Discovering cement

"The fact of being able to create fused stones, of whatsoever form, superior to natural stones because capable of standing up under traction, has something of a magic" 

It's with Pierluigi Nervi's words, a master of 20th Century architecture, that we wish to start our trip to cement discovery.

Born of stone and fire, cement is a natural product that adapts to human genius in an effort to improve our living standards. Houses, roads, bridges, dams, hospitals, churches originate from architects' creativity and men's building skills. But it is cement that makes all of these works take shape and it is also thanks to cement that even the most daring structures will endure throughout the ages.  

How cement is made

Cement is obtained from raw materials of natural origin: limestone and clay. Extracted from quarries usually located near the cement plants, limestone and clay undergo local primary crushing to have their size reduced and to make material haulage to the manufacturing plants much easier

Restoration of a quarry landscape

Quarrying is combined with studies of landscape rehabilitation and recovery techniques. Rehabilitated areas may be destined to: farming and development of new crops; rebuilding of ecosystems through revegetation and reforestation; creation of leisure areas, nature parks and gardens; establishment of new industrial, craft or commercial development areas.

Grinding and drying

The first processing step is grinding followed by drying. The raw materials, adequately proportioned and possibly incorporating additives, are ground into a very fine powder, called raw meal, which is then conveyed to blending silos and finally sent to storage.


The raw meal is fed to the kilns and is heated up to 1450°C  to obtain clinker. It's clinker components that impart hydraulic properties to cement.
The clinker exiting the kiln is rapidly cooled and  then stored.

Central control room

The entire cement manufacturing process is continuously monitored and controlled from either small department rooms or a single central control room. All data relating to production as well as quality and environmental controls are displayed 24 hours a day on computer monitors. Skilled technicians are able to promptly identify any possible anomaly or danger and to take either corrective or preventive action to regain control of the system.

Finish grinding

The final step of the cement manufacturing process consists in grinding clinker blended with gypsum and other secondary constituents, if any. In this way cements for the most varied final uses are obtained. The various types of cement are then stored in suitably devised silos.

Final products

Loaded bulk into road tankers or packed into bags, cement is dispatched to customers ready for the intended use. Transport documents, 25- and 50-kg bags, as well as labels for trucks are accompanied by an attestation of conformity in compliance with ongoing regulations and the Company's policy on the control, maintenance and continuous improvement in the quality of both products and services. 

Distribution Network and Technical Assistance

Suez Cement Group manufactures and distributes three main product lines: cement, aggregates and ready-mixed concrete. We aim to optimize production across all of our markets, providing a complete solution for customers needs at the lowest possible cost, an approach we call strategic integration of activities.

Cairo Sales Office

Suez Cement
K30 Maadi/Ein Sokhna Road