Republic Cement, a cement manufacturer owned by Aboitiz Equity Ventures and CRH Plc. of Ireland, said Tuesday it opened a new cement finish mill at its Norzagaray plant in Bulacan, which will boost annual capacity by 850,000 metric tons.
Republic Cement said in a disclosure to the stock exchange the commissioning of the plant would increase the company’s production capacity and support the country’s growing infrastructure needs.
“This capacity expansion initiative reaffirms Republic Cement’s commitment to support our country’s growth through the provision of top quality cement and building materials,” Republic Cement president Renato Sunico said.
Aside from increasing its production capacity, the new plant will also enable the company to produce a broad range of high-quality cement products.
Republic Cement said it contracted leading industrial engineering group Fives FCB to build the fully automatic, zero-water spray consumption, energy-efficient and zero-noise pollution FCB Horomill.
The new Horomill adds to the plant’s cement production capacity while also highlighting Republic’s commitment to sustainability with process stability.
It is designed to have low wear rate and to consume less energy, and is seen to decrease the plant’s energy consumption. It can also utilize CO2 neutral cement additives, such as fly ash, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
“More than increasing our plant’s production capacity, this new finish mill also strengthens our company’s sustainability initiatives through the implementation of environmentally responsive manufacturing processes,” Sunico said.
Republic Cement has a nationwide manufacturing network with plants in Norzagaray, Bulacan; Teresa, Rizal; Taysan, Batangas; Danao, Cebu; and Iligan City in Mindanao. It also operates an aggregates plant in Bulacan.