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Cement prices rise in Malawi

27 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Malawi have reportedly increased by 33 per cent in the past two weeks to MWK8000 (US$10.79) per 50kg bag, with the hike attributed to a shortage, according to The Business Times (Malawi). Cement Products Ltd (CPL) has condemned traders for raising the prices saying the wholesale price has not changed. Meanwhile, the country’s Ministry of Trade has reported that the increase is due to a rise in the price of imported cement from Zambia. "We are in talks with the local ma...

East African prospects

16 June 2020, Published under Cement News

The east African cement markets of Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi and Burundi have continued to experience rising levels of cement consumption over recent years with investments in infrastructure and affordable housing. However, the COVID-19 crisis is likely to take its toll on cement consumption growth in 2020. Uganda has both one of the largest economies and cement industries in East Africa, with capacity growth fuelled by growing confidence on the back of expected oil revenues The...

LafargeHolcim plans second Malawi Durabric factory

03 December 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim is trying to make housing more affordable to Malawi citizens and is planning to set up a second Durabric production plant. Durabric is made from soil, sand, cement and water and does not require firing like commonly-used clay bricks. LafargeHolcim is working in a joint venture with UK state-owned development financier CDC Group on a second production plant in Malawi. The joint venture – called “14Trees” after the number of trees it says can be saved for each house built – is ...

Malawi producers increase cement prices

01 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Imported clinker and use of diesel engines to power cement production lines are causing cement manufacturers in Malawi to raise cement prices. A 50kg bag of cement was selling at MKW6600 (US$9.11) a month ago, but now ranges between MKW9000- MKW10,000 (US$12.4-13.8) in Blantyre, representing a 60 per cent price increase. With cement production halted, there is little construction work taking place. Cement manufacturers say the situation is unlikely to change until February 2018. The ...

LafargeHolcim inaugurates first dedicated Durabric plant in Malawi

14 July 2017, Published under Cement News

One year after the launch of 14Trees, LafargeHolcim’s and CDC’s joint venture to scale-up Durabric, 13 July 2017 marks the next step in its development with the inauguration of a dedicated manufacturing plant in Malawi. Durabric is LafargeHolcim’s affordable building solution, produced with a unique blend of earth, sand and cement, which removes the need for firing, helping fight deforestation. Equipped with an automatic production line, the Malawi plant is the first to produce Durabric ...

Malawi: government comes under pressure on subsidised cement programme

13 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Malawi's government has been criticised for favouritism over the tax payer-funded cement and malata subsidy programme. Firebrand opposition Peoples Party Vice President, Kamlepo Kalua, who is Rumphi East MP, said it was unfortunate that the DPP government is there to serve a few Malawians from the president's heartland. The programme is progressing smoothly in the south, especially in the Lhomwe belt, but it is facing problems in the north, he added. "In other regions, especially in the...

Malawi: Minister applauds CPL investment

20 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Minister of Natural Resources and Mining, Bright Msaka, has spoken on Cement Products Ltd’s (CPL) multi-million investment in its Njereza Plant in Mangochi. Mr Msaka said how the venture has the potential to contribute to Malawi’s economic growth and is a sign that the company is embracing the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) government objective. Mr Msaka assured CPL that the government would continue providing all necessary technical support. Asaalam Abdul Gaffer, CPL chairperson...

Malawi government open to legal cement imports

20 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Malawi's government is issuing licences for the importation of cement. The legally imported cement is said to be bringing competition and stabilising the prices of cement in the country that has been welcomed by property investors, reported All Africa. Ministry of Industry and Trade spokesperson, Wiskes Mkombezi said government issues the cement importation licences in order to protect the consumers from exploitation of exorbitant prices on the monopolising local industry. He said the li...

LafargeHolcim

05 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim Belgique is closing five ready-mixed concrete plants in Flanders, a move that will affect around 60 employees. The works being closed are at Furness, Ostend, Bruges, Izegem and Herentals. Lafarge Cement Zambia, which has a combined capacity of 1.4Mta from its two works, is to quadruple its exports to Congo and from Malawi. In additioin, the production should be increased by 0.1Mta from next month. The Chinese LafargeHolcim associate Huaxin Cement Company is to invest some US$150...

LH and CDC: low-carbon construction solution

23 December 2015, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim and CDC Group plc (CDC), the UK’s development finance institution, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a company to produce and promote an affordable low-carbon construction solution for developing countries. The new company aims at scaling-up production of earth-cement bricks, a simple, reliable, affordable and environmentally-friendly building material that was launched by LafargeHolcim in Malawi in 2013. Deforestation and forest degradation account for the ...