State of the art technology and a mission: to produce around 1.2 million tons of cement a year. That was the great expectation expressed at the opening of the new Votorantim Cimentos plant at Cuiabá in Mato Grosso state. The growth in demand by the homebuilding industry in the state has been even greater and expanded by 9% in the first quarter alone over the previous year. Against this backdrop, the plant has the challenge of doubling the productive capacity in the region where the company already has a plant in the town of Nobres.
The plant was opened on Thursday (April 11) and has received investments of R$ 400 million. Although it is in the initial operating stage, the plant has already led to the creation of 600 direct and indirect jobs. Professional training courses were offered to residents of Cuiabá and nearby towns during its construction.
The plant will boost annual cement production on the Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul markets by 1.2 million tons.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Mato Grosso governor, Silval Barbosa, the Cuiabá mayor, Mauro Mendes Ferreira, and Fábio Ermírio de Moraes, Luís Ermírio de Moraes and Claudio Ermírio de Moraes, members of the Board of Directors of Votorantim Participações, as well as other authorities.
Governor Barbosa said the opening of another Votorantim Cimentos plant in the region highlighted the economic importance of the state. Mayor Mendes made the same point and said the establishment of the new plant reinforced the importance of the role of Mato Grosso´s economy at national level.
Votorantim Cimentos technical director, Edvaldo Rabelo, said the Group had been investing in Mato Grosso since 1990. The Cuiabá municipal government and Votorantim Cimentos recently invested in improving the public health system and upgrading public areas in an initiative that benefited around 15,000 residents.