Leading the Way
At the heart of every building is cement. It’s the common base material and it’s an essential material for all construction projects. A member of the internationally acclaimed Lafarge Group, Bamburi Cement Limited is East Africa’s top cement producer. Founded in 1951, Bamburi is one of the most scientifically advanced and ecologically responsible cement producers on the continent.
The Kenyan Connection
Bamburi’s first plant opened in Mombasa in 1954. At the time the plant’s annual production capacity was 140,000 tonnes of cement and today the plant has the ability to produce some 1.1 million tonnes. In 1998, Bamburi opened up another plant and this new site had the capability to produce one million tonne per annum, which increased the company’s total production capacity to 2.1 million tonnes. This new plant enabled Bamburi to supply Nairobi and surrounding areas in a faster and more efficient time. Bamburi was now in a position to deliver to Western Kenya and Uganda via rail because this plant was built with a rail sliding.
Bamburi Cement is the main manufacturer of cement in the region and its Mombasa plant is the second largest cement plant in all of sub-Saharan Africa. It’s also one of the largest export manufacturers in the country and in the past has shipped cement to Mauritius, Sri Lanka, the Comoros, Seychelles and Madagascar.
Bamburi produces a wide range of cement brands which are available packed and in bulk. Cement from Bamburi is available in the following ranges; Nguvu, PowerMax, and PowerPlus. Bamburi’s products fulfil the requirements for many different types of applications. Additionally, Bamburi produces a line of special products which include BamburiBlox and Bamburi Ready Mix Concrete.
Universal Impact of Lafarge
While Bamburi was founded in 1951, it was later acquired by the Lafarge Group in 1989. With a presence in 64 countries, the Lafarge Group is a global leader in construction materials. It has over 175 years of experience and it responds to the world’s demand for housing and infrastructure. The company is responsible for two important discoveries at the turn of the 20th century; it introduced white cement which uses kaolin instead of clay and in 1908 it discovered Ciment Fondu® which is also known as aluminous cement. This cement consists predominantly of hydraulic calcium aluminates and was discovered by Jules Bied, director of the Lafarge research laboratory. It’s multipurpose and can be used as a binder or a chemical reactant in various applications. Lafarge stays committed to research and to finding new innovate ways to improve the properties of cement.
Setting the Foundation
With an innovative parent company like Lafarge, Bamburi Cement has become one of the largest cement producers in sub-Saharan Africa and is one of the main export earners in Kenya. Bamburi interacts with everyone in the building sector; from do-it-yourself builders to global construction companies and architects. It supplies high-quality cement to craftsman and helps engineers explore and deliver creative possibilities. Whoever the client is, Bamburi is committed to providing solutions to all of its clients.
Bamburi creates unique solutions and is driven by the needs of its customers, shareholders, local communities and architects. It’s a company that encourages creativity while respecting the environment.
Because cement manufacturing impacts the surrounding environment, Bamburi is committed to integrating industrial imperatives with the conservation of ecosystems. The company is devoted to become more sustainable in all of its operation and it has been working to reduce its impact on the environment by finding new solutions to obtain value from waste products. Bamburi rethinks manufacturing process from the beginning to the end to see how one person’s waste can become another’s resources. The path of industrial ecology is inspired by the cycles of creation, destruction and recycling that occur in nature.
By recycling waste and using it as alternative fuel or raw material, Bamburi can limit greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the use of non-renewable raw materials and fossil fuels such as oil and coal. Used tyres are used as an alternative fuel in cement kilns. This way the potential negative impacts of burning of tyres in the open-air can be avoided and so can the ecological damage that is done when they are thrown in landfills. The company is also able to diversify its energy resources and to reduce energy costs which limit the dependence on traditional fuels. Through the practice of industrial ecology, Bamburi has found new uses for waste, and in the process has served the community and the environment. It’s exciting to see where the company that’s been there from the start will go in the future.
As Africa continues to rise, it’s exciting to see what the future holds for Bamburi Cement Limited.