Why you should work with a cement supplier

Work with a cement supplier

LafargeHolcim Tanzania is here to help you with your construction project

All construction projects have budgets and deadlines – important cut-offs that are intended to keep the project on track. One of the best ways to stay on time and within budget is to work with a cement supplier such as LafargeHolcim Tanzania. We can save you time and provide valuable input to ensure that your building is finished to the highest of standards.

LafargeHolcim Tanzania provides a few other value-added services that are designed to make your project faster and easier. We offer advice on the best cement to use for the job and can deliver the cement in bulk to wherever you need it. This allows you to focus on other important tasks and ensure that your construction project runs smoothly. Here are some of the reasons why contractors should work with cement suppliers.

Cement is delivered anywhere

The cement supplier will be able to deliver the product in bulk, to the location of the new building. LafargeHolcim is able to deliver bulk cement in trucks, as well as set up storage silos or large containers to keep your cement dry. The cement will also be delivered quickly and intact.

Cement will be quality guaranteed

The best way to achieve a strong concrete building is to use the same brand of cement. Working with a cement supplier will mean that you never run out of cement for your concrete. The supplier will be able to accurately calculate how many bags of cement you need, taking into account wastage and excess measurements. The project will run more smoothly and the contractor will not need to worry about running out of cement.

Less cement will be wasted

Leading on from the last point, LafargeHolcim can advise contractors on the precise amount of cement needed for any project. Cement deliveries will be made to order and the extra storage facilities provided by LafargeHolcim Tanzania will guarantee that no cement is lost to water damage. Storage containers and silos will protect the cement from the elements.

A cement supplier can give expert input

Not only can a cement supplier deliver the product, but they can also give expert advice and input on your project. LafargeHolcim Tanzania has a complete understanding of the Tembo cement products, including their many uses and properties. We know which type of cement is needed for the job – what project each brand of Tembo cement is ideally suited to.

Working with a cement supplier on your next project will bring many benefits. It will enable you to complete the construction by the deadline and within the allocated budget. It will make tracking the progress much easier, enabling you to focus on other important tasks.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Strategy 2022: Building the Future at LafargeHolcim

Strategy 2022 at LafargeHolcim

The global LafargeHolcim Group aims to simplify business to deliver more valuable products and increase its growth through its Strategy 2022. This initiative places a large focus on the growth of the top and bottom lines to improve value for all stakeholders by the year 2022.

Strategy 2022 plays to the unique strengths of the company, of which LafargeHolcim Tanzania is a contributor. There are three main pillars of Strategy 2022 that will allow the group to achieve its goals in the next few years; growth, simplification of business and financial strength.

Growth

The global building materials market is estimated at US$2.5-billion (~TSh5.8-trillion) and is currently growing by two to three percent per year. Through the first pillar of Strategy 2022, the LafargeHolcim Group will capitalise on this annual growth and deliver an above-market performance.

LafargeHolcim has a strong asset base and is able to invest in markets where greater opportunities exist, such as in Tanzania. Besides its existing cement business, LafargeHolcim will develop more aggressive strategies for its value-added business offerings.

The group will develop better products and applications that are more aligned with the customer’s needs. This includes precast concrete products and additional contracting services. The individual country-based growth strategies of each LafargeHolcim company will focus on enhancing value and leveraging the scale of production.

Simplification of business

This pillar focuses on creating a cost-disciplined operating model with a lighter corporate structure. A greater focus will be placed on individual countries, such as LafargeHolcim Tanzania, to empower local markets and become more accountable for their businesses.

LafargeHolcim Group management has been reduced to just nine members. This simplification will allow the group to improve its cost-efficiency, reduce administration costs and increase profitability. The performance culture will also benefit from simplified key performance indicators (KPIs) and better incentives for subsidiary companies to meet their targets.

Financial strength

The financial strength pillar of Strategy 2022 basically aims to maintain an investment-grade credit rating for the duration of the campaign. The growth of the LafargeHolcim Group will be funded by selling selected assets throughout the course of 2019. An estimated US$2-billion (~TSh4.6-trillion) will be raised through this asset divestment.

