Savannah Cement has confirmed plans to expand its market reach beyond Kenya to neighbouring regional countries.
In a recent announcement, the cement manufacturer said its expansion programme will involve a local market enhancement drive to satisfy a growing demand for high quality cement products.
The move comes even as Kenya’s government intensifies efforts to rollout affordable housing under its ‘Big 4’ development agenda.
Commenting on the expansion, Savannah Cement Managing Director, Ronald Ndegwa noted that the firm is currently undertaking a Ksh5 billion (about $50 million) capacity grinding plant expansion programme at its manufacturing complex in Kenya’s Kitengela area.
Speaking, at an event to mark Savannah Cement’s 7th anniversary, the expansion project, Ndegwa said, involves the construction of a 1.2 million tons per year milling plant to double the firm’s current installed capacity.
He said the project, which is currently underway, is running on schedule with plans to commission the second grinding plant by the end of the year.
“At Savannah Cement, we are banking on the regional market opportunities and those presented by the affordable housing projects under the Big Four agenda which promises better prospects for the local cement market,” Ndegwa said.
“The integration of a second grinding plant which is a state-of the-art vertical roller mill has been configured to ensure a dust free manufacturing system and will also serve to enhance our environmental conservation commitments,” he continued.
As part of the expansion project, Savannah Cement contractors are currently installing an energy efficient vertical cement grinding mill supplied by FLSmidth, a Danish engineering solutions provider.
Contractors are also installing belt conveyors, storage silos, packing plant and dust arrestors with all the supporting accessories to guarantee safe and environmentally friendly operations.
Savannah Cement was established in 2012. The company has progressively cemented its growth foundation in the local and regional market.
Savannah Cement is a local company owned by indigenous Kenyan investors and operates a state of the art, eco-friendly cement grinding plant with an output capacity of 1 million tons a year. The plant is strategically placed near Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, which accounts for 50% of the country’s cement consumption.
“Savannah cement has been operational for seven years now and during this period we have managed to emerge on top of the game in terms of quality consistency. Our plans are to continue fulfilling our customers’ needs and ensure maximum penetration in the East African markets,” said Ndegwa.