June 24, 2013
By Daily News Reporter
Tanga Cement PLC (TCCL) plans to invest 165 million US dollars (about 270bn/-) in the construction of kiln number two that will more than double the firm’s production of clinker, the key raw material in the manufacture of cement.
TCCL Managing Director Erik Westerberg, briefing distributors from Kilimanjaro and Arusha regions who toured the manufacturing plant here over the weekend, said the new kiln whose construction is scheduled to start soon, will boost the firm’s clinker production capacity with additional 600,000 tonnes.
“We expect that by completion, the kiln that will cost some 165 million US dollars, will help the company in saving the colossal amount of money spent in the importation of clinker,” said Mr Westerberg, adding that the company’s current installed capacity for clinker production is 500,000 tonnes.
Addressing the visiting distributors, the firm’s Quality Assurance Manager, Mr Michael Ruzige, advised users of cement countrywide to adhere to specified standards in mixing the product with other materials to produce quality and strong construction materials.
He cited a recent spate of collapsing buildings that claim innocent lives as a result of non-adherence to the recommended standard uses of cement. The manager assured that Tanga Cement produces high quality products that meet national and international standards.
“We have inscribed the cement mixing ratios on the bags of all Simba brand products to help the users of our cement to produce strong and quality products that match the quality of the cement itself,” Mr Ruzige told the inquisitive distributors in the company laboratory.
He ensured a 16-distributor team that TCCL was supplying high quality products, saying there could be no reason for buildings to collapse if the product specifications were fully adhered to. Mr Westerberg expressed gratitude over the distributors’ tour of the plant, describing the visit as an important linkage between the manufacturer and its distribution stakeholders.
“Some of you have been dealing with TCCL for over 10 years but you had never visited the place where cement is produced…you are an important part of our business and it’s in our interest to familiarise you with the company employees, environment and even cement production process,” Mr Westerberg told his visitors.
TCCL Plant Manager Engineer Ben Lema said it was the company’s expectations that the tour would have positive impact in their businesses. The visitors were taken through different departments—packaging, control room and quarry site. TCCL, whose current annual production stands at 1.3 million tonnes, trades on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange as Simba.