Cement: Investment in Production Plants

In order to increase its production capacity in El Salvador by 58%, Holcim will invest $20 million in the reactivation of the Maya Plant and in improvements to the El Ronco Plant.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The company currently has a production capacity of 1.2 million tons of cement per year, but with the reactivation of the plant located in Metapan and the improvements of the other industrial complex, they intend to increase its capacity to 1.9 million tons.

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Holcim executives reported that they made the decision to increase their production capacity, due to the fact that they forecast that investment in new public and private projects will take off in the coming months.

In addition to the reactivation of the Maya Plant, a project that will require an investment of $11.6 million, the company is contemplating other works.

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Rodrigo Gallardo, CEO of Holcim El Salvador, told Elmundo.sv that "... the rest of the planned investment ($8.5 million) will be used to develop improvements at the El Ronco Plant, strengthen customer service levels, expand the capacity of its co-processing plant (known as Geocycle) and open the construction of new ready-mix concrete plants with which it seeks to increase its coverage throughout the country."

The article notes that "... in this last section, Holcim seeks to have the capacity to locate its mobile plants according to demand. Gallardo gave as an example the case of the one installed for the construction of the new 'By Pass' on the road to the Port of La Libertad, which will be dismantled and relocated in the next few days."

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During 2020, Holcim announced that it will invest $7.5 million in the construction of six concrete production plants and the purchase of machinery.

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December 2014

With a new production plant for concrete and slurry and the elimination of the plant at San Juan Opico, Holcim has increased its production capacity to 400 cubic meters per hour.

With the new plant 130 cubic meters of concrete will be produced per hour in one of the towers, while in the other 90 cubic meters of slurry will be produced per hour, with the option to also produce concrete, as demand requires.

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March 2010

Holcim El Salvador, formerly CESSA, will enlarge its Maya production facility, located in the Metapan region.

Thomas Knoepfel, member of Holcim’s global executive committee, explained they have slowed down investment due to the global crisis.

“He also detailed that such investment is in addition to what they invest every year, which is normally around $8 to $10 million, used to buy new machinery, filters and vehicles”, reported Elsalvador.com.

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