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Votorantim Cimentos inauguarates new plant

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On 11 February, Votorantim Cimentos inaugurated a new plant in Yacuses, Bolivia, together with its partners at Itacamba Cemento. The ceremony was attended by President Evo Morales, mong other Bolivian authorities.

Yacuses, a US$220 million investment, has a production capacity of 950 000 t of cement and will be the first integrated cement factory in eastern Bolivia. The new unit will increase Itacamba’s total production capacity in Bolivia to 1.2 million t, by adding to the 250 000 t produced by the Puerto Quijaro mill. The country will, as a result, become self-sufficient in cement production to supply the domestic market. Additionally, 3200 direct jobs were created during the construction of the new unit, a record number for the region.

“This new plant reinforces Votorantim Cimentos’ strategy of geographic diversification and its long-term commitment, with expanded activities in markets with high growth potential. In addition to the unit in Yacuses (Bolivia), we are also scheduled to inaugurate a new unit in Sivas, Turkey, in the first half of the year,” said Walter Dissinger, president of Votorantim Cimentos.

Dissinger attended the inauguration ceremony alongside Fabio Ermírio de Moraes, member of the Board of Directors of Votorantim S.A. and Votorantim Cimentos, Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, and Carlos Romero Bonifaz, Minister of Government, among other authorities and Bolivian leaders.

President Evo Morales highlighted the company’s relationship with its employees, as well as the social responsibility initiatives that contributed to the construction of a technology center in Yacuses. “Projects that combine development and social responsibility are historic in our country and help drive the economy,” he added.

“In addition to fully meeting the internal market demand, the plant will contribute to the improvement of road and rail networks, with the acquisition of 120 rail cars to transport the cement from Puerto Suarez to other regions of the country,” said the general manager of Itacamba, Alexander Cappela.

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