NORZAGAY, Bulacan: Republic Cement & Building Materials Inc. will increase its cement production capacity by an additional 850,000 metric tons (MT) a year with the inauguration of its new horizontal roller mill (Horomill) plant in Norzagaray, Bulacan on Tuesday.
Renato Sunico, president of Republic Cement, said in a press briefing after the inauguration that the additional Horomill plant capacity will be on top of the Norzagaray plant’s existing capacity of 1 million MT a year, which will translate to total capacity of about 1.85 million MT annually.
Located in Barangay Bigte in Norzagaray, the new P900 million Horomill plant is fully automatic with zero-water spray consumption, is energy-efficient and has zero-noise pollution compared to traditional ball mill plants, Sunico said.
“This new finish mill also strengthens our company’s sustainability initiatives through the implementation of environmentally responsive manufacturing processes,” Sunico said.
The company currently has four major plants in Luzon, each with 1 million MT capacity.
These four plants supply Luzon, which takes up 80 percent of Republic Cement’s market.
The Visayas and Mindanao markets are supplied by its Danao grinding station and Iligan cement plant, respectively.
Other than the Norzagaray plant, the three other plants in Luzon are the Bulacan plant in Barangay Minuyan; the Teresa plant in Rizal; and the Batangas plant in Tayasan, Batangas. It also has an aggregates plant in Bulacan.
The firm’s total cement capacity is 7 million MT per year, making it the second leading cement manufacturer and supplier in the country next to Holcim Philippines Inc., Sunico said.
Asked if they have further expansion plans, Sunico said: “Nothing immediate as of the moment. We’re just improving efficiencies of our plants, and looking at various types of alternative fuel.”
According to the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines, the cement industry reported sales of 24.36 million MT in 2015, up 14.3 percent from 21.3 million MT in 2014.
“I think whoever comes in [as president], they have to continue the infrastructure projects,” Sunico said, commenting on the upcoming presidential elections in May.
Republic Cement, formerly Lafarge Republic Inc., is owned by a joint venture of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Ireland-headquartered CRH International. Republic Cement effectively delisted its shares from the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday.