Cement maker to spend P2.5B to raise capacity

CEMEX Philippines is investing about P2.5 billion this year to expand production capacity of its cement plant in Cebu while ensuring sustainable and environment-friendly operations.

The Cebu facility, located in Naga City which is about 23 kilometers south of this city, is operated by APO Cement Corp. (APO), a unit of CEMEX.

Normandy Chan, APO plant director, said expansion will involve upgrading of existing equipment and infrastructure. This will increase the plant’s capacity to 4.0 million metric tons (MT) a year from 2.5 million MT currently.

“The expansion is our answer to the increasing demand for cement brought about by the continued rise of the Philippine market. With the rise comes the need for much improved and innovative infrastructure,” he said in a press briefing here yesterday.

Chan also said APO is also investing in sustainability initiatives to improve production processes and ensure safety of the surrounding communities.

“We are continuously looking for innovative and sustainable ways to improve our operations. For example, our alternative fuel substitution at APO has reached as much as 22% in a span of only five years,” he said.

“Because the APO plant is surrounded by local communities, their safety and health is our top priority. We don’t want to compromise anybody because of our operations.”

The 99-hectare APO plant in Tina-an, Naga in Cebu employs some 500 Cebuanos. CEMEX bought the APO plant in 1999.

(This article was written by J.P.G Bago and was published in Business Mirror, 06 June 2013.)

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