WCA are pleased to announce that our 2022 Annual Conference and Exhibition will take place in person, 25th – 28th September 2022 at the Jumeirah Emirates Tower in Dubai, UAE on the theme of "Navigating the Climate Challenge: Reducing Carbon and Reducing Cost". 

Date: 25 - 28 September 2022

Location: Jumeirah Emirates Tower, Dubai, UAE

This will be the third and final Member Forum of Phase I of the WCA PEGASUS 2020 project, on the topic of milling and grinding. 

Date: 27 April 2022

Time: 09-11am UK 

The first WCA Virtual Member Forum of 2022 will be on Fan Efficiency, in collaboration with Sinoma Cement, Howden, Saudi Cement and PPC. This forum featured presentations, a virtual site visit and in-depth Q&A for attendees. Open to all WCA Members, particularly targeted to Plant Managers, Engineering Managers, Process Engineers.

Date: 12 January 2022

Time: 08.00 - 10.00am UK time

The second WCA Virtual Member Forum of the year will be on the topic of Lowering Power Consumption by Lowering Pressure Drop. 

Date: 23rd March 2022

Time: 8-10am UK time

The WCA 2021 General Assembly will take place in a fully virtual format online, open to all WCA members, including the election of Directors, reports on activities, member services and committees, and the outlook for 2022. 

Date: 9th December 2021

Time: 9am UK time (GMT)


Applying the latest technology in automation and machine learning AI to management of cement plants offer significant benefits in terms of cost, product quality and emissions. AI can be applied to the whole management system of the plant from quarrying to dispatch.

The Smart Plant and AI forum comprised of 2 plant visits, the first to look at automation, AI and CCR at Quanjiao Conch Plant and the second to look at the Expert Systems and Energy Management at Zanhuang BBMG plant. 

The itinerary included:

  • Quanjiao Conch AI visit experience - including Smart Sampling, Smart Quarries and Smart Equipment Management
  • Best practice and experience sharing workshop
  • Q&A with Leaders of Quanjiao Conch
  • Group discussions

You can read more on our blog about Day 1 at Quanjiao Conch here, and Day 2 at Zanhuang BBMG here.