Carib Cement implements temporary measures to address Jamaica cement shortage

Carib Cement implements temporary measures to address Jamaica cement shortage
11 April 2017

Carib Cement, Jamaica’s sole cement producer, has said it is implementing a number of measures to overcome a domestic cement shortage after mechanical problems in the packaging area caused
operations to be disrupted.

The cement producer has confirmed reports that had reached The Sunday Gleaner (Jamaica) of a shortage of cement on the Caribbean island. The daily newspaper had been informed by local hardware merchants and dealers that they have been unable to meet demand because of a lack of supply from Carib Cement.

Last Friday, the company said it was aware of the supply challenges and that every effort was being made to address the situation. It added that the gaps in retail trade have resulted from challenges in the manufacturer’s packing operations “which are being rectified.”

Since then, Carib Cement said in a statement that more than 75,000 bags of cement were delivered to the market, with an additional 80,000 bags delivered to a local supplier via ship during the period spanning 7-9 April, the Jamaica Observer reported yesterday.

Carib Cement also said cement exports have been suspended to prioritise the local market.

In addition, the cement company said it had also received an additional 75,00 bags from a sister plant, and another 150,000 bags are set to be delivered over the next few weeks.

Furthermore, the company said it will be embarking on major maintenance overhaul during the Easter holiday, "which should result in increased volumes to the market and restore stability."

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