PPC ready to respond rapidly to any infrastructure-led uptick in cement demand

Roland van Wijnen – PPC CEO talks infrastructure-led uptick in cement demand

Cement producer PPC says it is well positioned to benefit from any uptick in South African cement demand given that it has immediate capacity on standby that will require no additional capital expenditure to reintroduce.

However, CEO Roland van Wijnen stresses that without a significant increase in infrastructure investments, South African demand is anticipated to remain subdued.

“We have two kiln lines – one at Dwaalboom and the other at Slurry – that are literally on standby,” Van Wijnen told Engineering News in an interview.

Should these be reintroduced, at least two-million tons could be brought on within weeks, as the group demonstrated was feasible when there was a rebound in demand following South Africa’s Covid lockdowns