As part of CEMEX’s growth strategy, the company plans to upgrade and increase the capacity of subsidiary Caribbean Cement Company Ltd.’s plant in Rockfort, Jamaica, by 30%. The current estimate of the investment is approximately $30 million.
CEMEX anticipates that once the planned expansion is finished, Caribbean Cement will increase its existing cement production capacity by approximately 300,000 metric tons, through the implementation of state-of-the-art technology. The expansion will introduce novel grinding additives to the manufacturing process and further enhance the production of low clinker products in the region.
By optimizing the heat consumption in the cement production process, the project will also minimize Caribbean Cement´s carbon footprint in Jamaica and allow CEMEX to progress in its ambitious sustainability targets under its Future in Action program.
“At Caribbean Cement Company Limited, we reiterate our commitment to the sustainable development of Jamaica’s economy. With this investment, we will create jobs and promote the local industry in the country while minimizing our carbon footprint,” said Jesus Gonzalez, president – CEMEX South, Central America and the Caribbean. “These are the actions by which CEMEX builds a better future.”
CEMEX noted the upgrade at the Rockfort plant will strengthen the self-sufficiency of the national cement industry, reduce dependency on cement imports, and reinforce Caribbean Cement’s ability to serve the growth of the construction sector in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
The modernization project is scheduled for the second half of 2022.