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 12 production facilities in nine countries. We are an important contributor to the economic development of these countries.
Countries and Plants
|Benin||Grinding plant in Cotonou|
|Burkina Faso||Grinding plant in Ouagadougou|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Integrated cement plants in Lukala and Kabimba|
|Ghana||Grinding plants in Tema and Takoradi|
|Liberia||Grinding plant in Monrovia|
|Mozambique||Grinding plant in Beira|
|Sierra Leone||Grinding plant in Freetown|
|Tanzania||Integrated cement plant in Dar es Salaam|
|Togo||Clinker 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 for the first half of 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 commissioning of a new cement mill with a capacity of 0.8 million tonnes at the Takoradi plant at the end of March 2015, our total cement grinding capacity in Ghana has increased 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.
HeidelbergCement has been present in Gambia since the second half of 2016, when it purchased the Italcementi Group. Gacem Ltd has been part of Italcementi Group since 1993 and operates one terminal, located in Banjul. Gacem is the main Gambian cement importer.
In Niger, while HeidelbergCement does not operate a local plant, we are the main cement importer.
Number of Plants
Integrated cement plants
(As of 2017)