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Holcim plans in New Zealand and the Philippines

World Cement,

Holcim has revealed that it wants to modify plans for its proposed plant at Oamaru, New Zealand, in a bid to boost sales following a dip in the region’s demand. The modifications would allow the plant to export clinker – an important factor in strengthening the proposal for the project, which has been estimated to cost around US$ 400 million. Ken Cowie, Capital Projects Manager at Holcim, said “we've been investigating the capability of the supply chain to meet this requirement, and have identified the need for some modifications to the plant layout and design to enhance its clinker manufacturing capacity."

Elsewhere, Eduardo A. Sahagun, Senior Vice President for Sales at Holcim’s Philippines unit, announced that their cement prices would remain at the recently increased levels, despite the fact that the company is planning to revive a clinker production line at its Lugair, Misamis Oriental plant, which is able to produce using lower operating costs.

Sahagun pointed out that even with the new clinker line coming online, Holcim is still contracted to import clinker, which, combined with increased power costs in Mindanao, will not allow Holcim to effect a price reduction at present.

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