Cambodia: Siam City Cement's (SCCC) board of directors has approved a 40% share in a joint venture company in Cambodia, Chip Mong Cement Corporation, a first step in its strategy to take advantage of the upcoming Asean Economic Community.
The joint venture will involve the construction and operation of a 1.5Mt/yr capacity cement plant and related business, said Siva Mahasandana, acting SCCC deputy CEO and senior vice president for marketing and sales. He said the company had signed a definitive agreement with Chip Mong Group and three individuals, known collectively as CMG, to form the joint venture, which is expected to be in place by December 2015.
Mahasandana said that the joint venture company's registered capital would be US$150m, comprising 75,000 ordinary shares at a par value of US$2000/share. Once fully established, the new company will be renamed Chip Mong Insee Cement Corp.
Cambodia has been attracting investment with its government measures and low labour costs. Its economy has been growing measurably and the construction business is expected to grow in parallel, providing opportunities for SCCC's Insee brand. "We trust that this is an absolutely sustainable business venture in Cambodia and at the same time, we are exploring new investment opportunities in the Asean countries, especially in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam," he Mahasandana.