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CEMEX provides innovative specialty concretes for tram line in Zaragoza, Spain

Date published: September 11, 2013

CEMEX supplied approximately 140,000 cubic meters of a variety of specialty concretes for a modern new tram line in Zaragoza, Spain. Line 1 of the tram is 12.8 kilometers long and crosses the city from its southernmost end to the north, passing through the city center. Line 1 was opened to the public recently, and in June of this year plans were announced to open a second line in 2015.

The Zaragoza tram line

The Zaragoza Tram provides accessible and sustainable transportation for the residents of the city and represents a major upgrade to local infrastructure. Projects such as this are crucial for Zaragoza’s growing population, which has doubled in the past 50 years, reaching over 700,000 in 2010.

“This is a great example on how we are providing world-class building solutions to our customers in Spain and contributing to improving the country’s infrastructure,” says Jaime Ruiz de Haro, CEMEX President in Spain.

The Zaragoza tram line

The project required a variety of specialty concretes in order to provide the necessary strength and resistance while conserving aesthetic qualities. Some of the varieties of concrete used for the project include high-resistance concrete, lighter structural concrete, and architectural pigmented concrete. CEMEX also provided concrete for building a bicycle path that runs parallel to the new tram line.

The Zaragoza tram line

On August 28 2013, CEMEX and Holcim announced that they will combine all their cement, ready-mix and aggregates operations in Spain, with CEMEX having a 75% controlling interest over the combined operational assets in this country. This transaction will allow CEMEX to better serve the market, which should translate into higher value creation in that country. As part of the same deal, CEMEX agreed to purchase Holcim’s operations in the Czech Republic and Holcim agreed to purchase CEMEX’s operations in western Germany. These transactions are expected to generate synergies that will result in a recurring improvement in CEMEX´s EBITDA of about US$20 million to US$30 million.

The Zaragoza tram line

CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.

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