Tembo SupaSet cement used in construction of Wanging’ombe District Hospital

Construction of district hospital

LafargeHolcim Tanzania is supplying Tembo cement for the construction of a new hospital. The Wanging’ombe District Hospital is currently being built under the supervision of the district engineer. Tembo SupaSet is being used to construct the foundations of the new healthcare facility.

The Wanging’ombe District Hospital is located in Wanging’ombe – one of six districts in the Njombe region. Wanging’ombe is located 130 km east of Mbeya, where the headquarters of Tembo cement is located. Around 90 percent of the entire Njombe region is rural, which means that this district hospital will provide healthcare for Tanzanian residents from a wide area.

Local contractors, architects and engineers are also involved in the construction of the district hospital. This project has created numerous employment opportunities for the residents in the surrounding areas. Hospitals such as this one are vital for the health and treatment of patients in remote areas of Tanzania.

Tembo SupaSet is a class 42.5N Portland pozzolana cement that has been developed to suit mass-concrete projects. It is a strong and durable building material that is perfect for foundations that need to bear weight for heavy structures.

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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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Tembo cement: building a range of structures

Tembo cement used to build a range of structures

No matter what construction project you are working on, big or small, high-quality cement is necessary for perfect execution. LafargeHolcim Tanzania manufactures Tembo cement at its headquarters in Mbeya. These varied cement products allow architects, engineers and contractors to build a range of structures.

Building projects are usually complex tasks that require major investment. Using high-quality cement that is tried and tested will protect this investment and ensure that it is completed successfully. LafargeHolcim Tanzania is able to deliver world-class cement solutions along with three decades of expertise in the construction sector.

As the most advanced organisation in the building materials industry, LafargeHolcim Tanzania is a reliable partner for your infrastructure projects from the design phase onwards. We manufacture five types of cement under the Tembo brand. Each of these cement products has unique specifications and qualities that suit various construction applications. 

LafargeHolcim Tanzania also offers a range of value-added services, from cement storage to bulk delivery. We also offer training programmes and technical assistance to ensure that the Tanzanian construction sector operates at global standards and that the best local talent finds employment opportunities in the industry. Speak to us to find out which cement will best suit your needs and budget.

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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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Saruji inatengenezwaje?

Infographic of cement manufacturing process

Saruji ni moja ya viungo vya msingi katika zege. Poda ya saruji ikichanganywa na maji hutengeneza mchanganyiko ambao hugandana na mchanga na mawe yaliyo vunjwa vunjwa kuunda zege imara. Saruji hutengenezwa kutoka kwa mawe ya limestone na madini mengine kadhaa ambayo yametibiwa kwa kemikali na kuchomwa katika tanuru.

Limestone huchanganywa na madini mengine, kama vile mchanga, majivu, mchanga wa silika na ore ya chuma. Vina chomwa moto na kuunda dutu ngumu kama mwamba, ambazo husagwa vizuri na kuwa poda safi ya kijivu – ambayo ndio saruji tuijuayo.

Hatua za kutengeneza saruji

Hatua ya 1: Viungo vya msingi vinafikishwa katika kiwanda cha saruji. Limestone huvunjwa vunjwa na safu ya crusher na nyundo na kisha hupelekwa kupitia mikanda kwa hatua inayofuata.

Hatua ya 2:  Limestone iliyo vunjwa vunjwa inachanganywa na mchanga na udongo kwenye vifuniko vikubwa. Mchanganyiko unaopatikana hutiwa ndani ya joko.

Hatua ya 3: Joko la saruji inachoma mchanganyiko hadi 1500 ℃ katika ngoma kubwa za mzunguko wa silinda zilizo na matofali ya moto. Hizi kilabu kubwa huinamishwa chini ili viungo visogee kutoka upande mmoja hadi mwingine wakati wa uchomaji. Gesi hutolewa kutoka kwa mchanganyiko, na kuacha dutu mpya inayoitwa Klinka – vipunje vidogo vya mviringo vyenye rangi ya kijivu na takriban saizi sawa na marumaru/gololi.

