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SAN FERNANDO, Cebu (May 16, 2015) — Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) has further expanded the manufacturing facilities of its plant in this town by adding an eighth finish mill to meet the rising demand for cement.
The company made the disclosure as it saw today the pinion gear of the facility being installed.
It will be aligned with its Y-rubber seal and the girth gear cover and support structure, according to Eng’r. Rolando G. Buhisan, head of TCPI Engineering Division.
The project is expected to be commissioned by end of September this year, he added.
Company officials witnessed the ground-breaking at the site within the TCPI complex a few weeks ago along with officials of materials supplier and port operator, Solid Earth Development Corporation (SEDC), and the contractors.
Demand for cement rose significantly over the past five years, fuelled by a massive growth in real estate developments, both horizontal as subdivisions and malls, and vertical, as condominiums and hotels.
Public works also increased, especially in the widening and concreting of roads as well as construction of public utilities through the Visayas area, noted Sarah Y. Alvarez, head of the TCPI marketing division.
To meet the demand, TCPI management proposed the installation of an 8K cement mill system that the Board of Directors approved with a capital outlay of at least P663 million.
Clinker is mixed with additives in the finish mill to produce specific cement types needed for constructon, as Portland, Pozzolan, Premium and Masonry cement, it was learned.
Japan-based Taiheiyo Engineering Corporation (TEC) designed the mill system for this project, a tube type that applies a new technology that uses a slide-shoe support system and has a capacity to produce 128 tons per hour.
The cylinder of this new mill will be 4.2 meters in diameter and 18 meters in length. It will use steel balls that ranges from 20-mm to 90-mm in diameter, disclosed Buhisan.
The facility is now being constructed by Primary Structures, Inc. (PSI).
TEC managing director Hiromi Fujimori came with his team for the ground-breaking and to provide PSI engineers needed technical guidance.