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This capacity has increased over a number of years since maple leaf wasestablished in 1960. However we would like to discuss the recent upgradations.
In 2000, Maple Leaf Electric Company Ltd. (MLEC) a power generationunit was merged into the company.
In 2004, the coal conversion project at new dry process plant wascompleted.
In 2005, dry process plant capacity was increased from 3,300 tpd to4,000 tpd through de-bottlenecking and up-gradation of equipment andnecessary adjustments in operational parameters.
In 2006, a project to convert the existing wet process line to a fuelefficient dry process white cement line commenced its commercialproduction.
Currently, Company has undertaken an expansion project of 6,700 tpdclinker capacity and is expected to commence its commercial productionas per schedule.
OVER CAPACITY UTILIZATION
In the financial year 2006, the capacity utilization was 93% for grey cement and48% for white cement
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
Research & development is an integral part of the Company’s policy of
development of new products
of the plant toreduce cost. Through research and development Maple Leaf Cementintroduced the dry process technology which helped in reducing NO emissionsin the air from 4.5 kg/ ton to 1.5 kg/ton thus considerably lowering thepollutants in the air and increasing the overall plant capacity.