Holcim expects to increase production capacity at its plant in Ecuadorian capital Guayaquil by 54% starting next year.
The company will spend US$120mn on expansion work and new machinery to boost cement production to 5.4Mta from 3.5Mta, local daily El Universo reported.
The machinery includes a new mill with production capacity of 250tph, or some 12,000 bags of cement daily. The company is also building two warehouses for clinker and cement storage.
The expansion project is currently 85% complete, and will be ready to operate by the start of 2012, the report said.
Holcim decided to carry out the project based on the steady growth of public and private infrastructure projects in the country during the last few years, according to administrative manager Giancarlo Muñoz.
Current demand for cement in Ecuador is around 5Mt/y, which is supplied by Holcim, Lafarge, Guapán and Cementos Chimborazo.