Cement manufacturer ARM Cement in Kenya has announced that it will launch a new technology in the production of cement, a move that will significantly reduce the cost of construction,the firm’s chief executive has announced.
Speaking during a construction expo organised by Totally Concrete East Africa in collaboration with ARM Cement, chief executive Pradeep Paunrana said that the expensive technology in the production of cement was pushing up the final of houses.
He noted that the high cost of houses had made it hard for Kenyans to own houses.
“We need to be more economical to keep prices of finished houses within reach for final users – something that will not cost an arm and a leg for a house of office owner. We can achieve this by ensuring that that the materials that go into the construction of housing units are cheaply sourced and technologies are there to help us do this,” he said.
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The construction market in Kenya is set for cutthroat competition after X-Calibur Construction Chemistry Inc., a US-based construction products manufacturer said that it was constructing a concrete and cement additive manufacturing plant in Kenya aiming to tap on the wider East African region.
The firm said that it would open a manufacturing plant in Nairobi late next year in a move to ease distribution of its products across the East African market.
X-Calibur managing director Brian Davies said that they will mainly concentrate on concrete admixtures adding that the raw materials were on the way to Kenya.
The on concrete admixtures manufacturing plant with projected capacity to produce approximately one million litres of concrete and cement additives is awaiting manufacturing approvals relevant authorities such as Kenya Bureau of Standards before starting operations.
Admixtures are used to boost concrete strength and helps in workability retention.
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