Building Materials Centre paving the future of Tanzania

Building Materials Centre paving the future of Tanzania

The future holds many challenges for Tanzanians, especially in the infrastructure sector. Luckily, LafargeHolcim Tanzania understands these challenges and can help Tanzanians prepare to overcome them. We offer training programmes and free knowledge-sharing sessions at our Building Materials Centre in Dar es Salaam. 

LafargeHolcim Tanzania shares the interests and concerns of the communities around us. We actively engage with locals to prepare them to meet these challenges and share value with them. Contractors, architects, engineers, developers, investors and students can attend the training programmes and advanced building dialogues at the Building Materials Centre.

The challenges we expect to face in the future are diverse. We help to prepare locals to tackle issues of energy efficiency, environmental certification, best construction techniques and balancing the cost versus quality of a project. By sharing knowledge and allowing experienced speakers to give an insight into their jobs, Tanzanians can face the future head-on.

These training programmes and educational sessions will advance the Tanzanian construction sector. They also raise awareness of the high-quality local building materials on offer, such as Tembo cement products. The future of any country lies largely in the infrastructure sector. Solid infrastructure and preparedness will ensure that the country continues to develop properly. This can be achieved through a skilled workforce that is able to build better cities in the future.

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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 Mbeya, 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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Building Materials Centre to prepare students for future changes

Building Materials Centre to prepare students for future changes

The world is changing rapidly. Africa and Tanzania are experiencing rapid urbanisation which is placing additional pressure on strategic resources, such as water, energy and raw materials. This is a busy time for contractors and building materials suppliers that work to meet the demands of society by upgrading and building new facilities.

As urban centres grow and spread out, the need for more water supplies, electricity, sewage treatment centres and housing increases. It is opening up new job opportunities and LafargeHolcim Tanzania aims to train local citizens to become employable assets in the construction industry.

We recruit, train, develop and retain the best local talent at our Building materials Centre in Dar es Salaam. This allows Tanzania to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities that the future of urbanisation brings. Rapid change requires rapid solutions and LafargeHolcim Tanzania is working to solve this.

We prepare eager postgraduates, engineers, contractors and stakeholders in the building sector for the future while delivering value to our customers and society at large. The Building Materials Centre gives Tanzanians the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills about construction. We host knowledge-sharing sessions where experts share valuable insights into their industry and careers.

LafargeHolcim Tanzania has also paid two visits to two local universities this year – Ardhi University and the University of Dar es Salaam, alongside a guest expert who shares their experiences with the students. A range of topics are discussed during these university visits and the team educates the students about the range of Tembo cement products available. This prepares students for the industry and for the future of construction.

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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 Mbeya, 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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Concrete safety hazards and how to prevent them

Concrete safety hazards

Working on construction sites comes with a few occupational hazards, including some of the building materials themselves. However, with proper safety training and an awareness of these hazards, they can be easily prevented. All employees need to take the necessary precautions when working on a construction site.

Even the most simple of tasks need concentration, such as pouring concrete. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a set of guidelines to avoid hazards and accidental injury on a construction site. These hazards include the following:

Injuries from lifting heavy objects

Injuries from improper lifting techniques are some of the most common on building sites, especially when it comes to concrete construction. Cement bags are heavy and lifting them in the wrong way can cause a contractor to hurt their spine or neck. 

It is important to train employees in proper lifting techniques and safe load-carrying procedures. When lifting bags of cement and objects over 25kg, contractors should work together to share the load. If employees have to lift heavy objects by themselves, they must lift with their legs and knees, not their back. 

Keep the back straight and bend the knees to pick up an object. Contractors must also avoid twisting when carrying heavy items as this can result in sprained ankles and spinal injuries. With proper training, injuries from lifting heavy objects can be easy to avoid.  

Injuries from falling objects

Construction sites often contain a combination of loose objects, such as tools and bolts, with heights. If a bolt or a drill falls from five floors up, it can cause severe injuries to anybody standing below it. Falling objects can easily be minimised on-site with due care and attention.

If working up on scaffolding, contractors must secure all tools to their belts or to the scaffolding itself. Safety nets can also be erected beneath the scaffolding to catch any falling objects before they hit any workers below. 

Falling off scaffolding

Like the safety hazard above, scaffolding also presents the chances of workers falling from a height. Contractors can slip and fall off scaffolding if they are not paying attention or if they are not secured to the structure. Foremen should always ensure that their employees wear safety harnesses when working on scaffolding.

Concrete structures such as staircases and open windows can also create falling hazards for contractors. It is important to properly train employees to be aware and concentrate when working at heights greater than one metre. Even a small fall can result in leg injuries or concussion.

