Malaysia: Investment holding company Borneo Oil has concluded a deal with MT 23 Resources for the acquisition of a 22% stake in Makin Teguh.The deal will bring Borneo Oil's total holding in the cement company to 38%. Makin Teguh is in the process of establishing an integrated cement plant in the state of Sabah.
Borneo Oil said “There is synergy between the group's existing limestone quarrying business operations and Makin Teguh's clinker and cement plant. The outlook for Sabah's clinker and cement industry is favourable, given the high cement prices in Sabah compared with the rest of Malaysia and its proximity to the East ASEAN Growth Area." It added “The Covid-19 shutdowns in 2020 and 2021 created an unprecedented urgency for Sabah to become more self-reliant in various sectors of economic importance. Sabah can no longer afford to rely on 100% imported clinker and cement, and, therefore, the setting up of a clinker and cement plant in Sabah is timely.”