In Opole a new cement mill called "Opole-Port" is to be established, it is the predecessor of the "Odra" Cement mill. It is equipped with three rotary klins with a daily capacity of 250 tons of cement produced by the wet method. It produces three kinds of cement named: "Zenith 1", "Zenith 2" and "Zenith 3".
The thirties of XX century were a time of prosperity in the cement industry. Cement mills in Opole: "Opole-Port", "Groszowice", "Wróblin", "Silesia", "Nowa Wieś" and "Giesel" produce a total of 800 thousand tons of cement. The "Opole-Port" cement mill has produced 200 thousand tons of cement alone in 1938.
After the end of World War II it took part in the reconstruction of the country. In 1947 a decision was made to bring back to life the cement mills existing in the so-called Recovered Territories. Restoration of production in the highly damaged "Opole-Port" cement mill took several years.
The renovation of the "Opole-Port" cement mill, later called "Odra", starts. Cleaning the area, drainage and de-mining of the quarry as well as ordering the necessary equipment to start the equipment plant, begins. At this time, it is the largest investment of the cement industry in Poland.
The sixties were a period of expansion and modernization of the cement industry. "Odra" was a pioneer in modern technology. It is here where the first completely automatic control system for milling cement and clinker burning process in Poland was installed. In 1974 the Opole Cement-Lime Combine starts its activity - with "Odra" cement mill as one of its members.
The seventies were a period of accelerated production, but also of reformation in the Polish cement industry. The authority decided to avoid gaps in goods, widespread wastage, and simulation of work and maladjustment of range to the needs of customers. The cement industry was subsidized and committed to the production of the top brands of cement: "350" and "450". In 1975, "Odra" cement mill reached peak production. It produced 895 thousand tons of cement.
"Odra" State Cement Company was transformed into a joint-stock company - fully owned by the Treasury.
Within the framework of the governments privatization programme of the cement industry, after the agreement on the terms, including the benefits package, the Miebach Projektgesellschaft GmbH company purchases the controlling interest from the Minister of Privatization. It is the first privatization of this type of a company in Poland. The cement mill receives the guarantee of maintaining the continuous production in the company, the performance of the expensive modernisation and maintenance of jobs.
The year 1999 was the beginning of a comprehensive modernization of "Odra" cement mill, namely the change of methods for clinker burning in the rotary kiln - from energy-consuming wet process into an energy-efficient dry method. Furnace capacity was 1200 tons of clinker per day.
In 2004, the cement mill obtained certificates confirming the introduction of the Integrated Management System in the field of quality management, environmental management and health and safety management.
In 2011 "Odra" cement mill has celebrated its 100th anniversary. It is the oldest active plant specializing in the production of cement in the Opole region and in Poland. As part of the celebration of the Jubilee, the Cement Mill organizes an Open Doors Day for the first time in its history - on June 18th. On this day, the cement mill`s Management invites all the persons interested on how it looks from the inside.
"Odra" cement mill opens up to the population of Opole and the surrounding area for the second time - by organizing an Open Day. A group guides shows the cement mill to anyone interested in learning the process of production of clinker and cement, and seeing the changes made in the plant in recent years. Guests are having fun on the festival, the program of which includes artistic performances, competitions for children and young people and prize drawing for the participants.
On April 22 "Odra" cement mill received, as the 50th plant in Poland, a certificate confirming the implementation of an environmental management system by applying the highest standards of environmental protection. Accession to the EUs EMAS system constitutes "Odra" cement mills declaration that actions for the environment are treated on an equal footing with the other elements of the business.
Odra SA Cement Mill continually reduces its impact on the environment. Modernization of equipment, changes in technology and the use of a significant part of industrial waste for other activity can satisfy the most stringent requirements for the protection of the environment.
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