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Heidelberg Cement opens new plant in Greater Moscow

HeidelbergCement recently officially opened its newly built cement plant TulaCement, which is located approximately 150 km south of Moscow in the city of Novogurovsky, in the Tula region.

The plant has a production capacity of 2 million tons of cement. Construction of the plant began in April 2009. The investment costs for the new plant, which employs around 400 people, amount to approximately EUR 300 million.

Dr. Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board, reiterated the company’s delight for the inauguration of its state-of-the-art cement plant TulaCement, which is one of the largest in Russia.

In the future, the new plant will primarily supply the rapidly growing market in Greater Moscow with high-quality cement. The company has thus reached another milestone in the expansion of its cement capacities in attractive growth regions and has increased the capacities in Russia to around 5 million tons per year, said Scheifele.

The cement will be produced in a dry process in the highly automated plant, which is equipped with environmentally-friendly technology. The entire production site – including the quarries, where the raw material is extracted for cement production – spans over 100 hectares.

To ensure optimum logistics for delivery and cement shipments, HeidelbergCement has constructed several kilometres of road and railway lines. Four modern apartment buildings have been erected for the employees.

"Russia is an attractive market for HeidelbergCement. The demand for cement is rapidly increasing. It is anticipated that cement consumption will rise from 50 million tons in 2010 to around 70–90 million tons in the next ten years," said Dr. Scheifele.

HeidelbergCement has been active in Russia since 2001. Amongst other activities, the Group operates a cement plant near St. Petersburg and is the majority shareholder of a building materials company in Bashkortostan, one of the richest republics in Russia, where dry mortar and gypsum are also manufactured in addition to cement. HeidelbergCement also produces aggregates in Voronezh and Novogurovsky (Tula region).

Cement is imported to important growth regions via import terminals in Murmansk, Archangelsk, and Kaliningrad.

HeidelbergCement is one of the largest building materials manufacturers worldwide, as the global market leader in aggregates and with leading positions in cement, concrete, and other downstream activities. The Group employs around 53,500 people at 2,500 locations in more than 40 countries.
 
In 2010, Group turnover amounted to EUR 11.8 billion. The core activities of HeidelbergCement include the production and distribution of cement and aggregates, the two essential raw materials for concrete.

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