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Holcim El Salvador opens concrete and aggregates plants

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Three ready-mix concrete plants and one aggregate plant are part of Holcim's growth in 2021 and represent an investment of more than $4 million.

As part of an investment package for 2021 of around $20 million, announced in March by Holcim, the company simultaneously inaugurated 3 new expansion plants for ready-mix concrete located in Sonsonate, La Paz and Apopa. In addition to these three plants, Holcim also inaugurated an aggregates plant, located in the Tepeagua canton of the La Libertad municipality. The function of this plant will be to self-supply raw material to its ready-mix concrete plants.

These new plants are part of an expansion strategy that is due to the sustained growth presented by the construction sector in recent months and with them they seek to be closer to customers throughout the national territory. The newly inaugurated concrete plants represent a 60% increase in the production capacity per hour of ready-mix concrete and are in addition to the 3 plants that Holcim already operated on a permanent basis, located in San Andrés, Santa Tecla and San Miguel. In addition, Holcim has mobile concrete plants that it installs at the request of clients for the development of their construction projects.

Guillermo Torres, Manager of Concrete and Aggregates of Holcim El Salvador, stated “With this investment we are managing to expand our coverage to all areas of the country. Each of the plants has a production capacity of more than 70 cubic meters per hour and sufficient logistical capacity to make deliveries. With great satisfaction I can say that Holcim concrete will reach every corner of El Salvador to contribute to the growth of our great country".

He added that all the concrete lines offered by Holcim will be available in the new plants and will have the capacity to supply projects of all types and sizes. As part of this ready-mix concrete business expansion project, Holcim acquired in 2020, 22 new concrete trucks with a capacity of 10 cubic meters each, increasing the distribution capacity nationwide by 30%.

So far in 2021, Holcim has made important announcements in El Salvador such as the launch of EcoPact, ecological concrete and its cements with EcoEtiquetas. Both are part of its ecological portfolio that promotes a reduction in the carbon footprint of up to 30%. Likewise, in March it announced the start of reactivation work at the Maya Plant, with which it plans to go from 1.2 to 1.9 million tons of cement produced per year. The company expects to generate more than 100 new direct and indirect jobs during 2021, between the new concrete and aggregates plants and the reactivation of the Maya cement plant. “El Salvador is strong like its people. That is why this day we reaffirm once again our confidence and commitment in the country by opening our new plants, fully equipped with the best technology and machinery that allow us to comply with all the quality, safety and sustainability standards that characterise us worldwide,” said Rodrigo Gallardo, CEO of Holcim El Salvador.

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