HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, launched, on Wednesday in the Yopougon industrial area, western Abidjan, the building works of a factory for manufacturing cement packaging bags, worth 12 million euros (8 bn CFA francs).
This unit, to be carried out by Africa-Côte d'Ivoire Cement company (CIMAF-Côte d'Ivoire), a subsidiary "of Addoha" Moroccan group, will have a yearly production capacity of 80 million bags (extendable to 160 millions), for the group's cement plants in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Conakry, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Niger and Mali.
With a strong value added, this project, which will be constructed over a surface area of 3.5 ha, is in line with the royal instructions laid down in the speech delivered by the sovereign on the opening of the Ivorian-Moroccan economic forum (Feb. 24-25) and related to strengthening south-south cooperation, spurring the private sector's role and fostering the positioning of the Kingdom in West Africa.
Thanks to this project, Côte d'Ivoire will no longer need importing cement packaging bags from Morocco. The project's goals are transferring technology, saving time and money, and bringing closer related services.
On this occasion, HM the King, accompanied by Daniel Kablan Duncan, visited the new cement plant of the Addoha group, a flagship of the Moroccan industry and know-how. With a yearly production capacity of 500,000 tons of cement (extendable to 1,000,000 T/year), the plant includes a crushing workshop, a bagging and shipping workshop, covered storage halls for clinker and additions, a quality control lavatory and administrative, commercial and technical buildings.
The plant's activity will consist of importing clinker from two factories of the Moroccan company "Ciment Atlas, CIMAT", also a subsidiary of Addoha group, unloading it at the port and carrying and crushing it for the production and marketing of all types of cement.
Totaling 30 million euros, the Abidjan cement plant is designed according to the latest technology standards. It is environment-friendly and will optimize energy consumption and cement production meeting standards in force and market's requirements. A share of 15% of the plant's initial investment is devoted to the environment.
This plant has been operational since July 2013 and created 250 jobs, 95% of which is meant for local populations. The plant will contribute to fighting cement prices volatility, an issue with a huge impact on the country's real estate sector.
The Cimant-Cimaf group is present in Guinea Conakry, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon, Mali, Burkina Faso Congo Brazzaville and Niger. It has two production units in Morocco (Béni-Mellal and Settat regions) which are operational since 2010, while a third unit is under construction in the Nador region.