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Cementos Avellaneda to boost production capacity

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Argentinian cement maker Cementos Avellaneda S.A. will invest US$230 million over the next two years. The investment aims to increase production capacity by 1 million tpy at its two plants in order to keep up with forecast demand.

The bulk of investment will see US$200 million spent on the San Luis cement plant boosting its production capacity from 0.3 million tpy to 1 million tpy. The upgrade will be completed in 2H19.

“The plant’s facilities will be a benchmark for the industry, using the best and most efficient technology [to reduce] electric power, fuel and water consumption,” the company said in a statement.

US$30 million will also be invested in the Olavarría cement plant, the country’s largest. Production capacity will be expanded by 0.211 million tpy by the end of this year, with plans to reach a total of 0.3 million tpy of additional capacity in the future.

Located in Buenos Aires province, the Olavarría plant currently has a capacity of 2.396 million tpy. The plant began production in 1937.

Cementos Avellaneda is owned jointly by Brazilian company, Votarantim Cimentos, and Spain’s Cementos Molins. It has a current cement production capacity of 2.9 million tpy and a turnover of US$4.1 billion in 2016.

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