The East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) has announced the resumption of manufacturing at its Athi River plant, following the replacement of a 16-meter faulty kiln shelf that had disrupted operations prior costing Ksh500 million.
The improvement is in line with East African Portland Cement’s newly unveiled five-year strategy plan, which is based on a long-term performance-driven cycle to firmly place it on a path toward profitability, according to the company’s Managing Director (MD), Oliver Kirubai.
He added that the plant’s improvement and optimal operation will lead to efficient energy use, lowering the cost of producing cement and enabling customers to buy Blue Triangle Cement at more affordable prices. Additionally, Kirubai informed clients that Blue Triangle Cement orders would be fulfilled in accordance with the Customer Service Charter and within the predetermined turnaround periods.
Stanley Irungu, the company’s Head of Plant Operations, highlighted that the new kiln component would assure continuous operation, leading to an increase in the production of high-quality clinker needed to grind cement that will meet its market.
The Athi river-based firm has been on the brink of financial losses in recent months bringing business to a halt. 2019 saw the company’s board approve a plan to sell a portion of its 16,000 acres for Ksh45 billion in order to pay off debt and turn around the business.
According to previous reports from the National Treasury, the cement manufacturer alongside the Postal Corporation of Kenya, the Kenya Post Office Savings Bank, and the public broadcaster KBC are claimed to be among state owned enterprises incurring numerous losses.
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