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Tanzania: Tanga Cement has seen its net operating profit rise by 55% in the first six months of 2016, despite intense competition from other cement companies and cheap imported products from abroad. The company more than doubled its clinker production, from 0.45Mt to 1.23Mt, after commissioning the second clinker line at its plant.
Lawrence Masha, Chairman of the Board, said, "In this year, the business is focusing on profitability, driven by operational efficiency and overall business effectiveness. This will enable the company to absorb the increase in production related costs, as far as possible, in order to remain competitive in challenging market conditions.”
Masha said the cement sector is witnessing fierce competition due to the new market entrants. He said imports of cheap cement from companies that enjoy tax benefits in their home countries further erode the local market and are causing significant injury to local producers.
Tanzania: Tanga Cement plans to inaugurate its second clinker production line in mid-August 2016. The 775,000t/yr line will increase production capacity at the cement plant to 1.25Mt/yr. The company has spent US$125m on the upgrade. Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment Charles Mwijage is expected to attend the ceremony according to the Tanzania Daily News newspaper.
Tanzania: Tanga Cement plans to build a new clinker kiln that will increase its clinker production capacity to 1.2Mt/yr from 0.5Mt/yr. The upgrade is expected to cost US$135m, according to East African Business Week.
“This additional capacity is expected to satisfy the consistent demand for cement from both the Tanzanian market and markets beyond the country's borders into the immediate future,” said Lawrence Masha, Tanga’s chairman of the board of directors, at the company’s annual general meeting.
Tanzania: Tanga Cement is in discussions with the Tanzanian government to increase its use of the Usambara Railway to transport its products to Arusha, according to Makame Mbarawa, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communication. Mbarawa made the comments to local press on a visit to Tanzania Railway facilities and a cement plant in Maweni.
Tanga Cement has pledged to use the railway line to transport 35,000t/month. The move is intended to minimise damage to the country’s road network. In the 2014 – 2015 year Tanzania Railways transported 44,000t of cement. From July to December 2015 the railway transported 24,960t of cement, according to Masanja Kadogosa, the Deputy Director General of Tanzania Railways.
Tanzania: The Court of Appeal has dismissed a disputed tax charge for US$371,000 against Tanga Cement as ‘incompetent.’ Counsel for Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), Felix Haule, conceded that the appeal was indeed incompetent because the decree was not signed by members of the Tax Appeals Tribunal, according to local media. Before rejecting the two appeals, the Justices of the appeals court were informed that the respondents into the matters have lodged preliminary objections to challenge their competence for having offended the rules under the Tax Revenue Appeals Tribunal. The case was one of three worth over US$1.3bn that were also dismissed as part of a series of corporate tax appeal cases.
Tanzania: Dangote Cement has signed two agreements that will enable its US$600m cement plant in Tanzania to generate 150MW from coal.
One agreement is with Tancoal. Dangote Cement has also signed a coal prospecting licence for a site in Mbinga. However, the plant will first run on diesel until it is able to generate its own electricity from coal.
The deals ends a year-long dispute between the government and the cement plant after Tanesco failed to provide electricity. The plant was considering importing coal from South Africa, which was a cheaper option than buying it from the area.
The cement plant is expected to reduce cement prices by 50% once production commences in early 2016. It will take advantage of the growing construction industry, which contributes 12.5% to the country's GDP. It will offer more than 1500 direct jobs and 9000 indirectly.
Tanzania: Mbeya Cement, a LafargeHolcim subsidiary, has launched a higher strength cement and stated that its production capacity will triple to 1.1Mt/yr at the end of October 2015. The company, which is 35% locally-owned, said that the cement 'Tembo Supaset 42.5' is used by civil contractors and pre-casters.
Lafarge Tanzania's CEO Catherine Langreney said that the product specifically addresses the needs for block making, concrete mix, mega-structures and high visibility infrastructure projects like bridges, roads and stadiums. "This brand is the result of almost one year of careful research and development by our cement technical experts," said Langreney. "Supaset CEM II is a specially-formulated Portland composite cement that is engineered to meet the fast-setting requirements of block makers."
