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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.


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...

Zimbabwe: PPC commissions its Harare grinding unit

15 November 2016, Published under Cement News

PPC Zimbabwe says it expects to increase exports into the region after commissioning a US$85m grinding plant in Harare which will double the firm’s cement production capacity to 1.4Mta. "We have to intensify our efforts to try capture that market but already we are at a disadvantage because the manufacturing cost in Zimbabwe is pretty high. So to compete in those markets will be pretty difficult but we are looking at the benefits that will come from this increased capacity," said PPC Z...


19 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Effective 1 October 2016 Zimbabwe's authorities have introduced a tariff of US$100/t on cement imports. The move comes after a number of cement producers, including PPC, warned that they may have to consider scaling down or closing their operations due to the influx of cheap imported cement. Zimbabwe is reportedly importing cement from Botswana, South Africa and Zambia despite the country’s cement production capacity being more than sufficient to meet domestic demand.  Darryl Castle, chie...

Zimbabwe: clinker loading to be upgraded at PPC's Colleen Bawn plant

19 October 2016, Published under Cement News

ELB Engineering Services Africa (ELB) has been entered into a contract with PPC Zimbabwe to upgrade its Colleen Bawn plant's clinker loading in Zimbabwe by reducing airborne dust volumes. ELB’s scope of supply for this project includes the design, procurement, delivery, installation and management of a complete clinker loading upgrade project. The focus of the upgrade will be environmental management to eliminate the excessively high dust volumes generated during the process of loading rail...

Zimbabwe: PPC threaten shutdown over cheap cement imports

30 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Darryl Castle, PPC chief executive, has told the Zimbabwean government to curb imports of cement, or his company will close its mining operations in the country and import finished cement from South Africa. According to Bulawayo 24 News, cement producers in Zimbabwe are pushing the government to lower duty on raw material imports and to cancel – or at least review – all current import permits. The government has said it will impose a tariff of US$100/t on imported cement effective from...

Lafarge Zimbabwe losses increase to US$2.2m

30 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Zimbabwe has announced a 1H16 loss of US$2.2m, an increase from the 1H15 US$1.3m loss, the Insider reports. Competition from cheap imported cement and rising output from other domestic producers had had an impact on profits, as had softening demand caused by Zimbabwe’s economic difficulties, said the company. Despite this, sales revenues for the first six months of the year were up slightly, rising by 4.3 per cent to US$26.5m. Lafarge Zimbabwe Board Chair, Kumbirayi Katsande...