Cement-maker Holcim Philippines completed the capacity expansion project of its La Union plant two months ahead of schedule in January 2019, strengthening its ability to support the North Luzon market.
Holcim has finished the installation of new grinding equipment and storage facilities in its plant in Bacnotan, La Union, which will increase the annual cement production capacity by 80% to around 1.8 million tonnes.
Holcim Philippines president and CEO John Stull said: “This project is proof of our commitment to support our customers as construction activity picks up with the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program.
“With our expansion and efficiency initiatives, we can better provide a reliable supply of high-quality cement to help our partners advance the region’s development.”
The upgrade is part of the first phase of Holcim Philippines’s expansion programme.
The $300m second phase will involve improvements to its Bulacan and Misamis Oriental plants to increase the company’s annual cement production capacity by 30% to 13m tonnes by 2020.
In December 2018, Holcim Philippines had announced that it will invest $300m in projects to increase its cement production capacity by 30% to 13 million tonnes by 2020 to better support the country’s strong economic development and robust construction activity.
Announcing the investment, the company said that it will upgrade its facilities in Bulacan and Misamis Oriental with the installation of new and efficient kilns and mills and waste heat recovery systems as part of its cost focus.
The projects are part of the capacity and productivity investments that the company started in 2012 with the rehabilitation of its grinding plant in Mabini, Batangas.
This was followed by debottlenecking of plants in 2015 and expansion projects in La Union and Davao, which are set to be completed in 2019.
Holcim Philippines chairman Tomas Alcantara had said at that time: “Our company believes in the sustained development of the Philippines.
“This investment is proof of our confidence in the country and our commitment to be a strong partner for progress.
“With this, Holcim Philippines will continue being a reliable partner in building a better future for the country.”
Image: Holcim completes La Union plant expansion ahead of schedule. Photo: Courtesy of Holcim Philippines.