L-R,Ndola Plant Manager Mr Samba Katari, Lafarge Zambia CEO, Mr Emmanuel Rigaux Copperbelt Provincial Minister, Hon, Mwenya Musenge and LafargeHolcim Area Manager, East Africa and Indian Ocean, Mr. Dominique Drouet
L-R,Ndola Plant Manager Mr Samba Katari, Lafarge Zambia CEO, Mr Emmanuel Rigaux Copperbelt Provincial Minister, Hon, Mwenya Musenge and LafargeHolcim Area Manager, East Africa and Indian Ocean, Mr. Dominique Drouet

Lafarge Zambia has successfully commissioned a plug and grind cement plant in Ndola which will produce 100,000 tonnes of cement per annum bringing the Plant’s total capacity to 500,000 tonnes.

Plug and Grind plant is a portable cement grinding plant which uses state-of-the art technology and is fitted with bag filters to aid in environmental management. It has been constructed on available land within the Ndola plant.

Speaking at the event Lafarge Zambia CEO, Mr Emmanuel Rigaux said the Plug and Grind Project was yet again a new innovation by Lafarge Zambia as the Company places strong focus on sustainable development and utilization of resources such as land.

“This project has utilised very minimal amount of land. It is fitted with state-of-the art technology and has bag filters to aid in environmental management. It will add a total of 100,000 tonnes of cement per annum. This contribution will bring the Ndola Plant capacity to 500,000 tonnes per annum.” explained Mr. Rigaux.

Mr. Rigaux further said the plant is good news for the customers as they will now have more of their favourite brand of cement available locally and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“The plant will produce Supaset which will be exported to DRC and other neighbouring countries. These sales are in hard currency which is good for the company and ultimately good for the country, of course in addition to increasing non-traditional exports (NTE)”, stated Mr. Rigaux.

The Guest of Honour at event, Copperbelt Provincial Minister, Hon Mwenya Musenge, MP, commended Lafarge Zambia for commissioning the plant stating Lafarge had continued to demonstrate its long term commitment to Zambia and the region.

“I am particularly encouraged by Lafarge Zambia because your actions are a true demonstration of a company that has long term investment plans for Zambia and the region. This action today further reaffirms this position”, Said the Honourable Minister.

The Minister further said Government was committed to doing its best to help the private sector to weather the storm during this challenging phase in the economy.

“Please rest assured that you have our support. Indeed, it is times like this that we become even more encouraged that we could still utilize opportunities in the economy and continue to give hope to our people. We will surely come out stronger in the end.”

Present also at the event was the LafargeHolcim Group Area Manager for East Africa and Indian Ocean, Mr Dominique Drouet who was on a three day visit of Zambia. Mr Drouet was pleased with the visit and commended the staff for their hard work.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. well done lafarge retrenchment zambia. Lafarge Zambia has successfully commissioned a plug and grind cement plant in Ndola which will produce 100,000 tonnes of cement per annum bringing the Plant’s total capacity to 500,000 tonnes and at the same time as brought about retrenchment. What a development to our country.

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  2. lafarge retrenchment zambia. Lafarge Zambia has successfully commissioned a plug and grind cement plant in Ndola which will produce 100,000 tonnes of cement per annum bringing the Plant’s total capacity to 500,000 tonnes and at the same time as brought about retrenchment. What a development to our country.

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  3. they only jumped when they heard of dangote……anyway hope we can export more to the DRC as that country with its huge grow population and economy is the best market to help industrial zambia we must sell every finished product we have to those chaps

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  4. Yes Ifintu ni Dangote. These people were stealing from us before Dangote came. Can you imagine we were paying 90 Kwacha for a bag of cement compared to 53 Kwacha by Dangote. They only reduced because of Dangote. Personally I can never buy Lafarge cement even if their cement dropped to 1 kwacha. The amounts of super profits they made before Dangote should be put back in our economy either by building more schools, Hospitals etc. if Lafarge ever want to survive in the long run. All patriotic Zambians must boycott Lafarge Cement.

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    • Let them issue an apology and explanation why they raped us for all these years first. I personally don’t give a rats behind if they folded. Otherwise for me and my projects its dangote thank you.

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  5. @Chanza Ngulube, then you want Lafarge to fold. Then you will be left with Dangote as a sole producer.

    Dangote is good, yes we know that. But let some people buy from Lafarge in order to keep up the competition

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    • CHIPUBA- HE DOESN’T KNOW THAT IF LAFARGE FOLDS UP AND WE REMAIN WITH DANGOTE ONLY, DANGOTE CAN ALSO INCREASE THEIR CEMENT PRICES. THAT’S HOW SUPPLY AND DEMAND WORKS. DANGOTE JUST TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE ALREADY EXISTING LAFARGE AND OTHERS TO LOWER THEIR PRODUCT’S PRICES AND APPEAR TO BE GOOD BOYS. IT’S BETTER WE HAVE EVEN MORE CEMENT PLANTS EVEN IN PROVINCIAL CENTRES SUCH AS SOLWEZI, KASAMA, MONGU ETC. SO, EVEN LAFARGE WOULD SET CEMENT PRICES LOWER IF THE HAD TO COME LAST AND DANGOTE’S CEMENT WOULD HAVE EQUALLY BEEN EXPENSIVE IF THEY CAME FIRST. THE BEAUTIFUL THING IS TO HAVE MORE FACTORIES OF THE SAME COMMODITY AND THIS APPLIES TO ANY COMMODITY.

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    • Let them fold so they and others learn a lesson about taking advantage of the market. Someone else will come in knowing that hey won’t come with nonsense that lafarge dished out. Do you think they cared whether we folded or not when hey charged k100 willy nilly? I am yet to hear an apology and or an explanation why we where taken for a ride all those years. For me it’s dangote mukwai

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    • @ Peter you think dangote or other new players will go he same foolish and greedy route lafarge after his expensive lesson.?

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  6. The party is over; gone are the days when you were bleeding people dry by overcharging them and sending all the profits to your masters in Europe …now you are forced to dig in and invest some of your profits because of competition. Dangote is the man at least he keeps profits on the motherland.

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    • …. wanted to add one or two things on jay jay’s comment,
      but my sim is registered to the same company i wanted to blast…

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  7. So this means Larfage production capacity has surpassed dangote. Too bad for Zambezi Portland. They have been busy fighting mahtani when by now they would have also increased capacity as well if Mahtani was on board.No wonder their cement has never been seen in Lusaka ever since dangote cane on board

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