Chemical burn hazards

Concrete can cause skin irritation and chemical burns if handled improperly. Wet concrete absorbs moisture as it hardens. It will dry skin easily and can damage the skin cells if not washed off properly. If left untreated, concrete on the skin can lead to blisters, swelling or rashes.

These chemical burns and skin irritation can be simply avoided by rinsing concrete off the skin with clean water. Contractors must always wear proper safety gear, including goggles, gloves, boots and overalls when working with wet concrete.

Respiratory irritation or illness

Working with concrete and cement often results in a lot of dust. Cement is a fine powder that can be breathed in and it can irritate the nose and lungs. Breathing in this dust is always a possibility when sweeping, grinding, pouring and cutting concrete.

A simple way to prevent this hazard is to wear dust masks to minimise the inhalation of cement dust on-site. Even contractors who are downwind of the dust should wear masks to prevent respiratory irritation.

Concrete formwork blowout

When working with heavy concrete structures, there is the possibility that the formwork fails and collapses, resulting in a blowout. These breaks can happen when there is too much pressure from wet concrete pressing on weak formwork. These blowouts can injure workers and weaken the actual structure of the building.

All formwork should be erected according to specifications and checked by site managers. They should have appropriate support to hold the weight of the concrete inside. The formwork material should also be capable of supporting the vertical and horizontal loads of wet concrete.

Vehicle or equipment accidents

These are common workplace hazards. Construction sites often have a lot of heavy vehicles and equipment moving around in tight spaces. The drivers and operators of these vehicles and machinery must be properly trained and certified. Not doing so can present risks for the drivers and other contractors working on the site.

Machinery operators must avoid taking shortcuts to save time. Proper operating procedures must be followed at all times, no matter what. Site managers must train their employees to be vigilant and pay attention to their surroundings constantly. Contractors must also wear high-visibility vests so that vehicle drivers can easily see them.

All construction sites should have a person responsible for overseeing the safety and risk management factors. This often falls into the hands of the foreman, but the person responsible must conduct daily inspections and ensure that all contractors are fit to work on the site. While many hazards exist in the construction industry, proper planning, care and safety procedures can easily prevent these hazards from turning into injuries.

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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 Mbeya, 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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Building Materials Centre: Vision in building materials

Vision in building materials

Building materials are an integral part of the architecture and structure of a project. The end result of a construction project is directly influenced by the materials used. High-quality products and building materials will ensure a durable and well-finished structure is completed. 

LafargeHolcim Tanzania runs a training centre, known as the Building Materials Centre. The facility understands the value of these materials and aims to raise awareness of the importance of these materials through its training courses. The Building Materials Centre also teaches attendees about LafargeHolcim products and the various uses for Tembo cement.

Cement creates a strong binder when mixed with water. This binder can be mixed with sand a crushed stone to form concrete or mortar. Cement is one of the most common building materials as it forms the basis for binding bricks and creating strong foundations for buildings.

Factors to consider when choosing building materials

When looking at various brands of building materials for a construction project, make sure that the supplier has a good reputation and it trustworthy. LafargeHolcim Tanzania stands behind the quality of its Tembo cement and can ensure the fast and safe delivery of construction materials to construction sites.

Here are some other factors to consider when choosing building materials:

  • Durability – The product should be strong and last for many years
  • Environmental impact – The supplier should be considerate of the environment
  • Aesthetics – The finished product should look like a quality structure
  • Maintenance – The material shouldn’t require excessive maintenance
  • Performance and workability – The material should be easy to work with
  • Stability and strength – The product should be strong and stable
  • Installation – The product should be quick and easy to install

These factors are important to engineers and contractors as they impact the time it takes to complete a project. Meeting deadlines is important to keep construction costs down – delays in a project always mean more money is spent.

It is important for contractors, engineers and masons to know about their building materials. LafargeHolcim Tanzania develops sustainability in the construction industry by providing quality cement and construction materials. These materials are strong and safe to use on all construction projects.

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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 Mbeya, 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 runs postgraduate training programmes

Postgraduate training programme attendees at LafargeHolcim Tanzania

A series of postgraduate training programmes have been held by LafargeHolcim Tanzania since 2017. These courses are aimed at growing local talent and giving young graduates a strong start in the building materials industry.

The one-year training programmes enhance the attendees’ knowledge and give them practical experience in the field. Qualified trainees are then offered permanent jobs at LafargeHolcim Tanzania upon the completion of the course.

