Swiss-French Building material company LafargeHolcim is strengthening its cement production network in Latin America with the opening of a new state-of-the-art line at its cement plant in Barroso, Brazil.
The construction of the new line is part of the Group’s strategy to reduce cost per tonne of cement produced, while improving quality and efficiency, in order to operate profitably in a low investment environment.
The plant’s current total capacity is 3.6 million tonnes of cement per year and the new line will allow the reduction of total costs per tonne of cement by around 25 percent from 2014 to 2017.
Equipment in the new line includes the world’s largest vertical cement mill, with 450 tonnes per hour production capacity; the horomill, in which the raw materials are refined and chemical corrections are made with low power consumption; and a fully automated quality control laboratory.
Eric Olsen, CEO of LafargeHolcim, said: “The opening of Barroso is key to our strategy in Brazil and will allow us to further improve our cost structure while we continue to supply our customers with our high-quality solutions. For example, we are providing solutions for various projects related to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro including the Olympic Village, the Galeão International Airport as well as new metro and bus lines.”
The Group has a long-standing presence on the continent and was the first major international cement company building up a presence in Latin America when it entered the Brazilian market in 1951. Today, LafargeHolcim owns five cement plants, four grinding stations, and one blender in Brazil with a capacity of around 12 million tonnes per year and is also present in aggregates and ready-mix concrete. The Group has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, and Nicaragua with an extensive network of retail outlets across the continent.