Tokyo Cement Opens 1M MT Bulk Cement Plant in Sri Lanka

December 19, 2016

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Tokyo Cement Opens 1M MT Bulk Cement Plant in Sri Lanka
A representative from Ube Industries Ltd. at the Tokyo Cement plant soft opening ceremony. Image courtesy of Tokyo Cement

Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC held a ceremony recently to “soft open” its new cement grinding mill and bulk cement manufacturing facility in Tricomalee, Sri Lanka, according to a press release reposted by several Sri Lankan news organizations Monday.

When the facility opens in February 2017, the Tricomalee site will increase the company’s annual production capacity by 1 million mt, bringing its overall yearly output to 2.8 million mt of cement, the release said.

“Our strategic priorities pivot on expanding capacity and strengthening our supply chains in order to meet anticipated growth demand fueled by the country’s development momentum,” said S.R. Gnanam, managing director of Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC, at the ceremony, according to the release. “Today we set forth on yet another momentous journey and in the upcoming months we will strive to ensure that Tokyo Cement is fully geared to meet the rising demands of the construction industry and the national infrastructural growth.”

The company said equipment from Japan, Germany, and India is being tested at the facility and plans are underway to revamp a private jetty in Tricomalee to make them suitable for large vessels that bring in raw material or transport finished product. Tokyo Cement will also add cement storage silos to the site that will hold the company’s NIPPON CEMENT PRO product. According to Tokyo Cement, a new 8 MW sustainable biomass power plant will be commissioned to provide energy to the Sri Lanka plant.

Tadashi Matsunami, the director and senior managing executive from Tokyo Cement’s technology provider, Ube Industries Ltd., inaugurated the ceremony with several other company representatives.

The new plant is part of the company’s multi-year plan to invest in increasing manufacturing output, including a soon-to-be-constructed fully-automated dry mortar manufacturing plant.

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