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Cementos Argos inauguró nueva terminal portuaria con la que triplicará su capacidad de exportación desde la zona franca de Cartagena

  • Cementos Argos inauguró hoy su nueva terminal portuaria en compañía de aliados clave como la Agencia Nacional de Infraestructura, el Establecimiento Público Ambiental (EPA), la Corporación Autónoma Regional del Canal del Dique (Cardique), entre otras entidades.
  • La nueva terminal, que es complementaria a la instalación portuaria existente de Argos, desde la cual exporta cemento y clínker a Estados Unidos y otros destinos en el Caribe y Centroamérica hace 44 años, comenzará a operar en el primer trimestre de 2022.

 

 

Argos, empresa de cemento del Grupo Argos, inauguró hoy su nueva terminal portuaria ubicada en la zona franca de Cartagena, Colombia, con la que triplicará su capacidad de exportación actual a 3,5 millones de toneladas por año.  

 

La ampliación, en la que se invirtieron cerca de 42 millones de dólares, contempló la construcción de una plataforma de atraque de 152 metros de largo por 18 de ancho, que se une a la costa a través de una pasarela civil de 170 metros de longitud desde la cual se podrán atender embarcaciones de hasta 60.000 toneladas de peso.

 

«Estamos muy orgullosos de celebrar la finalización de obras de este megaproyecto que nos permitirá incrementar, de manera sustancial, las exportaciones a Estados Unidos y Caribe y Centroamérica y fortalecer la conexión con nuestros clientes y aliados. Sin duda, este hito es el reflejo de nuestra intención de invertir de manera decidida en el país para contribuir a la reactivación económica y habilitar una sociedad más sostenible, próspera e inclusiva”.

Carlos Horacio Yusty, vicepresidente de la Regional Colombia de Cementos Argos.

 

La infraestructura cuenta, además, con circuitos eléctricos y de control y con bandas herméticas de alta tecnología con capacidad para transportar 1.200 toneladas de cemento y 900 toneladas de clínker por hora directamente desde los silos de almacenamiento hasta los buques, lo que permitirá reducir tiempos de carga, disminuir el desplazamiento de camiones y, por ende, reducir las emisiones atmosféricas.

 

“Esta sociedad portuaria, una de las 30 a cargo de la ANI en la zona portuaria de Cartagena, hace parte de toda la cadena logística que permitió, en 2021, exportar 945.790 toneladas de cemento y clínker hacia Estados Unidos y otros destinos en el Caribe y Centroamérica. Al fortalecer su infraestructura, también incentivamos esta cadena de producción, generando más empleos y mayor capacidad para el país”.

Ángela María Orozco, ministra de Transporte de Colombia.

 

En la construcción de la nueva terminal participaron compañías con gran reconocimiento, las cuales aportaron su conocimiento y experiencia sobre aspectos clave de ingeniería y contribuyeron con el suministro de equipos. Entre ellas: Hatch, FLSmidth, Koch Solutions, AVIC International y BSK Global. Entretanto, la construcción y el montaje estuvieron a cargo del Consorcio Expansión Portuaria, Astilleros Unidos, Montajes y Mantenimiento Marriaga, Inagromin y JB Telecomunicaciones.

 

“Al entrar en funcionamiento este nuevo muelle, se podrán realizar dos operaciones de carga de manera simultánea y con barcos de gran calado, permitiendo el atraque de embarcaciones hasta de 42 pies de calado y capacidades de carga de hasta 60.000 toneladas”.
Manuel Gutiérrez, presidente de la Agencia Nacional de Infraestructura (ANI).


El proyecto implicó también un estrecho relacionamiento con entidades del estado como la Agencia Nacional de Infraestructura (ANI), la Dirección General Marítima  (DIMAR), la Agencia Nacional de Licencias Ambientales (ANLA), el Establecimiento Público Ambiental (EPA) y la Corporación Autónoma Regional del Canal del Dique (Cardique), quienes fueron aliados clave para su exitoso desarrollo.

 

“Hoy los colaboradores de Cementos Argos vemos con satisfacción cómo se materializa este gran proyecto en el que hemos trabajado de manera decidida durante varios años. La construcción de esta nueva terminal complementa la infraestructura portuaria existente con los más altos estándares tecnológicos y ambientales. Además, aporta a mejorar la balanza comercial de Colombia con otros territorios, la conectividad con nuestros aliados y la generación de nuevos empleos”.

Alberto Carlos Riobó, gerente de la Planta Cartagena de Cementos Argos.

