Capital FM (Nairobi)

22 April 2014

Kenya: Savannah Cement Invests Sh8.5 Billion in Clinker Facility

Nairobi — Savannah Cement plans to invest Sh8.5billion to establish a clinker manufacturing facility at its production complex in Kitengela, Kajiado County.

By establishing its own clinker production facility, Savannah Cement will be hoping to cut the existing reliance on imported clinker to deliver finished cement products.

The firm has already invested more than Sh8.7 billion to develop its cement manufacturing plants in sub Sahara Africa with a 1.5million tons annual production capacity.

Chairman Benson Ndeta said the new plans will boost the firm's investments to a value of more than Sh17.4billion in coming months.

"As you may be aware, the local cement industry tilts heavily on the grinding aspect of cement production and remains heavily reliant on clinker imports to deliver finished products," Ndeta said.

He was speaking during the celebration the company's Diamond Mark of Quality certification by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

The Diamond Mark of Quality certification involves a series of stringent product tests, compliance to the scheme of supervision and control assessments by the KEBS.

The certification provides an independent guarantee that Savannah Cement Products are of superior quality and conform to the approved local and international standards.

"Our attainment of a KEBS Diamond Mark of Quality certification is a clear affirmation that our products are uniquely formulated to assure superior performance," Savannah Cement Managing Director Ronald Ndegwa said.

On his part, KEBS Managing Director Charles Ongwae confirmed that the standards body had raised its market surveillance activities to guarantee consumer confidence on all fronts right from manufacturing up to the market outlets for the building and construction sector.

"At KEBS, we are proud of the efforts made by Savannah Cement to ensure full compliance with our local and international standards which confirms their commitment to quality," he said.

Commissioned in July 2012, as Kenya's sixth cement manufacturer, Savannah Cement is now the latest Kenyan cement producer to receive the Diamond Mark of Quality.

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