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Khayah Cement recovers with new VRM and dry mortar plant

19 May 2023, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe-based cement producer, Khayah Cement Ltd , has reported a 96 per cent YoY leap in sales volumes in the quarter ended 31 March 2023. According to the company, the strong results have been supported by the installation of a vertical cement mill (VRM) in the 3Q22. This follows the collapse of the plant, which brought production to a standstill between October 2021 and 2022. 2021 also saw the company invest in an automated dry mortar plant, resulting in dry mortar product sales adv...

PPC in talks to sell Zimbabwe business

07 February 2023, Published under Cement News

PPC Ltd is reportedly in talks to sell its Zimbabwe business. According to Bloomberg, discussions are at an early stage and no potential buyers have been named as yet. PPC is believed to be selling the Zimbabwe company for around US$200m.  PPC Zimbabwe  currently runs a 0.76Mta grinding plant in Bulawayo , a 0.825Mta clinker plant in Colleen Bawn , and a 0.7Mta grinding works in Harare .   

Livetouch Investments to build its second Zimbabwe cement plant

17 January 2023, Published under Cement News

Livetouch Investments is building a second cement plant in Zvishavane, Midlands, Zimbabwe, to the tune of US$20m under the first phase of the project. The first phase of the cement plant will produce 200,000tpa upon completion between June-July 2024. Livetouch Investments, whose first cement factory is situated in Redcliff, Midlands, is presently producing 200,000tpa against an installed capacity of 340,000tpa. In an interview, the company's managing director, Kyle Wang, said the c...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe appoints new Acting CEO

13 December 2022, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Ltd has appointed Innocent Zulu Chikwata as Acting Chief Executive, effective from 1 December 2022. Mr Chikwata has 16 years experience in the fast-moving consumer goods and construction materials industries and has worked for Colcom, Innscor Africa Group and LafargeHolcim. He has held various positions in sales, marketing and operations with PProfit & Loss oversight and has worked with start-ups and global branding organisations. Having joined Lafarge in Novemb...

PPC posts 23% drop in EBITDA

17 November 2022, Published under Cement News

PPC Ltd , which is currently finalising its results for the six months ended 30 September 2022, has posted a 23 per cent YoY drop in EBITDA to ZAR728m (US$42.1m) in the six months ended 30 September 2022. Excluding PPC Zimbabwe, EBITDA fell 12 per cent YoY. Net debt continued to improve, coming in at ZAR677m on 30 September 2022, compared to ZAR1009m in March of this year. According to the company, shareholders should expect earnings per share (EPS) for the 2022 six-month period to “diff...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe expects to double cement production volumes in 2023

01 November 2022, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is planning to double its cement production volumes in 2023 following the expected 4Q22 startup of its new vertical roller mill. “The commissioning process of the VCM [vertical cement mill] started in the 2Q22. The company will essentially double its cement production capacity and improve raw material availability to the new dry mortar plant,” said Chairman Kumbirai Katsande. “The new VCM is anticipated to be fully operational by the 4Q22,” added Mr Katsande. ...

PPC Group revenues rise 9%

16 September 2022, Published under Cement News

PPC's group revenues, excluding Zimbabwe, for the five months ended August 2022, increased by nine per cent, driven by robust demand in Rwanda but impacted by hyperinflation accounting. Group cement sales volumes (including Zimbabwe) for the period were in line with the previous comparable period as subdued demand in South Africa and the impact of a maintenance-related kiln shutdown in Zimbabwe were offset by robust demand growth in Rwanda. In addition, cash generation remains positive and...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe's new mill to be operational by year end

16 September 2022, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Ltd  ( Fossil Mines Pvt Ltd ) said it will continue to increase production of its products to meet the demands associated with the growth of the economy, with the targets set in the National Development Strategy 1 usefully giving a strong estimate of the size of the local market each year. This follows approved an initial US$25m investment that will go towards increasing cement and agricultural lime capacity and an automated dry mortar plant for the local company Laf...

Lafarge Zimbabwe Cement's new mill awaits hand-over

14 September 2022, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Zimbabwe has completed the construction of a new mill that will double its cement manufacturing capacity at its Manresa plant , but it cannot use the new grinding system because it owes the supplier US$5.2m, according to the online news service the Insider.  The new vertical cement mill is part of a US$25m investment in expansion by Lafarge and will increase capacity from 450,000tpa of cement to 1Mta. But the company that built the US$15m plant, CBMI of China, will only fully h...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe to increase exports

24 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe made its first exports to Malawi and is expecting to build on the shipment to increase exports from Zimbabwe. “Because of our significant capacity, which is first of all oversized for the domestic market, growing demand in the region for this type of products, we are looking at, especially, (export) markets like Zambia and Malawi,” said CEO Geoffrey Ndugwa. “We just made our first exports to Malawi a few weeks ago, so we are feeling pretty good about the trend,” h...