Through these three pillars, LafargeHolcim will become a more competitive global group. In turn, local businesses and subsidiary companies will benefit. LafargeHolcim Tanzania aligns itself with Strategy 2022 and looks forward to building a better future for Tanzania.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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How to build concrete steps

Concrete steps with pink wall

Get easy access to a raised room with this guide to building steps

Building concrete steps may seem like a difficult task but it’s not too hard. You just need to get the measurements right and use high-quality cement, such as Tembo. Concrete steps are perfect for a durable and sturdy entrance to a raised doorway.

Before creating your concrete steps, you need to work out how high and how long each step needs to be. Some simple maths is needed, along with some other guidelines; each step should be about 18cm high and 30cm long.

The entire project should take two or three days to plan, prepare and pour – excluding the seven days needed for curing the foundations at the start of the project and the steps at the end.

Materials needed to build concrete steps

  • Tembo cement
  • River sand
  • Crushed stone
  • Steel rebar
  • Rubble
  • Spirit level
  • Wooden stakes
  • Plumber’s line
  • Framing square
  • Wooden formwork (plywood sheets)
  • Hammer
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Spade
  • Tamper
  • Tape measure
  • Broom
  • Twine or string
  • Plastic sheet

How to build concrete steps

  1. Measure the total rise and length of the set of steps from the doorway. To calculate the height and length of each individual step, divide the total rise by 18 and round up the answer to the nearest whole number to see how many steps you’ll need (e.g. total rise of 50cm ÷ 18cm = 2.77, rounded up to 3 steps). Then, divide the total rise again by the new answer to see how high each step should be (e.g. 50cm ÷ 3 steps = 16.67cm). So if your door is 50cm high off the ground, you’ll need to build three steps of 16.67cm high each. If you know the number of steps needed and each step should be 30cm long, then the length of the entire set of steps is the number of steps multiplied by 30cm (e.g. 3 steps × 30cm = 90cm long). Mark out the total length of the steps on the ground with string and some wooden stakes.
  2. Create footings or foundations for the steps. These foundations should be two trenches (about 20cm deep) that run outwards from the door. Mix a batch of concrete using Tembo cement, river sand and crushed stone. Fill the trenches with concrete and insert vertical lengths of steel rebar; one per step in each trench. While the footings cure for seven days, dig out 10cm of the soil between the two footings, fill it with rubble and tamp it flat. Cut each piece of rebar so that it will be 3cm below the surface of the concrete when the steps are poured.
  3. Create some wooden formwork for your steps. Outline the steps on a piece of plywood. Clamp two pieces of plywood together and cut out this outline. These two pieces of plywood will be the sides of the formwork. Place the plywood outlines on the outside of the concrete footings and use small wooden stakes to hold the formwork upright. Use the framing square to check that the formwork is perpendicular to the doorway. Check that the formwork is plumb using the plumber’s line. For each step, cut a piece of plywood to the width of the step and screw it to the vertical rise on both sides of the plywood outline – this will be the vertical support for the rise of each step. Once the forwork is created, brace the sides with diagonal wooden stakes to support the weight of the wet concrete.
  4. Pour a pile of rubble into the formwork, then top with crushed stone. Tamp it flat with every layer and leave at least 10cm of space for the concrete that will be poured in next.
  5. Mix a large batch of concrete in a wheelbarrow using Tembo cement and river sand. Fill the formwork with wet concrete and smooth the top of each step with a trowel and a straight edge. Tap the sides of the forwork to release any bubbles trapped in the concrete.
  6. After 12 to 24 hours (or when the concrete is just dry enough to keep its shape), remove the formwork and smooth all the edges of the steps. Use a broom to brush the surface of the steps to create a rough grip. This will prevent you from slipping in the rain.
  7. Leave the steps to cure for at least seven days. Keep the concrete damp at all times and cover with a large plastic sheet to prevent it from drying out too quickly.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Developing local talent a priority at LafargeHolcim Tanzania

Ezekiel Mwakaje works at LafargeHolcim Tanzania where they develop local talent

LafargeHolcim Tanzania empowers local citizens through new employment opportunities. We aim to develop the country and strengthen the economy through the building and infrastructure industry. LafargeHolcim Tanzania prides itself on developing local talent and harnessing opportunities for Tanzanians.

