KUCHING: Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), the state’s leading infrastructure facilitator, announced that its cement division had achieved another major milestone with the official launch of its new eco-friendly product, the Portland Limestone Cement (PLC).
Officiating the launch was CMS Cement Division head Suhadi Sulaiman accompanied by other senior officials from University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB), Public Works Department (JKR), Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developer Association (Sheda), consultants, associations, cement dealers, and customers.
“Today, we are proud to launch our Portland Limestone Cement. It has always been our intention to give our customers options by offering products that will meet their various requirements and budgets,” said Suhadi in his opening speech.
“While our flagship product, the Portland Cement 42.5N is an all-purpose product that can be used for all type of structures, the Portland Limestone Cement (PLC) with a strength class of 32.5N is targeted for low-rise concrete structures such as single storey residential, office and commercial buildings.
“Its high workability and plasticity, makes the PLC ideal for plastering, bricklaying and is less susceptible to cracks during its drying process. It can also be used in the construction of drains in rural areas or kampung roads.”
He noted that early trials done with Unimas on soil stabilisation have indicated that the PLC have certain properties which makes it ideal for use in such conditions.
“The best part of all is that PLC is priced lower than the Portland Cement 42.5N and our hope is that in some small way the PLC will help to make construction in Sarawak more economical,” he added.
The event also included speakers from Unimas senior lecturer associate Professor Dr Mohammad Ibrahim Safawi Mohd Zain and Concrete Material Consultant (YSH Advanced Engineering & Structures) Yeo Shih Horng.
Before the event came to a close, guests were treated to a product demonstration by the CMS Cement Division’s Quality and research and development (R&D) team on the application of PLC.
Taking almost two years to develop, the PLC is an eco-friendly product manufactured by grinding a special blend of clinker, gypsum and high-quality limestone under stringent quality control.
Source: Borneo Post Online