The Managing Director of LEOCEM Arne Johansen has said that his company produces 50,000 bags of cement a day, which is far less than the demand of the market.
Speaking at their stall at the National Stadium where a month long Trade exhibition is underway, Johansen said LEOCEM produces cement according to international standards and they supply for the construction of small structures and medium size houses, plastering and laying out of blocks of the 32.5tonnes cement manufactured locally at Kissy.
He said for construction of roads, bridges and high rise buildings 42.5tonnes cement is recommended which gives customers I.5 tones approximately in 30 bags and only supplies in 20 to 25 tones which is done usually in bigger containers.
He expressed worries about the importation of foreign cement into country and the recent player in the market Dangote Cement Factory owned by the richest African Aliko Dangote at the Sierra Leone Ports Terminal at Cline Town in Freetown.
He said the company also supplies the standard 50 kilograms which is available at all building materials shops across the country and decried importation of foreign cement into the country.
He said before the Ebola struck business was thriving, but during and after the Ebola expenditures on infrastructure has dropped significantly.
“I remain very optimistic that if Government releases funds the consumer spending will increase and housing is a major concern to Sierra Leoneans.”
Arne Johansen said the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce Exhibition is a major platform for the company to exhibit their potential in promoting private sector development.
The LEOCEM MD said the company is exclusively owned by Germans with no local shareholders and spoke about plans to increase production according to market demands.
Some of the products exhibited by LEOCEM include bags of cement for wholesale and retail and the stall is decorated with many bags of cements and locally made blocks.
He said despite the pollution within the community at Cline Town they remain committed to improving environmental management and maintaining safety standards.
He said as part of their corporate social responsibility LEOCEM have been offering scholarships to deserving students for the past ten years within the community the company operate.
Monday April 10, 2017.