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Mugher Cement Factory seeks production increase

27 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Ethiopia’s Mugher Cement Factory will boost production to increase its share of the market, according to Takele Uma, minister of mines and petroleum. The minister stated that the state-owned cement factory’s current production volumes are disproportionate compared to the abundant natural resources in the area. Therefore, efforts will be made to improve production capacity and increase its market share above 25 per cent.

Karamoja cement plant proposed by Ugandan presidential candidate

17 December 2020, Published under Cement News

The Forum for Democratic Change government, in Uganda, will construct a cement factory in Karamoja Sub-region if elected into power, Mr Patrick Amuriat Oboi, the party’s presidential candidate, has said.  Mr Amuriat, who is campaigning in the sub-region, said while Karamoja has a wealth of minerals, the current regime has deliberately refused to construct factories there and preferred to transport the raw minerals to other regions. "I will make sure my government constructs a lime...

Cimerwa reports revenue increase in FY19-20

15 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Rwanda’s Cimerwa has seen its revenue increase one per cent YoY to RWF63bn (US$63.79m) in the financial year ended September 2020. Profit after tax reached RWF1.9bn, while EBITDA was at RWF1.95bn for the FY19-20. During the year, Cimerwa produced and sold 421,000t of cement, an improvement on the previous fiscal despite a 40-day shutdown on cement production due to the effects of COVID-19. "There has been an increased demand from a number of large infrastructure projects, such as the c...

Tanga Cement's Board Chairman forecasts strong infrastructure demand in 2021

01 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Tanga Cement PLC's Board Chairman, Lawrence Masha, gave an upbeat outlook on the company's prospects because of the government’s heavy infrastructure projects and investments. At the shareholders' annual general meeting Mr Masha said: "The group remains optimistic of the positive impact of infrastructure development plans under the government’s development version 2025 programme and expect the projects to continue gaining momentum in 2020." Despite the company’s net loss of TZS1...

Tanzania cement plants inspected for hoarded cement

26 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Saturday ordered all regional commissioners to inspect all cement factories in the country and prosecute owners found hoarding the commodity. He said the inspection should also involve cement sales agents and retailers of the commodity across the country. A statement by the Prime Minister's Office in the country's legislative capital Dodoma said  he made the order in a video conference with the regional commissioners. Speaking shortly af...

Tanzania reports cement shortage

19 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Tanzania’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has attributed the country’s recent high cement prices on non-production by four cement manufacturers in the country that had gone into maintenance. A 50kg bag of cement usually retails for TZS15,000 (US$6), but according to the National Bureau of Statistics data for October, the price had risen by 30 per cent to TZS22,000 in parts of the country. The plant maintenance programmes have affected supply, which dropped to 150,000t for October, comp...

Lafarge Zimbabwe records improvement in 3Q20

18 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe has stated that the gradual easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and a general improvement in the business environment has supported a rebound for the company in the third quarter of 2020. Sales volumes were seven per cent higher YoY in the 3Q20, driven by recovery in the individual home builder market. Record sales were also seen in July, which was the best result for the month since 2003. Demand for cement in the construction sector surged 34 per cent ahea...

Tanga Cement continues plans for Arusha plant

12 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Tanga Cement has said talks with the government regarding its new cement grinding plant in Arusha, Tanzania, are still in progress. The factory will be able to produce between 500,000-750,000tpa, according to Tanga Cement's Country Executive, Ben Lema. The discussions with the government started in 2016. "We are still in talks with the government on a project to build a cement grinding plant in Arusha that will move services closer to the people of the Northern Region zone and other su...

Tanzanian cement producers highlight price hikes

11 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement in Tanzania apologised to the government for the failure to communicate to the public on the temporary shutdown of its plant for maintenance, which caused price hikes across the country. "I would like to apologise for not communicating the shutdown to the government and the public on time," said the plant’s senior officer, Glagu Shuma, noting that the management of the plant has already made adequate arrangements to supply the cement to the general public including major co...

LafargeHolcim Tanzania launches new pozzolana product

10 November 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim Tanzania has launched Lafarge Tembo Pozzi, a new product to substitute fly ash, according to the Tanzania Standard. The country reportedly imports about 40,000tpa of fly ash on average. "This would help the country reduce costs on importing the fly ash. By doing this the company lives up to its promise of being a construction solution in Tanzania," said Evance Bernard, head of Dar es Salaam's sub-treasury of the Ministry of Finance and Planning. The company, also known as...