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New Zimbabwe plant begins production

03 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Chinese company Livetouch Investments, has started production at its 400,000tpa capacity plant in Redcliff, Zimbabwe.   Construction of the plant is part of Phase One of the company’s project. Managing director and co-shareholder Dongning Wang told The Herald Business (Zimbabwe) that the plant had started operations at 70 per cent of its capacity on a trial basis.   The plant uses slag from the nearby ZISCO steel plant at Kwekwe.  

Zimbabwe: President Mugabe opens PPC cement grinding plant in Harare

30 March 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC's US$85m cement 0.7Mta grinding plant at Msasa, Harare, has been officially opened by President Robert Mugabe. The plant is PPC’s third production site in the country. The facility features a cement ball mill with dynamic separator and road and rail off-loading facilities. This is in positioning PPC to meet local demand, as well as boost the country’s ability to export to the region. The PPC's collective capacity now stands at 1.4Mta, allowing the firm to export further to its neig...

Zimbabwe: PPC calls for import ban

15 March 2017, Published under Cement News

In 2016 the Zimbabwean government introduced a 25 per cent duty on every 100t of imported cement to discourage cheap imports. However, according to PPC Zimbabwe, imports continue to enter the country. “In addition to liquidity challenges, we continue to face pressure from cheap imports. Government has tried to assist by introducing duty on imported cement, but the reality on the ground is that imports continue to pour in, particularly from Zambia,” PPC Zimbabwe Managing Director, Kelibone...

Zimbabwe: SZCC request title deeds from Gov

14 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Sino Zimbabwe Cement Company (SZCC) has requested the title deeds for Indiva Farm, where the company is located, be transferred to them by the Government. Located 33km east of Gweru, Indiva Farm is regarded as State land and the absence of title deeds held by SZCC has resulted in the company failing to access lines of credit due to lack of collateral. Wang Yong, SZCC managing director, said that the company intended to set up an industrial park and wanted to attract more investors. Howeve...

Zimbabwe: PPC capacity utilisation “less than ideal”

10 March 2017, Published under Cement News

The managing director of PPC Zimbabwe, Kelibone Masiyane, has admitted that his firm’s capacity utilisation is “less than ideal” due to the downturn in the country’s economy, the Chronicle writes. Mr Masiyane said that reduced economic activity had led to a drop in demand for PPC’s output but insisted that conditions would improve in the short- to medium term. In November PPC Zimbabwe expanded its capacity in the country with the opening of a new grinding plant in Harare. 

National Railways of Zimbabwe benefits from PPC business

27 February 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC’s new Msasa plant in Harare, Zimbabwe, has enabled National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to move 1Mt of freight between October 2016 and February this year, following the purchase of 31 wagons from China. Last November, PPC Cement commissioned a US$85m plant in Harare that produces 0.7Mta of cement but engaged the NRZ to move clinker from its Colleen Bawn plant, near Gwanda, to the Msasa operation. "The 31 wagons which have carrying capacity of 54t each, have increased capacity in upl...

Zimbabwe: PPC sales to December up 9%

07 February 2017, Published under Cement News

PPC says sales at its Zimbabwe unit rose by nine per cent in the nine months to December 2016 after commissioning its Harare plant. The Harare plant was commissioned in November last year and doubled its total output to 1.4Mt of cement. In a trading update, PPC however, said liquidity challenges in the country continue to harm efforts to import key raw materials. "…management is exploring various solutions to overcome these challenges," said PPC. The company also reported that its Hara...

Zimbabwe: Redcliff plant complete

20 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Chinese firm Mortal Investments Manufacturing has completed the construction of a US$20m cement plant in Redcliff, Zimbabwe. Initial production is slated to commence at the beginning of February, according to Wang Dongning, CEO of Mortal Investments. Mr Wang said they have completed the test run of the plant and were now awaiting the green light from the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from Environmental Management Agency. ...

Zimbabwe: Mortal Investments plant complete

16 December 2016, Published under Cement News

The construction of Mortal Investments Manufacturing Co’s US$10m plant in Redcliff, Zimbabwe, has been completed. The Chinese investor begun construction of the new plant in August after purchasing a 100,000m 2 plot of land. According to Redcliff Municipality Mayor, Councillor Fred Kapuya, the plant is in its test run phase, which is expected to be completed early 2017.

PPC

01 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Improved cement sales in South Africa and growing volumes in Rwanda resulted in PPC reporting a 13 per cent increase in group cement sales in the six months ending 30 September 2016, compared to the previous six months. Revenue for the period came in at ZAR5.2bn (US$370m), compared to ZAR4.6bn in the six months ending 31 March 2016, representing an increase of 15 per cent. Revenue in the lime business advanced by six per cent while the company’s aggregates and ready-mixed operations recorded...