Construction: Build a bigger and better tomorrow

2 April 2012

The Africa Report - March 19, 2012

Strong economic growth brings more business for construction companies, but the top firms are facing capacity problems and uncertain regulatory prospects Africa's construction materials companies are struggling to keep up with demand.

In 2011 West African cement demand reached 30m tn, but production fell short at 21m tn. In an attempt to reduce this shortfall, cement manufacturers across the continent are investing in nine new plants to increase capacity by 15.2m tn.

The Lafarge Group – through its Nigerian subsidiaries Lafarge Cement Wapco (#391) and Ashaka Cement, Moroccan subsidiary Lafarge Ciments (#207) and Lafarge Zimbabwe – has four new plants due to complete over the next two years, providing a total capacity of 5.6m tn.

Other plants due to start production in 2013 include an Athi River Mining plant in Tanzania, a Lucky Cement plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a plant for Holcim (#292) in Morocco and [LINK=/index.php/east-horn-africa/ethiopian-tops-forbes-2012-black-billionaires-list-501806918.html]Dangote Cement's[/LINK] (#111) new operations in Cameroon and South Africa.

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