Holcim has inaugurated its new cement plant Shurovo in the presence of the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Micheline Calmy-Rey, and the Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann.
With an annual capacity of 2.1Mta of cement and a capital expenditure of around EUR500m, the new plant in Kolomna, 100 km south of Moscow, is one of the biggest Holcim plants in Eastern Europe. It primarily serves the growth market of Moscow where roughly one-third of the country’s construction investments are made.
President Dmitry Medvedev stated in his welcome address that this plant is a shining example for the Russian cement industry and sets new environmental standards, Holcim said in a statement.
At the inauguration ceremony, which was also attended by a Swiss business delegation led by Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann, the President of the Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey said: “This inauguration is symbolic of the modernization process in the Russian economy”.
Holcim CEO Markus Akermann emphasised in his speech: “The Shurovo plant significantly contributes to the long-term supply security of the greater Moscow market with high-quality building materials. It is a milestone in the modernisation of the Russian cement industry and strengthens Holcim’s position in an attractive growth market."
Holcim has been present in Russia since 1993. The company owns another cement plant in Volsk on the Volga, and has a combined cement capacity of approximately 5Mta.