Hatua ya 4: Klinka nyekundu na ya moto hutolewa kutoka mwisho wa joko na kisha hupitishwa katika kipozeo cha joko. Hewa yenye joto kutoka kwenye kipozeo hurejeshwa katika joko, ili kuokoa mafuta na nishati katika mchakato huu.

Hatua ya 5: Klinka iliyopoozwa huchanganywa na jasi na kisha hupelekwa kwa kinu cha kusaga ambapo husagwa na kuwa unga wenye vichembe chembe vidogo sana. Saruji ina vichembe vidogo sana kiasi ya kwamba Kilogramu moja ya saruji ina vichembe chembe takribani billioni 300.

Hatua ya 6: Poda ya saruji hupelekwa katika vinu vya kuhifadhia ambapo huingizwa kwenye mifuko ya 50kg au kutolewa kwa wakandarasi wa ujenzi kwa wingi kupitia magari ya matanki ya kubebea saruji.
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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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Tembo SupaSet kwa ajili ya kerbs na pavers

Tembo SupaSet cement for kerbs and pavers

Ikiwa unatafuta saruji yenye nguvu na inayokauka haraka kwa ajili ya miradi hapa nchini Tanzania, basi saruji ya Tembo SupaSet ni sahihi kwako. Mfuko wa bluu wenye nembo ya tembo ni ishara ya ubora na nguvu. Saruji ya SupaSet ni bidhaa ya LafargeHolcim Tanzania na ni bora kwa miradi mbali mbali.

Bidhaa hii yenye matumizi mingi ni CEM II / B-P ya daraja la 42.5N Portland pozzolana ambayo imetengenezwa ili kuendana na miradi mikubwa, pamoja na mabwawa na barabara. Tembo SupaSet inaweza kutumika kwa kazi zifuatazo:

  • Matofali ya saruji.
  • Matofali yanayoshikaminishwa kwa ajili ya kupangwa.
  • Kerbs na paves halisi
  • Mabwawa na miundombinu ya maji
  • Zege lenye ujazo mkubwa

Iamini Tembo SupaSet kwa nguvu na uimara katika mradi wako unaofuata, ikiwa unajenga barabara ndogo au bwawa kwa ajili ya jamii.
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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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Tembo PowerPlus kwa ajili ujenzi ya mabwawa na madaraja

Tembo PowerPlus cement for dams and bridges

Ikiwa unatafuta saruji yenye nguvu na ya kudumu kwa miradi ya kazi kubwa nchini Tanzania, basi saruji ya Tembo PowerPlus ni chaguo sahihi kwako. Mfuko wa manjano wenye nembo ya tembo ni ishara ya ubora na nguvu. Saruji ya PowerPlus ni bidhaa ya LafargeHolcim Tanzania na ni bora kwa miradi mbali mbali.

Bidhaa hii inayojumuisha ni saruji ya daraja CEM I 42.5N ambayo imetengenezwa ili kuendana na miradi mikubwa, ikiwa ni pamoja na mabwawa na madaraja. Tembo PowerPlus inaweza kutumika kwa madhumuni yafuatayo:

  • Slabs zilizosimamishwa
  • Sakafu za viwandani
  • Nguzo  zilizoimarishwa
  • Slabs na mihimili
  • Mabwawa na miundombinu ya kuhifadhia maji.
  • Madaraja

Iamini Tembo PowerPlus kwa nguvu na uimara katika miradi yako inayofuata, ikiwa unajenga ghala au unajenga bwawa kwa ajili ya jamii.

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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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Saruji ya Tembo kwa matumizi mbalimbali

Tembo cement for general purposes

Ikiwa unatafuta saruji ya matumizi ya aina mbalimbali nchini Tanzania, basi saruji ya Tembo ni sahihi kwako. Mfuko wa kijani na nembo ya tembo ni ishara ya ubora na uimara. Saruji ya Tembo ni bidhaa ya LafargeHolcim Tanzania na ni bora kwa matumizi ya kawaida na miradi mbalimbali.

