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The Manufacture of Cement, Lime and Plaster in Malawi
BY Carole Veitch
Malawi
05 December 2019
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The Manufacture of Cement, Lime and Plaster in Malawi


Cement products are inextricably bound to the construction sector and are core building blocks of Malawi’s socio-economic development agenda. The Malawian market for cement and related products is small by global and regional standards, but demand for cement products is expected to increase. The competitiveness of the local cement industry continues to be undermined by the high cost of production while cheap imports, which have flooded the Malawian market during the past decade are a significant threat to local manufacturers.


Imports


Malawi has the raw materials, clinker and cement production capacity to meet local requirements, but continues to import substantial volumes of lime, clinker and cement. Local distributors and builders say it is often cheaper and easier to source cement from neighbouring countries due to the inadequacy of distribution networks. The September announcement of new import duties follows calls for anti-dumping regulations based on concerns of job losses in the sector. Government has said that cement import licences have been granted to supplement the local production deficit and promote competitive pricing.


Attracting Investment


During the past five years, Malawi’s cement industry has attracted billions of kwacha of investments including plant upgrades, investment in training and development, and a plant to provide clinker locally to producers.


Report Coverage


This report on the manufacture of cement, lime and plaster in Malawi includes comprehensive information on the state and size of the sector and the factors that influence it, including regulations and the state of infrastructure and imports. There are profiles of four companies including Lafarge, a subsidiary of the multinational LafargeHolcim Group, which is Malawi’s largest cement manufacturer and distributor, and Shayona, whose operations include limestone quarrying, clinker production and cement manufacturing. The other companies profiled are CPL (Cement Products Ltd) and Terrastone.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 3
2. COUNTRY INFORMATION 3
2.1. Geographic Position 5
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 7
3.1. Industry Value Chain 10
4. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 11
5. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 13
5.1. Local 13
5.1.1. Trade 15
5.1.2. Corporate Actions 17
5.1.3. Regulations 18
5.1.4. Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development 19
5.2. Continental 20
5.3. International 24
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 25
6.1. Economic Environment 25
6.2. Socio-Political Environment 27
6.3. Infrastructure Development and Construction 27
6.4. Input Costs 28
6.5. Cheap Imports and Smuggling 28
6.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 29
6.7. Labour 30
6.8. Environmental Concerns 30
7. COMPETITION 32
7.1. Barriers to Entry 33
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 34
9. OUTLOOK 35
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 36
11. REFERENCES 36
11.1. Publications 36
11.2. Websites 37
APPENDIX 1 40
Summary of Notable Players 40
APPENDIX 2 41
Global Competitiveness Report 2019: Malawi 41
COMPANY PROFILES 44
CEMENT PRODUCTS LTD 44
LAFARGE CEMENT MALAWI LTD 46
SHAYONA CEMENT CORPORATION LTD 48
TERRASTONE CONSTRUCTION LTD 50