Tanzania Portland Cement Company (TPCC) has announced that it is in the final stage of preparing to offer high quality aggregates to the construction market in Dar-es-Salaam under the name ‘Twiga Aggregates’.
TPCC Board Chairman and Head of African Operations for Heidelberg Cement Group of Germany, Jean- Marc Junon said that the initiative was one of the firm’s major project on developments last week during its annual general meeting in Dar-es-Salaam.
“Tanzania is a key market for our Group and we want to make sure that the construction industry can benefit from the best quality materials to achieve the realization of the needed infrastructure for the country. This is why with the on-going investments, we will have invested in excess of 300bn/- in our activities over the last years,” he said.
According to TPCC Managing Director, Pascal Lesoinne, Twiga Cement already has a quarry site in Lugoba village, coast region which is projected to produce 1.5 million tones of quarry per year.
Earlier this year Twiga cement announced an additional investment in a new production line that will bring by mid 2014 a total production capacity of Wazo Hill to more than 2 million tonnes of cement per year. This will enable TPPCC to cover most of the cement demand (standing approximately 2.8 million tonnes per year in 2012) of the country and also to serve neighbouring export markets.
Lesoinne announced that the firm has finalised rehabilitation of clinker (lumps made of sintered limestone and alumino-silicate) line no.3 which has the capacity of producing 300,000 tonnes of cement enabling the cement maker to return to a steady growth of their output from Wazo Hill plant.
The company has made tremendous achievement last year in its financial performance by registering an increase of net profit of 22 per cent.
“Tanzania’s cement market growth grew by 10 per cent of which Twiga cement scooped 5 per cent,” said the enthusiastic Lesoinne.
Apart from that, TPCC was last year certified by Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) for employees’ efforts to promote an injury-free workplace at Wazo Hill. TPCC is joining the very limited number of companies certified ISO 9001, ISO 140001 and OHSAS 18001 in Tanzania.
TPCC last year reaffirmed its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility programme by furthering progress in environmental, health and safety issues.
Besides various donations to orphanages, schools and dispensaries, Twiga Cement inaugurated classrooms at Kighare School in Mwanga region, where new classrooms and laboratories are under construction with the parent company of TPCC, Heidelberg Cement Group.
Tanzania has four main cement companies: Rhino Cement-Mkuranga coastal region, Tembo Cement-Mbeya region, Simba Cement-Tanga coastal region and Twiga Cement-Dar-es-Salaam; which remains the market leader in the cement industry.