Brazil-based cement company, Votorantim Cimentos, has inaugurated a new cement plant in Sivas, Turkey, continuing the expansion of the company’s strategy of investing in markets with high growth potential. The new plant will replace an old facility in Sivas, which is about 500 m from the Turkish capital, Ankara, and 900 km from Istanbul.
The €140 million plant has a production capacity of 1.8 million tpy and will serve strategic regions in Turkey, the company said in a statement. It will also boost Votorantim’s participation in the Turkey’s growing infrastructure market.
According to BMI Research, Turkey’s construction industry will grow at 5.6% year-on-year in 2017, as infrastructure continues to garner significant government support. Growth is expected to continue in the medium and longer term with average growth rates of 4.2% and 4.1% over the next five and ten years, respectively.
Turkish demand for cement, meanwhile, is expected to be around 3% by 2019, Votorantim noted.
“This expansion makes our Sivas operation not only more competitive and efficient, but also better aligned with new technologies and environmental regulations,” said Walter Dissinger, CEO of Votorantim Cimentos, at the opening of the plant.
In addition to its investment in Turkey, Votorantim is also investing in expansions at Charlevoix in the US and San Luis in Argentina. Both of these projects should be completed by 2018, added Dissinger.
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