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Holcim reports on increased capacity in emerging markets

World Cement,

Capacity increases continued in important markets

In countries with rising demand – primarily in the emerging markets – Holcim continued to increase capacity. In 2011, the new Shurovo plant in Russia began operations. It is currently considered one of the most modern facilities in the country and supplies the booming Moscow construction market.

Shortly before the end of the year, Garadagh Cement in Azerbaijan produced its first clinker. The newly built kiln line will strengthen the Group company in this attractive market for construction materials. In Latin America, cement capacity was substantially increased in Ecuador. In Asia, which has large deficits in residential and infrastructure construction, Holcim is also in the process of adapting existing capacity to developments on the demand side. In India, ACC began operating what is currently the largest clinker kiln in the world at its Wadi plant. The Chanda plant was also significantly expanded, while Ambuja Cements added additional clinker capacity in Rauri and Bhatapara, as well as two new grinding stations.

The Group company ACC will increase cement capacity in east India by an additional 5 million tones by early 2015. At Jamul, the existing facility will be replaced by a state-of-the-art clinker plant and grinding capacity increased simultaneously. In addition, the capacity of the existing Sindri grinding plant will be increased, and a new grinding plant will be built at Kharagpur. Both installations will source clinker from the new Jamul plant. Therewith, overall capacity of ACC will increase to 35 million t. The Tuban plant in Indonesia, a dynamic market with great potential, is another installation under construction and will produce cement starting in 2013. Finally, Holcim Brazil will bring a new kiln line on stream at its Barroso plant in 2014.

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