On the road to progress
Thatta Cement is in the process of implementing a two-phase plant modernisation programme that will result in increased cement capacity, a captive power plant and a new waste heat generation system. The goal is to make the company more cost- and energy-efficient and to give it increased competitiveness in what has become a more highly demanding domestic market place. By M Fazlullah Shariff, Thatta Cement, marks the road to progress.
Since the 2008 financial crisis, the worldwide cement industry has been facing difficult times. The economic slowdown has led to demand being curtailed in a number of markets. Pakistan is no exception and has suffered on account of its large installed cement capacity of 45Mta and low cement consumption of around 23Mta. However, with 10Mta of cement exports Pakistan has established itself among the world’s top 10 cement exporters, mitigating many of the country’s problems associated with excess cement capacity.