Heidelberg Materials has had a presence in Egypt since the second half of 2016, when it purchased Italcementi Group. Italcementi entered the Egyptian market in October 2001, taking part in the first-phase privatization of Suez Cement, a company listed on the Cairo and Alexandria Stock Exchange, by acquiring 25% of the company’s capital – thus becoming one of its strategic stakeholders. Following subsequent purchases, Italcementi Group became the principal shareholder of Suez Cement in March 2005, together with a consortium of local and international investors.
With an industrial network of four production facilities in Suez, Kattameya, Tourah and Helwan, Suez Cement is one of the leading cement manufacturers in the Egyptian market. The group supplied building materials to some of Egypt’s most well-known landmarks and is building its future around serving the market amid growing customer demand.
The company today uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver quality grey cement to Egyptian and export markets. The company has a long-standing history in the market yet is innovative in launching new brands and products to meet on-market needs.
Suez Cement Group of Companies (SCGC) is home to more than 1,400 employees, who participate in continuous training and advancement programmers. The group has an active safety and environmental policy, which is essential in building a sustainable environment for employees and the communities in which it operates. In 2006, the Group entered the concrete sector through the acquisition of RMB (Ready Mix Beton) and Decom.
All SCGC’s plants have renewed their ISO 14001 certificates and applied the new version of ISO 14001/2015 standards. Each plant has its own certification. Kattameya plant received the EnMS ISO 50001 certificate. Recently Suez Cement received ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety management systems.
The goal of the Group’s environment policy is to promote the sustainable use of resources, long-term economic growth and improving the quality of life for the generations to come. SCGC is currently applying CSI guidelines.
This is in addition to Suez Cement’s long-term plan to reduce fuel consumption via improved production-line capacity and replacement of conventional fuels (i.e. natural gas and mazut) with alternative fuels, such as refuse-derived fuels and biomass.