Don’t just take our word for it; hear from a few people that have joined the LafargeHolcim family recently. Ezekiel Mwakaje joined the company in January 2019. “Actually, it is a dream come true to me because I have been dreaming to work for Lafarge for the past four or five years,” says Mwakaje.

“I’m glad to be part of the bigger team with a very wide network, of which the target or the aim is to impact people’s lives, the planet and the community at large,” he explains. “For me, I feel honoured to be here,” Mwakaje adds.

By developing local talent, LafargeHolcim Tanzania establishes itself as a leader in the industry and is able to produce quality products. Our Tembo cement brands are versatile and durable. We aim to improve the careers and lives of all Tanzanians; those who join our team and those who use our Tembo products.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim group innovation and road to 2030

LafargeHolcim road to 2030

LafargeHolcim is a forward-looking group of companies that strives to improve its product and service offerings. The global group also aims to develop solutions with improved environmental and social performance compared to the standards of today. This innovation is what makes LafargeHolcim a leader in the industry.

The group is considered to be a thought leader in the construction sector that accelerates transformation along the whole value chain. They identify, promote and reward innovative ideas in the global construction industry and can financially back these concepts via the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

LafargeHolcim group road to 2030

The LafargeHolcim group has set a number of targets for 2030 that will direct its subsidiary companies, like LafargeHolcim Tanzania, along a certain path. Of the main goals is to generate 33% of net sales (from all products and services) with improved sustainability performance.

This means that one-third of all sales by 2030 will be innovate products that are better for society and the environment. The group has currently achieved 8%, pushing LafargeHolcim a quarter of the way to its goal already.

LafargeHolcim believes that the construction industry needs to transform the way it operates to become more sustainable and more mindful of the resources it uses. Climate change, urbanisation and resource depletion are challenges that currently face the industry.

These challenges require innovative solutions, such as new material manufacturing processes, better building methods and higher design standards. LafargeHolcim is committed to developing these solutions by using its advanced research and development capabilities. The group will build a portfolio of new concepts that will benefit society and the environment.

Three key plans for 2030

LafargeHolcim aims to develop three key plans in order to help the group reach the goals for 2030. Here are the plans and how the group will achieve them:

1. Maintain its leadership position in sustainable solutions

LafargeHolcim will continue to use its influence to support sustainable ideas and create a portfolio of the best solutions for society, the environment and business. The group currently invests the most in research and development activities among international cement companies – a position which it will strive to maintain going forward.

2. Improve thought leadership in the construction industry

LafargeHolcim aims to lead cross-sectoral partnerships that align goals and improve the entire construction industry. This will drive transformation towards a progressive, solution-based sector. The group aims to create a proactive network of industry leaders and NGOs to help them fulfil this plan.

3. Promote the most sustainable construction practices

Through the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the group will create awareness of the importance of sustainable building practices among the global industry. The foundation has also partnered with universities and training academies around the world to advance the academic teachings and discourse related to construction and engineering.

The foundation supports the group in its research and development efforts by conducting academic symposiums on topics such as low carbon dioxide binders, recycling demolition waste or the life cycle economy of buildings.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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How to make a concrete drainage ditch

Concrete drainage ditch

It is important to drain water away from your house when it rains. Water that pools near your building may seep into the structure and affect the foundations over a long period of time. The water can put extra pressure on the concrete base of your house and can even soak through into any underground rooms you may have.

Proper drainage is a vital aspect of a property that is often overlooked. The soil should be graded and angled away from the building, and proper gutters and spouts should be installed on the roof that direct rainwater away from the foundations.

One more preventative measure you can take is to build your own concrete drainage ditch that funnels water to a lower point than the house. These concrete drainage ditches can be fitted with plastic or metal grates over the top to prevent injury by accidentally stepping in the channel.