 

 

 

Datos relevantes:

  • Inversión: cerca de 42 millones de dólares.
  • Incremento en la capacidad de exportación y recepción de material: 227 %.
  • Capacidad de carga: 200 toneladas por hora para cementos y 900 toneladas por hora para clínker.
  • Empleos directos e indirectos generados durante su construcción: alrededor de 4.200.
  • Despacho de producto por parte de Argos para su construcción: +10.000 m3 de concreto, equivalentes a llenar tres piscinas olímpicas, alrededor de 170 toneladas de cemento, 200 toneladas de acero de refuerzo y cerca de 2.700 toneladas de estructura metálica.
  • Exportación de cemento durante 2021 desde Zona Franca Argos, en Cartagena: +718.880 toneladas.
  • Exportación de clínker durante 2021 desde Zona Franca Argos, en Cartagena:
  • +223.400
  • Material que se exportó únicamente a Estados Unidos y a territorios de la Regional Caribe y Centroamérica en 2021: Estados unidos: +371.880 toneladas.
  • Regional Caribe y Centroamérica: +581.750 toneladas.
  • Año de inicio de las obras civiles: 2019
  • Comienzo de operación de la nueva terminal: primer trimestre de 2022

 

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PIEDAD MONSALVE

Gerente de Comunicaciones
pmonsalve@argos.com.co
(57 4) 3198700

DANIELA VALLE

Directora de Comunicaciones
dvalle@argos.com.co

Atmospheric emissions

We are committed to reducing our emissions through actions that achieve more efficient processes and the implementation of abatement measures, contributing to good air quality in the places where we operate.  Our cement-, concrete- and aggregate-production processes generate punctual and scattered particulate matter (PM) emissions, as well as emissions of sulfur oxides (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the clinkering furnaces of the cement plants.

  • For society:  To contribute to mitigating the impact on air quality in the areas where we operate, acting responsibly and promoting relationships of trust with our Stakeholders.

 

  • For the company:  To develop more efficient processes that allow us to reduce our atmospheric emissions and contribute to responsible production, complying with local regulations in the countries where we operate and – in some cases – going beyond compliance with said regulations, contributing to the profitability of the business and preparing to face future challenges.

The “Emissions” pillar of our Environmental Strategy focuses on: Working on the adequate measurement, control and reduction of SO2, NOx and particulate-material (PM) emissions generated by our production processes in the cement business and on the prevention and mitigation of our dispersed emissions of particulate material (dust), originated mainly by the activities of transportation, transfer, unloading and storage of materials in the cement, concrete and aggregate processes. The foregoing, through operational control, optimization and renewal of emission-control systems to achieve continuous improvement.

Industry positioning

We position ourselves as strategic allies for the development of the territories where we are present, directly and through the empowerment of our value chain.  We do it through the construction of housing and sustainable infrastructure that enables the closing of socioeconomic gaps, the generation of employment, the improvement of the quality of life and the reduction of the impacts generated.

  • For society:  To sustainably respond to the growing demand for housing and infrastructure of the world population with the aim of improving people's quality of life, interconnecting regions and developing innovative solutions. 

 

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    For the company:  To be strategic allies of the actors in our value chain in order to maintain the Company's leadership in the market, ensure its competitiveness over time and increase the generation of sustainable value.

We are committed to the role we have as a Company in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda goals, the consolidation of territorial development plans where we operate, and the economic reactivation of the countries affected by the pandemic. Therefore, we focus our efforts in the development of sustainable housing and infrastructure projects that contribute to closing socioeconomic gaps, generating employment under safe conditions, environmental protection, and investment in improving people’s health systems and quality of life. 

Our work unfolds in three large lines:

 

Cities for everyone:

 

With nearly 54% of the world  population living in urban areas, the pandemic made inequality of those who live in the cities of the world

manifest. Nearly 90% of the COVID-19 cases are concentrated in the urban

centers that have, among others, challenges associated with access to basic services and decent housing conditions. For this reason, we work together with our value chain to develop projects that benefit the lessfavored population, facilitate access to housing, and promote development in

the areas of influence.

 

Interconnected cities

 

The need to connect urban areas with rural areas to expand the coverage

of basic services, such as health, has been a priority of developing countries

since before the pandemic. Therefore, during 2020, we continued working on creating innovative solutions that allow us to be present in the large projects of the countries and territories where we are present.

 

Intelligent cities

 

In recent years, the acuteness of the effects of climate change became the

risk of greatest impact to the world. Therefore, in the global stage, a need

has grown to transition to a low-carbon economy, an opportunity that becomes more relevant amid post-pandemic recovery scenarios and the effort we are making as a Company to generate new business models that respond to environmental and social challenges. For this reason, our Climate-Change Strategy includes actions aimed at mitigating the impacts associated with our productive processes, adapting our operating model and innovating from the identification of optimization opportunities.

