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Great Lakes Cement prepares for June start-up

11 March 2021, Published under Cement News

Li Xing Jun, managing director of Great Lakes Cement, said he expected production at the cement plant in Kabimba, Democratic Republic of Congo, to start in June 2021, following rehabilitation of the facility, according to Agence Congolaise de Presse. A  joint team of Great Lakes Cement staff and the National Electricity Company have been working on the start-up of power supply of the plant, which is part of the rehabilitation of the Kalemie-Kabimba power line.

Ugandan exports to DR Congo up 30% in 2019-20

01 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Exports of cement from Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have increased by 27,000t in the last two years, according to Israel Tinkasimire, Hima Cement’s commercial director. The increase represents a 30 per cent expansion and has created an alternative market for Ugandan cement companies since Rwanda considerably reduced its intake of Ugandan cement in February 2019, when Kigali closed the country’s borders. Cement exports in the FY19-20 declined to US$59.9m compared to US$6...

Cement price in DRC jumps to US$33

26 January 2021, Published under Cement News

n the last two months, the price of a bag of cement increased from US$23 to US$33 in Mbuji-Mayi, Kasai Oriental province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Dominique Ilunga, provincial director of the Fédération des Entreprises du Congo (FEC), explains: “We have a supply problem at the moment. We believed that with the Ndomba route, supplies could be regular, but unfortunately, we were still stuck with the difficulties of water level and dredging and beaconing on this route so that fluctuation...

PPC delays FY20 earnings results

30 September 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC of South Africa has delayed the release of its full-year earnings for a third time as it finalises its financing. The new date for the financial disclosure is now set for 5 October 2020. PPC has been making adjustments to the valuations of assets in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the company hopes to conclude a deal with South African lenders in October, reports BNN Bloomberg. PPC reported a resurgence of construction activity in South Africa in June and July and do...

DR Congo orders cement imports

16 September 2020, Published under Cement News

The Minister of Foreign Trade of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean Lucien Bussa, has ordered the import of 100,000t of cement from the Republic of Congo as domestic supply falls short of volumes needed, according to Desk Eco. “Following our discussions on 24 August 2020 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, I make it my duty to inform you that I have just authorised the import, into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, of 100,000 tonnes of grey cement from the Republic of Congo. This is...

PPC Barnet opens new headquarters

16 September 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC Barnet Manufacturing is inaugurating its new headquarters in the heart of Kinshasa’s business district, Democratic Republic of Congo. The move represents the company’s new ambitions and development strategy in the domestic market, according to Zoom Eco. "Our new establishment makes it possible to enhance teamwork, promote communication between employees and above all bring our customers and stakeholders closer together," said PPC Barnet CEO, Iqbal Omar, during the opening ceremony.

CARRILU inaugurates DRC cement plant

09 September 2020, Published under Cement News

The Minister of Industry of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Julien Paluka, has officially opened the Carrière de Lualaba (CARRILU) cement works in Kolwezi, Lualaba province, DRC. The company also includes a stake by the China-based Zijin group. The new works is expected to produce 1500tpd of grey cement to serve the local market. In addition, it will provide employment to at least 1000 employees, according to Journal de Kinshasha. "The production of cement on site in Kolwezi, dem...

New DRC cement plant project on hold

14 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The laying of the foundation stone of a new cement plant in Katanda, Lomami province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been postponed indefinitely. The plant will be built in Bakwa Tshiluila, some 70km northeast of Mbujimayi, where deposits of limestone and other raw materials have been discovered. Nestor Kabuya, geologists and supervisor of the construction site said the postponement was due to the state of emergency decreed by the country’s head of state to prevent the spread of t...

Cement price rises further in Congo DR

04 February 2020, Published under Cement News

A shortage of cement is driving up prices in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The price of a 50kg bag of 32-grade cement has increased to CDF14,300 (US$8.46) from CDF14,000. For 42.5-grade cement the price has risen from 14,700 to 15,000/50kg bag. At retail level, prices vary between COF16,000-18,000.

DR Congo cement demand weakens in 10M19

16 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Grey cement consumption in the Democratic Republic of Congo reached 390,279t in the first 10 months of 2019, according to ACP. Production reached 959,088t during the same period. The low demand reflects the slowdown in construction work in the building and public works sector. In 2018 cement demand reached 1,045,199t and domestic production 1,043,340t, according to Central Bank of Congo.