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Votorantim Cimentos celebrates partnership with the community

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Votorantim Cimentos’ plant in the city of Cantagalo, the company's first operation in the state of Rio de Janeiro, completed 40 years of operations in November 2015. Cantagalo is today one of the leading cement hubs of Brazil and Votorantim Cimentos was the first company to install a unity in the city. The plant has an installed capacity of 850 000 tpy of cement and 800 000 tpy of clinker. The volume is more than enough to meet periods of high market demands, like the works that are in progress due to the realisation of the Olympics in Rio this year.

The unit is considered a model in various practices, including the co-processing - technique of using industrial waste in cement kilns as a substitute for fossil fuels for the production of raw material. By this measure, Cantagalo is one of the most efficient plants in energy and the environment of the company and the country, in line with the commitment of Votorantim Cimentos to sustainable development and development of technologies to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide resulting from the cement activity.

This story was built by employees as Sebastião Gomes, who arrived even before the plant started operating. "I started working in 1973, even when the plant was being built. With the plant already running, I transferred for maintenance and then to the mechanics, where I am today", he says. "I saw the factory getting better and the city also, with the arrival of Votorantim Cimentos came much more job opportunities here".

Adapted from source by Joseph Green. Source: Votorantim Cimentos

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