Hol­cim as­sures govt of sta­ble ce­ment sup­ply

Manila Times - - Public Square -

HOL­CIM Philip­pines, a build­ing-so­lu­tions provider, has ex­pressed will­ing­ness to build up fur­ther its pro­duc­tion ca­pac­i­ties in light of the grow­ing de­mand for ce­ment driven by the gov­ern­ment’s mas­sive in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The com­pany’s top ex­ec­u­tives led by Chair­man To­mas Alcantara, Pres­i­dent and CEO John Stull, and SVP for Sales Wil­liam Su­ma­linog met re­cently with Trade Sec­re­tary Ra­mon Lopez, shar­ing ini­tia­tives on how to main­tain a sta­ble sup­ply of qual­ity ce­ment na­tion­wide.

“I am happy to hear Hol­cim’s com­mit­ment to im­ple­ment ce­ment-ca­pac­ity ex­pan­sion, to en­sure that our in­fra­struc­ture and con­struc­tion re­quire­ments will be well sup­ported, thus gen­er­ate ad­di­tional em­ploy­ment,” Lopez said.

Hol­cim is set to raise ce­ment ca­pac­ity to 12 mil­lion met­ric tons by 2019 from the cur­rent 10 mmt. The com­pany is study­ing fur­ther in­vest­ments on ad­di­tional clinker lines, with the con­struc­tion sec-

tor ex­pected to sus­tain its strong growth amid a healthy econ­omy.

“The Com­pany rec­og­nizes the strong po­ten­tial of the Philip­pine mar­ket and is com­mit­ted to con­tinue be­ing a part­ner in its progress as seen by our ef­forts to im­prove op­er­a­tions

and com­pet­i­tive­ness,” Alcantara said.

Stull said Hol­cim has been rolling out new tech­nolo­gies and ap­proaches that en­able lo­cal builders to de­liver projects within dead­lines and bud­gets. A key fo­cus is blended ce­ments that are not as en­ergy

in­ten­sive to pro­duce but de­liver su­pe­rior re­sults for build­ing.

Hol­cim Philip­pines is a mem­ber of the La­fargeHol­cim Group, the world leader in the build­ing-ma­te­ri­als in­dus­try, with pres­ence in 80 coun­tries with more than 80,000 em­ploy­ees.

Trade Sec­re­tary Lopez (2nd, R) with Hol­cim’s Wil­liam Su­ma­linog, To­mas Alcantara, and John Stull.

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