COMPREHENSIVE PRESENCE

Colombia 2016 | INFRASTRUCTURE & CONSTRUCTION | COLUMN

TBY talks to CARLOS JACKs, CEO of Cemex Latam Holdings, on the sector.

Carlos Jacks

In recent years, you went from 19 concrete plants to 70. What factors have led to this expansion?

We were present in 11 cities and now we are in 31. We cover the whole country with office representation, but in terms of physical presence, we essentially tripled the number of sites. We diversified the sites where we expanded our production capacity. In cement, instead of expanding current plants, we built one cement plant in Clemencia, a town located between Cartagena and Barranquilla, and are building another in Antioquia. The development of the country will be everywhere, so we aim to have a comprehensive presence.

What are your thoughts on the government's infrastructure masterplan for 2035?

It was very much needed; the only plans that Colombia had were four or five-year plans. Only Mexico and Chile have master plans comparable to this in the region, which is a roadmap for the next 20 years in terms of the transportation of individuals, goods, and population and in every segment from roads and rails to seaports and airports.