Newsbytes from Africa’s cement sector

02 June 2014

A round up of the cement sector in Africa: Morocco; Almost 1.34 million t of cement was sold on the domestic market in Morocco in April 2014. This represents a 2.75% decline on the same month in 2013. On an accumulated basis, national cement sales fell by 3.06% y/y in the first four months of 2014, dropping to 4.84 million t.

According to All Africa, the Ethiopian Ministry of Mines has given Habesha Cement a license to extract raw materials for cement production. The license, which has been granted for a period of 60 years, covers limestone, gypsum, clay and sandstone across four sites. The Habesha Cement plant is expected to have a 1.4 million tpa production capacity when it comes on stream next year.

Local press reports indicate that the Provincial Directorate for Trade and Industry in Sofala is inviting investment in the region from the UAE. There has been a rise in investment in the cement industry over the last couple of years, including Star Cement, the Cementos da Beira plant and the China-Mozambique Cement and Mining project. The installation of a new mill at Cimpor’s Cimentos de Moçambique Dondo plant has also helped to increase cement production levels in the area.

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