Odessa Cement Plant began to operate in 1965.
It was built to meet the local demand for cement as the region was far away from the country most industrialized regions, therefore having a limited production capacity.
On September, 8, 1965, the rotary kiln № 1 was put into operation, and in November, 1966, the rotary kiln № 2 began to operate. Cement production reached 165,5 kt that year.
The plant kept on increasing the production capacity and a designed production capacity of 320 kt was reached in 1971.
Originally, the deposit of raw materials (limestone and clay) was located 2 km away from the factory.
The Elizavetovskiy quarry of cement raw materials was developed in 1973, located 40 km away from the plant, and the mining equipment was moved there. A private railway line from the Karyerna station was put into operation in 1986, allowing raw materials to be transported by railway. After depletion of deposits the quarry area was rehabilitated and the land was prepared for farming.
The construction in 1976 of a new slag drying facility with bulk storage allowed to begin the production of a new type of cement – sulphate-resistant slag portland cement – and at the same time to increase the factory capacity to 360 kt.
In May, 2005, the plant was acquired by a Portuguese company C+PA (Cimento e Produtos Associados, S.A.), whose shareholders are CIMPOR Cimentos de Portugal S.A. (one of the world’s leading cement manufacturers) and Teixeira Duarte, Engenharia e Construções (a leading Portuguese contractor, among other relevant activities).
The Company has focused its attention and resources on implementing a number of investment projects so as to improve the Company’s position in terms of environmental performance, production capacity, quality control, storage, shipping. However, it is impossible to build a modern company, which offers quality products and excellent service, without having competent people, a team of professionals. To that end, the Company hired new qualified personnel as well as young specialists; launched intensive trainings for improving technical and process competences; raised salaries and wages, built a new cantine, new locker-rooms and shower facilities. English and computer classes became available for all interested personnel, as an additional advantage of working for the company with foreign investment.
In 2011, the CRH Group, an international holding, acquired a controlling stock of Cement LLC. At the same time a decision was taken to shut down the kilns and switch to clinker produced by the biggest CRH company in Ukraine – PJSC Podilskiy Cement, where a new, modern and the largest in Europe dry-process clinker production line was put into operation in 2011.
Now the production capacity of the Odessa Cement Plant amounts to 0,5 Mt of cement per year. The Company is the leader in the Odessa region market and also is dynamically developing the markets of the neighboring regions. Nowadays the Odessa Cement Plant stands as one of the most developed companies in the Ukrainian cement industry, offering high-quality products, counteracting the sales of any fake cement in the Ukrainian market, and building close, mutually beneficial and trust-based relationships with its customers.
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