Expanded Holcim plant to operate next year, say

HOLCIM Philippines is expected to start operating its expanded production facility in the city next year as it has committed to provide better construction solutions as the government embarks on its “Build, Build, Build” program.

William C. Sumalinog, company senior vice president for sales, said that with the new facility, the company, which has invested about P1.5 billion for the expansion of its facility in the city, will be able to produce cement equivalent to about 400 of two-lane roads a month.
Based on its announcement of the project in October last year, the company’s expanded facility in the city will allow it to increase its production to 2.2 million metric tons from about 1.4 million metric tons at present.
The investment is part of the P2.7 billion capital expenditures that the company has set aside for expanding its facilities. It first announced the expansion program in October 2017.
Sumalinog said the company has committed to help the government in implementing its infrastructure program as it tries to maximize the production of its Mindanao facilities as it also operates another one in Lugait, Misamis Oriental.
The company has become a solutions provider, Sumalinog said, as it has also been producing key construction materials, not just cement.
Among these materials are Solido, a cement specialized on the speed of building roads, Soil Stabilization, which allows contractors to continue building roads even during rains; SFCrete or the Super Fast Crete, which can be used for quick repairs especially in urban roads; and Dura+ which is specialized for long lifespan of infrastructure facilities.
The company has also set up a laboratory and technology center, the first of its kind outside Metro Manila, that can be used for concrete and soil analysis. The company has two mobile laboratories, one in Northern Mindanao and the other in the Southern Mindanao.
“All these things boil down to the commitment of Holcim to the `Build, Build, Build’ (so) that the government and our partners would really build better facilities with the products and solutions that we are offering,” Sumalinog said.

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