Aalborg Portland Belgium
Aalborg Portland is the world’s largest producer and exporter of white cement with production units in Denmark, China, Egypt, Malaysia, and USA. They produce more than 3 million tons of white cement and have sales and distribution offices in many countries around the world.
Aalborg Portland is 100% owned by the Italian Cement Group Cementir Holding S.p.A.
Aalborg provides the world with a material that can do anything! They use this fact to help the customers and other stakeholders imagine and fulfill new possibilities – by using white cement. They continuously probe, explore and apply aesthetics – to the benefit of our customers, whose businesses we strive to develop through our efforts.
The white cement is sold under the brand name Aalborg.
The production of white cement at the factory in Aalborg, Denmark began in 1930-31, when there was a requirement for white or pale cement for the use in production of coloured cement.
In the beginning, kaolin from England or Czechoslovakia was used when burning white cement clinker for white cement, and the sand was collected by and in the fjord, close to the factory in Rørdal. Back then, the director together with a few employees went for a daily factory tour, where they inspected the white clinker. A test was collected and a ‘colour analysis’ was carried out. The clinker was exposed to light from a fluorescent tube and compared with a white board. If the test was good enough, there was a nod from the masters and the inspection was continued.
The cement clinker was ground in an old grinding plant, which was started and controlled manually in a specific order. When machines had to be stopped, it was done in reverse order. The monitoring was also a chapter by itself – the miller simply walked about listening, feeling and watching how the machines performed. He carried a large hammer, adjustable spanner and oil can with him so that he could continuously maintain these old machines.
Also, the packaging was done manually. A sack-man rolled back and forth on an ‘office chair’ and put sacks onto a 6-spout packaging machine. When the last of a total of six sacks were put on in one end, the sack at the other end was filled. The filled sack fell of the spout, and then another sack had to be ready.
Since then, Aalborg Portland has grown in the business area of white cement. The group is globally represented with both production units and sales- and distribution networks.