Lafarge South Africa, a major cement manufacturer in South Africa, welcomed the preliminary report issued by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) on the 15th of May 2015, following an investigation that provisional anti-dumping duties have been imposed against Pakistan cement manufacturers.
After an intensive investigation, ITAC will present their findings to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). Should the Minister of Trade and Industry accept ITAC's recommendation, he will request that the Minister of Finance to impose final anti-dumping duties.
Cheap imported cement remains and issue for Lafarge as the impact of imports on the domestic cement industry could result in job losses, underutilisation of production capacity and reduced return on investments. Of further concern is the imported cement is only subject to spot quality checks bringing the integrity of the imported product into question while local our product is subject to stringent quality inspection.
In light of this, Lafarge as a world leader in building materials is committed to act as a responsible industrial player in each country where it operates and will not compromise on the quality of the products they produce. Lafarge will continue to produce fully beneficiated local cement to boost the economy and prevent job losses.
Lafarge has the world's leading building materials research facility and places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. To achieve this Lafarge's cement production follows stringent quality tests. Products are certified by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) assuring customers that products are safe, fit for purpose and offer redress.
Lafarge implements a strict safety policy for employees and contractors to promote a culture of safety that establishes Lafarge as one of the world's leading companies in this domain.
The company contributes to building better cities and communities through the responsible use of resources. Lafarge brand name stands for caring for customers, employees and for producing the highest quality in building materials.
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A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of €12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, pulverised fly ash, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings through its various business units. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better rural towns and villages.
Additional information is available on the website at www.lafarge.co.za