Holcim engages leading builders' quality teams to drive improvements in concrete

Leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. gathered quality teams from some of the country’s top infrastructure builders to share best practices on concrete production for better construction in the country.

The company launched the Holcim Concrete Quality League (HCQL) in its Norzagaray, Bulacan and Davao City plants on Jan. 12 and 19, respectively, which seeks to strengthen collaboration and knowledge-sharing on concrete among the country’s leading users of this material. Participants were also toured in Holcim’s plants for a better appreciation of the cement manufacturing process and sustainability efforts for operations.

Builders involved in such projects as the Metro Manila Subway, NLEX-SLEX Connector Road, North-South Commuter Railway, Davao Coastal Road, Davao City Bypass Tunnel, and Tagum Flyover among others participated in the launches.

Holcim Philippines President and CEO Horia Adrian: “This program is part of our efforts to improve concrete for building lasting development structures for the country. HCQL aims to create a community of experts and professionals that closely collaborate and learn from each other on making concrete better. We at Holcim are excited to share our technical knowledge as a member of the global leader in building solutions, and learn from our partners on how to support them in driving innovations in the country.”

During the launch, local and Holcim Group experts discussed common quality issues that impact the durability of concrete structures and possible remedies for these including the use of low-carbon blended cements.HCQL will meet quarterly to discuss the latest innovation and sustainability trends that can help improve concrete quality in the country.

The initiative is part of Holcim Philippines’s efforts to drive innovation and sustainability in the construction industry. In 2023, the company relaunched its flagship general purpose cement as Excel ECOPlanet following successful efforts to slash the carbon footprint of the product by at least 30% compared with (ordinary portland cement) OPC. It also introduced Optimo, a  limestone blended cement for infrastructures and vertical structures. Optimo  delivers the same strength, workability and durability as OPC and remains compatible with other cement additives such as slag and fly ash.