Cemex Philippines, one of the biggest cement producers in the country, resolved to logistics and other technological advances in helping them have a smooth-sailing transaction in the coming rainy season.
Having a big demand in cement this year because of the needs of the real-estate industry, Paul Arsenas, strategic planning vice president of Cemex Philippines, said that the company cannot afford to stop operations even for a day just because rains pour.
“Dati, we used to load bags of cement on the vessel. Minamano-mano lang namin. Ngayon, we have containerized vans and vessels, and we put them in big ships [for transportation]and nadadala siya sa ibang islands even if it rains [Before, we used to load bags of cement on the vessel. We did it manually. But now, we use containerized vans and vessels, and we put them in big ships to be transported to other islands even if it rains],” he said.
“We acquired two vessels mainly for transferring of cement . . . and these are state-of-the-art vessels and we brought them from our sister companies in Europe. We are making additional investments along that line,” Arsenas added.
He further said that the four vessels—two owned and two rented—enable the transfer of unbagged cement through an airtight pipe, all the way inside the plants and warehouse areas.
With increasing cement demand, the company has made P2.5-billion investment to build a vertical mill, intended to increase cement capacity of their plant, as well as the upgrading of trucks and other transport paraphernalia and usage of wastes of other industrial factories to improve quality and delivery of cement.