Colombia: Cementera San Marcos has started operations in Yumbo, in the Valle del Cauca region of Colombia.
The company is a project of the Cobo family that partnered with Otoya and Armitage, and a consortium of the Solarte brothers. The Cobos already own a limestone mine. Manager Fernando de Francisco estimates that the Colombian cement market currently stands at 0.95Mt/month, with Cementera San Marcos aiming at a 1.5% share.
Meanwhile Miguel Angel Rubacalva, president of Holcim Colombia, expects market growth in 2012. In 2011 Holcim Colombia saw a 19.8% increase in sales, with operating income rising by 103.3% from US$20,000 to US$40,300. Holcim plans to increase the capacity of its plant at Nobsa, Boyacá by 5%.