Tanzanian cement firm plans to increase output
The Kisarawe Cement Company plans to increase output by 33.3% in the near future. It aims to produce 162,000 tonnes annually, up from 108,000 tonnes currently, the company’s human resource manager, Ally Mohamed, told The Citizen. “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’. Mohamed 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, 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, he said. The company consumes locally-produced raw materials except for clinker. Although it could also be available locally, the quality is poor.