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Bamburi Cement acts to protect market share

24 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Kenyan cement production capacity is now estimated at 12Mt, according to industry leaders, while annual demand ranges between 5-6Mta. Cement prices are below levels recorded more than a decade ago, yet power prices have either climbed or remained flat. However, it has not stopped Bamburi Cement from trying to expand. Bamburi Cement (LafargeHolcim group) unveiled a KES3.5bn (US$33.9m) grinding plant at its Athi River facility in 2018 among other capacity enhancements, said managing dir...

Bamburi to dispose of Shell waste oil

30 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Kenya’s Bamburi Cement’s waste division, Geocycle and Vivo Energy Kenya have agreed to collect and safely dispose of waste oil from Shell service stations across the country and Vivo Energy’s commercial customers. The initiative will see waste oil co-processed in Bamburi Cement’s kilns. Around 20,000l of waste oil per month is currently being collected by Shell service stations across Kenya. The partnership with Geocycle will reduce the logistical challenges faced by Shell when collecting ...

EAPCC dismisses all top managers

24 September 2019, Published under Cement News

East African Portland Cement Co (EAPCC) has dismissed all of its top managers as part of a restructuring plan that will see the cement producer sell 2000 acres of prime but unused land in Mavoko, Machakos, Kenya, to boost its finances. A total of 136 supervisors and managers were issued with dismissal notices last week although it is expected to rehire some of them on 40 per cent of their previous pay. “We will give the affected workers first priority to re-apply for their positions under ...

ARM and East Africa Portland's forced to cease production

23 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Both ARM and East Africa Portland Cement are experiencing major operational challenges that have inhibited their ability to produce any cement. "ARM Cement and East African Portland Cement Company, are currently experiencing some problems that have led to ceasing of production," said Apex Capital. The court battle between Rai Cement and National Cement has stalled the sale of ARM and Stanic Bank has threatened to freeze worker's salaries. The administrators for ARM, PricewaterhouseCoopers ...

Turbulent times for Africa?

17 September 2019, Published under Cement News

For the cement sector, turmoil has probably come to a head in many parts of Africa. Cement demand has slowed or fallen back into the red in many African countries, while overcapacity and low utilisation rates are characteristic of many markets. However, much of this turmoil is self-inflicted. Tony Hadley provides an uncompromising assessment of the industry on the continent and examines the root causes of business failure in some key markets. By Tony Hadley African Advisory. A perfect...

West Pokot cement plant faces further construction delays

12 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Simba Cement has come up against logistical difficulties in the construction of its West Pokot cement plant in Kenya. The project has been in planning for a decade and Simba Cement (National Cement - Devki Group) took over the project when it acquired the Indian company Cemtech Ltd earlier this year. The completion of the factory in Ortum is expected to be delayed by one year and Simba Cement intends to hold public consulations and forums with local residents about the process having receiv...

Bamburi Cement 1H19 pretax profit declines

23 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Bamburi Cement reported a turnover of KES18.663bn (US$181.18m) in the1H19, up 0.6 per cent when compared with KES18.556bn in the 1H18. The Kenya-based cement producer’s pretax profit fell to KES23m from KES722m in the first six months of 2018. The company’s profits were impacted by higher energy and logistics costs. However, profitability is expected to recover in the second half of the year.

Kenya's cement exports decline 65% in 1H19

22 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Kenya’s domestic cement exports have recorded a 65.3 per cent decline in value to KES362.28m (US$3.5m) in the first six months of the year, against KES1.04bn in the 1H18, according to preliminary cement exports statistics from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). The country’s cement exports have been declining since 2015, with the decline attributed to new grinding plants and brownfield grinding expansions in Uganda and Tanzania, reports Business Daily. "A lot of Kenyan cement was supplyi...

East African Portland Cement withdraws dismissing workforce notice

12 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Kenya’s East African Portland Cement Co (EAPCC) has withdrawn the notice about the plan to dismiss its workforce of 800, saying it would make a further statement about restructuring the company. "(The) notice has been withdrawn," Acting Managing Director, Stephen Nthei said in a letter addressed to the Kenya Chemical Workers Union and seen by Reuters. "A fresh replacement notice on the intended company restructuring and staff rationalisation shall be circulated in due course," the letter s...

National Cement's acquisition of ARM blocked

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The acquisition of ARM Cement for US$50m by National Cement has hit a legal block. ARM's former CEO and leading shareholder, Pradeep Paunrana, has challenged the sale in the High Court, saying that ARM Cement has been undervalued and that his consortium had offered a bid of US$65m for ARM Cement. The administrator of the sale, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), claims that the US$65m bid was turned down becasue it was not accompanied by proof of funds among other reasons. Instead, PwC approved t...