tanzania's Twiga eyes 1.5m tonnes

Tanzania Portland Cement (TPCC), which traded as Twiga cement, said at the weekend that its production targets will not be deterred by ongoing illegal importation of vital construction materials. 

The firm's managing director, Mr Alfonso Rodriguez, said that the company will produce 1.5 million tonnes this year (2015), up from 1.4 million tonnes produced last year (2014). 

The increased capacity follows last year's commissioning of a new 700,000 tonne- production line. 

"We managed to produce approximately 1.4 million tonnes last year but that was not what we had anticipated as our business is being affected by illegal importations of cement through various routes. 

"However, we are confident of producing 1.5 million tonnes this year," Mr Rodriguez told reporters on the sidelines of the firm's 2015 Family Day celebrations.
Source: The Citizen, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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