P Prem Kumar
11 March 2014
Lafarge Malaysia Bhd, a listed unit of the French cement maker, has invested up to RM20 million in its new ready-mixed concrete batching plant in Kuala Lumpur.
President and CEO Bradley Mulroney said about half of the amount went toward construction and equipment and about RM10 million was used to buy new safety-enhanced cement trucks.
The batching plant is Lafarge's third-largest after its two other plants located near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.
Mulroney said the new plant has the capability to produce advanced concrete that is being demanded by current development programmes in the country.
"The opening of this plant marks a new chapter in Lafarge's growth in Malaysia. This plant will be a key enabler to grow in the concrete business segments through many projects in the Greater Klang Valley region.
"More such plants are in our pipeline but we are yet to decide where and when we are going to commence the construction of the plants. We are very cautious about where and when we will open our plant," said Mulroney at the plant's opening ceremony yesterday.
He said the plant located at Jalan Chan Sow Lin, Sungai Besi has been designed to produce innovative, highly technical and customised concrete solutions. It is capable of producing 200 cum of concrete per hour.
"The plant is enclosed, unlike some conventional plants, and drastically reduces dust and noise emissions.
"Being environment-friendly, it's the only plant in Malaysia that has the ability to fully reclaim returned concrete by separating the sand, aggregates and water, which are then recycled into the batching process.
"This addresses the issue of disposing excess concrete and wastage," he added.
On the construction industry, Mulroney said the future looks bright for the industry as more and more projects are being dished out by the government as well as by the private sector.