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Tanga Cement PLC 's history and achievements can be summarized as below:

1970: National Development Corporation of Tanzania assigned the job of preparation of feasibility report for setting up a cement plant in Tanzania to French firm – Messrs Fives Lille-Cail

Financing:

  • The total project fund was *US$115.76M (Tzs830m), out of which *US$75.03m (Tzs538m) foreign and Tzs292m (*US$40.73) local currency
  • Plant and equipment cost – loan from the Government of Denmark
  • Plant civil work – grant from the Royal Dutch Government
  • Remaining tasks – Treasure Development Fund, Loan from Tanzania Investment Bank and self generated funds


1978: Construction of the Tanga Cement PLC plant started

Contractors involved:

  • Messrs F L Smidth & Company – design, manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning.
  • Messrs Demoor Construction Company – off loading, clearing and transportation of machinery from Tanga port to the plant site.
  • Messrs Ballast OC C of Holland (now known as TANCON) – Civil works
  • Messrs MECCO – Housing complex, access roads and rail way siding
  • Messrs MONJI RAMJI & Company – Construction of houses and communityfacilities in the township
  • Messrs MOWLEM Construction Company – Drilling soild for investigation
  • Messrs DEWETO International (Commissioned by FLS as sub-contracctor)
  • Erection of Machinery and equipment


1980: The Tanga Cement PLC Plant was commissioned.

  • Capacity – 500 000tons/annum
  • Production - 1600 tonnes per day
  • Packing capacity - 200 tonnes/hour
  • 22 November at 09h30 – The first simba cement bag was produced
  • 12 December 1980 – The first Dispatch of Cement from the Plant
  • 1st Export of 700tons to Karachi, Pakistan

    Inputs for operation

  • 160tonnes of Fuel Oil
  • 600kg of Explosive
  • 33 000 Paper bags for packaging
  • 80 tonnes of Gypsum
  • 2 500 tonnes fo red soil
  • 800m3 of Water for the plant and township

1981: The Plant was officially inaugurated by H.E The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, the late J. K. Nyerere

1989: Holderbank signs Management contract

1996: Privatization:

  • 60% Holcim (previous Holderbank)
  • 40% Government of United Republic of Tanzania
  • 2001 ISO 9002 – 2008 Quality Management System
  • 2002 Public Company IPO with:
  • 62.5% Holcim Mauritius
  • 32.5% Publicly Traded Shares
  • 5% with Employees


2004: ISO 14001 - Environmental Management System

2007: Installation and Commissioning of Coal Mill

  • Presidential Environmental Award

2009: Award for Best Presented Financial Accounts

2009 - 10: Company ownership is as follows

  • 62.5% Afrisam Mauritius
  • 36.25% Tanzania General Public & Institutions
  • 0.75% Employees Share Trust
  • Production capacity increased from 750,000tonnes/yr to more than 1,250,000tonnes to address market demand


2010 to date
- Innauguration of Cement Mill II and a Packing Plant

Capacity – more than 1.25m tonnes/yr

  • Cement Production – 3000tonnes/day
  • Packing capacity - 3600tonnes/day
  • Export to Rwanda and Burundi on going and Ytd is 40 000tonnes
    Inputs for operation
  • Coal - 235tonnes/day
  • Fuel Oil - 5tonnes/day
  • Explosive - 600kg/day
  • Bags for packaging - 60 000pcs/day
  • Gypsum - 160tonnes/day
  • Red soil - 270tonnes/day
  • Water - 1100m3/day

With 15000 Tanzanian being the shareholders, Tanga Cement PLC shares trade under its brand name, Simba, at the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.

*Exchange rate in 1970: 1$ = Tzs7.17 – source BOT
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