Holcim is spending CHF40m (EUR31m) in modernising its plant in Untervaz, Switzerland. One particular feature the installation of a five-chamber silo for speciality products such as Holcim’s Optimo cement.
With the opening of the Haselboden mining area Holcim has secured raw materials until 2040 for the Untervaz plant. "This material security is the basis for the renewal of the work, " says plant manager Markus Hepberger.
"Overall, we invest about CHF40m in modernisation,” he added. This also assumes an ever greater range of products.
One such innovation is Optimo cement, a product which has a reduced clinker content and thus cuts CO2 emissions by around 10 per cent. The dispatch area will also be optimized. "We already have a rail share of 70 per cent from the factory, which can further increase, " Hepberger noted.