Votorantim Cimentos to open new plant in Sobral

State governor, city mayor and company director sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a new facility in the Municipality

Sobral, January 17, 2013 – Votorantim Cimentos, the Sobral Mayor’s Office, and the Ceará State Government tomorrow (January 18th) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of the company’s new plant in Sobral, Ceará. The state’s governor, Cid Ferreira Gomes, Sobral mayor José Clodoveu de Arruda Coelho Neto, and Technical Director of Votorantim Cimentos, Edvaldo Araújo Rabelo, are scheduled to be present for the event, in addition to state and municipal government authorities.

With the capacity to produce two million tonnes of cement per year, the project requires an investment of R$ 700 million and will begin operating in 2015, supplying the regional market.

The new facility will generate around 1,200 jobs during construction and 800 direct and indirect jobs when it starts operations. The plant will be a benchmark in the industry, using the best technology in production, safety and respect for the environment.

“Votorantim Cimentos is committed to contributing toward the sustainable development of the communities where we operate, so the company’s committed to the communities of Sobral and surrounding region to prioritize the recruitment of local manpower and training this workforce,” states Mr. Rabelo, the company’s Technical Director.

Partnerships will be formed with vocational schools to provide feasibility of the Futuro em Nossas Mãos [“Future in Our Hands”] program, which train young people for the job market in the construction industry, and the Evoluir [“Evolve”] program, a course that provides training for plant operation.

The new plant in Sobral is part of the expansion plan of Votorantim Cimentos, which consolidates the largest investment in the company’s history. More than R$ 6 billion are being invested in the period from 2007 to 2015, involving the construction and expansion of manufacturing plants throughout Brazil. By the end of 2015, the company will have 35 cement factories nationwide, with outstanding performance in all regions. The construction of the latest unit is part of the company’s project to meet growing demand, as well as decentralization and internalization of cement consumption in Brazil.