Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd., with its workforce (currently 455 employees) and the two Company plants located in Ramla and Nesher, produces the major part of Israel's cement consumption. The Company's entire production system is located in Israel.
The Ramla facility, as one of the largest cement plants in the world and a global leader in its production capabilities, advanced production technologies, and environmental protection, serves as the Company's flagship.
Nesher operates under its parent company Mashav, which is fully owned (100%) by Clal Industries, belonging to the Access Industries group. Founded in 1986, the Access holding company is a global leader in the areas of industry, communications and real-estate. CRH, an Ireland-based multinational concern in the area of building products, sold its shares (25%) in Nesher to Clal Industries at the end of 2015.
Since 1995, Nesher has invested over $600 Million in significant improvements to its manufacturing infrastructures. The plant is considered among the cement industry’s largest plants in the world in terms of production capacity and use of advanced technologies.
Cement production in 2015
The Ramla manufacturing plant has the highest production capacity and currently includes two kilns and seven cement mills. At the plant, clinker is manufactured by two “dry” production lines, ground to cement, packed and distributed. These “dry” production lines provide the highest efficiency compared with other manufacturing technologies.
Nesher Ramla was the second plant established by the Company in the 1950s, in order to accommodate the needs of a state welcoming massive immigration and undergoing a tremendous construction boom (the first plant located in the city of Nesher in the bay of Haifa has no active kilns since the beginning of the millennium). In the last two decades, Nesher has invested over NIS2 Billion in in substantially improving the plants' manufacturing infrastructure, in order to scale up and streamline the manufacturing process and make it more environmentally friendly. To this end a network of hundreds of installations was set up, reducing the amount of dust particles emitted throughout the manufacturing process, and modern production lines were built. The plant consumes electricity mainly from a power plant fueled by natural gas.
The Nesher Ramla plant covers an area of about 55 hectares, and produces about 4 million tons of clinker and 5 million tons of cement per year.
The Nesher Haifa plant is the used for milling cement from clinker, packing and distribution.
Cement production in 2015
Building activities began in 1923; in October 1925 the first kiln began operating and in December of that year the first cement bag was produced. This was the first cement plant not only in Israel, but in the entire Middle East. Nowadays the Haifa plant spans over about 40 hectares, including storage facilities, a bagging plant and three cement mills, with an annual milling capacity of about 1.2 million tons. Currently there are no cement kilns in the Haifa plant and there is no quarrying activity in its adjacent quarries on the Carmel mountain.
In October 2015 the sale of the Hartov plant was finalized (following a regulatory arrangement), and as of October 15th, an additional manufacturer competes with Nesher in the market. Any reference in this report to the Hartov plant refers to the period ending on 31.12.2014.
As of the end of 2015, CRH no longer controls Nesher, which is currently in full ownership of Access Industries.