Leading cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. is looking to further increase its output of blended cement products this year to provide more effective building solutions, ensure reliable supply, and lower carbon emissions as the company supports the robust construction activity in the country.
Holcim Philippines sees more opportunities to grow the share of blended cement in its overall output this year given the continued government focus on roads and real estate development in the countryside. The company plans to step up its technical information and engagement campaigns for customers to further highlight the benefits of using the right cement for the right application.
Holcim’s blended cement offers are Excel for general purpose applications and Solido for roads and light infrastructures. Launched last year, Solido volumes grew significantly as customers saw its superior performance in terms of strength and durability. Excel also continues to enjoy strong support in the market.
“Our blended cement products are formulated so these will have enhanced performance for their applications. Solido for example is designed to provide concrete with higher strength and durability as well as better workability for faster and easier application,” said Senior Vice President for Sales William Sumalinog.
Aside from highlighting blended cement’s superior performance, Sumalinog noted that the company will emphasize its benefit on the company’s ability to provide customers reliable supply.
“Ordinary Portland Cement has the biggest clinker component in our portfolio. We’ve informed customers that our blended cement focus enables us to extend our clinker supply and produce more cement that customers need for their respective projects,” he added.
Finally, the company aims to raise awareness about the importance of its blended cement thrust on its commitment to improve environmental performance. Sumalinog noted that cement manufacturing is a carbon-intensive process with the global industry taking steps to lower emissions to contribute to the efforts against climate change.
“It is during the production of clinker, the main component of cement, when most carbon emissions associated with cement occur. By replacing the clinker in our final cement products with alternative mineral components, we are able to cut the carbon intensity of operations and do our share in addressing this challenge,” he said.
In 2016, the Department of Public Works and Highways has allowed blended cement for road construction through Department Order 133, which amends building standards for concrete pavements, previously specified OPC. This directive is meant to help in the government’s intent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.