The cement plant in Kamyanets-Podilskiy started its operations in 1970 with the launch of the first process line with the capacity of 600,000 t of cement per year. The projected target market was mainly the central part of Ukraine (Kyiv, Vinnytsia and Cherkasy region) where the unsatisfied demand for cement was about 2 Mt per year.

Then, the second, third and fourth process lines are put into operation successively on August 30, 1971, August 30, 1972 and August 25, 1973, respectively.

The supply of raw materials from the quarries is optimised to replace the traditional trucking: limestone is delivered by a conveyor, and clay is pumped via a slurry pipe (wet process), which is significantly safer and more efficient.

In 1972, the decision is taken to expand production to six process lines and increase the plant's annual capacity from 2.4 Mt to 3.7 Mt of cement. July 19, 1972 becomes the day when the plant's team dispatches the first million tonnes of cement. Following the erection and construction works carried out in 1974-1975, the plant commissions the fifth and sixth process lines according to the schedule.

In August 1976, the first 10 Mt of cement is dispatched, and on January 13, 1978 a number of facilities are put into operation to facilitate the utilisation of the planned production capacity. In 1988, the plant's annual production capacity reaches the record 3.786 Mt of cement.

Having survived the hard 1990s and a sharp decline in economy, in 2000 the plant becomes the leader in the building materials industry and one of the biggest cement suppliers on the Ukrainian market.

In May 1999, PJSC Podilskiy Cement joins CRH, the international building materials company, and in 2008-2011 the plant goes through a complete modernisation and switches to the state-of-the-art environmentally safe dry cement process. The investment amounted to over 300 million euros.

Today, Public Joint-Stock Company Podilsky Cement is one of the biggest cement producers in Europe.  It is the first cement plant in Ukraine to join the Kyoto Protocol as part of the UN Joint Implementation Plan. 

The cement produced by the Company was used in construction of the Zaporizhia and Khmelnytsky nuclear power plants, the Dniester series of hydroelectric power plants, the sarcophagus of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, the Kyiv underground and other facilities of national importance. 

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