Bidhaa hii iliyoimara ni saruji ya daraja la CEM IV/B 32.5N ambayo limetengenezwa ili kuendana na miradi mingi ya ujenzi, pamoja na kutengeneza zege na matofali. Saruji ya Tembo inaweza kutumika katika matumizi yafuatayo:

  • Matumizi yake ya jumla ni kama;
  • Vinu
  • Plasta
  • Skridi
  • Matofali 
  • Zege kubwa

Iamini saruji ya Tembo kwa nguvu na uimara katika mradi wako unaofuata, ikiwa unajenga ukuta au muundo mzima wa jengo.

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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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Saruji ya FastaPlus kwa ajili ya kutengeneza barabara na misingi

Tembo FatsaPlus cement

Ikiwa unatafuta saruji ya kudumu kwa miradi yenye uzito nchini Tanzania, basi saruji ya Tembo FastaPlus ni sahihi kwako.  Mfuko mwekundu na nembo nyeupe ya Tembo ni ishara ya ubora na nguvu. Saruji ya FastaPlus ni bidhaa ya LafargeHolcim Tanzania na ni bora kwa ajili ya miradi mbali mbali.

Bidhaa hii inayojumuisha ni saruji ya daraja la CEM IV/B 32.5R yenye Pozzolana, saruji hii imetengenezwa ili kuendana na miradi mingi yenye maumbo ya msawazo, pamoja na barabara na barabara kuu. Tembo FastaPlus inaweza kutumika katika kazi zifuatazo:

  • Misingi
  • Barabara
  • Vibaraza
  • Nguzo za zege
  • Vinu na plasta
  • Uimarishaji wa udongo wa barabara

Iamini Tembo FastaPlus kwa nguvu na uimara katika mradi wako unaofuata, ikiwa unajenga nyumba au barabara mpya.

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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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Tembo cement: a sustainable building material

Tembo cement: a sustainable building material

LafargeHolcim Tanzania manufactures a wide range of high-quality cement products at our Mbeya cement facility. These products are sold under the Tembo cement brand – a market leader in building materials and sustainability. Retailers, contractors and infrastructure specialists will benefit from using any Tembo cement for their construction projects.

Cement is used to make concrete; when mixed with water, sand and crushed stone, cement forms concrete which hardens when it dries. This is a highly durable building material that is kind to the environment. It produces no hazardous byproducts and does not threaten the environment – that is why concrete is such a popular substance for building.

A sustainable approach to construction with Tembo cement products will bring lasting environmental and economic benefits to contractors. LafargeHolcim Tanzania can assure the quality of Tembo cement products as they are specifically engineered using advanced admixtures and abundant raw minerals

Concrete is the natural choice for sustainable building construction. Tembo cement is safe to use and has long-lasting benefits for buildings as it will not rust, rot or burn. Once a building has reached the end of its life, the concrete can be broken down into rubble and recycled for other building projects. This means that concrete can be reused over and over again. 

Each market in the construction sector has its own needs. Tembo cement has a product that is suited to each of these needs and application, from high-strength and quick-setting cement to masonry and general purpose cement. Our products are sustainable and perfectly suited to any civil engineering application.

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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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Raw materials used to make cement

Raw materials used to make cement

Cement is not a naturally occurring mineral or element; it is manufactured in a cement factory like LafargeHolcim Tanzania’s Tembo cement facility in Mbeya. Cement is a combination of raw minerals that are burned and ground into the fine grey powder that we all know. But what are these raw materials and where do they come from?

The most common types of rock and mineral used to make cement are:

  • Limestone (makes up the bulk of cement)
  • Clay or shale (makes the silica, alumina and ferric oxide needed for cement)
  • Fly ash (ash from burned coal)
  • Sandstone
  • Other supplementary minerals and raw materials

The limestone used to make cement will come from a quarry. It is blasted out of the ground and the rocks are sent to the quarry mill where they are graded, sized and sorted. The high-quality limestone is more expensive but better for manufacturing cement as it allows producers, like LafargeHolcim Tanzania, to manufacture a better quality product.

This high-quality limestone is crushed into a fine powder at the mill. Cement producers buy the fine limestone powder because it makes the blending process easier. Ideally, each particle of limestone powder should be no more than 90 microns thick (0.09 millimetres).

