Georgian Cement Company (GCC) opened its new cement plant on the 4 October 2016 in Poti, with an initial annual capacity of 0.25Mta. GCC decided on the location of the plant after market research revealed that western Georgia was mainly supplied by cement imported from Turkey.
To complete the project GCC entered a partnership with Lafarge, which has since merged with Holcim to become LafargeHolcim. Construction of the plant commenced in 2014. The new plant boasts a unique laboratory based on LafargeHolcim’s standards. The laboratory is capable of checking production quality in minutes through techniques such as chemical analysis. The laboratory is the only one of its kind in Georgia. An 11 unit filtration system, another element unique in the region, ensures pollution levels meet European standards.