CIMERWA is Rwanda s only integrated cement producer. Established 30 years ago, the firm s production plant is located in Bugarama, Rusizi district in South Western border of Rwanda.
This is the only cement company in Rwanda that mines the raw materials, produces the clinker concentrate, packs and sells cement for general and civil construction. Some of its products are exported to the DRC and Burundi. CIMERWA has invested USD 170 million in a new modern dry process production plant at its head office in Bugarama with a capacity to turn out 600,000 tons of cement per year. This is a six-fold increase from the older plant s total production that was capped at 100,000 tons per year.
CIMERWA is 51 per cent owned by PPC Ltd, Southern Africa s largest cement producer. PPC Ltd has been in the cement business for more than 100 years and is a public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. CIMERWA is committed to building strong partnerships with leaders and members of the local community. In the process, the firm has helped set up a number of initiatives geared at improving the livelihoods of the people. These include a nursery and primary school, medical clinic, an ambulance and providing them with clean, piped water. The firm has also helped enterprising people set up a carpentry workshop, knitting and tailoring outfits.