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Semey cement plant gathered the best clients together on the 55th anniversary in RIXOS hotel of Almaty


Mr. Joachim Pohlmann the Chief Executive Officer of United Cement Group greeted the partners with opening speech. Having greeted the gathered partners, Mr. Pohlmann thanked persons present for long-term partnership. "It is a great honour for me to meet all of you here and I am grateful to you that you came today to share the happiness and pride for our plant. Thanks for our mutual hard work we build future of Kazakhstan. In order to stay competitive in the rapidly changing cement industry in Kazakhstan the plant has to undergo a significant modernization. This is the main target for the next future – the management is working hard on it and your support is very important for us. – informed Mr. Pohlmann. Also he noted that United Cement Group is always ready to dialogue, as well as develop and improve the relationship with clients on a constant basis: "We are in process of continual development and we strive for high level of services".
M.F. Kopolovetz, the Director of Semey Cement Plant, in his welcome speech thanked partners for long-term support and promised to use best efforts for plant development, improvement of the relationship with partners and continued control of products quality.
Further there was short presentation for the partners concerning UCG Holding results for 2013 and plans for the next 2014. Abdul Kusayev, the Commercial director of UCG shared plans for 2014, told about tendencies of the cement market in RK, stated expectations on the prices and consumption volumes.
The short official part ended with give over of 20 commemorative diplomas and drawing of 3 certificates for cement purchase.
So, companies Temirbeton-1 ("Platinum partner"), A-MEGA TRADING ("Sustainable development"), MAK Almatygorstroy (Gold partner"), ALCAS Beton ("Best dynamics"), Salavat-BS (Prospect of year), Alina Pro ("Silver partner"), Saltanat ("The best partner in Almaty"), ALGA ("Reliability and stability"), ROMANA ("Financial integrity"), Orion Minerals ("Annual delivery"), ADE Group Ltd ("Impeccable reputation"), BIG-ELIT ("Breakthrough of year"), Bau Master KZ ("The best partner in Pavlodar"), Module Plus ("The perspective partner"), Asbestos and cement products Plant ("The best partner in Semey") were honored with diplomas.
South Korean construction companies "Posco Engineering & Construction" and "KCC Engineering & Construction" were ranked "The best partner in road construction". Stroitel and Stroybat companies were nominated "The Time-proved Partner" for long-term cooperation.
Svetlana Trushkina, the Commercial director of Semey Cement Plant, raffled three certificates for 100 000 tenge for cement purchase. The companies BIG-Elit, Bau Master KZ and ACPP became the lucky winners who have received a gift directly from hands of the Chief Executive Officer of UCG Holding.
Also at the ceremony a film was shown about the plant, revealing the glorious chapters of the plant history and specially shot for the event of 55th anniversary of the plant.
Albert Rau, the first Vice-minister of the Ministry of the industry and new technologies greeted ceremony participants in the letter of congratulations: "Through concerted efforts, professionalism and endurance of labor collective, Semey Cement Plant LLP rightfully occupies one of leading positions in Kazakhstan cement branch, making the top three of the cement companies. Today the plant team is working in difficult economic and political conditions. Nevertheless, a reverent attitude to business, solidarity, absence of indifference, patience and sympathy of each employee are the strong foundation for development and stability of all enterprise. I am sure that the results achieved are not end point, and let the next years be even more successful for you".
Like any birthday, the gifts were given on this anniversary: partner companies awarded commemorative diplomas with gratitude and wishes for further development and prosperity, many kind words have been said to the Plant and the Holding management.
After official part the partners and guests of ceremony with pleasure used the opportunity to communicate with the Holding managers in an informal setting. At cozy RIXOS hotel restaurant the partners had an opportunity to put the topical questions and receive exhaustive reply at "first-hand", just to get to know better and certainly, wish Semey cement plant further prosperity. 

Historical background.
Construction of plant shops and small town for cement workers was started in 1956 and the plant was started up in October, 1958, the first kiln was heated up. However 5 November of 1958 is considered as the plant birthday – it is the day when the plant produced the first batch of cement, and since then the plant 55 years already pleases Kazakhstan citizens with high quality product.
In 1965 the fourth technological line was commissioned and it doubled the plant capacity.
In 1972 for excellent production performance the plant was ranked "Semipalatinsk cement plant named after 50 anniversary of the USSR".  The plant staff was several times awarded by red challenge banner, many times became the winner of republican and all-Union socialist competitions, brought up a group of heroes of labor. 
In 80s production had gone into recession, the equipment required updating. And in mid 80s a general reconstruction of rotating kiln was performed. It allowed to establish a record in 1989 – 1 million 301 thousand tons of cement.
In challenging 90s we managed to keep the plant, human resources, equipment, and infrastructure. And in early 2000s the second and third rotary kilns, 4 cement mills were restored, fleet of lifting devices was repaired and updated. Plant started the operation and again became the industry leader in the republic.
In 2004 the prime minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Danial Akhmetov and in June, 2005 the president of RK Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev visited the plant.
The plant celebrated the 50 anniversary being already a part of United Cement Group Holding. In the world economic crisis conditions the plant reduced the rates of work only a little. The equipment downtime was used for repair and preparatory work for a new season. The plant invested heavily in further updating of the equipment: new recuperators are installed on two kilns, the new cement mill is mounted, the automotive equipment is acquired. Computer visualization of technical processes is made in raw material shop, in burning and grinding shops. In 2010 the plant established a record of the Post-Soviet period: 1 million 102 thousand tons of cement.