The limestone powder is then mixed and blended with the other raw materials in differing proportions, depending on the type of cement being manufactured. These blended raw materials are stored in a silo before being fed into the cement facility’s kiln. It is burned at temperatures over 1500℃ to produce clinker.

This clinker is a grey rock-like material that is then mixed with supplementary minerals, such as gypsum, and ground into the fine powder we know as cement. The composition of the clinker can change, depending on the type of cement being manufactured and the availability of the raw materials.

Cement manufacturers need to source these raw materials from local sources in order to keep transport and production costs low. Luckily, these minerals and raw materials are readily available in Tanzania. In countries where limestone and other minerals are scarce, they need to be imported but that affects the final price of the cement.

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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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How to plaster a wall

Plaster a wall

Plastering is the process of applying a smooth surface to a concrete or brick wall. This is the surface that gets painted so it needs to be perfectly level and contain no lumps or stones. LafargeHolcim Tanzania manufactures Tembo cement, FastaPlus and TemboFundi – all of which can be used to make plasters.

This step-by-step guide on how to plaster a wall will make the process easier to understand. The whole process should take several days, so plan in advance and allow enough time for the plaster to dry and set before painting the wall. If you rush the process, the plaster will not set right and may look lumpy.

Materials needed to plaster a wall

  • Tembo cement, FastaPlus or TemboFundi
  • Plaster trowel
  • Plaster float
  • Hawk board
  • Deviling float
  • Plastic sheets
  • Dust mask
  • Sharp knife
  • PVA glue, paint roller and tray
  • Hammer and nails
  • Two buckets (one for plaster and one water)
  • Stirring stick
  • Cloth
  • Sandpaper

Steps to plaster a wall

  1. Before you start to plaster the walls, lay down the plastic sheet to protect your floors from drops of wet plaster. Brush the walls to remove any dust and loose dirt. A clean wall is important for a smooth plastering finish. If you are plastering over new plasterboards, use screen tape to mask the joints between the boards.
  2. Apply a layer of PVA glue to the walls. This ensures that the plaster will dry out evenly at a later stage. Dilute the PVA glue in water (one part glue to four parts water) on the tray. Use a paint roller to apply a thin layer of diluted glue to the entire surface of the wall.
  3. Mix the plaster according to the instructions on the bag of the Tembo cement bag. Wear a dust mask when handling cement powder to prevent irritation. Whisk the cement into a bucket of cold water until it has a smooth consistency with no lumps.
  4. Using a hawk board and a plaster trowel, apply the first layer of plaster to the sticky PVC-layered wall. Firstly, place some plaster on the hawk board using the trowel, then use the plaster float to push the plaster from the hawk board onto the wall. Spread it firmly upwards, flattening the float at the end of each sweep. Work from the bottom left-hand corner of the wall, upwards. Use small amounts of plaster with each sweep and apply lots of pressure to the float. This will make the wall smooth and prevent excess plaster from falling off the wall.
  5. Once the first coat of plaster is applied, wait 20 minutes for it to dry slightly. Remove any lumps by smoothing over with a trowel. Smooth out the corners of the walls and where the walls meet the floor and ceiling. Use a wet brush to even the edges out if necessary.
  6. Before applying the second layer, scrape the surface of the first layer using a deviling float (a wooden float with nails in it). This will allow the second layer to stick the first layer better. You can also use an old fork to scrape the plaster if you do not have a deviling float.
  7. Apply the second layer of plaster. Note that this layer should have a slightly more watery consistency than the first layer, so mix the cement with a bit more water. The second layer should be about two millimetres thick when applied. 
  8. Once the second layer has dried slightly, you can polish the surface to make it perfectly smooth. To do this, mist the surface with water using a spray bottle. Run the trowel over the misted surface to smooth the plaster. Finish by running a clean float over the entire surface of the plastered wall. Leave the plaster to dry and then use some sandpaper to remove any lines, lumps or excess plaster.

Once the plaster has dried completely, it can be painted. Remember to use a base coat of primer before painting it. You may need a few layers of paint to get the desired colour and texture.

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