Fresh graduates in Tanzania can apply to attend the training programmes, provided that they have completed their tertiary studies within the last two years before applying. The trainee programmes are divided into two categories; graduates in training (those with a bachelor degree) and technician in training (those with a diploma or similar qualification).

How the training programmes work

LafargeHolcim Tanzania receives over 1500 curriculum vitae (CVs) from graduates around the country covering different disciplines (engineering, accounting, administration and commerce). After a selection process successful applicants, (20 to 30 trainees) are recruited in the program annually.

Both of the trainee categories run courses for one year. Trainees must complete various tasks under the supervision of a mentor. The mentor is responsible for guiding the trainee’s progress throughout the course of the year.

A bi-weekly assessment of the trainee’s performance is conducted by the supervisor. The results are then submitted to the executive committee for review. Every month, the review panel drops underperforming trainees who show no sign of improvement or growth.

In 2019, 28 trainees have been enrolled in this program at LafargeHolcim Tanzania – 22 engineers and technicians were placed in the industrial division of the company and six graduates in support departments of administration and accounts.

Expected outcome of the trainee programmes

The major goal of the trainee programmes is to develop professional employees who can work for LafargeHolcim Tanzania for many years. The courses are designed to produce innovative and critical-thinking graduates who can make a positive impact on the culture and performance of the company.

Young graduates are also encouraged to bring fresh ideas and insight to the company. Those trainees that do not complete the course, for performance reasons, will be able to apply their newly-acquired knowledge and skills at any other company in the building industry. The trainee programmes give attendees a boost in potential employment.

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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 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 fast tracks supervisors

Attendees at the supervisory development programme graduation

Supervisory Development Programme celebrates graduates

The Supervisory Development Programme (SDP) awarded its attendees with their diplomas on 11 December 2018. The SDP graduates completed a year-long intensive development course, run by LafargeHolcim Tanzania.

The SDP is an educational and practical training course that further develops the skills and key competencies of industrial and non-industrial supervisors. The programme begins with a foundation leadership workshop and then leads into a series of training modules.

The supervisors receive training to improve team performance, the quality of work and to develop positive leadership skills that they can then use in the workplace. A deep level of trust and team building are core benefits of the development programme.

During the course of the SDP, the supervisors are assessed on the eight key areas of their development and competencies. These assessments are followed by monthly one-on-one coaching sessions with the managers to ensure that the supervisors were on-track and performing well.

The supervisors have to complete regular module tests and on-the-job practical assignments in order to test their application of course content in the real world. These workplace assessments are observed by the managers and at the end of the 12-month programme, the supervisors have the skills necessary to perform their duties well.

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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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Matofali Yaliyoimarishwa kwa Udongo na Mradi wa Uashi kwa Vijana wa Tunduma

Soil stabilised brick project

Kampuni ya LafargeHolcim Tanzania imeungana na Kamishna wa Mkoa wa Songwe,
Mheshimiwa. Chiku Galawa, kufanya jaribio la Mradi wa matofali yaliyoimarishwa kwa Udongo
na Mradi wa Uashi kwa vijana wa Tunduma. Mpango huu wa elimu unawafundisha vijana wa Tanzania kuhusu matofali ya udongo yaliyoimarishwa, na sanaa ya uashi.

Washiriki walijifunza stadi muhimu ambazo wanaweza kutumia baada ya mpango wa mafunzo ili kuingia katika ajira na kujichumia kipato cha kila siku. Washiriki pia hupewa mafunzo ya biashara na ujasiriamali, pamoja na ushauri kuhusu afya na usalama ili kuhakikisha kuwa watafanikiwa wakitumia stadi zao mpya walizopata.

Jumla ya vijana 40 Watanzania walihudhuria kozi hii na kumaliza mafunzo yao. Waliweza kujenga darasa kamili wakati wa mradi huo, wakitumia matofali ya udongo yaliyoimarishwa. Baada ya kozi hii, vijana walianza miradi yao wenyewe ya matofali ya udongo yaliyoimarishwa, ambapo wanatengeneza na kuuza bidhaa zao wenyewe.

Baadhi ya washiriki wamepata kazi kama waashi wa serikali ya mitaa ya Tunduma ambapo wanaunda bidhaa maalum za mawe za matumizi mbalimbali. Kampuni ya LafargeHolcim Tanzania huwatuma wateja wake wanaohitaji matofali ya udongo yaliyoimarishwa kwenda kwa baadhi ya washiriki wa mradi huu.

Matofali yaliyoimarishwa kwa udongo ni nini?

