Brennand Backs Bretec

A Brazilian cement producer has marked its entry into hydraulic hammer ownership with the purchase of a Bretec L20 to tackle secondary breaking duties.

Brennand Cimentos S/A of Brazil has made its first foray into the hydraulic hammer market with the purchase of a 1,340 kg Bretec L20 unit.   Mounted on an XCMG XE210 excavator, the new silenced breaker has been pressed into immediate action at the company’s facility at Sete Lagoas that annually produces more than a million tonnes of Portland cement.

Power and Portland

The Brennand group started its activities for more than 100 years with the production of sugar and alcohol. From 1950, the group has diversified and expanded its activities to the production of ceramics, glass, cement, steel, sugar and alcohol. In 1999, when it sold its three cement factories, the group had a market share around 6% of the Brazilian production, with factories located in the states of Goiás, Paraíba and Alagoas. The Group Ricardo Brennand, coming from a corporate restructuring of the old Brennand Group, began building their own history in 2000, with the creation of Brennand Energy and the implementation of the first hydroelectric plants. In 2005 the group returned its operations in the cement market, with the implementation of the first factory of Brennand Cement in Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais. The second unit is in final implementation stage, in Paraíba. The group's activities involve the sectors of energy, real estate, cement and culture.

Immediate Impact

“As part of the cement production process, we often have to deal with large boulders that are too large to be moved or crushed.   We trialled a competitive breaker but it simply could not break these boulders.   In fact, when the Bretec L20 was delivered by Rock Brit, we already had a big square boulder that the previous hammer had failed to break,” recalls mining co-ordinator Paulo Pereira. “The Bretec breaker made an immediate impact and was markedly. Since we installed the hydraulic hammer it has worked well. Productivity has been very good!”

A key consideration for Brennand is the support from the local dealer. The ease of logistics, because we are in nearby cities, supplier and factory, streamlined delivery and facilitate when we need maintenance, which has not yet occurred. The Rock Brit also provides technical support for both the delivery and in the aftermarket, which makes us more supported. However, until now there was no need to drive since we bought the Bretec L20