plants outside the United Arab Emirates.

Yet expansion is certainly not limited to tiles, as the Group recently inaugurated a taps and fittings production plant. This was set up to complement facilities for the production of tableware (Rak Porcelain) - also equipped by Sacmi and inaugurated in 2006 - sanitaryware, adhesives (Laticrete) and screen printing paste vehicles, all concentrated in the Ras Al Khaimah industrial district, one of the seven States of the United Arab Emirates.

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