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Holcim Bangladesh invests Tk 3.0 billion in new expansion project

downloadHolcim Bangladesh Ltd invested Tk 3.0 billion in its new expansion project, to achieve additional capacity of producing 7,00,000 tonnes of cement yearly.

“We set up state of the art capacity expansion project at our Meghnaghat plant investing Tk 3 billion,” Aidan Lynam, Area Head of South Asian region of the Holcim Group, told at a press conference, adding that the expansion also includes implementing SAP (Systems, Applications & Processes) and moving into a new corporate office.

The press conference was held at its new corporate office in the city, which is part of the Switzerland-based company’s two-day celebration programmes to celebrate new achievements.

Aidan Lynam said Bangladesh has significant GDP growth (gross domestic production) to be the best place for the cement business.

He said in order to grow further and to meet growing demand of quality cement, HBL has recently completed a modern state of the art capacity expansion project at its existingplant located at Meghnaghat.

“With this additional capacity of producing 700,000 tons, the total yearly capacity of the company will stand at close to 2 million tons. The overall capacity expansion project includes – a Closed Circuit Ball Mill capacity of 110 tons per hour, (0.7 million tons per year), an Electronic Packer with 12 Nozzles, a Bulk Loading System, a Clinker Storage of 30000 tons and a Pontoon with pneumatic fly ash unloader,” he said about new expansion projects.

HBL, a group company of Switzerland based cement leader called “Holcim”; has a long history of supplying quality cement for construction of apartments, individual house buildings, industrial building, dams, roads, power plants, infrastructure like longest bridges and tallest buildings etc. of Bangladesh.

In a query about special feature of the capacity expansion project, Mr. Aidan Lynam,said  “About this particular expansion project, I just want to highlight that project was undertaken in strict compliance with Holcim standards. The local projects team, in collaboration with Holcim Bangladesh’s operations management, teamed up with the expertise of Holcim Group Support, in  Switzerland and in Spain to produce an outstanding project outcome in terms of Safety, Schedule and Budget.”

“It is of particular satisfaction that the project has been completed satisfactorily to the highest level of international Occupational Health and Safety,” he added.

Managing Director of Holcim Bangladesh  Rajnish Kapur shared his experience about the project and mentioned that additional volumes from this capacity expansion would cater for the continuously growing demand of Holcim cement as the company has had constraints in assuring product availability to all of our customers recently during peak demand periods.

“With an objective of streamlining business processes, HBL has recently implemented SAP (Systems, Applications & Processes) integrated business process automation,” HBL MD informed journalists.

Through SAP implementation, key business processes like manufacturing, sales, distribution, supply chain, accounting and controlling have been fully integrated which will ensure integrity and reliability of Holcim Bangladesh’s management information system. This will eliminate manual processes and un-needed human intervention in operating businesses of the company.Mr Kapur said effectively implemented SAP systems would have cost benefits too. “Integration is the key in this process. It can help us to improve our interactions with, and services to key stakeholders like customers, suppliers, and regulatory.

Source: Financial Express

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