Holcim completes Davao expansion

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 July) — Holcim Philippines, Inc. has completed its expansion project here to raise the production capacity of its Davao plant by 700,000 metric tons more than its annual cement production.

The expansion involved the activation of a finish mill and installation of a new pipe for loading cement to the silos from the pier, eco-hoppers to improve dust emissions and an overhead crane. Cold commissioning started in April while full production began on June 20, the firm said in a press release.

The new facilities will be inaugurated in August.

In March, the company launched in Davao City its new blended cement product Solido, which is designed to outperform Ordinary Portland Cement in terms of strength and durability for infrastructure applications.

To improve technical services to partners taking on infrastructure projects, Holcim opened last year in Davao its first construction laboratory outside Metro Manila.

Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull said their company is “determined to continue supporting the development of Davao and the rest of Mindanao.”

The Davao Region, home to President Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s 16th President and the first Mindanawon to lead the nation, is among the country’s top performing economies, with an average growth of 9.6% from 2016 to 2018 compared with the national expansion rate of 6.6% during the same period, the Philippine Statistics Authority said.

Holcim Philippines, Inc. has another plant in Mindanao – in Misamis Oriental – and in La Union, Bulacan and Batangas in Luzon. (MindaNews)