11 March 2014
KUALA LUMPUR: The flurry of construction projects around the city is expected to support sales at LaFarge Malaysia Bhd's new RM7.5mil, eco-friendly plant, the French-based company's first enclosed ready-mixed concrete batching factory here.
The company will also invest about RM10mil in trucks and services.
President and chief executive officer Bradley Mulroney said it was the third-biggest manufacturing facility in terms of capacity in the country. The two biggest facilities are in Sepang.
"This will house the most advanced concrete solutions available in the market now," Mulroney said at the launch of the plant, located off Jalan Chan Sow Lin.
He said the company had 35 concrete plants nationwide.
The new plant had the capacity to produce 200 cu m per hour and because it was enclosed, it would minimise air pollution, said Mulroney.
"This plant incorporates best-in-class standards of production and because it is enclosed, it drastically reduces dust and noise emissions compared to other conventional ready-mixed batching plants," he said.
It is the only plant in Malaysia that can fully reclaim returned concrete by separating the sand, aggregates and water, which is then recycled back into the batching process. This addresses disposal of excess concrete and reduces wastage.
At the event, KL Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said 500 to 600 cranes were working round the clock at various construction projects in and around the city.
Ahmad Phesal also said there were 38 batching plants, including nine that were illegal while 17 had submitted their applications for approval by the authorities. The remaining 12 are legal ones.