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Nordkalk has invested over EUR 33 million in Poland

Dominik Budny (info a nordkalk.com), 19 May 2021

Modern management of an aggregate mining and production plant is a real challenge. The "white mining" industry is struggling with the image of a sector where innovation is scarce to find. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the last decade, companies have implemented a number of innovations, both at the level of production technology and of management, Nordkalk being a good example (of that).

It is estimated that Poland’s annual extraction of aggregate is around 300 million tonnes. The rather dispersed market for aggregates consists of many smaller operators, the vast majority of whom produce for the domestic market. Aggregate mining is one of the most important sectors of the Polish economy, providing raw materials, including limestone, that are of strategic importance and necessary for the development of the economy.

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Nordic quality combined with Polish management efficiency 

A company with Scandinavian and Nordic roots, Nordkalk has been operating in Poland since the 1990’s. The groundbreaking moment was the purchase of Kieleckie Zakłady Przemysłu Wapienniczego (The Kielce Limestone Processing Plant) in Miedzianka. Thereafter, Nordkalk entered a period of intensive investment to modernize its Polish processing plants and limestone quarries. In total, throughout the company's operations in Poland, more than PLN 154 million was invested to modernize the production and upgrade the management systems. 

- We are one of the biggest limestone producers in Poland with access to our own resources. Limestone is one of the strategic raw materials for the economy, used in many key sectors - from construction, through industry, to agriculture and power generation -  The important role played by limestone producers in Poland would not be possible without intensive modernization efforts. The investments were aimed at optimizing production, reducing waste in line with the “zero waste” principle, introducing new product categories, improving the safety of employees as well as reducing emissions and the impact of operations on the environment and the population,  says Piotr Maciak, the CEO of Nordkalk Polska.

As an example, the company cites the new production line launched in Wolica. 

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- For our customers,  the key importance of this product is its homogeneous chemical composition, which causes the formation of an additional hydratation bond between the cement slurry and the aggregate, which improves the strength parameters of concrete and saves cement,
- For our customers,  the key importance of this product is its homogeneous chemical composition, which causes the formation of an additional hydratation bond between the cement slurry and the aggregate, which improves the strength parameters of concrete and saves cement,
- For our customers,  the key importance of this product is its homogeneous chemical composition, which causes the formation of an additional hydratation bond between the cement slurry and the aggregate, which improves the strength parameters of concrete and saves cement, explained Piotr Maciak.

Straight from nature

LS aggregates are natural, washed aggregates produced on the basis of excavated limestone from Miedzianka. The material belongs to the group of Devonian sedimentary carbonate rocks, formed over 400 million years ago. The raw material has very good physical parameters, as evidenced by its compressive strength 80-140 MPa. The high quality of the rock is directly reflectedon the quality of the aggregates produced from it.

Co-operation with academies in the area of research

Nordkalk cooperates continuously with the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow and the Technical University of Lodz. The co-operation with the Technical University of Lodz resulted, among other things, in testing and research of a modern granulating line in Sławno. The tests were aimed at developing a unique technology of granulation and selecting an appropriate binder enabling to obtain the correct physical and mechanical parameters.
- The Sławno plant produces fertiliser granules based on high quality Late Jurassic limestone extracted from a neighbouring quarry. Due to the innovativeness of the project developed in co-operation with the Technical University of Lodz, the investment could obtain the status of the special economic zone, says Piotr Maciak.

Modern management

Nordkalk also implements modern management systems aimed at ensuring product quality, plant efficiency and employee safety. Nordkalk has the ISO 9001 Quality Certificate, the ISO 14001 Environmental Certificate, the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Certificate in place. The above certificates cover the whole Nordkalk Group. In 2019, the company implemented an organisational and cost optimisation programme, consisting of a detailed analysis of all processes in the company in terms of production optimisation, which resulted in more efficient use of machinery, improved the internal transport and efficiency of material reaching 98%.

Leader in Northern Europe

Nordkalk is the leading limestone company in Northern Europe. We deliver essential raw materials to numerous industries, and our solutions contribute to clean air and water as well as productivity of agricultural land.