Link to website HeidelbergCement in Africa

HeidelbergCement’s history in Africa began in the mid-1960s. These initial operations by the company Scancem International were soon expanded into the sub-Saharan region. In 1999 Scancem International became part of HeidelbergCement. Today, HeidelbergCement is one of the leading cement companies in West Africa. Our network of companies in Africa currently comprises ten production facilities in seven countries. We are an important contributor to the economic development of these countries.

Countries and Plants

BeninGrinding plant in Cotonou
Democratic Republic of the CongoIntegrated cement plants in Lukala and Kabimba, grinding plant in Katana
GhanaGrinding plants in Tema and Takoradi
LiberiaGrinding plant in Monrovia
Sierra LeoneGrinding plant in Freetown
TanzaniaIntegrated cement plant in Dar es Salaam
TogoGrinding plant in Lomé 

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to experience solid economic growth. Population increase, urbanisation, and infrastructural measures are all fueling a rise in construction activity and cement demand. In the eight African countries in which HeidelbergCement operates, cement consumption rose by an average of around 7% in 2013. The heightened demand for cement has stretched many plants to their capacity limits. In light of this positive outlook, HeidelbergCement is expanding its activities in Africa.

In Liberia, we put a new cement mill into operation with a capacity of 0.5 million tonnes in June 2013. We are also expanding our cement production capacity in Tanzania with the construction of a new cement mill at our Tanzania Portland Cement plant. The commissioning of the mill with a capacity of 0.7 million tonnes is scheduled for the end of 2014 and will increase our cement capacity in Tanzania to 2 million tonnes. In the second half of 2014, a new cement grinding plant in Burkina Faso with a capacity of 650,000 tonnes is to go into operation near the capital of Ouagadougou. Following the expansion of the cement capacity at our Tema grinding facility in Ghana, we are undertaking a similar project at our Takoradi location. With the scheduled commissioning of a new cement mill with a capacity of 0.8 million tonnes at Takoradi at the end of 2014, we will have a cement grinding capacity of 4.4 million tonnes in Ghana. In Togo, the commissioning of our new clinker plant is expected for the end of 2014. The plant, with an annual capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, is located near the town of Tabligbo, around 80 km to the northeast of the capital, Lomé. Moreover, we are constructing a cement grinding facility with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes in the north of the country which is scheduled for commissioning in 2016. We also intend to increase our cement capacity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the coming years. At the same time, we are continuously evaluating projects in other African countries.

Number of Plants


(As of 2014)