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:
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.
Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento bought the land and works and rented them to Secil (Sociedade de Empreendimentos Comerciais e Industriais, Lda.)
Inauguration of Maceira
Inauguration of the Maceira-Liz plant.
Creation of the Secil brand.
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.
Inauguration of Cibra
Inauguration of the Cibra-Pataias plant.
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.
Nationalization of the cement sector, with Secil becoming a private company, but with majority public ownership.
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.
End of Wet Process
The old Vale da Rasca plant was decommissioned - thus bringing the wet production process to an end.
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.
Secil awarded ISO 9002 quality certification and the Secil-Outão plant awarded ISO 14001 environmental certification, the fourth plant in Europe to do so.
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.
Cimentos Maceira e Pataias achieved Quality Certification (ISO 9001) and Environmental Certification (ISO 14001).
Acquisition of 21.2% of CDS – Ciments de Sibline, Sal, located in Lebanon, to the south of Beirut.
Semapa bought out the Danish shareholders (49%) to become the owner of the entirety of Secil's capital.
Secil bought 51% of the share capital of the Encime cement plant, located in Lobito bay, Angola.
The Irish company CRH Plc, one of the largest construction materials groups, bought a 49% holding in Secil from Semapa SGPS.
Acquisition of 70% of IRP – Indústria de Rebocos de Portugal, through Secil Martingança.
Change of Tecnosecil's name to Secil Angola, which acquired 51% of Secil-Lobito, formerly Encime.
Acquisition of majority interest in Ciments de Sibline. Acquisition of majority interest in Cimentos Madeira.
Completion of a merger by integration of the Rubetão company in Secil Prebetão.
First stone of the Secil Argamassas plant laid in Montijo.
Semapa acquires a 49% interest in Secil from CRH, thus becoming the Company's sole shareholder.
Innovation for Sustainability Prize (European Awards for the Environment) in the management category, a European Commission initiative organized by the Portuguese Environmental Agency.
Secil acquired 15% of Supremo Cimento, headquartered in Pomerode, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Purchase of entire share capital of Supremo Cimento and launch of the most modern cement plant in Brazil, located in Adrianópolis, Paraná.