Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday inaugurated a new cement factory in the southern city of Matola, owned by the Limak Cement Group, the second largest cement producer in Turkey.
Nyusi said he expected the new factory “to contribute to stabilising prices in a scenario of high levels of demand for cement”.
The Limak factory has the capacity to produce 700,000 tonnes of cement a year, and will employ over 140 people, 96 per cent of them Mozambicans.
There are now 13 cement factories in Mozambique, with an annual production capacity of about 3.8 million tonnes. Other factories are due to begin activities in the near future which will raise the country's installed capacity to seven million tonnes of cement a year.
“This prospect strengthens our conviction that our dream of building national infrastructures using exclusively cement produced in Mozambique can be achieved”, said Nyusi.
“The use of local raw materials to produce cement, as well as adding value, unleashes multiple opportunities downstream”, said the President.
Mozambique possesses deposits of limestone, gypsum and clay, the raw materials needed to produce cement, but Nyusi expressed concern that the county continues to import hundreds of thousands of tonnes of these minerals every year.
Of the companies making cement, only Cimentos de Mocambique (owned by the Portuguese company Cimpor) has bothered to invest in extracting and processing raw materials such as limestone. Such extraction, Nyusi argued, “would make Mozambican cement much more competitive. With investments in these areas, the country would save foreign exchange currently being spent on importing minerals which are abundant inside the country. This would also create new jobs”.
Nyusi said the government has been working on a package of measures to govern the production, sale and quality control of cement, in order to combat the smuggling of cement, protect consumers and their health, and preserve the environment.
These measures, he stressed, are intended to protect the national cement industry against imported cement.