Philippines: Cemex’s subsidiary APO has stopped operations at its Barangay Tina-An cement plant in Naga during morning and afternoon/evening rush-hour to ease the city’s traffic congestion problem. The Philippine Star has reported that lorries dispatching cement from the 4.0Mt/yr integrated plant were a cause of traffic build-up on the Pan-Philippine Highway. Ignacio Mijares, President of Cemex Holdings Philippines, agreed to the restriction following a meeting with Gwendolen Garcia, Governor of Cebu Province. Representatives of Cemex and regional government will meet next week to discuss the working of the solution.
The disruption to production follows the introduction of tariffs of US$4.81/t on imported cement.