The Cement business of Lafarge Africa Plc's operations has six plants in Nigeria and South Africa. The Company has a wide range of cement solutions designed to meet all building and construction needs from small projects like individual home buildings to major construction projects.
South West Operations
Our South West Operations has three plants- one in Sagamu and two in Ewekoro, all in Ogun State with a current production capacity of 4.5MMT. The product portfolio includes five brands: Elephant Cement, a general purpose cement - a multi-use product suitable for majority of the applications; Supaset, a fast-setting and rapid strength gaining cement specifically designed for the needs of the block-makers; Powermax, a high strength cement for the sophisticated contractor segment; Etex, a high performance cement designed to the customer's specification for tile manufacturing and SRC, a sulphate resistant cement for coastal construction.
Over the over 55 years of its existence, this business has acquired strategic visible presence in the business environment while building a visible and enduring legacy on the nation's landscape. In recent times, the business has implemented a few transformational projects that have improved its operational efficiencies.
It is the first cement business unit in Nigeria to offer palletised cement bags by installation of an automatic palletiser and stretch hooding machine. It has also developed and implemented a new commercial strategy focused on channel restructuring.
Southern Nigeria Operations
The Mfamosing plant, a modern production facility with an annual production capacity of 2.5MMT, was inaugurated in 2009. It was originally established in 2002 after acquiring the assets of moribund Calabar Cement Company (CalCemCo), a Greenfield cement manufacturing plant was constructed at Mfamosing, 40km north-east of Calabar, Cross River State.
In 2012, we expanded our product portfolio and currently offer customers two cement products catering for general purpose and specialized applications. To meet the increasing demand for its products, an additional manufacturing line with a production capacity of 2.5MMT has been constructed. The Plant, which was completed in in 2016, has doubled the company's production capacity to 5MMT per annum thereby consolidating its position as the leading cement company in Nigeria's South-South and South- East regions.
Also, our Southern Nigeria Operation covers another cement terminal, Atlas Company Limited, commissioned for operation in 2001 in Rivers State within the Federal Ocean Terminal, Onne. The plant was operated on a floating vessel, which had a nominal capacity to produce 500,000 metric tons of cement per annum.
In line with the Federal Government's policy of backward integration, the company is gradually changing the business concept of this plant, moving away from being a conventional supplier of Ordinary Portland Cement to include championing of cementitious strategy, providing cement solutions to the Oil and Gas sector of the economy, distribution of Lafarge Africa products in the markets and being a hub for the readymix operations in South-South and South-East. It has an important portfolio of customers developed over the years, brings on board international trading experience and the potential to be an export hub.
Northern Nigeria operations
Our Ashaka Plant is a cement manufacturing company focused on providing creative and qualitative solutions to meet the needs of stakeholders. We have been participating in the economic growth and development of North-East in particular and Nigeria as a whole for over three decades. We are proud of our commercial expertise, efficiency, technical skills and achieved good results through conducting our business with unwavering commitment to our customers, employees, shareholders and communities.
AshakaCem Plc was incorporated in August 1974 and commenced production in 1979 as a cement manufacturing and marketing company under the name Ashaka Cement Company Limited. The company was initiated by the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank Limited, the Nigerian Bank for Commerce and Industry, Northern Nigeria Investment Limited and the Government of the then North- Eastern State (now Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe States). Today, AshakaCemPlc is a subsidiary of Lafarge Africa Plc.
Lafarge Afica has plans to grow the cement production capacity in Ashaka and has recently performed a groundbreaking ceremony for our new line. A clear demonstration of commitment to this is the ongoing Coal Power Plant Project.
As a company, we are committed to a strategy of profitable growth and value creation for our customers and other stakeholders by being a preferred supplier of cement in Nigeria, particularly in Northern Nigeria.
Lafarge South Africa Holdings (Pty) Limited (LSAH)
LSAH is a holding company through which Lafarge S.A. holds interests in several South African entities. LSAH is a leading building materials platform with significant scale and a balanced portfolio of assets across cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete (RMC) and pulverized fly ash (collectively referred to as sub segments). LSAH's subsidiaries are strategically located, with exposure to key economic centers including the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. Through its subsidiaries, LSAH has market leading positions in all the sub-segments. LSAH controls the third largest cement manufacturer in South Africa, with the largest cement production plant in a single location in South Africa and current total installed capacity of 3.6mtpa.