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SA’s PPC Mill Expects ‘To Lift Capacity By 30%’

It seems that after lingering for long after 2009 recession, the Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) is all set on its mission to recovery. Backed by its newly upgraded technology, the Company is expecting to extend its cement production capacity by a staggering 30%. Of lately, the Company had faced tough time when the local demand could not be met while the international demand was growing.

The SA’s biggest cement maker will churn out and sell premium products in its new R699m largest manufacturing facility in Pretoria. The mill was commissioned last year.

Confirming the news, Kevin Odendaal, the company’s investor relations and Strategy Manager, said, “It (the new technology) is extremely efficient on electricity, up to 30% more efficient, which is especially relevant, considering that the plant will run at high volumes”.

The Company had been quite disappointed with the loss it incurred as 5% of the market went in imports and further, it is concerned about subsidized imported cement.

Meanwhile, the Company is planning to expand its wings elsewhere in Africa in order to compensate for the loss it incurred during poor sales at home. Moving further, the Company is considering refurnishing other plants within three to five years.

BMW to improve Chennai plant capacity

German vehicle manufacturer BMW has announced to improve its production capacity at its Chennai plant. BMW India President Peter Kronschnabl has said that Indian auto market is developing remarkably by these years.

For the year 2010, the company is eying to get a double digit growth figure with a minimum sales volume of 4,000 vehicles. Therefore the company is planning to manufacture more from its Chennai plant so that the supply can catch the demand in the market.

Now the BMW Chennai plant has a capacity of 3,000 units per annum. Last year BMW has sold 3,619 units of luxury cars as compared to 3,247 units of its major rival Mercedes.

Kronschnabl has also informed that BMW is having an excellent market share of 41% in the premium segment of cars in India. It was around 9% in 2006. In between these three and half years the firm has performed reasonably good to capture such a commanding market share.

Moreover, he has said that BMW is going to invest more on its plants and working to enhance the capacity and soon there will be an official announcement on this issue.