Cement firm enhances products


MASERU — Major cement manufacturer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), has announced significant enhancement of their products that offers users 15 percent more value.
The new products will be available in Lesotho from July 18, the company said.
In a statement on Monday last week PPC said that its new products help in reducing concrete costs.
They also allow builders and contractors to produce 15 percent more concrete of equal or higher quality than before the enhancement.
“OPC cement 1 product will change to 52,5N classification (previously 42,5N) and Surebuild has been upgraded from a 32,5R cement to 42,5N cement,” the statement said.
Apart from reducing the concrete material cost per cubic metre, the new products also offer other productivity benefits to builders and contractors, the company added.
These include faster strength development, quicker removal of formwork, faster floating and finishing of concrete floors — all of which result in optimal use of labour in construction plants, therefore resulting in significant downstream savings.
Customer executive at PPC, Richard Tomes, said the research and development (R and D) arm and staff at PPC operations have been working together to achieve higher and tighter specifications that will ensure that end-users get more yield out of every bag of cement.
“A project using 100 bags of normal general purpose cement to cast floor slabs in a house would typically yield 70 m2, with PPC’s new 42,5N Surebuild, the same project with the same number of bag will allow the builder to produce at least 10,5 m2 more,”  Tomes said.
“We are taking a clear message to the nation that PPC and its cement products not only have the ability to help customers realise their construction dreams, but also the compassion to better lives for every citizen,” he said.
PPC’s  landmarks and the development of its infrastructure and major construction projects in South Africa include the Union Buildings, Gariep Dam, Van Staden’s River Bridge, Gautrain infrastructure and Africa’s biggest stadium, Soccer City.


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