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Dangote ramps up investment in Zambia with second plant

24 June 2024, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement has announced plans to double its investment in Zambia by building a second cement plant. The company has already constructed one plant in Masaita at a cost of US$450m but this investment will now be boosted to US$900m with plans for a second facility, reports The Guardian. The Masaita works is designed to have a cement production capacity of 1.5Mta and is scheduled to reach full capacity by the end of 2024. The new plant is expected to be commissioned soon. 

Chilanga Cement inaugurates kiln upgrade

17 June 2024, Published under Cement News

Zambia-based Chilanga Cement has inaugurated its Ndola  kiln upgrade project. The project will not only enhance the cement plant’s production capacity but also its environmental sustainability. According to News Invasion 24, the upgrade will enable greater use of renewable energy sources as well as improving product standards.  Jianping Chai, CEO of Chilanga Cement, said the investment confirms the company’s dedication to fostering economic growth in the region. The project is reported...

Southern African transitions

18 March 2024, Published under Cement News

The cement markets of southern Africa have been gradually transitioning into more competitive areas with new investments. ICR reviews the young markets of Angola and Zambia as well as the more established market of South Africa.  While expansion projects are at a low due to overcapacity, market entrants see an industry in transition as domestic producers adapt to a new landscape (© Dangote Cement) While Angola, South Africa and Zambia all witnessed a post-pandemic economic r...

Dangote Cement's corporate social responsibility work gains recognition

03 March 2023, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement has scooped a number of awards in Zambia and Senegal in recognition of its corporate social responsibility actions.  In Senegal the Conseil National du Patronat (CNP) acknowledged the cement producer's local subsidiary for planting hundreds of trees to mitigate against desert encroachment in various parts of the country, reports The Day Live. Meanwhile, in Zambia, Dangote’s Ndola subsidiary picked up the Best Community Social Impact Award for Youth Development in recog...

Dangote Cement's regional volumes fall by 11% in 1H22

03 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement 's pan-African volumes reduced by 11 per cent to 4.9Mt from 5.5Mt in the 1H22 due to increased supply chain challenges and maintenance activities.  The best-performing markets for the group were Ethiopia, Senegal and Tanzania. Ethiopia is one of the largest markets for Dangote Cement outside of Nigeria. The market remains short of supply as most plants are operating at very low capacity. Ethiopia's total market for cement was appproximately 2.7Mt in the first six mon...

Huaxin increases Chilanga stake

26 July 2022, Published under Cement News

Huaxin Ltd has increased its shareholding in Zambia-based Chilanga Cement from 75 to 81.19 per cent following the purchase of 50,013,468 shares, according to the Times of Zambia. The company submitted a cash offer to the board of directors of Chilanga Cement to purchase from the minority shareholders, all the remaining 50,013,468 shares that did not own representation of 25 per cent shareholding.

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.