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Argos implements technology to produce Green Cement

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An investment of more than US$78 million was made at the Rioclaro Plant for the assembly of the new production line, capable of producing 450 000 tpy of calcined clay. With this investment, Argos, a subsidiary of the Grupo Argos Business Group, has begun to manufacture and distribute Green Cement. In this process, the use of traditional clinker (base material for cement) is reduced thanks to the incorporation of calcined clays (artificial pozzolan). This product makes it a more environmentally friendly cement, since during the carbon dioxide emissions of the production process are reduced up to 38% and energy consumption is reduced by 30%, in comparison to the industry standard.

The new product maintains the quality and performance that has always characterised the company. “With this project, we are leading the industry and sowing the seeds of Argos for the future, which today, starts a new production line in Rioclaro, and which also has a huge growth potential in all geographies. This is not only from a product point of view, but rather from a concrete action for the sustainability of our industry. In our commitment to climate change, this project clearly makes us very proud,” said Juan Esteban Calle, Argos CEO.

This new line uses the latest technology in cement manufacturing equipment and is unique to the global industry. It allows Argos to have greater flexibility and positions it as the first cement producer in Colombia to offer its customers a portfolio of products, as well as the possibility of customising the cements according to the needs and requirements of their projects.

Tomas Restrepo, Vice President of the Colombia Region, said, “This new technological platform allows us to dream of alternative businesses, and it not only ratifies our commitment to sustainability, but it also positions us at the forefront of innovation in the industry because we are modifying the way cement is traditionally produced. In regard to customers, it has endless potential because we are the only company in Colombia to have this equipment to make customised products in accordance with the demands of the projects and therefore, providing outstanding solutions to our customers.”

During the assembly of this new Green Cement manufacturing line, the company generated more than 600 jobs, of which 30% were local to the operation.

The Rioclaro Plant is located in the middle of the country, which allows the organisation to serve all markets from its central position and meet the demands of the construction sector, both in the infrastructure and civil sectors, as well as in housing and commercial projects.

By having this new line of operation coming into effect, plus the modern Cartagena Plant and other facilities in the national geography, it places the company as one with the largest installed capacity in the country for the production of cement and concrete.

Relevant facts of the project

  • Investment: over US$78 million dollars.
  • Emission reduction: up to 38%.
  • Reduction in energy consumption: up to 30%.
  • Installed capacity of the new calcined clay line: 450 000 tpy.
  • Installed capacity of the Rioclaro Plant: 2.3 million tpy of cement.
  • Total installed capacity of Argos in Colombia: 8.7 million tpy of cement.
  • Jobs generated during the construction of this new line: more than 600.

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