JSW Cement, a India’s leading domestic producer of green cement and part of the US $13-billion JSW Group has said it plans to double cement production capacity in the next few years to meet the growing demand for ‘green’ cement in the eastern region.
The ramp-up of cement production capacity in the region will involve a combination of brownfield expansions at Salboni unit and Shiva Cement plants and a greenfield project in Odisha, an official statement said. These projects are expected to be commissioned in various phases until 2023.
JSW currently produces green cement at its Salboni unit in West Bengal to service the demand in the eastern region, where the current cement making capacity is about four million tonne per annum (mtpa).
Commenting on expansion plans for the East, Nilesh Narwekar, CEO, JSW Cement said: “The eastern markets in India are very important to JSW Cement’s growth story. The capacity expansion is testimony to our commitment to serving them better. The present market scenario for green cement gives us the confidence that our plans to scale up production capacity will enable us to meet customer needs for green cement in this region.”
The company has a distribution network comprising over 5,200 dealers and retailers in the states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand & Orissa.
“We want to strengthen our position as one of the leading green cement players in West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar & Jharkhand. “Increasing cement manufacturing capacity will help us meet the requirement of individual home builders, masons, contractors, small projects as well as large infrastructure projects,” K Swaminathan, chief marketing officer of JSW Cement said.
JSW Cement is very close to commissioning its captive power plant in Salboni for uninterrupted power supply at competitive rates. Additionally, it has dedicated rakes for ensuring timely & quick delivery of raw materials and a fleet of trucks to facilitate smooth transport of cement to its dealers and sub-dealers, the statement added.