Successfully started up in the first quarter of 2013, an all-new Sacmi-supplied plant in Bangladesh is now running at full capacity. The new facility has a floor and wall tile output capacity of 12,500 m2 per day.
Starting with body preparation, the plant consists of seven 34,000-liter drum mills and an ATE65 spray dryer, all supplied and engineered by Sacmi. The pressing section features two PH3020 presses with an inter-column clearance of 2,250 mm and a five-channel EM5 dryer that is 2,850 mm wide and 19.6 m long. The firing area includes a 153.3-m-long FCC260 kiln equipped with an air recovery system that channels cooling air into the combustion area to reduce gas consumption. The order also includes glaze grinding equipment and three sorting lines, two of which handle the product directly as it leaves the kiln and one positioned at the outfeed of the squaring line.
The plant’s parent company (the Khater Massaad Group) intends to continue expanding: an additional order includes six 34,000-L drum mills, an ATI90 spray dryer, two PH5000L presses with an inter-column clearance of 1750 mm (and a pressing force of 5000 tons, reportedly a first for Bangladesh), a five-channel, 2,850 mm-wide, 22.4-m-long EM5 drier, an FCC285 kiln having the same length as the previous one and an additional three sorting lines, one of which is positioned after the polishing line. Daily output capacity is 9,000 m2 of 600 x 600 mm tile; the same line can also produce larger sizes that reportedly have not previously been produced in Bangladesh.