HeidelbergCement has had a presence in Egypt since the second half of 2016, when it purchased Italcementi Group. Italcementi entered the Egyptian market in October 2001, taking part in the first-phase privatisation of Suez Cement, a company listed on the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange, by acquiring 25% of the company’s capital – thus becoming one of its strategic stakeholders. Following subsequent purchases, Italcementi Group became the principal shareholder of Suez Cement in March 2005, together with a consortium of local and international investors.
With an industrial network of five production facilities in Suez, Kattameya, Tourah, Helwan, and El Minya, Suez Cement is one of the leading cement manufacturers in the Egyptian market. The group supplied building materials to some of Egypt’s most well-known landmarks, and is building its future around serving the market amid growing customer demand.
Suez Cement is home to more than 3,000 employees, who participate in continuous training and advancement programmes. The group has an active safety and environmental policy, which is essential in building a sustainable environment for employees and the communities in which it operates.
In 2006, the Group entered the concrete sector through the acquisition of RMB (Ready Mix Beton) and Decom.
In November 2013, a new state-of-the-art filtration system was launched at the Helwan plant. The filter system reduces dust emissions to a maximum of 10mg/m3, which is much better than Egyptian and European standards. In addition, Suez Cement inaugurated a new waste-processing plant at its Kattameya site in December 2013, which turns pre-sorted waste into fuel. The facility is the first of its kind in Egypt and was built in compliance with Egyptian environmental law. It produces approximately 35,000 t of RDF annually.
In accordance with new governmental decisions, Suez Cement is also approaching a project for the use of coal as fuel for the kilns, in order to limit energy shortages at the plants. The deployment of coal and petroleum coke goes hand in hand with the reduction of the plants’ environmental impact, through the implementation of state-of-the-art dust filter technology as well as other technical efficiencies and streamlined processes.
This is in addition to Suez Cement’s long-term plan to reduce fuel consumption via improved production-line capacity and replacement of conventional fuels (i.e. natural gas and mazut) with alternative fuels, such as refuse-derived fuels and biomass.
Number of Plants
(As of 2017)