AfriSam set for multi-million dollar East African expansion

Expanding footprint AfriSamAfriSam has begun construction of its second kiln in Tanzania at an estimated cost of US$165mn. (Image source: AfriSam)

AfriSam is set to expand its East African operations following its decision to go ahead with the construction of a second kiln at the Tanga Cement plant in Tanzania

The company, which is working towards meeting towards its African growth strategy plan, has a 62.5 per cent shareholding in Tanzania-based Tanga Cement Company Limited (TCCL).

The second kiln to be built at the Tanga Cement plant has been estimated to cost US$165mn and is set to increase the company’s clinker production capacity by 600,000 tonnes per annum, more than doubling its current capacity. The new kiln would be able to produce enough clinker to meet its own requirements and vastly reduce imports.

“The East African market is experiencing rapid economic development as a result of infrastructure improvements and housing needs, and this will give the company a significant competitive advantage by being the first to add clinker capacity to this market,” said AfriSam CEO Stephan Olivier.

“We believe that the construction of the second kiln will not only benefit TCCL and AfriSam, but will also contribute greatly to the economic development of Tanzania and the East African region,” Olivier added.

AfriSam is primarily based in the southern African region, with bases in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Tanzania.

 

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