Unicem, a joint venture of Lafarge (28%), Holcim (28%), Dangote (22%) and Flour Mills (22%) inaugurated on May 12 its new cement plant at Mfamosing, in Cross River State, Nigeria, in the presence of the Minister of Trade and Industry of Nigeria.
Located less than one hundred kilometers south-east of Calabar, capital of Cross River State, the new plant has a capacity of 2.5 million tons of cement. It has been built by the consortium FLS / OIC on behalf of Unicem.
Operational since February 2009, it is equipped with the latest technology and meets the environmental standards applied by Lafarge.
Intended to supply the south-east of Nigeria, from Calabar to Port Harcourt, this cement plant is one of the largest which supplies one of the country's most dynamic regions. It directly employs about 800 people and makes Unicem the third player from Nigeria cement market, which has been strong for several years.
Lafarge in Nigeria
Lafarge is present in Nigeria through the acquisition of Blue Circle in 2001. The Group has three cement plants with a total capacity 3,5 MT per year, located in Shagamu and Ewekoro in the region of Lagos and Ashak in the north. Lafarge employs about 2000 people. The Group entered the capital Unicem, which it holds 28%, following the acquisition of Orascom Cement in January 2008.
Notes to editors
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With more than 84,000 employees in 79 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 19 billion in 2008.
In 2009 and for the fifth year in a row, Lafarge was listed in the ‘Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World'. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.