Holcim completed its investment obligations in Ciment Turda but does not stop here

9 Februarie 2012


Holcim (Romania)SA Ciment Turda inaugurates its modernized dispatch center together with new canteen and the new administration building

Holcim (Romania) SA proves that it is a forward looking organization, which moves very fast. Only 10 months ago, on June 20, 2001 it launched it new brand

on the market. Six month later Holcim merged its Romanian operations under one name - Holcim (Romania) SA. In the same time it won the award for the "Best Strategic Investment" in the construction business. Towards the end of 2001 it commissioned the first environmetal friendly concrete plant. In March this year the same award was won by Holcim (Romania) Ciment Turda.

With investment programs started immediately after the acquisiton, in 1997, Holcim Ltd (Switzerland) - majority owner of Holcim (Romania) SA - moves further on. This morning Holcim (Romania) SA Ciment Turda inaugurates its modernized dispatch together with new canteen and the new administration building.
The investment in the modernization of the dispatch amounts to 4,6 m Euro. The dispatch is a very important department in a plant because here starts the relationship with the clients. The main benefits of this investment are: increased customer satisfaction by shortening the waiting period and providing modern and professional services, increased bulk and bag cement loading capacity and reduced dust emissions.

The amount invested for the new canteen and administrative building is around 700.000 Euro. This project was aimed to implement professional standards within Holcim (Romania). Some of the benefits are: improved services provided to employees, clients and business partners, modern offices for employees, new services delivered to clients, modern cafeteria for drivers etc.

Regarding this event Mr. Kurt Habersatter, CEO of Holcim (Romania) stated:
"Ciment Turda has the best geographical location in the heart of Transilvania. With the new modern dispatch, its increased loading capacity, the cleanness and the additional services provided, our plant has become even more attractive for our clients."

Holcim Ltd's investment obligation were 11.5 m USD due end 2001. This figure has been outperformed by far. The total investment at Ciment Turda reached 16.2 m USD until end of last year, thereof almost 5 m USD for direct environmental measures. Some of the projects were: complete modernization of grey cement production line no 7, cement milling, new dedusting of all major exhaust gases, new mobile equipment for quarries and transportation, laboratory equipment and the new dispatch.

Key figures 2001:
· Turnover: 65 m Euro
· Cement sales volume remained stable at 1.2 m tons at a market share of just below 28%
· Investments realized amount to Euro 45 m

· Romanian cement market is expected to grow from 4.3 m tons to approx. 4.5 m tons; i.e. 4% to 5%
· Holcim (Romania) wants to increase its sales to a market share of 30%
· Investment plan foresees investments of 80 m Euro over the next 4 to 5 years.

Financial results of Holcim Group on 2001:
· Net sales: 13644 m CHF
· Operating profit: 945 m CHF
· Cement production capacity million t: 121,2
· Cement sales million t: 84,3
· Aggregates million t: 89,5
· RMC million m3: 25,5

Holcim (Romania) currently has 2000 employees.
Holcim (Romania) owns 3 cement plants in Turda, Campulung si Alesd, 6 concrete plants in Bucharest, Pitesti, Curtea de Arges and Brasov and 3 aggregates pits in Zarnesti, Rancaciov and Brasov.
Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement, concrete and aggregates (sand and gravel), with operations in over 70 countries across all continents.
The Group counts 47.000 employees.