DG Khan Cement Company, a part of Nishat Group has become the first Pakistani company to export cement to the United States. The cement being supplied to the US is of a special kind called “low alkali cement.”
Farid Fazal, Executive Director of the company has said that DG Khan Cement has successfully obtained an export order from a group in the US to supply 50,000 metric tons of cement every month for the next 12 months with a total 600,000 metric tons. “This figure could double if all goes well,” he added. The company has also got the technical certifications from TXDOT, NCDOT, SCDOT and LODOT.
Due to the strict environmental laws in the US it is very difficult to establish a cement manufacturing plant in the US that is why their requirements of cement are met by imports mainly from Mexico, Canada, Vietnam and Turkey and now Pakistan too.
DG Khan Cement Company is amongst largest cement manufacturers of Pakistan with a production capacity of 7.5 million metric tons cement per annum. DGKCC has three cement plants located at Dera Ghazi Khan, Kalar Kahar and Hub.
DG Khan Cement Company is the first to use innovative technologies in the cement industry. Its latest state of the art plant, located at Hub, is first of its kind to have the largest production line with six stage pre-heater tower, largest vertical grinding mill based on COPE drive system, multiple chamber cement storage silos to store different products at the same time. It is from this plant that the company is exporting a ship load of low alkali cement to the US.