Holcim (Romania) continues to extend its networks of environmentally friendly concrete plants with the launch of a new plant in Brasov, as a result of an investment of approximately EUR 1.5 million. Two other new environmentally friendly concrete plants will become operational this year in Timisoara and Targu Mures.
The plant has a capacity of 120 cubic meters of concrete per hour and is fully automatic, which guarantees both a constant quality and an exact quantity of supplied ready-mixed concrete. The most modern technology employed reduces to zero the dust emissions and the noise, and allows recycling of fresh concrete.
"This investment is not just an investment in state-of-art technology, it is mostly a direct consequence of the sustainable development process in Holcim (Romania), which makes the care for environment a priority," said Markus Wirth, General Manager of Holcim (Romania).
One of the novelties of this type of plant is the fact that it is operational all year long, as it is equipped with a heating system for hot water and hot air, allowing concrete production in best conditions also during cold weather. Holcim introduced for the first time in Romania the concept of environmentally friendly concrete plant in Pitesti in 2001. Out of the 12 concrete plants, which the company presently owns, 9 are based on the concept of environmentally friendly plant (Pitesti, Craiova, Cluj Napoca, Ploiesti, Oradea, Arad, Sibiu, Bucharest - Chitila and Brasov), and the other 3 are at European standards (Bucharest - Pipera, Bucharest - Progresul and Satu Mare). Two more environmentally friendly concrete plants will be launched in Timisoara and Targu Mures by year end.
The care for environment is also demonstrated in the value of investments Holcim (Romania) has made since 1997 for protecting the environment - EUR 17 million. This year Holcim (Romania) will continue to invest over EUR 32 million in quality, environment protection, work and health safety, and other projects.
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 more than 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, 12 ready-mixed concrete plants (9 of which have been built based on the concept of environment friendliness) and 4 aggregates plants. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently has approximately 1,300 employees. The website of the company is www.holcim.ro.