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Malawi rolls out distribution of subsidised materials under housing programme

30 June 2015, Published under Cement News

The Malawi government has started to roll out the the distribution of materials under its Decent and Affordable Housing (Cement and Malata) Subsidy Programme (DAHSP). Speaking during the hand-over ceremony of the materials last week at Malembo School in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Khongoni, Charles Makanga, Lilongwe District Commissioner, said: "We need decent houses with cement and iron sheets to replace the grass thatched and muddy houses in our villages within the given peri...

Ghana cement producers' association formed

11 June 2015, Published under Cement News

Local cement producers in Ghana have come together to form a new association to protect and accelerate the development of the domestic industry, and promote the interests of its members through collaborative efforts. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) dated 12 May 2015 named the founding companies of the Ghana Cement Manufacturers Association (GCMA) as GHACEM Ltd, Diamond Cement Ghana Ltd and Savannah Diamond Company Ltd. Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah, Strategy & Corporate Affairs Director o...

Vietnamese producer targets new export markets

04 June 2015, Published under Cement News

La Hien Cement JSC, a subsidiary of the Vietnam National Coal Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin),  is seeking new export markets in Asia and Africa, an executive of the company said. According to Nguyen Van Dung, Director of the La Hien JSC, the company will seek new markets while securing its traditional markets including Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan and Lang Son provinces, the Vietnam News Agency reported. The company aims to ship its clinker to Bangladesh, the Philippines and a number of natio...

Dangote begins trial operations at new Ethiopian plant

03 June 2015, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Plc began trial production of cement last week at its 2.5Mta cement works in Ethiopia,  AllAfrica press reported. The milestone of kiln ignition was achieved in April 2015. The plant is connected to grid electricity and stockpiles of limestone have been built up from the quarry, 4km away. Dangote Cement has been building its logistical and marketing capabilities in advance of commercial sales. According to local news reports, the company has already imported 1.2m packaging...

Ashaka 1Q pretax profit down 59%, Nigeria

13 May 2015, Published under Cement News

Nigeria's Ashaka Cement first-quarter pretax profit fell 58.8 per cent to NGN1.16bn (US$5.8m) from a year ago, the company said on Monday. The decline was partly attributed to a fall in sales and a contraction in gross margin. Revenue fell to NGN4.56bn during the three months to end-March, down from NGN6.5bn in the previous year, the local unit of Lafarge Cement said in a stock exchange filing.

FLSmidth reaches agreement to exit O&M contracts in Nigeria

07 May 2015, Published under Cement News

In November 2013 FLSmidth signed a number of contracts with the Nigerian cement producer Dangote Cement PLC for operation and maintenance of production lines at their Ibese and Obajana cement plants in Nigeria for a period of five years. Due to changed market conditions, Dangote Cement and FLSmidth have reached an agreement to end the operation and maintenance collaboration on the two plants, the Danish equipment supplier said in a statement yesterday. The discontinuation of the O&M contra...

Ethiopia: government drafts development strategy

22 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Industry is drafting a national cement industry development strategy that will enable it to overcome challenges and assist fast growth of the industry. State minister of Industry, Mebrahtu Meles (PhD), told The Reporter that his ministry in collaboration with the Adama Science and Technology University started drafting the national cement industry development strategy last July. Mebrahtu said the cement industry is facing several challenges including high productio...

Savanna Diamond Cement launches new Ghana plant

14 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Savanna Diamond Cement Co Ltd (SDCL) launched operations of its 0.44Mta cement factory in Buipe, in the northern region of Ghana. The new US$90m project was officially inaugurated by President John Mahama of Ghana. SDCL's new 0.44Mta integrated factory is officially launched in the presence of President John Mahama of Ghana. (Picture source: Flickr) The SDCL plant is a fully integrated process, using limestone mined in Buipe. It is served through a partnership with GRIDCo b...

Ashaka Cement pretax profit rises 84.5%

01 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Nigeria's Ashaka Cement 2014 pretax profit rose 84.5 per cent to NGN5.25bn (US$26m) from year ago, the company said on Tuesday. Revenue declined by 2.58 per cent during the period to NGN21.13bn, the unit of Lafarge Africa said in a statement.

Dangote commences operations in Senegal, Cameroon

30 March 2015, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement has commenced operations at new cement facilities in Senegal and Cameroon, which form part of the company's plans to become a pan-African enterprise. The new Senegalese plant, located in Pout district, about 75km from Dakar, the country’s capital, has a total production capacity of 1.5Mta. With the new plant, the company hopes to improve the country’s cement production capacity with an additional 1.5Mta while serving an export market demand of 2Mt along the Mali ax...