Cement manufacturer, Savannah Cement, has reiterated its corporate commitment to support the local roads infrastructure development sub-sector, with its planned commercial launch of specially produced cement type technically known as Hydraulic Road Binder. As part of its business growth plans, Savannah Cement, is preparing to launch a Savannah Hydraulic Road Binder (HRB) product, to be used in stabilization of soils in road construction projects.
Speaking on the sidelines, of a Kenya Roads Board (KRB) Roads Sub-Sector stakeholder workshop, Savannah Cement, Managing Director, Ronald Ndegwa, said, the firm has taken the lead in the development of the Savannah HRB product.
The development of the Savannah HRB product, Ndegwa added, is part of a commitment by the firm which is Kenya’s latest cement manufacturing firm, to provide a range of diversified products to spur public and private sector construction needs.
The firm, he added is also steadily supplying quality cement products to other infrastructural development fronts including the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project.
On the roads sub sectors, HRB products used in road construction works are currently imported from overseas and the launch of a Savannah HRB product is expected to contribute up to 30% cost savings on the road construction budgets.
The launch of the Savannah HRB product, targeted to fuel the delivery of County level and annuity financed road construction projects, Ndegwa said, is also part of the firm’s commitment to embrace the government’s 40% local content supply commitments.
During his Madaraka Day address, President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed that the Jubilee administration, has set a target to ensure that 40 per cent of all services and goods procured by Government are locally produced.
“In the Buy Kenya, Build Kenya spirit, Savannah Cement, is actively working to provide home-grown solutions to various infrastructure development challenges as part of our commitment to support national growth,” Ndegwa said. And added: “Working in collaboration with the Kenya Roads Board, among other partners, the development of a Savannah HRB product, will ultimately support the cost effective development of local roads which are an economic enabler.”
Expected to retail at a lower rate than conventional cement, the new Savannah Cement HRB product will contribute significant cost savings to the national road construction budget. Globally, HRB products are used in place of mainstream cement and lime products for soil stabilisation on loose road surfaces.
Savannah Cement, recently expressed a commitment to produce market driven products in a collaborative partnership with local building and construction professionals’. The commitment, which, is in line with global trends, will soon see the firm producing various specialist products to meet the market demands for Building & Construction engineers, architects and quantity surveyors undertaking specific projects.
Such specialist products, may include road paving, decorative, waterproofing and adhesive type of cements among others.
With forecasted business growth from both the public and private sector cement product supplies, Savannah Cement, is investing more than US$100million, in the installation of its second high efficiency milling plant to meet growing demand for its products.
The new milling plant to be installed at the firm’s manufacturing complex, near Kitengela town features the latest cement manufacturing technology which allows for eco-friendly, dust and related emissions free cement production.