Ghacem to increase cement supply

AppreciationGHACEM Limited is to start a new mill at Takoradi in the Western Region, to increase the production of cement for the country.

The 0.8 million tonne capacity Mill 5 will become operational in a few weeks and add to the current capacity of 1.2 million tonnes, making a total of 2.0 million tonnes from Takoradi.

Nana Philip Archer, the Commercial Director, who announced this, said Ghacem had invested heavily in the production of machinery and human resource training, in order to meet the ever- increasing demand for quality cement.

He was speaking at the company’s 2014 Customers’ Appreciation Night, held in Takoradi to reward its valued customers and distributors. This year’s event brought together the company’s customers from across the country who received various awards for their loyalty.

Nana Archer said Ghacem had already invested about 25 million Euros in 2012, to expand production from the Tema factory, increasing the production capacity there to about 2.2 million tonnes. This brings the company’s total capacity to 4.2 million tonnes annually.

“Not only will this investment increase Ghacem’s capacity to meet the growing demand for cement in Ghana, but the company will continue to produce and supply the market with consistently high quality made-in-Ghana cement fresh from the manufacturing plant,” he said.

Nana Archer said in line with its corporate social responsibility programme, the company’s Cement Foundation, set up in 2002 to give free cement to educational and medical institutions in deprived communities, had since donated about 420,000 bags of cement estimated at Gh¢12 million.

He urged the customers to remain loyal to the Ghacem brand, stressing that “the company holds loyalty in high esteem and will continue to acknowledge and reward such relationships for a mutually beneficial existence”.

In a remark, Mr. Andy Biney, Vice Chairman of the Takoradi Distributors Association, paid glowing tribute to the board and management of Ghacem for the huge expansion project at its Takoradi factory, expressing the hope that the mill when operational, would ensure massive and smooth supply of cement to meet the ever increasing demand for its product.

In addition to certificates, the awardees also received various allocations of cement in appreciation of their prime performances in 2014.

The Top Distributor’s Award went to Isaac Owusu Ansah Ltd of Kumasi Sales outlet, for selling about 58,455 tonnes of cement while Erduk Company Limited, also from Kumasi Sales outlet, was adjudged the First Runner-Up. The second runner-up, Jos-Aja Enterprise, from Takoradi sales outlet. Monolo Plant Limited was crowned Overall Best Direct Customer for the year under review.

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