South Africa: PPC (formerly Pretoria Portland Cement) has announced that full-year profit in 2013 was increased by 10% after improved sales in its home market and neighbouring Zimbabwe. Net income rose to US$92m in the 12 months to September 2013 from US$83m in 2012.
"Cement sales in our home territories, particularly Zimbabwe and South Africa, have shown good growth," said Ketso Gordhan, chief executive officer of PPC.
PPC is expanding in Africa through acquisitions to offset tougher competition in its domestic market. The company will have three new plants operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Ethiopia by the end of 2015, boosting capacity by more than a third to as much as 11Mt/yr.
"Due to modest growth, the domestic trading environment remains tough and highly competitive," said a PPC representative. "We are on track to meet our strategic objective of generating 40% of our revenues from the rest of the continent by 2017."