NCC MODERNIZATION – THE PATH TO WORLD CLASS CEMENT
History And Background
Located at the frontiers of the historic domains of Pangasinan and the renowned plateaus of Cordillera is the only Filipino owned cement company, envisioned and realized by its great forefather, politician turned businessman, Mr. Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, incorporated on February 10, 1967 as Northern Cement Corporation.
The strategic location offers ample limestone and shale deposits which comprises bulk proportion of raw materials for cement manufacturing, thereby making the company live for the next centuries and continue giving livelihood for generations to come.
Approaching its 5 decades of being a partner in building the nation’s dreams into reality, Northern Cement Corporation, with its growing population of 482 personnel from both plant and head office, continues to create its own dreams, search for innovations and developments in its resources to keep abreast with the trends of the industry and demands of the market.
On December 6, 1969, almost two years after its incorporation and through the efforts of Atlantic Gulf & Pacific Company of Manila workforce, a vision of a leading and contemporary cement plant and Philippines’ forerunner in the industry have been finally completed when the firing of the rotary kiln signaled the commencement of its operations until the first bag of cement was produced on January 28, 1970. From then on, NCC captured not only the domestic market but penetrated nearby Asian countries, India, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and China to name a few. To survive the increasing demand at that time, modifications have been done in the early 90’s to increase the capacity of two unit rotary kiln to 4,000 tons per day.
With collective hard work of NCC’s workforce to be globally competitive, its mark for global excellence is acknowledged by being certified on September 2, 1999 for ISO 9002:1994 by Certification International Philippines, Inc. which is also in line with the requirements of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Cement manufacturing imposes great environmental impacts thus continuous monitoring and controlling of process operation have been undertaken to meet the requirements set by the governing agencies like the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). The company also gives high regard for safety and health of its stakeholders and have been proven by being placed first and second Safest Cement Plant for two consecutive years from 1996-1997.
RISE OF NCC
Until the last quarter of 2012, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation took the biggest step in developing NCC by investing million dollars for modification projects. First is modernization of plant machineries and equipment and later on, investing on human resources by developing young minds and having a culture change in its workforce to support NCC’s goal of becoming a world class company.
Northern Cement’s commitment to excellence, as it is certified for Quality: ISO 9001: 2015, Environment Protection: ISO 14001: 2015 and for Occupational Health and Safety Standards: OHS AS 18001: 2007.