Chief Minister MK Stalin launched a new brand of cement ‘Valimai’ manufactured by Tamil Nadu Cements Corporation Ltd (TANCEM).
However, the already existing govt brand ‘Arasu’ cement (earlier ‘Amma’ cement) would also continue to be manufactured.
The high grade ‘Valimai’ cement will have greater compression strength, quick setting and high heat resistance. The cement will be sold at two qualities, one at Rs 350 (Portland Pozzolana cement) and another at Rs 365 per bag (ordinary Portland cement).
The new brand will be manufactured at the TANCEM’s Ariyalur plant, which has a manufacturing capacity of 15 lakh metric tonnes. Along with the already existing Alangulam cement plant, the state manufactures a total of 17 metric tonnes. Initially, only 30,000 metric tonnes of ‘Valimai’ cement would be produced per year.
The announcement to launch ‘Valimai’ cement was made by state Industries Minister Thangam Thennarasu in the Assembly. After the CM launched the cement, the Minister, while addressing reporters, said that ‘Valimai’ cement would be available in the open market.