Sarawak’s sole cement manufacturer, CMS Cement, has allayed contractor fears of a cement shortage in the local market, saying its plants have the capacity to produce more than the daily demand of 2200t.
Its executive director Othman Abdul Rani said the company’s Kuching plant in Pending alone had the production capacity of 3,000tpd, which was in excess of the current local demand.
“Combined with our Bintulu plant, CMS Cement’s capacity stands at 1.75Mta,” he said at a dialogue with members of the Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda).
Sheda’s office bearers led by its secretary general Sim Kiang Chiok requested the dialogue following feedback from its Kuching-based members.
“In compliance with the Control of Supplies Act, CMS Cement takes seriously its obligation to ensure a continuous supply of cement for the Sarawak market, especially as the state embarks on Score (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy) and the 10th Malaysia Plan.
“Our monthly production levels are monitored closely by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism,” said Othman. He assured that a system was in place to alert the company of low buffer stock of raw materials or cement. “Such a situation occurred in recent weeks due to a maintenance shutdown at our clinker plant which provides the main raw material for the production of cement.”