Votorantim Cimentos announced the start of operation of a new production line at its cement site in the Pecém Industrial and Port Complex, in the state of Ceará, Brazil. As a result of this expansion, the unit now has a production capacity of approximately 1 million t of cement per year. The volume produced in the new site will enhance the supply of the metropolitan area of Fortaleza.
Votorantim Cimentos invested approximately R$ 200 million in the project, which was constructed over three years and, in line with the company’s sustainability strategy, prioritized energy efficiency and industrial automation by incorporating state-of-the-art equipment.
Votorantim Cimentos’ new production line will manufacture Poty. Several studies were carried out to ensure that the product, in addition to the quality that is already known in the Ceará market, would offer more protection against sea air as an added advantage.
The new production line includes a new cement mill that consumes less electricity. The vertical equipment reduces the kilowatt per hour consumption by 30% compared to the horizontal mill. Another sustainable technology incorporated into the new mill is a closed refrigeration circuit that reduces the production of effluents. This system reuses water to cool the equipment, providing a 90% reduction in the consumption of water resources.
State-of-the-art technologies incorporated into the plant extension in Ceará will also enable the company to produce a more sustainable product. The new cement production process in Pecém emits 60% less CO2/t than the previous process, benefiting the environment and the planet.