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Inauguration of new “dry” process production line at Holcim plant in Shurovo

July 13, 2011

The President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and his colleague the President of Swiss Confederation Micheline Calmy-Rey participated in the event. Among special guests there were also plenipotentiary of the Russian President in Central federal region G. Poltavchenko, the Governor of Moscow Region B. Gromov, the Governor of Saratov Region P. Ipatov. The Swiss delegation was represented by Federal Chancellor Johann Shneider-Ammann and Swiss Ambassador in Russia Walter Giger.

Simultaneously with the official part at the territory of the plant there was held youth arts festival for Kolomna residents. It was organized within the “President’s programme” to popularize blue-collar job in youth environment and to heighten interest of the younger generation in revival of modern labour movement at whole new level.

Decision about modernization of OJSC “Shurovsky cement” was taken in March 2007. Project financing was implemented at own expenses of Holcim which operates in more than 70 countries of the world and for the last eight years has been named “Leader of the Industry” in Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

At present the enterprise becomes model cement plant in such key indicators as environment protection, economical consumption of natural resources, improvement of all types of energy consumption efficiency, innovative technologies as well as minimum risks of accidents at work.

Increase of “Shurovsky cement” production capacity from 1 MIO tonnes to 2.1 MIO tons of cement per year will help to implement programme “Affordable Housing” in Moscow Region.

In spite of the fact that the project is typical for Holcim Group companies its unique feature is as follows – new production line of Shurovsky cement is the biggest in Europe. Yet it is the first full scale project of Holcim in Russia – earlier plants were partially reconstructed.

Reconstruction started in 2008 lasted 3 years and whole amount of investments of more than 500 MIO Euro.