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First stage of Holcim Dome at PrimePort completed

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The next stage of Holcim New Zealand’s state-of-the-art cement storage dome at PrimePort in Timaru is now up, which is a major milestone in the $50 million project.

Holcim is investing $100 million in building 30 000 tonne new storage facilities in Timaru and Auckland as part of its business strategy of global sourcing for supply into the New Zealand market. Along with the global sourcing, Holcim NZ has comprehensive supply chain management expertise that is critical to the construction and infrastructure sectors.

The construction phase in Timaru will employ 50 people while the facility will employ eight staff once fully operational in the first half of next year.

New Zealand Country Manager Glenda Harvey says the terminal in Timaru provides effective access to the major market of Christchurch, utilising the new $5million silo capacity completed in January 2014 at the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch.

"This terminal also provides effective distribution to the whole of the South Island market and the lower North Island as well."

Glenda Harvey says the dome is a first for New Zealand and demonstrates the company’s drive to tap into the best of innovation used by Holcim around the world.

"The stage today involved putting up the dome, creating the shape for the polyurethane and concrete shells to be added from the inside. The innovation and technology being used is world class and is another example of the benefits Holcim New Zealand gains from the global Holcim family of companies."

"The company globally invests millions in research and development and sourcing high quality product along with managing transportation and logistics for customers. This reduces risk to customers as Holcim can tap into a wide network to source cement and most importantly make sure it gets to where it needs to when it is needed."

"This is critically important to the construction and infrastructure sectors particularly with the huge demand post-earthquake in Christchurch."

Glenda Harvey says as a global leader, Holcim applies stringent quality criteria to its sourcing strategy to ensure that markets receive the best possible product to meet local performance criteria.

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