Tanzania’s Mbeya Cement, a LafargeHolcim subsidiary, has launched a higher strength cement and stated that its production capacity will triple to 1.1 million tonnes a year 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 chief executive, 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.