The sole cement manufacturing company in Sierra Leone, LEOCEM Portland Cement, a subsidiary of the Heidelberg Cement Group is expected to start the production of Slag Cement in June this year.
This was revealed during the launch of the Company’s twentieth anniversary celebration on Thursday at the factory premises in Cline Town, Freetown.
According to the Head of Laboratory at LEOCEM, Victor John Cole, the Slag Cement will be of high-grade quality that will be used for deep under-water concreting. He described Slag to be a by-product of the generating process of iron ore which is 35% tailing.
John Cole explained that the factory, which started operations in 1994, in the midst of many challenges has succeeded in establishing two mills to increase productivity in order to meet the demand of the public and primarily to sustain its contributions to nation building.
He however stated that theywill be producing the new brand of cement based on request from consumers.
The Managing Director of LEOCEM, Arne Johansen stated that the factory has a history of venturing into business that will enhance productivity for the benefit of the nation as they always work in line with the slogan of building the nation.
Johansen said that the company has always concentrated on delivering satisfactory product to the consumers and rebranding the image of the country, as it was difficult for partners to visit the country after the warring years.
“It took us seven years for our figures to change from red to black, but we were still passionate about building the nation” he reminisced.
He noted that the cost of cement in Sierra Leone is relatively cheaper compared to other countries especially that the factory is a small one and very expensive to operate in a small market economy.
He said that Management has been striving very hard to make it a Sierra Leonean enterprise as 95 percent of the employees are citizens.
The labour union representative and the community stakeholders expressed gratitude for the existence of LEOCEM in the country as it has over the years contributed immensely to their many development projects.
The factory is expected to handover a recreational centre as gift to the community people and other activities including thanksgiving and a reunion will be held.
Friday April 11, 2014