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Mbeya Cement opens Building Materials Academy

06 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Mbeya Cement (LafargeHolcim group) has opened its Building Materials Academy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to improve the client understanding of the use of the company's products in the construction sector. Isle Boshof, Mbeya Cement's Chief Executive said: "The state-of-ther-art centre is a good avenue for stakeholders to learn about their wide-range of products." The centre will bring together key players in the construction industry to understand all types of cement produced by Mbeya Cem...

Aliko Dangote has targeted Kenyan producer believed to be ARM

09 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement is understood to be in talks to buy the troubled Kenyan cement maker ARM. This follows an interview of Aliko Dangote by Bloomberg News in which he said: "There is a company which... has operations in Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda and we are talking to the company to see if we can take it over," said Mr Dangote. ARM was not named in the discussion, but it is the only cement producer operating in the three markets that were mentioned. ARM has integrated cement plants in Kalol...

Dangote reports 15% rise in 9M EBITDA

23 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement announced a 13.5 per cent rise in group revenues to NGN685.29bn (US$1.88bn) for 9M18 as sales volumes advanced 7.6 per cent to nearly 17.8Mt. Group EBITDA rose 14.6 per cent YoY to NGN337.3bn while EBITDA margins advanced from 48.8 per cent in 9M17 to 49.2 per cent in 9M18. Net profit advanced to NGN158.28bn in 9M18 from NGN154.122bn in the year-ago period. Nigeria In Nigeria sales volumes increased 11.7 per cent to nearly 10.8Mt on the back of a domestic market recovery....

Tanzania's coal supply expected to increase to support cement industry

14 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Tanzania’s State Mining Corp (STAMICO) has announced plans to increase coal production, which will support the cement industry as it has recently reported a shortage of the material. The coal shortage resulted in a rise in cement prices, according to The Citizen. "To implement the government directives, we will begin to sell coal to local cement producers and the surplus will be exported," said Alex Rutagwelela, acting exploration and drilling director. Despite currently producing 18,600t...

Tanga Cement reduces loss

12 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Tanga Cement reported a net loss after tax of TZS1.8bn (US$ 788,135) for the first half of 2018, a marked improvement of its business results when compared to 1H17 when losses reached TZS14.6bn. The company’s operating profit for the six-month period reached TZS6.7bn, an advance when compared with the TZS4.3bn operating loss for the equivalent period in 2017. “Our interim half year results will be published in the coming two weeks….They will show you a clear picture of how our turnaroun...

Tanzania's Government says super-dealers must be kept in check

28 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Tanzania's Government has put out a strong message to the country's cement producers that their licenses will be revoked if they do not keep their super-dealer's price rises in check. Unwarranted price hikes are a feature of the market that the government is now seeking to stamp out. Mr Charles Mwiijage, trade and investment minister said, recent price hikes were the work of distributors who buy in bulk from super-dealers. The super-dealers are the middlemen who buy directly from the factor...

Dangote doubles output at its Tanzanian factory

21 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement has doubled its cement production in Dar es Salaam in response to Tanzania's cement shortage, which has resulted in higher cement prices. Routine maintenance at some factories has meant lower production and retail cement prices have risen from TZS12,000 (US$5.25) per 50kg bag to TZS22,000 (US$9.63) in recent weeks, reports The Citizen. Dangote Cement's Country Manager, Mr Jagat Rathee said the company has increased its output from 2500tpd to 5000tpd of cement. "We were s...

Cement prices rise in Tanzania as Twiga Cement suspends production

17 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement buyers in Tanzania are finding it difficult to buy adequate supplies of cement since Tanzania Portland Cement Ltd (Twiga Cement) suspended production on technical grounds. In July the price for a 50kg bag of cement was US$5.60 but is reported to have risen to US$8.70 (TZS TZS20,000, despite the fact Tanzania has 12 cement factories which produce approximately 7.1Mta. Cement buyers are reported to be turning to Kenya for cheaper imports of cement, according to KTN News.

Tanzania government meets with stakeholders over cement prices

16 August 2018, Published under Cement News

The Tanzanian government called an emergency meeting with stakeholders in Dar es Salaam to discuss the rising cement prices and the lack of product availability in the country’s market, according to a report in The Citizen. The closed-door meeting was chaired by the Deputy Minister for Industries, Trade and Investment, Stella Manyanya, who wanted producers to explain why there was scarcity of cement in the market. "We conducted a quick survey in the market and established that cement i...

ARM negotiating US$120m loan deal with IFC

12 July 2018, Published under Cement News

ARM Cement Ltd of Kenya is trying to reach an agreement with the International Finance Corp about a capital injection of US$120m in loans, acccording to ARM's Chief Executive Officer, Pradeep Paunrana. "Nobody just gives you US$120m without conditions," Mr Paunrana said. "We are in discussions, it is not a facility, it is a term sheet. There are conditions attached to this." The main conditions include a return to profitability and getting an equity investor during the next nine to 12 mont...