This section contains comprehensive information about the cement products made by Lafarge in Nigeria as well as a background on the company's operations and manufacturing processes.
Cement is a hydraulic binder, it is a finely ground mixture of materials which when mixed with water forms a paste that sets and hardens even under water. The major material used in cement manufacturing is Limestone which is mixed with other materials known as additives i.e pozolan, ash, blast furnace slag, limestone etc. These components are added at varying proportion to produce various types of cement. The Nigerian market is currently exposed to Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC).
Ordinary Portland Cement is an all-purpose cement (suitable for all construction activities i.e plastering, concrete casting, screeding, rendering, grouting etc). It also serves as raw materials for manufacturers of bricks, tiles, shingles, pipes, beams, fibre cement sheet (roofing sheet), railroad ties, and other cement products. The products are prefabricated in factories and supplied ready for installation. Mixtures of soil and Portland Cement are also used as a base for roads.