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Judge blocks acquisition of Tanga Cement in Tanzania

22 August 2023, Published under Cement News

The proposed acquisition of AfriSam  subsidiary,  Tanga Cement , by Heidelberg Material 's  Scancem International DA has hit a snag as a tribunal judge ruled a decision to accept the deal to be against the law. Judge Salma Maghimbi of The Fair Competition Tribunal (FCT) in Tanzania, has ruled the decision by the Federal Competition Commission (FCC) to accept the merger was wrong, stating that the FCC does not have jurisdiction over the matter. Chalinze Cement of Tanzania has also oppose...

Vanderbijlpark Slagment achieves 1.75m hours LTI

08 August 2023, Published under Cement News

Leading construction material supplier, AfriSam celebrated a significant milestone at the company’s Vanderbijlpark Slagment Operation in South Africa when it achieved 1.75m Lost Time Injury (LTI)-free hours earlier this year, demonstrating the high safety standards upheld at this plant.   This means the plant has been injury free for nine years, a significant milestone.  Due to its cementitious properties and depending on the application, slagment (which uses ground granulated blastfurn...

East Africa Portland Cement is ready to tap domestic market

02 August 2023, Published under Cement News

East Africa Portland Cement Co Plc and its Athi-River plant is set to expand its clinker production to serve the domestic market after the government imposed a 17 per cent duty on imported clinker. According to Managing Director, Oliver Kirubai, the cement maker has drawn a road map for its revival and has realised improved production by 25 per cent as of September 2022. The increase in production was informed by the first phase of refurbishing the plant, increasing efficiency and cut...

Bedeschi helps Takoradi Port receive largest ship

18 July 2023, Published under Cement News

Takoradi Port, Ghana, has received the biggest bulk ship ever to call the port since its construction in 1928. Bedeschi Spa supplied all the conveyor lines of the terminal, the two shiploaders and one eco-hopper. The vessel, MV Baby Hercules, a bauxite carrier delivering raw materials for cement prodction, is a Capesize bulk ship with length over all (LOA) of 240m long and a draught of 16m, the first ever with these dimensions. Thanks to the automation installed by the company at the term...

Khayah Cement boosts capacity to 1Mta

04 July 2023, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe-based Khayah Cement (previously Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe) has announced that it doubled its milling capacity in 2022. The second half of the year saw the company successfully commission its new vertical cement mill (VCM) at its Manresa plant, and subsequently decommission Mill 1 following the collapse of the mill house roof in the 4Q21. The new VCM has boosted the company’s milling capacity to 1Mta and bolstered its ability to supply high-strength cement of improved quality, ...

Sinai Cement narrows 1Q loss

30 May 2023, Published under Cement News

Egypt-based Sinai Cement Co , part of Vicat , saw consolidated net losses after tax of EGP58.47m (US$1.89m) in the first quarter of 2023, compared with losses of EGP67.19m in the 1Q22. The company’s sales reached EGP1240m in the 1Q23, representing a 160.7 per cent increase on EGP475.57m in the year-ago period.

New administrator for Savannah Cement announced

17 May 2023, Published under Cement News

Harveen Gadhoke of Adili Associates has been appointed to turn around impoverished Savannah Cement with the view of recovering KES10bn (US$72.8m) owed to KCB and Absa Bank Kenya. Savannah Cement has been in court for the past year, disputing the debt of over KES7bn owed to KCB Bank and over KES3bn owed to Absa Bank. The cement firm has been facing financial challenges for the past three years. It closed briefly in late 2021, forcing all employees to proceed on a 10-day break to pave th...

Clinker substitution takes hold in Africa

12 May 2023, Published under Cement News

Ghana's cement producers have struck out on a decarbonisation and low-carbon cement path. By using local resources for raw materials and reducing the clinker factor, cement manufacturers are targeting reduced imports of clinker and lower cement prices, as well as the benefits of CO2 reduction. This week the Director-General of Ghana Standards Authority, Professor Alex Dodoo, confirmed that plans are underway to build factories that can manufacture a substitute for clinker. "We have publishe...

Kenyan clinker imports set for additional tax

09 May 2023, Published under Cement News

Kenyan producers of clinker are being boosted with the proposal to introduce a new tax as the State moves in to protect local industry. The export and investment promotion levy is a new tax that the William Ruto administration is seeking to impose on imported goods that can be made in Kenya to boost the local manufacturing industry. The Kenyan state government has, through the Finance Bill 2023, proposed the export and investment promotion levy rate on imported clinker at the rate of 10 p...

Heidelberg Materials' divestments and merger ripples

28 April 2023, Published under Cement News

Heidelberg Materials has been looking to simplify its portfolio and reposition the company on a net zero path. This has seen divestment and merger ripples recently reach the cement markets of Georgia and Tanzania. Creating funds to reallocate for investments in the circular economy and the wider building materials sector has seen Heidelberg Materials start to accelerate divestment activity this year. The group's divestment of its eastern European joint venture in Georgia, where it held a ...