Zimbabwe cement demand declines

17 March 2014

Demand for cement in Zimbabwe has declined as a result of sluggish activity in the country’s construction sector and difficult economic conditions.

Tonderai Maneswa, a financial analyst at Imara Africa, commented that retail buyers are currently driving demand. Improved activity on large-scale infrastructure and construction projects over the next few years is anticipated, which is expected to boost the cement sector.

However, the fate of the country’s economy remains ambiguous and larger projects in the mining industry, and various other sectors, may take longer to implement due to the fluid economic environment

Despite the fall in demand, two of Zimbabwe’s major cement players are investing in the country. PPC is reportedly undertaking feasibility studies at the Rushinga limestone deposit for the potential construction of a new US$250 million facility, with a designed capacity of 1 million tpa.

Lafarge is investing some US$20 million in the refurbishment of its existing cement plant in order to boost the plant’s production capacity from 70% to 90%. The company is also conducting feasibility studies for construction of a new plant.

Edited from various sources by Rosalie Starling
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