History

An almost 100 years old History

An exceptional location, offering the possibility of expeditions by land and sea, close to Setúbal on the River Sado and blessed with a rich seam of limestone and marl – these were ample reasons for a cement factory to open in the Arrabida mountain range, where materials had been mined since the 18th century, .

As the result of the merger of two companies operating in the region, in 1930 Secil – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento – was established. Since those far off days in the first half of the 20th century, there have been many changes.

Beyond the inevitable technological changes and a growing environmental awareness, the highlight has been Semapa’s purchase of 51% of Secil’s capital and 100% of CMP – Cimentos Maceira e Pataias, in 1994. CMP originated in the Maceira-Liz plant, inaugurated in 1923, and the Cibra-Pataias plant, founded in 1950. Since 2011 Semapa holds the entire share capital of Secil.

Many milestones have been passed throughout its history. The following are among the key events:

  • 1904

    Foundation

    Foundation of the Companhia de Cimentos de Portugal; installation of the Outão plant in Setúbal, which started with two vertical furnaces with an annual production of 10,000 t in 1906.

  • 1918

    Acquisition

    Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento bought the land and works and rented them to Secil (Sociedade de Empreendimentos Comerciais e Industriais, Lda.)

  • 1923

    Inauguration of Maceira

    Inauguration of the Maceira-Liz plant.

  • 1925

    Creation

    Creation of the Secil brand.

  • 1930

    Incorporation

    Incorporation of Secil – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento, S.A. as a result of the merger between Secil and Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento, with the Danish companies F. L. Sidth & C0. and Hojgaard & Schultz, A/S also buying stakes.

  • 1950

    Inauguration of Cibra

    Inauguration of the Cibra-Pataias plant.

  • 1972

    Expansion of Production

    Secil installed its 7th wet process furnace (production process used at the time), gradually increasing its production capacity to 1 million tonnes of clinker to become Portugal’s largest cement manufacturer.

  • 1975

    Nationalization

    Nationalization of the cement sector, with Secil becoming a private company, but with majority public ownership.

  • 1978

    Dry Process Launch

    First dry process furnace commissioned, with centralized and computerized controls (800,000 t/year), to meet the growth in domestic demand and the need to cut production costs.

  • 1982

    End of Wet Process

    The old Vale da Rasca plant was decommissioned - thus bringing the wet production process to an end.

  • 1994/95

    Privatization

    The State sold its share in the cement sector, with Secil becoming a completely private company once again. Semapa acquired 51% of Secil and the entire share capital of CMP, thus becoming the owner of the Maceira-Liz and Cibra-Pataias cement plants.

  • 1998

    Outão Certification

    Secil awarded ISO 9002 quality certification and the Secil-Outão plant awarded ISO 14001 environmental certification, the fourth plant in Europe to do so.

  • 2000

    Tunisia

    Acquisition of "Societé des Ciments de Gabès" that had been returned to the private sector by the Tunisian Government and whose cement plant has a cement production capacity of about 1,400,000 t / year.

  • 2001

    CMP Certification

    Cimentos Maceira e Pataias achieved Quality Certification (ISO 9001) and Environmental Certification (ISO 14001).

  • 2002

    Lebanon

    Acquisition of 21.2% of CDS – Ciments de Sibline, Sal, located in Lebanon, to the south of Beirut.

  • 2003

    Acquisition

    Semapa bought out the Danish shareholders (49%) to become the owner of the entirety of Secil's capital.

  • 2004

    Angola

    Secil bought 51% of the share capital of the Encime cement plant, located in Lobito bay, Angola.

  • 2004

    Sale

    The Irish company CRH Plc, one of the largest construction materials groups, bought a 49% holding in Secil from Semapa SGPS.

  • 2005

    Purchase

    Acquisition of 70% of IRP – Indústria de Rebocos de Portugal, through Secil Martingança.

  • 2006

    Acquisition

    Change of Tecnosecil's name to Secil Angola, which acquired 51% of Secil-Lobito, formerly Encime.

  • 2007

    Investment

    Acquisition of majority interest in Ciments de Sibline. Acquisition of majority interest in Cimentos Madeira.

  • 2008

    Merger

    Completion of a merger by integration of the Rubetão company in Secil Prebetão.

  • 2010

    Development Venture

    First stone of the Secil Argamassas plant laid in Montijo.

  • 2011

    Capital

    Semapa acquires a 49% interest in Secil from CRH, thus becoming the Company's sole shareholder.

  • 2011

    Award

    Innovation for Sustainability Prize (European Awards for the Environment) in the management category, a European Commission initiative organized by the Portuguese Environmental Agency.

  • 2012

    Brazil

    Secil acquired 15% of Supremo Cimento, headquartered in Pomerode, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

  • 2015

    Brazil Launch

    Purchase of entire share capital of Supremo Cimento and launch of the most modern cement plant in Brazil, located in Adrianópolis, Paraná.

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