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Dipolog native named Davao plant manager

Cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines Inc. appointed a new plant manager to lead its Davao facility which recently completed upgrades to support the strong construction activities in Southern Mindanao.

Holcim Davao is now led by Samuel Manlosa Jr. He took over on Jan. 6, 2019 from Xavier Arul Kennedy Savarimuthu, who has been reassigned by the LafargeHolcim Group to lead plant operations in Nigeria.

Prior to this, Manlosa led a project to improve systems and processes that yielded significant efficiency gains for Holcim Philippines’ manufacturing operations.

Holcim Davao plant manager Sam Manlosa, Jr.
Holcim Davao plant manager Sam Manlosa, Jr.
He had worked as a process and automation expert for the LafargeHolcim’s operations in Southeast Asia supporting plants in seven countries.

Manlosa had also been sent to Holcim Switzerland for trainings on advanced process engineering and cement manufacturing.

A native of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, Manlosa placed seventh in the 2004 chemical engineering board examinations and graduated cum laude from the Mindanao State University in Marawi City.

Holcim’s Davao City operations recently received a boost with the completion of new facilities that added 700,000 metric tons to its annual cement production. The Davao upgrades were part of a series of projects in Holcim plants nationwide that raised its annual cement production capacity to 10 million metric tons last year.

Aside from increased capacity, Holcim launched in Davao last year its new blended cement product Solido, designed as a better alternative to Ordinary Portland Cement for roads and light infrastructures. The product was debuted there due to government’s heavy investments on road infrastructures in the region.

Holcim Philippines Inc., which is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange, is one of the leading building solution companies in the country.

The company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines said it is committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

It is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.

LafargeHolcim, however, signed an agreement with San Miguel Corp. for the divestment of its entire 85.7-percent shareholding in Holcim Philippines Inc. The process is still ongoing.

Topics: Holcim Philippines Inc. , Samuel Manlosa Jr. , Davao plant manager
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