- Suez Cement
HeidelbergCement has been present in Egypt since the second half of 2016, when it purchased the Italcementi Group. Italcementi entered the Egyptian market in October 2001, when it took part in the first privatisation phase of Suez Cement, a company listed on the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange, acquiring 25% of its capital and thus becoming one of its strategic stakeholders. Following subsequent purchases, in March 2005 Italcementi Group became the principal shareholder of Suez Cement, together with a consortium of local and international investors.
Suez Cement operates 5 plants. One is specialised in white cement production (El Minya). Suez Cement has an overall staff of more than 3,000 employees, who participate in ongoing training and advancement programmes. It is one of the leading cement manufacturers in the Egyptian market.
During 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 Helwan plant. The filter system reduces dust emissions to a maximum of 10mg/m3, which is well below Egyptian and European standards. In addition, Suez Cement inaugurated a new waste-processing plant at its Kattameya site in December 2013 that turns pre-sorted waste into fuel. The facility is the first of its kind in Egypt. The plant was built in compliance with Egyptian environmental law and produces approximately 35,000 t of RDF annually.
According to 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 shortage to 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 streamlining processes.
This is in addition to Suez Cement’s long-term plan to reduce fuel consumption via improved production-line capacity and the 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 2016)