Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. celebrated the inauguration of the Panama Canal expansion last month along with other suppliers and local dignitaries. The company supplied close to 1 million tons of specially developed cement for the expansion – considered the most important infrastructure project in the last 100 years.
“Cemex congratulates the government, the Panama Canal Authorities, and especially the Panamanian people for the key role they played in this iconic project, which will change the dynamics of global trade and economy,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO of Cemex. “Our ability to meet the design, supply and logistics requirements of our clients is a priority for us. We are proud to have fulfilled the demands of this mega-infrastructure.”
To provide a steady delivery of material for the construction of the third set of canal locks, Cemex invested more than $300 million to triple its production capacity in Panama, and dedicated a production line exclusively for the project. Using durable and low heat hydration properties, Cemex Panama and Switzerland-based Cemex Research Group AG designed the innovative cement to enable fast construction by facilitating massive pouring. The cement is also highly resistant to chemical sulfates that attack submarine structures.