PPC cement mill to boost capacity

15 July 2011

Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) expects its new US$102-million (R699-million) mill in Pretoria to increase capacity by 30 percent, Business Report reported on Friday.

The news followed even as the firm battled flagging sales due to an industry-wide slump.

PPC, South Africa’s biggest cement maker, is under pressure in its home market, where the construction industry is struggling to bounce back after a 2009 recession.

Managing director of the company’s cement operations, Salim Kader, said that PPC, which has the capacity to produce eight-million tons of cement, expected the new mill at its Hercules plant to boost capacity by 30 percent.

The mill was commissioned last year.

PPC, which said in May that it was eyeing expansion elsewhere in Africa to compensate for weak sales at home, said it would upgrade its other plants within three to five years.

South African Press Association