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Holcim New Zealand

In mid-2018, Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd distributed its one millionth tonne of cement since introducing a new cement sourcing and distribution strategy two years ago.

After almost 60 years of operation, Holcim New Zealand’s Westport cement manufacturing operation underwent planned closure in June 2016, necessitating an extensive process to secure a replacement overseas supplier, explains Holcim New Zealand’s country manager Glenda Harvey.

Golden Bay Cement

Fletcher Building is in the throes of a $40 million, three-year investment to upgrade and improve the manufacturing process and national cement supply operation of subsidiary Golden Bay Cement.

The programme is pivotal to ensuring the commercial viability of the business in competition with cement importers and sustaining its position as the only fully-integrated cement manufacturer in New Zealand, explains Golden Bay Cement general manager Paul Thorn.

HR Cement

An innovative new cement is to soon hit the New Zealand marketplace, with Mount Maunganui-based HR Cement expecting to unveil its eco-cem product in the second half of 2019.

Currently in the final stages of development, the cement will provide “all of the benefits” of pozzolans, says HR Cement sales director Cameron Greig.

“As a low-embodied carbon cement offering high durability, Eco-cem is an innovative product in a New Zealand context,” explains Mr Greig.

Drymix Cement

An ongoing, strong growth trajectory is forecast for the Drymix group, which has progressively expanded into a four-division business since being established as Drymix concrete 28 years ago by the husband-and-wife team of Gordon and Patricia Crossan.

Now also entailing Drymix Cement, Drymix Bitumen and Drymix Transport, the business’ cement importing and distribution operation is enjoying a positive growth phase, notes Drymix Group managing director Gordon Crossan.

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