Supplier management

Supplier management is a fundamental pillar of our Supply Chain Strategy; it seeks to build and strengthen relationships with strategic allies who have the ability to contribute to the Company in terms of efficiency, productivity, customer service and innovation.  For this reason, we carefully select our suppliers, transfer knowledge to promote their development, promote good practices and recognize those who are an example of sustainable, innovative, safe and responsible management.

  • For society:  To develop our suppliers, promote transparent practices and responsible conduct, to improve the productivity and competitiveness of our society and support the construction of a better future.

 

  • For the company:  To seek to add value throughout the Company's supply chain, from the purchase of goods and services to the delivery of products to clients.  Through the mitigation of risks and potentiation of opportunities, the implementation of good contracting practices and service excellence, we create relationships of trust and turn suppliers into business allies.

Our management is divided into five stages:

  1. Identification: We determine the goods and services required for our operation and the category to which they belong, according to our Category Tree. This groups our suppliers into macro-categories which – in turn – are subdivided into two more specific levels.
  2. Pre-Selection: We validate the suitability of suppliers through due diligence and review aspects of sustainability and financial health to ensure long-term relationships.
  3. Negotiation: We select suppliers with high standards, considering technical, economic, sustainability and service aspects.
  4. Retention and evaluation: We carry out knowledge-transfer processes with those suppliers with growth potential.
    • We characterize our suppliers as critical suppliers or with potential risk in sustainability.
    • We measure the management of critical suppliers through performance evaluations in terms of quality, service, occupational health and safety, having constant feedback and identifying key factors for their development.
    • We apply the Sustainability Index to suppliers with potential sustainability risks, to identify challenges, opportunities, and to develop joint action plans in environmental, economic, social and Human-Rights matters.
    • We implement additional controls and development plans to suppliers belonging to categories where the greatest potential risks have been identified. This is how, for example, we develop road-safety strategies for our logistics suppliers; with mining suppliers, we carry out a more rigorous pre-selection process, and with contractors, we have special controls on occupational health and safety.
    • We have a Transparency Line for Stakeholders to report possible improper actions and to implement the pertinent corrective actions. 
  5. Recognition:  Every two years, through Growing Together (Creciendo Juntos), we recognize the suppliers that have shown outstanding performance in innovation, sustainability, health and safety and development and comprehensiveness.

 

Additionally, we have:

 

Contracting manual: transparent action framework that guides the negotiation and contracting of our suppliers to allow the process to be agile, make use of best practices and carry out adequate risk management.

 

Code of conduct for suppliers: in which we define the principles and behaviors that we expect from our allies in terms of respect for human rights, protection of workers, environmental management, business ethics and responsible business practices.

Ethics and compliance

We are convinced that ethics and integrity are fundamental and non-negotiable; that is why we live by these principles, integrating them into our operations, processes, and strategy, thus generating value responsibly for our business, our Stakeholders, and for society.  Through the Global Governance and Compliance Program, our ethics and business conduct system, we seek to promote that our actions are consistent with the pillars of corporate culture and integrity as the guiding principle of our business activity.

  • For society:  To promote transparent, competitive, and sustainable business environments that strengthen trust and ethics in business, generating positive impacts for the market and society.

 

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    For the company:  To promote that our actions are consistent with the pillars of culture and that integrity is the inspiring principle of all members of the Organization.  This is how we consolidate ourselves as a competitive, reliable company in the eyes of investors and other Stakeholders.

We have voluntarily adopted a self-regulatory framework that confirms our commitment to business ethics as a way to promote transparent practices that contribute to the development of competitive environments. This framework* incorporates mandatory principles of ethics and conduct:

 

 

For the proper implementation and application of these guidelines, the strengthening of the ethical culture, the prevention and control of incorrect actions, our Board of Directors approved the Global Governance and Compliance Program (GGCP, in Spanish). The program structure incorporates international best practices to evaluate compliance programs, such as ISO 37001, ISO 19600 and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines. The program has the following scope:

 

 

Likewise, it systematically groups together the activities carried out to promote integrity in the Company's actions, its employees, and members

of the value chain, which allow the updating and permanent strengthening

of the program. Operating Scheme:

 

Efficiency and productivity

We materialize our Corporate Strategy through actions aimed at the efficient use of resources, the improvement of our financial flexibility and the maximization of income generation and business profitability.  We focus on the application of efficient, safe production processes and circular economy models, on the diversification of energy management models and on the efficient management of the supply chain.

  • For society:  To provide solutions and products that meet the needs of our clients through the responsible, appropriate use of resources and the incorporation of raw materials and alternative energy sources.

 

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    For the company:  To guarantee business sustainability, optimize working capital and capital investments, reduce costs and the level of indebtedness, and mitigate risks regarding the availability of resources necessary for our operation and the emergence of new business realities, environmental requirements and new regulations.

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