Regional cement manufacturers are fighting for a share of the Rwandan market at a time when current market leaders are struggling to stay afloat.
Rwanda imports 46 per cent of its cement to meet the growing demand, offering an opportunity to producers seeking to extend their regional footprint.
“The national cement demand has reached 50,000 tonnes per month,” said Annette Karenzi, director-general of industries and entrepreneurship development in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
“At least 23,000 tonnes are imported while Cimerwa produces 27,000 tonnes,” she added. Cimerwa Cement is majority owned by Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC).
Tanzania’s Dangote Cement, Lake Cement, manufacturers of the Nyathi brand and Tanga Cement, the producer of Simba brand, are some of the regional players fighting it out with Uganda’s Hima for the Rwandan market.
While Cimerwa increased annual installed capacity to 600,000 tonnes in 2015, data shows that Cimerwa production oscillates between 60 per cent and 70 per cent.
Operations at Rwanda’s second largest plant — Kigali Cement Company — owned by Nairobi Securities Exchange-listed ARM Cement, have lately been on and off.
- Culled from allafrica.com