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 sub-Saharan Africa currently comprises 17 production facilities in 10 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
Gambia Cement terminal in Banjul
Ghana Grinding plants in Tema and Takoradi
Liberia Grinding plant in Monrovia
Mozambique Grinding plant in Beira
South Africa Grinding plant near Port Elizabeth
Tanzania Integrated cement plant in Dar es Salaam
Togo Clinker plant in Tabligbo, grinding plant in Lomé, grinding plant near Kara

Demand for building materials in the countries south of the Sahara saw largely positive development in 2021. The market environment was characterised by robust local economic development with a young and rapidly growing population, as well as increasing immigration to cities and urban areas.

A key indicator is the rising per capita consumption of cement, which is still significantly lower in the sub-Saharan countries than in more developed or industrialised countries. Our production sites, which are primarily located close to urban centers, are well positioned to serve the growing demand for building materials.

Number of Plants

Integrated cement plants
4
Grinding plants (incl. JV)
9
Cement terminal
1
Aggregates
3

(As of 2022)

Growth in Metropolitan Areas

Africa-Eastern Mediterranean Basin