Sub-Saharan Africa

Local Websites

HeidelbergCement’s history in Africa began in the mid-1960s. These initial operations by the company Scancem International were soon expanded into the sub-Saharan region. In 1999 Scancem International became part of HeidelbergCement. Today, HeidelbergCement is one of the leading cement companies in West Africa. Our network of companies in sub-Saharan Africa currently comprises 14?production facilities in 11 countries. We are an important contributor to the economic development of these countries.

Countries and Plants

BeninGrinding plant in Cotonou
Burkina FasoGrinding plant in Ouagadougou
Democratic Republic of the CongoIntegrated cement plants?in Lukala
GambiaCement terminal in Banjul
GhanaGrinding plants in Tema and Takoradi
LiberiaGrinding plant in Monrovia
MozambiqueGrinding plant in Beira
Sierra LeoneGrinding plant in Freetown
South AfricaGrinding plant near?Port Elizabeth
TanzaniaIntegrated cement plant in Dar es Salaam
TogoClinker plant in Tabligbo, grinding plant in Lomé,?grinding plant near Kara

Demand for building materials in Africa?south of the Sahara continued to develop positively in 2018. Overall, the market environment is characterised by robust local economic development combined with increasing construction activity. Solid economic growth, a young and rapidly growing population, and steadily progressing immigration to cities and urban areas are the main drivers of increasing construction activity and demand for cement in these countries. A key indicator is the per capita consumption of cement, which is still significantly lower in the sub-Saharan countries than in more developed or industrialised countries. Our production locations are primarily located close to urban centers and therefore well positioned to serve the growing demand for building materials.

HeidelbergCement’s largest production sites south of the Sahara are located in fast-growing countries such as Togo, Tanzania, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. The growth expectations outlined by the IMF in October 2018 for these countries were particularly positive, with an estimated rise of more than 5% in the gross domestic product in 2018. Our activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, and Liberia are also located in countries that recorded moderate growth of more than 3%.

Number of Plants

Integrated cement plants
Grinding plants?(incl. JV)
Cement terminal

(As of 2019)

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