Germany’s Heidelberg Cement, on Wednesday, announced the commissioning of its new facility in Jhansi, taking the total cement capacity to 5 million tonnes per annum under its Rs.1,400 crore expansion plan.

The global cement maker, which had entered the Indian market by acquiring Mysore Cements in 2006, had 3.1 million tonnes per annum capacity before its Jhansi grinding unit in Uttar Pradesh went on stream. The Jhansi unit’s capacity has now gone up to 2.7 million tonnes per annum from 0.8 million tonnes per annum earlier. “This is the first move towards our expansion plans in Central India. With the commissioning of the new mill that has been funded through a mix of internal accruals and debts, the company has increased its all India cement capacity to 5 million tonnes per annum,” Ashish Guha, CEO and Managing Director, Heidelberg Cement India, said.

The company is also enhancing the capacity of its Damoh unit in Madhya Pradesh to 6 million tonnes per annum. The date of commissioning of the project would be announced soon. “We expect cement consumption to grow at a relatively higher rate in Central region and stand committed towards bettering the prospects for our stakeholders,” Mr. Guha said.

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