Mexican cement manufacturer Holcim Apasco is carrying out the final tests to start operating a new cement plant in Sonora state capital Hermosillo, company spokesperson Maria Elena RuizdeChavez told BNamericas.
"We expect to open the cement plant before year-end," RuizdeChavez said.
The firm has spent over US$400mn on the new plant, which will have capacity to produce 1.6Mt/y. Construction has taken around two years to complete, according to the spokesperson.
"We are now in the project's final phase. The equipment has already been installed and we are now carrying out the final testing and adjustments for it to begin operating," RuizdeChavez said.
The new plant, which is the company's seventh, will increase Holcim Apasco's overall cement production capacity by 8% to 12Mt/y from 11.1Mt/y.
Holcim Apasco is a subsidiary of Swiss company Holcim. The firm currently operates cement plants in the states of Veracruz, Tabasco, Mexico state (Edomex), Colima, Coahuila and Guerrero.