Holcim officially inaugurated today the most modern cement production line in Romania at Alesd plant, under EUR 70 million investment. The inauguration event will be followed by Holcim Open Doors on May 8th, when the local community will have the opportunity to visit the most important sites of the cement plant.
The official inauguration of the most modern cement production line on May 7th consisted of its presentation to national and local public authorities, national press and business partners. They had the opportunity to visit the modern plant and notice the differences between the old and the new technologies. Holcim efforts focus on environmental protection, state of the art technologies and worksafety.
Among the high guests that honored the event were His Excellency the Prime Minister of Romania, Adrian Nastase, and His Excellency, the Swiss Ambassador to Romania, Francois Chappuis.
The most ambitious investment plan of Holcim (Romania) S.A. was to fully refurbish and modernize the cement production at its Alesd plant having a capacity of 3000 t of clinker per day.
"The upgrade for the Alesd cement plant took 2.5 years under a EUR 70 million investment. Definitely it is now the most modern plant of its kind in Romania, not only in terms of technology, but also in environmental protection and work safety. The investments we are making are a reflection of our aim for sustainable development comprising of long term economic profitability, environment protection and social responsibility," said Kurt Habersatter, General Manager of Holcim (Romania) S.A.
The modernization works at the production line in Alesd - which had not been operational for the previous 12 years - included all departments of the Alesd factory. Starting from the mining of raw materials, crushing and milling, the clinker burning and cement milling as well as storage and dispatch facilities have been modernized. A new online raw material analyzer and a preblending storage hall were installed. Together with a new automation system this ensures full control over the production process, product quality and emissions. The laboratory has also been retooled for the same purpose.
All these will be emphasized furthermore at the Holcim Open Door Day. On May 8th, the local community, employees and their families as well as clients and suppliers will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the new plant, thus receiving further information on the new cement production line. Besides learning about the most modern cement production line in Romania, all guests will have a great time attending the concerts, food and drinks offered by Holcim, while the children will have fun playing in a dedicated playground. Key Projects
Top priority projects were implemented in order to reduce electric and thermal energy consumption, to reduce emissions, increase work safety while meeting high quality standards. Investments for environment (including CO2 emission reduction) amount to EUR 8 million while investments in energy saving measures count for EUR 7 million.
Major benefits for clients were achieved through complete refurbishing of cement silos, product transport, new high capacity bagging machines, modern dust free bulk loading facility for truck and rail as well as an electronic truck traffic control and weighbridge system: all together assuring high product quality and service level.
To all this adds over 7 million Euros invested in quality improvement, occupational health & safety measures and social projects.
Holcim (Romania) will continue to make important investments in the years to come. Over 20 million Euros will be invested in Alesd plant by 2005 in completing ongoing modernization works as well as further projects such as co-processing of industrial waste, expanding the cement grinding facilities, environment care, a new palletizing installation, a truck loading station for bulk cement, sanitary installations for workers etc.
The overall investment that Holcim (Romania) S.A. has made so far exceeds 270 million Euros. An additional amount in excess of 40 million EUR will be invested by 2006 in a number of projects related to modernizing production technology, environment care, business development, occupational health & safety conditions, social projects and human resources.
All these efforts were rewarded in January 2004 when Holcim became the first company in Romania to receive triple certification by TUV Rheinland, the prestigious German certification body, for quality assurance (ISO 9001:2001), environmental management (ISO 14001:1997) and occupational health and safety (OSHAS 18001:1999) for all of its businesses and all its locations.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. is the Romanian subsidiary of Holcim Group Ltd., one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, as well as aggregates (gravel and sand), concrete and construction-related services. One of the top players in the world construction materials industry, the Group is based in Switzerland and has majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents. Holcim employs approximately 48,000 people operating 130 cement plants and grinding stations and over 750 ready-mixed concrete plants throughout the world. Holcim is also one of the first international players in the construction industry to have invested in Eastern Europe after 1989.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 3 cement plants, in Turda, Campulung and Alesd, 13 ready-mixed concrete plants (7 of which have been built based on the concept of environment friendliness) and 3 aggregates plants. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently has approximately 1,300 employees.