, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – Cement manufacturer Lafarge Bamburi has launched a new plant to manufacture pre-casts and ready mix concrete in an effort to enhance its production capacity in Kenya.
The new plant will boost the introduction of value added products in order to meet changing customer needs and to continue growing its market position with innovative solutions.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony at the plant in Athi River, Lafarge Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bruno Lafont said both businesses had shown growth with the pre-cast business projecting volumes of 535,000 metric tonnes in 2010, while the projected volume for the ready mix business is 27,000 metric tons.
Mr Lafont said the new pre-cast and ready mix batching plants, to be installed in 2011, would see the volumes rise to 855,000 metric tonnes and 40,000 metric tonnes respectively.
“The Lafarge Group is strongly committed to innovation and to growth in East Africa. This new facility combines both and reflects our strong belief in the economic prospects in Kenya. It will help us meet the growing demand in its construction sector with state of the art technology," Mr Lafont said.
Bamburi has in the recent past set out to defend its market leadership, in an ever-competitive cement industry, which has also been plagued by cheap imports flooding the market.
The CEO said the company’s decision to introduce ready to use and other innovative products has paid dividends.
The products range from ready-mix concrete to other value-added products such as paving blocks, road curbs, road channels, culverts, inverted block drains, wall panels and hollow blocks which have all seen their demand grow.
He also noted that the plant in Athi River achieves global best practice in the area of safety.
“Safety is one of our key priorities as a leading cement industry player and we are committed to observe the highest safety standard throughout our operations,” he said.