EAPCC’s turnaround plan yields fruit, lowers prices

NAIROBI JULY 19, 2017 — East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC), Kenya’s oldest cement manufacturer, continues to successfully implement a turnaround strategy that has improved operational efficiencies at the manufacturer.


This has enabled the legacy manufacturer to immediately pass the cost benefits to the consumer by reducing the ex-factory price of a cement bag as of two weeks ago, offering added value to the consumer considering that Blue Triangle is a premium cement.


The listed cement manufacturer is currently implementing a strategic turnaround plan it embarked on last year, whose main planks are to enhance operational efficiencies, bolster the firm’s financial performance and ensure consistent product availability.


EAPCC Managing Director, Simon Peter Ole Nkeri, said that the firm has improved its processes to support availability of Blue Triangle Cement across the country, and to ensure that it is accessible and affordable.


“Over the last 10 months, we have been re-engineering our processes from production to distribution, sales and marketing. Besides securing availability of raw materials, we have been working on cost management as well as process improvement and alignment. This is a continuous process to ensure that we deliver optimally and turn around the fortunes of EAPCC. Our ultimate goal is to maintain a stable supply of efficiently produced and quality cement to support nation building,” Mr Ole Nkeri added.


EAPCC also produces its own clinker, a crucial raw material in the manufacture of cement. It is supplementing this supply with competitively priced imports of clinker. The distribution system has also been enhanced to improve turnaround times; and internal controls have been stepped up to identify and reap cost savings within the business.


“Our streamlined operations put us in good stead to compete favorably and to support our customers’ demands in all their building and construction projects. We remain committed to deliver the same quality, strength and durability through our products, just as we have done over the last 84 years that we have been in operation,” concluded Mr. Ole Nkeri.


In the long-term, EAPCC will upgrade its main plant at Athi River as well as at the quarries to further enhance efficiencies and bring down the cost of production.