Petaling Jaya, Thursday 4 November 2004
Lafarge Malayan Cement (LMC) is pleased to announce it has embarked on a project to transfer an idle cement grinding mill presently located in its Langkawi plant to its Rawang plant, thereby increasing the cement grinding capacity of the latter by 800,000 tonnes of cement a year. The additional cement mill is expected to be commissioned and to start production in July 2005. It will enable LMC to consume the excess clinker from its Rawang and Kanthan plants which have increased clinker production over the last few years as a result of improved performance. This will reduce the Group's overall logistic costs as the need to ship cement from its Langkawi plant to the mainland in Peninsular Malaysia and to export excess clinker from its Kanthan plant in Perak will be reduced. Also, the additional excess cement from the sea-fronting Langkawi plant will be exported to bring in more foreign earnings.
"By increasing the grinding capacity of our Rawang Plant which is approximately 35 km north of Kuala Lumpur, we will be able to better serve our customers, both from a logistical and a quality standpoint. The natural market of our Rawang plant is the Klang Valley and the surrounding region which constitute a significant portion of Peninsular Malaysia's total cement consumption," said LMC President & CEO, Alain Crouÿ.
Crouÿ added that LMC is regularly reviewing the clinker and cement capacities of the Group as a continuing process to improve its market position and in keeping up with the domestic cement demand evolution. At present, LMC operates three integrated cement plants in Rawang, Kanthan and Langkawi, a grinding plant in Pasir Gudang, Johor and nationwide distribution channels by road, rail and sea.
Listed on Bursa Malaysia Main Board, Lafarge Malayan Cement Berhad is the parent of a group of companies whose core businesses are the manufacture and sale of cement, ready-mixed concrete and related building materials. It is the pioneer and leader of the Malaysian cement industry with a current annual capacity of 8 million tonnes of clinker and 13 million tonnes of cement. It is a member of the Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials operating in 75 countries with 75,000 employees worldwide. More information is available on: www.lafarge-mcement.com.my.