CEMEX Holdings Philippines, Inc. recently announced the commencement of its expansion project in the Antipolo City, Rizal – the construction of the Solid Plant New Cement Line. This was formalized during the signing of the principal project agreements with CBMI Construction Co., Ltd. of China (SINOMA) held on October 18 at The Fairmont Hotel Makati.
This milestone was led by CEMEX Global VP for Operations and Technology Ernesto Alonso Felix Sandoval and CEMEX Philippines President and CEO Ignacio Mijares, together with SINOMA Chairman and General Manager Tong Laigou and Regional Managing Director for Asia Wang Yuwu. The event was likewise witnessed by key officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines and the local government units of Antipolo and Rizal.
With an investment cost of around US$235 million, the new integrated cement line will add 1.5 million tons of cement to the annual capacity of the Solid Cement Plant, thereby increasing the total output to 3.4 million tons.
“CEMEX is one with the Philippine government in building a stronger nation. With the national government’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, CEMEX continues its major role in supporting the construction of the government’s flagship projects which include airports,
seaports, railways, roads and bridges across the country,” Ignacio Mijares said during his opening remarks. He expressed confidence that with the company’s global expertise in cement manufacturing, deep resolve for innovation, efficiency and excellence, this important investment will further bolster the economic growth of the country.
The massive five-year “Build, Build, Build” Infrastructure Program of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called for strategic solutions from the building and construction materials industry. In response to this tall order, CEMEX committed the construction of the Solid Cement New Line.
“CEMEX’s presence in the Philippines started in 1997. For more than two decades, we’d like to believe that we were able to make a difference. We were able to make a difference by supporting the construction of not just cities, but likewise helped spur the development of provinces and other rural areas. As we look around, we know that CEMEX is part of an industry that helps build almost everything that we see now,” remarked Ernesto Felix during his keynote message. The impressive new cement line will rise in a 42-hectare property located in Solid Cement Plant’s complex in Antipolo City, Rizal.