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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 twelve production facilities in eight countries. We are an important contributor to the economic development of these countries.

Countries and Plants

BeninGrinding plant in Cotonou
Burkina FasoGrinding plant in Ouagadougou
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
TogoIntegrated cement plant in Tabligbo, grinding plant in Lomé

The African countries south of the Sahara benefit from the dynamic raw material industry and are continuing to experience robust economic development and lively construction activity. Solid economic growth, population increase, urbanisation, and infrastructure measures are the main drivers in these countries with respect to the rise in construction activity and cement demand.

In light of the good growth prospects, HeidelbergCement is expanding its activities in Africa. In Togo, HeidelbergCement’s first newly constructed clinker plant in Africa commenced production at 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. It was officially opened at the beginning of March 2015 and will supply clinker to HeidelbergCement’s cement grinding plants in Togo and the neighbouring countries of Benin, Burkina Faso, and Ghana, reducing the need for expensive clinker imports. Moreover, we are constructing a cement grinding facility with a capacity of around 250,000 tonnes in the north of Togo, which is scheduled for completion in 2017. In Tanzania, the new cement mill with a capacity of 0.8 million tonnes was commissioned in September 2014, increasing our cement capacity in this country to 2.2 million tonnes. Construction of a new cement grinding plant in Burkina Faso near the capital of Ouagadougou with a capacity of 0.8 million tonnes was completed in the fourth quarter of 2014. The plant was officially opened in March 2015. With the scheduled commissioning of a new cement mill with a capacity of 0.8 million tonnes at the Takoradi plant in the in the second quarter of 2015, our total cement grinding capacity in Ghana will increase to 4.4 million tonnes. Following the successful conclusion of the four projects within the time frame and budget, we are also evaluating options for capacity expansion in other African countries.

Number of Plants


(As of 2015)