Ce­ment com­pany spends US$5.5 mil­lion to dou­ble out­put

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

AF­TER SPEND­ING US$5.5 mil­lion to in­crease its ca­pac­ity, Caribbean Ce­ment Com­pany Lim­ited has promised that the tight­ness in the sup­ply of ce­ment will be rec­ti­fied within the next 72 hours.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, it has taken note of re­cent re­ports of a mi­nor glitch in the sup­ply chain of ce­ment in the lo­cal mar­ket, but this has been ad­dressed and nor­mal de­liv­ery is be­ing re­stored.

“In re­cent months, the com­pany has em­barked on a J$700 mil­lion (or US$5.5 mil­lion) over­haul of the kiln and one of our ce­ment mills at our Rock­fort plant, which are in des­per­ate need of up­grade as they were op­er­at­ing be­low their op­ti­mal ca­pac­ity.

“In an­tic­i­pa­tion of this work, our in­ven­to­ries were in­creased to sat­isfy any down­turn in sup­ply. De­spite those ac­tions, dur­ing that pe­riod, our sup­ply to the mar­ket was at 90 per cent of peak de­mand, lead­ing to a slight ra­tioning of sup­ply,” the com­pany said in a re­lease yes­ter­day.

“Dur­ing the next 24 hours, the kiln and mill will re­turn to nor­mal op­er­a­tion, and our ca­pac­ity to pro­duce will be at dou­ble the is­land’s peak de­mand for ce­ment,” added the com­pany.

Ac­cord­ing to Caribbean Ce­ment, reg­u­lar pro­duc­tion has been re­stored and it will have ex­cess ca­pac­ity to meet the needs of all its cus­tomers by Tues­day.

“We apol­o­gise for this un­avoid­able mi­nor glitch, and ap­pre­ci­ate the un­der­stand­ing of our cus­tomers with which we have main­tained close com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“This nec­es­sary up­grade has put the com­pany in a po­si­tion to meet and sur­pass the in­creased de­mand which is be­ing fore­cast, based on the ex­pected spike in con­struc­tion projects across Ja­maica in the up­com­ing months,” said Caribbean Ce­ment.

Over the last week, callers to our news­room had com­plained that they were un­able to get their reg­u­lar sup­ply of ce­ment from deal­ers in sev­eral sec­tions of is­land.

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