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Pacific Cement To Expand Operation With Their First Warehouse In Lautoka

“We want to build a warehouse in Lautoka that can accommodate for around 3,000 to 5,000 tonnes of cement,” he said. “This new warehouse will be built on a three-acre land.”
11 Sep 2019 14:33
Pacific Cement To Expand Operation With Their First Warehouse In Lautoka
The Pacific Cement Pte Ltd warehouse at Califonia Road in Lovu, Lautoka.This is the warehouse the company is renting. Photo: Charles Chambers

Six months down the line the Pacific Cement Pte Ltd will build their first warehouse in Lautoka.

This was confirmed by company chief executive officer Sowani Tuidrola.

Speaking to Fiji Sun, Mr Tuidrola said this warehouse is to cater to the Western Division.

New warehouse

“We want to build a warehouse in Lautoka that can accommodate for around 3,000 to 5,000 tonnes of cement,” he said.

“This new warehouse will be built on a three-acre land.”

Mr Tuidrola said since last month the company was renting a warehouse in Califonia Road, Lovu, in Lautoka, and it’s operating very well.

“We don’t have any warehouse in other centres. In Labasa, we send it directly to the merchants. Lautoka will be the first warehouse.

“We are still in the preliminary stages of looking at Lautoka project.”

He said: “To build a warehouse is quite expensive. But that will depend on the size of the warehouse to built.”

Mr Tuidrola did not comment on the cost of the new warehouse.

Pacific Cement chief executive officer Sowani Tuidrola. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Pacific Cement chief executive officer Sowani Tuidrola. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Road restriction

He said due to the road weight restriction they were hiring a Cruz Holding Limited barge shifting cement from Suva to Lautoka and Labasa.

“We load cement for the West and Labasa every 10 days depending on the availability of the barge.”

This week he said they would be loading 1,100 tonnes of cement by barge.

“We will offload 700 tonnes in Lautoka and 400 tonnes to Labasa.”

Mr Tuidrola said one barge can carry 1,100 tonnes of cement, this is equivalent 48 lorries on the road with an average weight of 23 tonnes.

The cost he said was quite comparable.

“For us, our customers are very important.”

Future plans

When asked on plans to built a warehouse in the Northern Division, he said plans are all in the pipeline.

“We hope this will be a good year for Pacific Cement,” he added.

Pacific Cement Limited

Pacific Cement Ltd (PCL) is the premier supplier of cement and related products in Fiji and is the preferred supplier of cement in the Pacific Island Countries.

For over 56 years, they have prided themselves in producing world-class quality cement that’s CONSUMED in both private and public SECTOR projects all over Fiji and South Pacific which includes New Zealand.

In the South Pacific Islands, they supply cement to eight Pacific Island Countries which are:

  • Solomon Islands,
  • Tonga,
  • Samoa,
  • Vanuatu,
  • Tuvalu,
  • Cook Islands,
  • Kiribati and
  • Wallis and Futuna and
  • New Zealand.

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