Materials needed to make a concrete drainage ditch

  • Tembo cement or Tembo SupaSet
  • River sand
  • Plastic or metal grate sections
  • Pickaxe
  • Shovel
  • Spirit level
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Straight edge
  • Tamper

Steps to build a concrete drainage ditch

  1. Map out the patch of the ditch on the ground. Use the pickaxe to dig a trench for the drainage ditch. You can dig as deep as you like, depending on how much water you expect to flow through the ditch, but about 30cm deep and 30cm wide is ideal. Make sure the bottom of the ditch is angled at a slight downward slope away in the direction that you want the water to flow.
  2. Pour a 2cm layer of sand into the ditch and flatten it with a tamper. Check the slope with a spirit level once again.
  3. Mix your cement with the river sand according to the instructions on the cement bag. You’re looking for a paste-like consistency in the concrete.
  4. Using a trowel, place wet concrete in the ditch. Don’t forget to put concrete on the sides of the ditch too. Remove any grass from the surface of the ground near the ditch to make it easier to level the concrete sides with the ground.
  5. Using a straight edge, flatten and smooth the concrete on the bottom and sides of the ditch. Use the spirit level to check that the ditch still has a downward slope.
  6. If the ditch crosses a path or doorway, you can set a plastic or metal grate in the wet concrete, flush with the ground over the top of the ditch. You could even line the entire top of the ditch with these grates as an extra safety precaution to prevent people accidentally stepping in.
  7. Keep the concrete damp for seven days while it cures. Avoid stepping on the grates while the concrete is curing.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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Benefits of international experience in local markets: Biolands International

International business building school in Tanzania

LafargeHolcim Tanzania has strong international connections through the global LafargeHolcim group. This access to international experience has many benefits for the company, including working alongside multinational businesses operating in Tanzania.

Biolands International Limited, a certified organic cocoa producer and exporter, has recently undertaken an infrastructure development project in Tanzania. The company is constructing new schools and hospitals in several communities around Kyela. Biolands International is working alongside LafargeHolcim Tanzania to improve the living standards for local citizens.

Tembo cement used in the project

This infrastructure development project will use Tembo FastaPlus cement, which is manufactured by LafargeHolcim Tanzania in Mbeya. In addition, a LafargeHolcim Tanzania soil-stabilised brick machine is being used to create the bricks for the construction of the schools and hospitals.

Working with multinational companies helps to boost the local economy. Local products are used in the development project and new jobs are created for Tanzanians. The educational and medical facilities are also being improved to a high standard as a result of this project.

Biolands International Limited

Biolands International specialises in producing and exporting organic cocoa. The company also offers organic cocoa smallholder programmes for local farmers wanting to grow the plant in Mbeya and Ruvuma. Cocoa is the major ingredient in chocolate.

Biolands International provides training and technical advice for farmers in the industry. They also supply quality cocoa seedlings that guarantee better crops and improve income for farmers. The company was founded in 1999 and, like LafargeHolcim Tanzania, it is based in Mbeya.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania offers quality product delivery

Tembo cement delivery on truck

Your Tembo cement orders, delivered with care

One of the value-added services offered by LafargeHolcim Tanzania is the fast and safe delivery of our products. This quality product delivery ensures peace of mind that your Tembo cement order will arrive on-time.

Choosing the right brand of cement is important for several reasons. A good cement brand will go beyond just the quality of their product. Service, customer care and delivery are all elements of a reliable company. LafargeHolcim Tanzania offers fast and safe delivery.

Choose from one of our Tembo cement brands – we have just the right specifications for all your construction needs. LafargeHolcim Tanzania puts our customers first and will go above and beyond to meet your expectations and fulfil your requirements.

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LafargeHolcim is a leading building materials and solutions company that has been operating in international markets for decades. We produce cement and aggregates for construction projects, ranging from small affordable housing developments to large-scale infrastructure projects such as high-rise buildings, dams and bridges.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania has been supplying the country and neighbouring countries with our world-class Tembo cement brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region at Songwe in Southwest Tanzania.

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At LafargeHolcim Tanzania, we believe customers come first. We listen to your specific requirements to supply and develop the best solutions for your needs. As the new leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the finest materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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