Company visit to Intercem

Guest at the specialist for the cement industry

Olaf Michelswirth, Managing Director of InterCem Engineering GmbH, and Andrias Sola, Managing Director of InterCem Installation GmbH, recently welcomed Oelde’s mayor Karin Rodeheger, business development officer Volker Combrink and Leonard Gromes, also from the business development department of the town of Oelde, to the company’s headquarters in the A2 industrial estate. They presented their company, which employs almost fifty people.

InterCem specialises in the implementation of integrated solutions for cement works companies. The administrative delegation was impressed by the fact that InterCem manages the entire process, from planning and design to implementation, commissioning and project management, in close cooperation with the customer. “We are delighted that InterCem, a genuine global player with special expertise, appreciates the advantages of Oelde as a business location and feels at home here,” emphasised Rodeheger.

The two Managing Directors Michelswirth and Sola can only agree with this – in line with the company’s own philosophy: “fast-fair-flexible – that’s what we all have to remain in order to continue our successful business development!” The discussions in the round table centred in particular on how good human resources management can succeed and how making companies and locations more attractive can help to attract well-trained specialists. In this context, both sides assured each other that they would remain in lively dialogue and continue to pull together with regard to Oelde as a business location.

Act instead of react

For more than 50 years, Intercem has been a household name in cement plant engineering. The roots of Intercem can be found in the cement plant trade. In the 1970s, old plants were purchased, refurbished and reused for the production of cement. Also a wonderful approach in today’s often used term of recycling – already lived back then.

On the occasion of the 20th company anniversary of Intercem Engineering GmbH, our Managing Director, Olaf Michelswirth, was interviewed by Dr Petra Strunk of the magazine ZKG – Cement-Lime-Gypsum.

Read the full interview here.


Order received for a cement grinding plant with VRM from raw material truck receiving station to packing plant. Intercem will execute the entire engineering and supervision services as well as the deliveries for this project.

Second clinker and raw material receiving hopper InterHop completed

Maximum flexibility, fast truck loading and dust-free operation – all this is guaranteed by the InterHop clinker and raw material receiving hopper. 40 tonnes of material can be unloaded in 10 seconds.

The commissioning of our first InterHop took place in July 2021 and the InterHop has been operating successfully ever since.

So successful that the customer already ordered a second InterHop in October 2021. This was completed in the UAE, shipped to West Africa and commissioned successfully in March 2023. It has been operating trouble-free since then.

20th Anniversary of Intercem Engineering GmbH

From used machines to turnkey projects.

Intercem has been active in the cement industry for more than 50 years.

It all started with the sale of used machines for the cement industry. These were professionally overhauled and sold worldwide in almost new condition. On 14 April 2003 – 20 years ago – Intercem Engineering GmbH was founded, followed by Intercem Installation GmbH in 2007.

Today, the Intercem Group consists of the system manufacturers Intercem Engineering GmbH, Intercem Installation GmbH, both based in Oelde/Germany, and Intercem Cement AG, in Zug/Switzerland. The production facility is located in Oelde/Germany. The three companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the Swiss Intercem Holding AG in Zug. The group currently employs around 50 people, mainly engineers and technicians. Long-standing, cooperative relationships and collaboration with engineering offices enable us to temporarily increase our staff to up to 100 people if required.

Thanks to decades of experience and an international network, Intercem in the group constellation offers its customers a comprehensive range of services in cement plant construction from a single source. The available, tailor-made spectrum ranges from individual components to upgrades of existing plants up to complete cement plants. Intercem’s guiding principle is: good organisation and clear agreements guarantee quick success. The company’s concept is geared towards flexibly adapting to the diverse challenges that arise when working in many different countries. With an export quota of approx. 80%, the main sales markets are currently in West Africa, France, Sweden and Germany.

Intercem-Engineering Managing Director Olaf Michelswirth has been travelling in Africa for 25 years. Since then, he has developed a great sympathy for this continent and an understanding of the African mentality. These are indispensable prerequisites if you want to be successful here.

Press release: ZKG3-2023_Intercem_20anniversary

Press release: Global cement Intercem 20 Years

Order received for a secondary fuel plant. AF receiving, storing, reclaiming and dosing to rotary kilns

On the factory grounds of a German customer, a new secondary fuel plant will be installed to feed mainly fluff and other alternative fuels to the rotary kilns to increase the substitution rate. During the implementation, the existing plant will be kept in operation. The new plant is designed to ensure the receiving, storage, and dosing into the 3 of 4 rotary kilns on the plant site (step 1). Dosing unit 4 will be extended in a future step 2.

The AF material (mainly fluff) will be unloaded by walking floor trucks to be fed to a receiving station. It will be conveyed to a 2500 m³ stored unit. It is then discharged, treated and conveyed to the dosing system which is located on the burner platform. Subsequently, any foreign substances are removed, and the material is sorted before being distributed to the feeders. Each dosing unit feeds one of the main burners of the rotary kilns. The existing dosing station will be further used to feed the main kiln burners.

Intercem is responsible for the plant layout, mechanical engineering, delivery of steel construction and equipment, erection and the commissioning. The start of production will be in Q1/2024.

Contract award of a 2.5 million tpa cement grinding plant with VRM – Cimco Togo in March 2023

After 3 successfully completed projects by the Intercem Group (Cimfaso & Cimasso /Burkina Faso and CimIvoire/Ivory Coast), a further contract was awarded to Intercem by the CimMetal Group in January 2020. This involves a cement grinding plant in Lomé, Togo with a production capacity of 2.5 million tpa.

Project description

The order includes a truck unloading station 1000 tph, a storage facility for additives 25,000 tph, a truck loading station 1000 tph, 2 x 50,000 t clinker silos, 4 x Rotopacker, 8 x truck loading stations, 10 x truck scales and the corresponding laboratory equipment.

The steel construction, the entire sheet metal fabrication, the subsystems, the electrical equipment, the complete engineering, the supervision of erection and commissioning are also included in the scope of supply and services. The entire equipment is supplied exclusively by renowned European manufacturers.

All material conveyor belts are mounted in a closed gallery to ensure dust-free transport. his was planned because of the sensitive location in the immediate vicinity of the port in Lomé. The belt system is also designed for fully automatic ship unloading.

The first cement production is planned for March 2022.

Current status: Successfully commissioned in July 2022

Pictures from March 2023 in the image gallery.