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Fareed: Need to import cement

Fareed: Need to import cement
June 20
11:00 2017

Fiji will need to import 35,000-40,000 tonnes of cement in the next three months to meet the excess demand in the local retail markets.

This was the comment made by Fijian Holdings Ltd chief executive officer, Nouzab Fareed, while speaking to this newspaper on the overall function of Pacific Cement Ltd yesterday.

“Pacific Cement Ltd has started operation and producing cement on Sunday, but with a limited capacity production,” Mr Fareed said.

“Since yesterday (Sunday), we’re able to deliver 50 tonnes of cement.

“We are lacking 25 per cent of our production capacity. We will be upgrading to 50 per cent by 3pm today (yesterday). We are trying to increase our production capacity step by step.”

Mr Fareed said by tomorrow they would be increasing their production to 75 per cent and they were happy with that.

“If we maintain this, we will be producing 10,000-12,000 tonnes of cement in a month.”

“Once the trunnion gear arrives by July, which is the third stage, we should be able to produce about 4,000 – 5,000 tonnes of cement.”

However, Mr Fareed said if they were to produce within their maximum capacity, they could not meet the excessive demand for cement.

“We are ready to meet customers who want to order cement from overseas, if they need our assistance in identifying if they’re importing good cement.

Mr Fareed added they were also looking to import cement from international markets.

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