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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...

Construction on new plant set to begin in Uganda

22 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Construction of the Ateker cement plant is due to begin in Moroto district, Uganda, within the next few weeks, according to the Moroto District Investment Agency. The cement facility will be part of the Karamoja Marble complex, which will also produce lime and marble. The unit is expected to be completed within 18 months of the commencement of construction, while its capacity is set to reach 1200tpd. David Ekou Ekanya, senior engineer at the Uganda Development Corporation (UDC), has said...

Hima Cement's Kasese mining right appeal is dismissed

17 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Uganda-based Hima Cement (LafargeHolcim group) has seen its Kasese mining rights stripped from it after the High Court upheld a decision from 2013 to confer them to East African Gold Sniffing Company Ltd. The dispute has involved legal proceedings before the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Hima Cement had appealed to the High Court after its limestone rights in Kasese, western Uganda, were annulled by Justice Elad Mwangusya in 2013. Court...

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...

Bamburi sees 37% drop in net profit in 2019

11 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Kenya-based Bamburi Cement has posted a 37 per cent YoY fall in net profit in 2019. Net profit declined to KES359m (US$3.39m) from KES572m in 2018. The company attributed the decrease in profit to reduced domestic cement consumption, low prices and an inability to access the Rwandan market due to the closure of the border with Uganda, denying its Uganda subsidiary Hima Cement access to the Rwandan market early last year. Bamburi’s revenues slipped by 1.2 per cent to KES36.79bn in 2019 fro...

Hima Cement introduces RapidSet cement

29 November 2019, Published under Cement News

Uganda’s Hima Cement has introduced a new type of cement, RapidSet, to leverage its position in a competitive market, according to The Observer. The product has been designed exclusively for the precast concrete market due to its rapid hardening attributes. The new cement (42.5R strength) is already available on the domestic market in 30kg bags. “The construction and real estate market continue to grow tremendously, and this drives our commitment to innovate and provide solutions that enha...

Hima Cement in consultation for Moroto mining rights

23 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Bamburi Cement’s subsidiary, Hima Cement, is consulting leaders and the local community in Moroto in Uganda, to access surface mining rights. Hima Cement (LafargeHolcim group) is in the process of acquiring a mining lease for the extraction of limestone and marble in Rupa subcounty. Hima Cement has earmarked a block of 14.26km 2 in the location. Don Bwesigye, the lead consultant for Hima Cement, says the company has been on the ground since 2015 when it acquired an exploration licen...

Uganda sees big drop in cement prices

17 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Uganda has seen increased competition and lower cement prices with the entry of Simba Cement (National Cement – Devki Group) and Kampala Cement. A 50kg bag now retails at an average price of UGX28,000 (US$5.70), down from UGX39,000 (US$10.80). While Hima Cement (LafargeHolcim)and Tororo Cement remain the dominant players, competition has been accelerated by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives' measures to fast-track licensing of new cement manufacturers.

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...

Rwanda Bureau of Standards rejects Hima Cement imports

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) returned cement imports into Rwanda by Uganda's Hima Cement Ltd (LafargeHolcim group) last month after they failed to meet the country's import quality standards. The cement that was transported in three 30t trucks was returned to Uganda, confirmed Uganda's government paper, New Vision. RBS Director General, Raymond Murenzi, clarified that the goods were subjected to routine standards tests which they failed to meet. The cement packages were found to weigh...