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AFRICA news FLSmidth has signed a contract with Prime Cement for engineering, procurement and supply of equipment for a full-scope 700 000 tonnes per year cement grinding plant to located in Musanze, Rwanda. The plant will be fitted with the latest environmental pollution control systems and technology for the highest levels of energy efficiency and maintainability. The OK(TM) 27-4 verti- cal mill will be the first OK(TM) vertical roller mill to be supplied in East Africa, and the first full scope grinding plant in Rwanda. Additional equipment includes filters, a con- trol system and plant automation, a packing plant and weighing and metering systems. Lafarge-Algérie’s Oggaz cement plant, located in Algeria’s Mascara Province, increased its cement output by 10% in the last quarter of 2016 to meet the country’s growing cement demand, according to plant manager, Jean-Louis Sibiede. Part of the plant’s white cement production lines were converted to produce grey cement to meet growing demand. In 2016 improvements in the works’ wastewater treatment were carried out to reduce water volumes by 30%, saving 33 000m³ of water. The company’s 2016 production reached 1.5 million tonnes of cement, and it is aiming for higher sales this year. Kenya’s Bamburi Cement has appointed three women as directors to balance its all-male board following the resignation of two female directors – deputy Central Bank Governor Sheila M’Mbijjewe and Catherine Langreney – last year, according to Business Daily. The new directors – former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Com- missioner for Domestic Taxes Alice Owuor, chief executive of General Motors East Africa (GMEA) Rita Kavashe and Equity Group Foundation’s managing director Dr Hellen Gichohi – now rep- resent 30 percent of the cement manufacturer’s board. The appointment at Bamburi is the first directorship at a publicly listed company for both Owuor and Kavashe. The 50:50 joint venture partnership between Cummins and Car & General (C&G), to be known as Cummins C&G Limited, will be fully operational in April 2017 and will consolidate the sales, service, and support of Cummins products in East Africa. The partnership will cover Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia and Seychelles. Car & General was first appointed as an approved Cummins distributor of Power Generation products in 2006 before being awarded distribution rights for Cummins’ full range of products and services. The company leveraged its existing network to establish a strong presence in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, gaining over 15% market share in the genset sector. Cummins brings brand strength, technical expertise, and proven policies and processes to the new partnership, in addition to Car & General’s strong local market knowledge, experience and capabilities. Together, the new Cummins C&G business aims to deliver superior customer sales, service and support in East Africa. “We view this as a critical milestone in the close business relationship we have developed with Cummins over the years. We believe our core business and community values are aligned, and see this partnership as a unique JV in East Africa by April Vijay Gidoomal and Gino Butera at the launch of the joint venture partnership between Cummins and Car & General in East Africa. opportunity to solidify market leadership in our existing territories and capture market share where we are still building our presence,” says Vijay Gidoomal, managing director of Car & General. Commenting on the partnership, Gino Butera, managing director and vice- president of Cummins Africa Middle East, says, “We are excited to partner with Car & General. Over the past decade, it has grown the Cummins distribution business in East Africa. We see untapped growth opportunities to expand Cummins’ customer support in the region.” QUARRY SA | MAY 2017 _ 7