The launch was held at Parkway Total filling station along Kafue road on the 29th April 2014 and was attended by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon Miles Sampa, MP, Total Zambia CEO Mr Damien Ricour-Dumas, Standard Chartered CEO Mr Andrew Okai and Stanbic CEO Mr Charles Mudiwa.
The Lafarge Zambia CEO Mr Emmanuel Rigaux stated that Lafarge and Total Zambia have co-operated to jointly develop dual branded containers to improve the proximity for the customers to both Lafarge and Total products. The containers would also be available in rural areas which are normally forgotten by distributors.
Mr Rigaux also stressed the importance of job creation as he said that “in addition to improving the distribution of our products, these containers would create jobs with at least two people managing each container. This shows Lafarge’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurship in the country”.
Meanwhile, the Total Zambia CEO Mr Damien Dumas further stressed the positive impacts of the Awango lamps in rural and urban areas, saying that 200,000 people in both the urban and rural areas would be positively impacted by the Awango solar lamps that would be sold in the containers.
He further stated that The Total group is striving to enhance their position as an energy provider by being committed to “Better Energy”, and that these containers would increase and improve the local population’s access to energy as well as improve service to the community at large.
The Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Hon. Miles Sampa who launched the container, was happy to see that private companies were working in complimenting Government efforts to serve the customer’s interests. Furthermore, he hoped that this initiative would help reduce the prices of the products to be sold as it would cut off the middlemen. According to World Bank statistics 80 percent of the Zambian population is made up of the youth thus, he urged the youth to take advantage of this project and help it go viral.
Lafarge Zambia Plc aims to launch a further 10 dual branded containers within the next 6 months, to be located across the country thereby making cement accessible to all. Moreover the company has taken into account a more ergonomic and sustainable construction approach that makes the work space more conducive compared to traditional stores.
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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. More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com
About Lafarge Zambia
Lafarge Zambia is the main supplier of building materials and constructions solution provider in Zambia. Established in 1949 as Chilanga Cement, it was acquired in May 2001 by the Lafarge Group. With over 1000 employees and contractors Lafarge Zambia has a production capacity of 1, 300,000 tonnes cement per annum, which enables the Company to cater for the ever-growing demands of the Zambian and regional markets. Its product range includes Mphamvu, which is a flagship brand and has established strong presence in both domestic and regional markets, Powerplus, used in heavy construction projects, SupaSet, for block makers and concrete product manufacturers, Roadcem, for soil stabilization in road construction as well as Wallcrete for wall plastering. Innovation and customer satisfaction are at the core of the company’s performance.www.lafarge.co.zm
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