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Holcim Investigates Future Manufacturing Options

Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd continues to investigate manufacturing options to ensure it can meet long-term growth in demand for cement in New Zealand.

"There Has Been Significant Growth in the Demand for cement in New Zealand over the past five years, " says Paul Commons, General Manager, Strategy and Development. "Both current and forecast future market demand for cement is greater than the capacity of our current plant, so we are looking at a range of alternatives to address this".

Holcim New Zealand is a leading manufacturer of cement, concrete, aggregates and industrial lime products. It has more than 35 operating sites and employs in excess of 500 staff in New Zealand. The company's involvement in the New Zealand building and construction industry dates back to its Otago origins in 1888. It was formerly named Milburn New Zealand Limited and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Holcim Ltd Group, which has operations in 70 countries on all continents.

Cement to meet domestic demand is produced by Holcim New Zealand at its manufacturing plant at Cape Foulwind, Westport. That plant has operated since 1958. In recent times though Holcim has needed to import cement to meet the gap between its domestic production capacity and customer demand.

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