Local cement manufacturer, LafargeHolcim Malawi, on Thursday unveiled a new K305 million Roto Packer machine which will help speed up packing of cement into bags.
Speaking during the launch, LafargeHolcim Malawi managing director Ilse Boshoff said new machine has a capacity of packing 1,800 bags or three 30 tonne trucks per hour.
Boshoff said apart from the quick packing time, the new state of the art technology ensures that a bag is delivered at full weight.
She said the machine is environmental friendly as it reduces emissions.
“In terms of housekeeping, it has a fan that sucks dust from the bag before going to the truck.
“The new Roto Packer has the capacity to pack different bag weights that is 25kgs, 50kgs as well as bulk deliveries to customers,” said Boshoff.
She observed that when the company’s operators master the machine, the firm will only be loading cement during the day which will give transporters an opportunity to start off in good time to customer sites.
LafargeHolcim Malawi chairperson Symon Msefula urged Malawians to continue supporting the company which has helped build Malawi over the years.
Msefula observed that smuggling of cement into the country is threatening the livelihood and future of over 5000 households as it is creating an uneven playing field.
He expressed hope that the authorities will put in place mechanisms to contain the smuggling.
“Despite the challenges LafargeHolcim Malawi will continue to invest because we
believe we have a responsibility to develop the country.
“This investment, in addition to other planned investments is a clear testimony of LafargeHolcim ‘s commitment to this country,” said Msefula.
Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda, who was guest of honour at the event, hailed LafargeHolcim Malawi for the investment.