Dangote Launches higher grade of cement, the first in Africa
As the debate rages over the quality of cement produced in the country,
leading manufacturers of the commodity, Dangote Cement Plc yesterday
raised the bar further when it launched a much higher grade of the
product, 52.5N into the Nigerian market.
Group Managing Director of the Company, Devakumar Edwin told newsmen in
Lagos yesterday that Dangote Cement Plc has commenced the production of
the cement grade from all of its three plants in Ibese, Ogun state, Gboko,
Benue state and Obajana in Kogi state.
The cement company said it has scored another first as the 52.5 grade of
cement is being produced in the Africa for the first time, thus attesting
to the resolve of the Dangote Cement to be a leading international
producer of cement.
Basking in the euphoria of the new feat, Edwin disclosed that the new
cement grade, which has been certified by the Standard Organization (SON),
as conforming to the requirements of NIS 444-2003 and other relevant
standards, would sell for the same amount as the lower grade 42.5N type.
Giving reasons for this, The GMD stated that the its costs more to produce
the 52.5 grade but that Dangote Cement decided to sell at the same price
in the interest of its customers and so as to make it affordable to all.
Edwin flaunted before newsmen, the SON certificate which read in part
“considering the inspection carried out at your factory by a team of SON
officers and the outcome of the laboratory samples of the product of your
company, I have the pleasure to inform you that the under listed product
of your company is hereby adjuged by the SON to conform to the
requirements of NIS 444-1:2003 and other relevant standards.
He explained that the new cement could be used for all construction purses
but that it is the best for any civil construction having bearing colum.
Edwin stated that though Dangote Cement was also the first to produce the
42.5N grade earlier while other manufacturers were churning out 32.5 grade
pointing out that the desire to constantly research into how to improve
the quality of ts products necessitated the new cement grade.
The Dangote Cement boss reasoned that with the higher grade of cement
quality, the incidence of building collapse could be controlled.
In his contribution, Engr. Joe Makoju, the Honorary Adviser to the
President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote described the introduction of
the new cement as ground breaking, saying Nigeria is now one of the best
quality producers of cement in the world.
“No matter the sophistication of the structure, this is the best grade for
any civil construction. Dangote did not create the standard. The standard
has been there, we have only blazed the trail by starting its production.
Its' good for lead bearing colums”, Makoju explained.