Vangvieng cement factory: the symbol of Lao-China co-operation

Vangvieng cement factory: the symbol of Lao-China co-operation
Published: 04 October 2005

Vientiane(KPL  03 Oct 2005)Lao and China is neighboring countries which is shared by more than 100 km of a big forests and stream. The people of Laos and China has a traditional friendship relation and co-operation for along time. Such kind of friendship and co-operation has been constantly developed.  
Vang vieng Cement factory, one of symbol co-operation project between Laos and China, is now producing a number of products to serve the people of Lao nationwide.  
The Vang Vieng Cement Factory is gaining more international export opportunities as its cement reaches international standards. The company has focused recent production on two styles of cement for export. The first style meets the American standard (ASTMC-150), while the second meets the Chinese standard (GB-17/5/1999, ISO-679).  
The factory has the capacity to produce annually 200,000t of cement and has been concentrating on reaching the highest possible standard. The factory is striving to meet the international accepted standard of ISO 9001: 2000 as it will mean the concrete production can be exported to more countries.  
Vanthong Sithikoun, the factory’s director, recently said that the factory has invited highly experienced teachers to train the factory staff in the processes that will need to be undertaken to ensure the concrete meets the international standard. With the help of the teachers, Mr Vanthong believes that the factory will be ready to export high quality cement that reaches international standards by next year.  
The factory is seen as one of the many success stories in Laos in recent years, particularly in the battle to eradicate poverty and lift the country off the list of least developed nations by 2020.  
According to factory Director, today the factory has the capacity to produce daily 700-1,000t of cement. 344 workers are working in the 11 sectors of factory.