Matofali yaliyoimarishwa kwa udongo ni nyenzo za gharama nafuu na zinazolinda mazingira. Udongo na matope zimetumika kama nyenzo kuu za ujenzi kwa maelfu ya miaka, humomonyoshwa na maji.

Uvumbuzi wa matofali ya kuchoma ulibadilisha ujenzi kwa sababu nyenzo hii hukinzana na maji
na ni ngumu sana. Tatizo la matofali ya kuchoma ni kwamba yanahitaji nishati nyingi
kutengeneza, iwe ni katika tanuu ya moto wa kuni au tanuru ya kiwandani.

Njia mbadala inayookoa nishati zaidi ni matofali ya udongo yaliyoimarishwa. Matofali haya hutumia saruji kama nyenzo ya kushikamanisha. Kiasi kidogo cha saruji huongezwa kwenye udongo na kisha kubanwa kwa kifaa cha mikono hadi kutengeneza tofali la ujenzi. Matofali haya hukinzana na maji na ni imara hivi kwamba yanaweza kujenga nyumba na mijengo mikubwa.

Matofali yaliyoimarishwa kwa udongo ni ya bei nafuu na hutengenezwa kwa haraka, hivyo kupunguza gharama za mradi wa ujenzi. Tofali moja la udongo lililoimarishwa hugharimu nusu ya bei ya matofali ya kawaida ya kuchoma, na hutumia kiasi kidogo zaidi cha maji ili kujenga nyumba ya matofali ya udongo yaliyoimarishwa.

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LafargeHolcim kampuni inayoongoza katika utengenezaji bidhaa na utoaji huduma za ujenzi ambayo imefanya kazi katika masoko ya kimataifa kwa miongo kadhaa. Sisi hutengeneza saruji, kusaga mawe na kuandaa zege lililochanganywa tayari kwa ajili ya miradi ya ujenzi, kuifaa miradi midogo ya nyumba za makazi na pia miradi mikubwa ya miundombinu kama vile maghorofa, mabwawa na madaraja.

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LafargeHolcim Tanzania imekuwa ikiitengenezea nchi hii na mataifa jirani bidhaa yetu ya saruji ya Tembo, ambayo ni ya kiwango cha kimataifa, kwa zaidi ya miaka 30. Ofisi yetu ya kuu na kiwanda jumuisha kikamilifu zipo Songwe, Mkoa wa Mbeya, Kusini Magharibi mwa Tanzania.

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Katika kampuni ya LafargeHolcim Tanzania, tunawapa wateja kipaumbele. Tunasikiliza mahitaji yao maalum ili kuwahudumia na kuwatolea bidhaa bora zaidi zinazokidhi mahitaji yako. Unaweza kututegemea sisi kama kiongozi mpya wa utengenezaji nyenzo za ujenzi na uwezo wetu wa utafiti na ustawi ambao umepelekea utengenezaji wa nyenzo bora zaidi za miradi yao ya ujenzi, iwe mikubwa au midogo.

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Soil stabilised brick project for Tunduma youth

Soil stabilised brick project

LafargeHolcim Tanzania has partnered with the Songwe Regional Commissioner to pilot the soil stabilised brick and mason project for youth in Tunduma. This educational programme teaches young Tanzanians about soil stabilised bricks.

The attendees learned valuable skills that can be used after the training programme to access the job market and earn a living. The participants are also given business and entrepreneurship training, as well as health and safety advice to ensure that they can succeed with their newly-acquired skills.

Around 40 young Tanzanians attended the course and completed their training. They were able to build a fully-completed classroom during the course of the project, using soil stabilised bricks. After the course, the youth started their own soil stabilised brick projects where they make and sell their own products.

Some of the participants have secured jobs as masons for the Tunduma local government, creating specialised stone products for a range of applications. 

What is a soil stabilised brick?

A soil stabilised brick is a low-cost and environmentally-friendly building material. Soil and bricks have been fundamental building materials for millennia.

Mud tends to erode when it comes into contact with water and the downside of a burnt brick is that it requires a lot of energy to produce, whether in a wood-fired kiln or a factory furnace.

Soil stabilised brick is an energy-efficient alternative. These bricks simply use cement as the binding agent; cement and soil are mechanically compressed to form a building block. These bricks are also water resistant and strong enough to build large structures and homes.

Soil stabilised bricks are more affordable and quicker to produce, cutting down the costs of a construction project. 

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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 brand for over 30 years. Our head office and fully-integrated plant are located in the Mbeya Region 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 leader in building materials, you can also rely on our cutting-edge research and development capabilities that have resulted in the best materials for your construction projects, whether large or small.

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