PNG Tai­heiyo Ce­ment

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PNG’s only ce­ment pro­ducer, PNG Tai­heiyo Ce­ment, is based in Lae and op­er­ates a mod­ern plant—the first of its kind in the South Pa­cific.

It pro­duces Type 1 Port­land ce­ment, un­der the Par­adise brand. All raw ma­te­ri­als such as clinker are im­ported from its Ja­panese par­ent com­pany, Tai­heiyo Ce­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (TCC). It then pro­cesses (grinds), packs and dis­trib­utes ce­ment to do­mes­tic and ex­port cus­tomers. TCC bought out PNG Tai­heiyo Ce­ment upon pri­vati­sa­tion in 2000.

It has a pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 200,000 tonnes and its op­er­a­tions in­clude its own stor­age silo and wharf, and can cater for ves­sels of 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes dead weight.

PNG Tai­heiyo also ex­ports to the Solomon Is­lands, Van­u­atu and Mi­crone­sia, as well as im­port­ing ce­ment un­der the ‘Pre­mium’ brand from Nghi Son Ce­ment in Viet­nam, a com­pany that has be­longed to the TCC Group since the be­gin­ning of 2013.

‘PNG’s con­sump­tion of ce­ment is still low com­pared to other coun­tries,’ says Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Takashi Watan­abe. ‘But de­mand is steadily in­creas­ing due to real es­tate and ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects.’

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