MANILA, Philippines – Republic Cement and Building Materials Inc. inaugurated yesterday its newest cement finish mill at its Norzagaray plant in Bulacan which is seen to meet the increasing demand for cement in the country.
Renato Sunico, president of Republic Cement, said the P900 million expansion would help support the growing infrastructure development in the country.
“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,” Sunico said.
Sunico said the new finish mill would boost the Norzagaray plant’s production capacity by 850,000 metric tons annually.
“It will also bolster the plant’s capability to produce the broad range of high-quality Republic Cement products,” he said.
“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 added.
The new finish mill is designed to have low wear rate, consume less energy, and decrease the plant’s energy consumption.
At present, the Norzagaray Plant already harnesses fly ash, a by-product of coal power generation, and blends it with cement that reduces clinker proportion in the product and improves carbon footprint.
Republic Cement, formerly Lafarge Republic Inc., is owned by a joint venture of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Ireland-headquartered CRH International.
The company has a nationwide manufacturing network with plants in Bulacan, Teresa in Rizal,Taysan in Batangas, Danao in Cebu, and Iligan City in Mindanao.