Holcim (Singapore) partners up with ecoWise to establish Geocycle Singapore

30 October 2008

Geocycle Singapore Pte Ltd ("Geocycle Singapore") held the official opening ceremony for its new facility, the largest waste copper slag processing plant in Singapore. Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Parliamentary Secretary for National Development was Guest-of-Honour for the event.

Geocycle Singapore is a 50-50 joint venture between Holcim (Singapore) and ecoWise Holdings Limited. ecoWise Holdings Limited is a Singapore-based integrated environmental solutions provider listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Limited.

The plant facility is currently able to process up to 360,000 tonnes of used copper slag a year.

Geocycle Singapore's core intent is to develop and promote processed waste for use in the building materials industry in Singapore, also to maintain and operate the industrial materials recycling and processing plant for used copper slag.

In conjunction with Singapore's Building and Construction Authority (BCA), Holcim had successfully developed "Holcim Green", which is concrete using recycled granite from demolition debris and replacing part of the sand with processed copper slag. Processed copper slag has been cleared by the National Environment Agency (NEA) for this purpose, and Singapore has recognized the feasibility of using this recovered industrial material.

To meet the rising demand for "Holcim Green" here, Holcim (Singapore) has secured the exclusive off-take of the processed copper slag output generated by Geocycle Singapore. ecoWise, on its part, shall continue to be the volume collector of waste copper slag from the ship building, maintenance and repairs industry.

Further R&D to yield new alternative sources of fuels and raw materials.
Following the official opening of the plant, Geocycle Singapore will proceed to set up a research and development (" R&D") facility to seek new alternative sources of fuels and raw materials that can be used in the manufacture of cement, building and construction materials to exclusively support Holcim's drive towards sustainable development in construction and building materials.

Holcim (Singapore) looks forward to successful R&D development coming from Geocycle Singapore. With our long term partnership with ecoWise, Holcim Singapore is committed to uptake any new alternative fuels and raw materials developed through this joint R&D effort. This is a key pillar of our move towards eco-friendly practices and sustainable development."

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Holcim also refers to the Guest of Honor speech:
view the media coverage of the launch (Straits Times) 
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