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Dangote taps into Cameroon’s cement import ban to ramp up local production

Posted: Apr 13, 2015 at 4:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The management of the leading Pan African Cement Manufacturer, the Dangote Cement Plc has assured the government of Cameroon that it would help shore up local production of the vital product following the ban on importation of cement into Cameroon.

Aliko Dangote

Aliko Dangote

The assurance came in the wake of the formal launching of the Company’s high grade 42.5 cement type into the Cameroonian market after a successful inauguration of the company’s 1.5m MTPA capacity cement plant in Douala.

The Dangote Cement management also told newsmen that it appreciated the gesture of the Cameroonian government and that the ban was a vote of confidence on the ability of cement manufacturers in the country, especially Dangote Cement, to meet and surpass local consumption demands.

General Manager and head of Cameroonian factory, Engr Abdulahi Baba, said with the addition of Dangote’s 1.5m MTPA, the three manufacturers of cement in the country are about surpassing local consumption demands and that Dangote management is already looking towards export prospects to neighboring countries.

Baba said Cameroon, with a consumption growth of eight per cent, and with a local production of 2.9m MTPA, the Dangote management was looking at export potentials in Chad, Central African Republic, Garbon, Equitorial Guinea and Togo even as the Company considers future expansion.

He said the plant has one of the most recent facilities of ensuring that there are no dust emissions during production. He said the company has put strategies in place to achieve 30 per cent market share, saying there was also plans of achieving 30 per cent export of total production.

Baba said demand is growing everyday because of the infrastructural developmental efforts of the government. “We will take the advantage of the ban on cement importation here in Cameroon. We have structured distributorship system in place. Our route to market is very clear and defined.