Turkey: Votorantim Cimentos has announced a Euro140m investment in the expansion of its cement plant in Sivas, Turkey. The investment is the largest carried out in Sivas' history and will increase the plant's current production capacity by three times, from 0.6Mt/yr to 1.8Mt/yr.
The investment will allow Votorantim Cimentos, which currently operates in the country at full capacity, to increase its market share in Turkey. The Sivas plant currently accounts for about 19% of Votorantim Cimentos' 3Mt/yr production capacity in Turkey. After the expansion, it will account for 42% of the company's total production capacity in the country.
"Votorantim Cimentos sees the potential of Turkey's construction sector and this investment shows our commitment to reinforcing our presence in Turkey. Sivas' expansion will bring a crucial dynamism and competitiveness to the company in the Turkish cement market," said Mustafa Şefik Tüzün, CEO of Votorantim Cimentos in Turkey.
Groundbreaking at the plant will take place in June 2015 and construction work will employ around 700 people. Cement production will begin in 2017. The plant will supply the market with CEM I and CEM II, the most in-demand products in the Turkish cement market.
Votorantim Cimentos recently announced a Euro1.61bn investment package for 2015 - 2018. The company will invest in five new plants in Brazil, one in Bolivia, as well as in the expansion and modernisation of existing units, such as the one in Sivas.