, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 10 – Local cement manufacturer Savannah Cement has completed a major plant upgrade geared towards boosting the firm’s production and customer service efficiency.
The firm, which operates a new generation cement grinding mill based on the eco-friendly, Roller press technology, has undertaken an extensive improvement of its core manufacturing units.
Speaking when he confirmed the successful project completion, following a week-long production shutdown, Savannah Cement, Managing Director, Ronald Ndegwa said the firm, is now well placed to better meet customer demands.
The upgrade, he added, had also served as a key skills transfer programme for local technical team members, at the firm, who have received intensive training from the machinery specialists, earlier flown in, from China and Germany.
With the completion of the upgrade, Savannah Cement, which has more than 1 million metric tonnes annual production capacity, also becomes the first cement producer to successfully undertake an extensive improvement of its Roller Press unit in Sub-Sahara Africa. Such upgrade requires specialist technical expertise, as the plant operates on precision engineering principles.
“At Savannah Cement, we are excited at the timely and successful completion of the scheduled upgrade which has given our production plant enhanced reliability,” Ndegwa said, adding; “We wish to thank our customers for their support and recognize the role played by our local staff as core members of the project alongside the experienced engineers from Germany and China.”
Among other elements, Savannah Cement’s production plant will now feature an upgraded Roller Press unit, new generation way feeders, and bucket elevators, among other key technical elements that allow the firm to maintain its eco-friendly status.
As part of the firm’s market development commitments, the factory upgrades will now facilitate the delivery of differentiated products and an expanded product portfolio.
At its Athi River manufacturing complex, Savannah Cement, operates an eco-friendly, dust and emission free, production plant.