THE pioneer and leader of the Malaysian cement industry, Lafarge Malayan Cement, will transfer an idle cement grinding mill, presently at its Langkawi plant, to the Rawang facility, thus increasing the grinding capacity of the latter by 800,000 tonnes of cement a year.
The additional cement mill was expected to be commissioned and would start production in July 2005, Lafarge president and chief executive officer Alain Crouy said in a statement yesterday.
He said it would also enable Lafarge to consume the excess clinker from its Rawang and Kanthan plants, which had increased clinker production over the last few years as a result of improved performance.
This would reduce the group’s overall logistic costs as the need to ship cement from the Kanthan plant in Perak would be reduced and the excess cement from the sea-fronting Langkawi plant would be exported to bring in more foreign earnings, Crouy said.
“By increasing the grinding capacity of our plant, we will be able to better serve our customers both from a logistical and 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,” he said.
At present, Lafarge 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. – Bernama