9 November 2017

Tanzania: Cement Firm Plans to Raise Output

Kisarawe — The Kisarawe Cement Company plans to increase output by 33.3 per cent in the near future.

It targets to produce 162,000 tonnes annually, up from 108,000 tonnes currently, the company's human resource manager, Mr Ally Mohamed, told The Citizen.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to donate foodstuffs to Form IV students in 15 schools here.

Kisarawe District commissioner Happiness Seneda received 200 kilos of maize flour, 100 kilos of wheat flour, 100 kilos of sugar, 200 kilos of rice, 60 litres of cooking oil and 50 cartoons of drinking water for the schools.

"We plan to increase production capacity to 450 tonnes a day, 100 more tonnes currently. We are committed towards expanding our markets."

The company's cement brand name is 'Lucky'.

He said the company had in the past three months employed a marketing team of seven people to explore marketing opportunities.

In that regard, the company plans to construct warehouses in the Kibaha and Chalinze by early next year, to bring products closer to customers.

Currently, the company has warehouses at Mbagala, Gongo la Mboto in Dar es Salaam and in Arusha.

However, Mr Mohamed said the company was facing constraints such as unreliable energy supply, poor infrastructure, inadequate skilled manpower, and the lack of a quality clinker.

With the seemingly endless energy inadequacy, the scope for further improvement has become small. The energy constraint is compounded by poor infrastructure, Mr Mohamed said. He cited the Kisarawe-Kibaha road stretch, which would ideally be a shortcut to some markets, but often impassable.

The company consumes locally-produced raw materials except for clinker. Although it could also be available locally, the quality is poor.

Mr Mohamed also lamented difficulties in accessing adequate skilled manpower for sustainable production.

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