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Holcim divests Zambian subsidiary to Huaxin Cement

02 December 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim has closed the sale of its business in Zambia, representing a 75 per cent stake in the company, to the Chinese cement group Huaxin for an enterprise value of US$150m for 100 per cent ownership of the company. The deal was closed following approvals from Chinese and Zambian authorities. Jan Jenisch, Holcim CEO: said “This divestment is another step in our transformation to become the global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions giving us the flexibility to con...

Lafarge Zambia reduces cement price by 5-10%

03 November 2021, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Zambia has reduced the price of cement by 5-10 per cent from 30 October 2021. The price reduction was said to be inevitable due to the appreciation of the kwacha against other major convertible currencies in the past two months, according to the Zambia Consumer Association (ZCA), which welcomed the step. Lafarge Zambia Corporate Affairs and Communication, Sarah Banda, said in a statement that the reduction in the price of cement was caused by the recent appreciation of the kwacha a...

Zambia’s cement output up 5% in 2021

22 September 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement production in Zambia in the first half of 2021 increased by five per cent to 1.2Mta, compared to 1.1Mta in 2020, according to data from the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development. Cement prices rose to ZMW130 (US$7.89)/50kg bag from just under ZMW90 as cement companies cited a gypsum shortage as a contributing factor.

Zambezi Portland Cement allows retail purchases direct from plant

09 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Zambia’s Zambezi Portland Cement has allowed the direct retail purchase of cement from its cement plant to reduce price exploitation in the market. The company’s CEO, Gomeli Litana, has said the company has a set price and that it was not interfering in price fixing on the retail market. "As a cement producing company, we do support not only large buyers but small scale consumers, you can come here and buy 100 or 200 bags," he said.

Zambezi Portland Cement produces 1.2Mt

04 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Output from Zambia-based Zambezi Portland Cement reached 1.2Mta following the EUR23m capacity expansion project at the Ndola plant, which has seen an extra 100 staff employed. Zambezi Portland Cement CEO, Gomeli Litana, said the increase would help meet the growing demand for the product in both local and regional markets, according to the Times of Zambia.

Zambian cement prices remain high

19 May 2021, Published under Cement News

The prices of different brands of cement in Zambia are still ranging between ZMW135-145 (US$6-6.45) for a 50kg bag, over a month after Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) directed that prices should be reduced to ZMW110. Last month, CCPC fined Lafarge Zambia Plc and Mpande Limestone Ltd for price fixing with the two cement manufacturing entities expected to each pay 20 per cent of their 2019 and 2020 turnovers while reverting to pre-cartel prices ranging between US$4.50-...

Lafarge Zambia posts losses of ZMW12.3m in 1H20

14 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Zambia Plc has posted losses of over ZMW12.3m (US$615,000) during its financial half-year period ending 30 June 2020. The company saw increased production costs and the local kwacha currency devalued during the period. Lafarge Zambia will continue to focus on developing the export market to sustain its growth as the domestic market remains substantially oversupplied with the commodity.

Gypsum availability and dollar prices impact Dangote Zambia's production costs

09 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Zambia Ltd (DCZL) says the closure of Chambeshi Metals has deprived the company gypsum for cement manufacture. DCZL CFO, Bright Tembo, also said the depreciation of the kwacha has impacted on costs of imported materials. "The closure of Chambeshi Metals has deprived DCZL of a reasonably priced Gypsum…We have local suppliers who are quoting in dollars and demanding payment in dollars. The depreciation of the kwacha has severely impacted on our costs of imported raw materials,"...

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...

Dangote's 1H20 results see 2% revenue growth

27 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement reported group revenue up two per cent to NGN476.9bn (US$1.23bn) in the 1H20. Group EBITDA rose to NGN218.1bn and pan-African EBITDA increased by 31.6 per cent to NGN31.5bn. Profit before tax was up 4.7 per cent to NGN162.9bn and net debt stood at NGN372.1bn at the end of 30 June 2020. Michel Puchercos, Group CEO, said:  "I am humbled by the fact that we continue to be in a strong position despite the economic downturn that the world is facing due to COVID-19. Although April ...