Reports suggest that Zambezi Portland Cement (ZPC) has increased cement production from 36 000 tonnes per month (tpm) to 39 000 tpm over the last four months of this year. The surge in production was brought about by increased local demand, which also forced the company to reduce exports by almost 10% in order to meet the needs of the domestic market. ZPC’s main export market is the Democratic Republic of Congo.
One big driver of demand in Zambia is the Kalumbila Mine project by First Quantum Minerals, which was said to be 65% complete in mid-November. Mine operations are due to begin in 2015.
In spite of high demand, ZPC has maintained wholesale prices at K55 per 50 kg bag or K1100 per tonne for bulk cement.
Edited from various sources by Katherine Guenioui
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