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Sri Lanka’s Tokyo Cement to expand sand output

Jul 14, 2017 16:53 PM GMT+0530 | 1 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan cement manufacturer Tokyo Cement plans to expand production at its new and manufacturing subsidiary to support growing demand in the construction sector amid a sand shortage.

Tokyo Cement entered the sand manufacturing business in 2016 by commissioning a new sand manufacturing plant in Dompe by subsidiary Tokyo Super Aggregate (Pvt) Ltd as part of its backward integration strategy, chairman Harsha Cabral.

“Tokyo Super Aggregate is already supplying some of the sand required for our ready-mix concrete operations,” he told shareholders in the company’s annual report.

“We hope to expand its output in the new financial year to support demand growth.”

The sand plant was set up to produce manufactured sand and aggregates for concrete as natural sand extraction was becoming less of an option given lack of natural sand reserves.

It is a joint venture project with a local partner, Raddella Engineering & Earth Movers (Private) Limited, who has experience and technical know-how for the highly specialized product.

Tokyo Cement Managing Director S R Gnanam said shortages of key raw materials, such as sand and aggregates, put additional pressure on overall industry prices during the year.

“Currently, the western province is in short supply of sand due to restrictions on river sand mining and sand transport licenses,” he said.

“The construction sector is also starved for aggregates due to the port project absorbing most of the immediately available granite rock.”

Gnanam said the new sand manufacturing factory gives the firm access to manufactured sand at a reasonable price for ready mix concrete, despite the shortage of river sand in Colombo.

“As the country is already facing a shortage of sand we hope to increase sand outputs from Tokyo Super Aggregate for our ready-mix plants. This will contribute significantly towards holding down the cost of ready-mix concrete.”
(COLOMBO, July 14, 2017)



  1. sacre blieu July 15, 06:47 AM

    Will this also lead to environment damage. AS stated, the demand is greater than supply. The continuous impact has devastated many areas, and there is no visible approach that would lessen the impact. Ironically, the high quality and huge reserves of clinker in the Northern area is continuously ignored by the government and not put into use to manufacture cement of high quality by reviving the Cement Corporation factory, and save foreign exchange and reduce the debt of the country. Is this also a conspiracy with the importers and established manufacturers. The shareholders are been deliberately ignored.

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