CEMEX strengthen presence in Jamaica
Company investing US$30 million in expansion and upgrading of CCCL cement plant
AS part of their growth strategy, CEMEX have announced plans to upgrade and increase the capacity of the company’s cement production plant in Rockfort, Jamaica, by 30%.
This planned increase would strengthen the self-sufficiency of the national cement industry, reduce dependency on cement imports, and reinforce ability of Caribbean Cement Company Ltd (CCCL) to serve the growth of the construction sector in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
The US$30 million investment is designed to be accretive and aligned to the company´s climate action goals through the production of low-carbon products.
CEMEX anticipate that once this planned expansion is finished, CCCL will increase their existing cement production capacity by approximately 300,000 tonnes through the implementation of state-of-the-art technologies.
The expansion will introduce novel grinding additives to the manufacturing process and further enhance the production of low-clinker products in the region.
The planned upgrade, which is currently scheduled for the second half of 2022, is consistent with CEMEX’s growth plan in Jamaica and seeks to strengthen the company’s capacity to respond to local market demands as well as export needs over the medium term.
By optimizing heat consumption in the cement production process, the project will minimize CCCL´s carbon footprint in Jamaica and allow CEMEX to progress towards their sustainability targets under their Future in Action programme.
‘At Caribbean Cement Company Ltd, we reiterate our commitment to the sustainable development of Jamaica’s economy,’ said Jesus Gonzalez, president of CEMEX South, Central America and the Caribbean. ‘With this investment, we will create jobs and promote the local industry in the country while minimizing our carbon footprint.’