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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 ...

BUA Cement revenue rises by 9.7% in 3M23

28 April 2023, Published under Cement News

Nigerian-based BUA Cement reported a revenue increase of 9.7 per cent to NGN106.9bn (US$232.2m) for the the three-month period ended March 2023 from NGN97bn in 3M22.   Operating profit dropped by 9.4 per cent to NGN38.4bn for the 3M22 from NGN42bn in 3M22. Profit before tax fell by 15.6 per cent to NGN35.5bn from NGN42bn in 3M22.

Savannah Cement Group sources funds for new clinker plant

19 April 2023, Published under Cement News

Savannah Clinker has received KES65bn (US$500m) to fund construction of a new clinker factory in Kenya. Savannah Clinker, an affiliate of Savannah Cement , said it raised the funds through a privately placed debt arrangement with the bond set to be listed at regulated international exchange. Savannah currently imports clinker as it does’t have a clinker plant. Savannah will build its clinker plant in Kitui County, as demand for cement surges due to a construction boom that has been boost...

CIMAF orders polysius® booster mill

05 April 2023, Published under Cement News

To reduce the clinker factor of cement produced in its plant of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Ciments d'Afrique (CIMAF) has entrusted thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, BU Polysius, to install a polysius ® booster mill. By boosting the fineness and reactivity of the clinker portion, the high energy density mill will enable clinker substitution by local filler while maintaining both cement quality to local standards and production capacity of the exiting ball mill.  Mohamed Naciri,...

GICA's cement and its Chlef plant obtain CE certification

28 March 2023, Published under Cement News

The Chlef Cement plant and Entreprise des Ciments et Dérivés d'Echéliff ( ECDE ), affiliated to the Algerian Cement Industrial Complex Groupe Industriel des Ciments d'Algérie ( GICA ), has obtained the certificate of conformity to European standards (CE) for the cement it produces.  The company produces Jika  Biton  (42.5 N) Jerry Portland cement, Jika Bunyan (32.5 N) Jerry Portland cement,  Jica  Achievements (52.5 N) Jerry Portland cement, Anti  Gica  (42.5 N-SR5) sulphate-resistant P...