Lafarge commisions its US$2.8 mil Dry Mortar plant

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  • Signals the completion of the first phase of US$25 million expansion plan
  • Expected to increase company’s manufacturing capacity per year by over 1 400 percent
  • Also constructing Vertical Cement Mill plant

Harare – Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe today commissioned its US$2.8 million dry mortar plant signalling the completion of Lafarge Holcim Group’s US$25m recapitalisation of its Zimbabwean subsidiary which was first announced in 2019.

The new plant is expected to improve the company’s manufacturing capacity per year by over 1 400 percent from the current 7000 tonnes to 100 000 tonnes of which 40 percent of that is expected to go into the region as exports.

Lafarge’s dry mortars division houses a range of products, including the SupaGrow agricultural lime range, which was launched in 2020 in line with the diversification strategy which also saw the introduction of tile adhesives range and several allied products to complement the cement operation.

Last year the country saw a surge in demand for lime as the government introduced the Pfumvudza agricultural programme.

According to the ministry of information, “In 2020, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe supplied 10,000 tonnes of lime towards the Pfumvudza programme. The new automated capacity in the Dry mortar mix plant will increase agriculture lime under the Lafarge Super Grow brand to 40,000 tonnes”

A separate Vertical Cement Mill plant which is also part of Lafarge’s expansion plan, is under construction and expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2022.

This plant is expected to more than double Lafarge’s annual cement milling capacity from the current 450,000 tonnes to 1 million tonnes.

Of benefit is that, the government through Statutory Instrument 89 of 2021 (SI89) removed cement of the Open General Import Licence after the local cement industry was being greatly threatened by imports from South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is a member of Lafarge Holcim and is active in three business segments, which encompass cement, aggregates and Dry Mix Mortars. It offers a broad range of building materials and solutions to solve challenges that customers face in building individual homes or major infrastructure projects.

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