The introduction of Supaset is likely to assist Mbeya Cement to increase its market share in the block making segment, improve customer satisfaction with Lafarge brands and reinforce its position as a leader in innovation within the Tanzanian construction industry. Langreney said that, before the end of 2015, Mbeya Cement will launch two new innovative products to meet demand of fast growing construction industry and the economy at large.
To cater for future demand, Mbeya Cement plans to start a new vertical grinding production plant, the first in sub-Sahara Africa, at the end of October 2015. "The new 700,000Mt/yr plant will elevates our capacity to 1.1Mt/yr," said Langreney.
Tanzania: With its cement plants across Africa undergoing expansion and new investments in Asia, Dangote Cement has unveiled plans to attain a production capacity of 81Mt/yr before 2020, as it commissions its US$600m plant in Tanzania.
The President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said that the company is currently consolidating its cement businesses across Africa to reap the benefits of scale, adding that its operational offshore cement plants have started to make substantial contributions to group revenue. Dangote added that the pan-African drive will aid the company's plan to do a listing in London and Johannesburg in the near future, with an intention to consolidate the cement assets into one company that will have the scale and resources to compete globally.
Speaking at the commissioning of Tanzanian cement plant in Mtwara, Dangote explained the choice of Tanzania for investment, stating that the existing supply gap has been inadequate in meeting local demand, while noting the need to boost export supply in the eastern Africa regional bloc.
"The construction sector is a major emerging component of the Tanzanian economy that has been receiving the attention of investors. This makes it an ideal market for cement production. The existing cement manufacturers have historically been unable to satisfy local demand, which has been filled by imports. As essential economy-driven infrastructure continues to be built to improve electricity supply and the transport network, additional demand for cement can be expected. The Dangote Cement investment will certainly contribute to Tanzania's on-going story of infrastructure development, job creation and broad economic development. Our strategy is to invest in countries that offer investors attractive returns on investment as well as provide them with an enabling environment to operate. It is our sincere belief that our US$600m investment in Tanzania will further speed up infrastructural development and complement the government's efforts in stimulating economic growth and creating jobs. When in full production, this plant will make Tanzania self-sufficient in cement, with a lot of cement for export to neighbouring countries," said Dangote.
Tanzania: Nigeria's Dangote Cement is set to commission its new 3.0Mt/yr cement plant in Mtwara District on 10 October 2015. The company will also hold the ground-breaking ceremony for 25 hectares of jetty land at Mgao village in Mtwara District on the same day.
The commissioning of the new cement plant, which is part of the company's Africa expansion strategy, will be the fourth in the series after Ethiopia, Zambia and Cameroon. Cement plants due for commissioning this year are located in Senegal and South Africa, while construction works are ongoing in several other African countries.
Tanzania: Local cement makers have said that they are now facing collapse due to the continued influx of cheap imported products in an already saturated market.
The Chairman of the Tanzania Chapter of East African Cement Producers Association (EACPA), Reinhardt Swart, said that their situation was being made worse because they were competing with cheap imports at a time when their margins are squeezed by overcapacity in the market. "I am not asking for protection. I'm not asking the government to ban imports. I am asking for the government to create a level playing field," said Swart. He commented they were operating in a difficult environment with risks of job losses to adjust to the situation.
Swart welcomed the entry of new players in the cement market, saying they would stimulate development in the industry but cautioned that their preferential treatment such as tax breaks was not helpful to the country as it contribute to create unleveled playing field against the local industries. "If you allow new players for integrated cement plants and give tax breaks and you allow imports in an over capacity market, that is not fair. There is a risk that cement producers will suffer job losses," said Swart.
Swart said that Tanzania's cement producers support the government campaign to help local industries grow by using local coal, gypsum and other materials, but that the government was not reciprocating the gesture. "If you force us to use local coal, that increase in cost must be calculated in monetary terms and charged on imports as well. The same applies to royalties. If you force us to grow another industry at our cost, then you must either give us subsidies or charge the exact increased amount as additional duties on imports," said Swart.