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JAM | Feb 12, 2024

Carib Cement capitalises on Turks & Caicos construction boom

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Exports 3,100 metric tonnes in third cement shipment

A forklift loads cement for export to the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Caribbean Cement Company (Carib Cement) is exporting 3,100 metric tonnes of cement to the Turks and Caicos Islands, making it the third shipment within the last few months.

Last September and November, 3,500 metric tonnes each of the low-carbon, high-early (HE) strength industrial cement was exported to the islands.

This latest shipment of HE is expected to be used for housing, commercial, and other infrastructural projects.

Newly appointed managing director of Carib Cement, Jorge Martinez, reiterated that the cement producer will continue to undertake these kinds of exports to other countries, while prioritising local demand for cement.

“These exports show the increased capacity at our Rockfort plant. We can supply a greater portion of the local market with our proudly produced Jamaican cement, but will make ready the available spare for export,” he said.

Cement being loaded for export to the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Martinez indicated that a more ambitious plan for exports will be in place in 2025, following the next phase of the company’s expansion efforts.

Meanwhile, supply chain manager Angel Rivera has indicated that this latest shipment is a meaningful demonstration of the export capabilities of the company and that “Carib Cement will ensure the customer gets it on time”.

Benefit to Jamaican economy

Additionally, Rivera noted that the export will have a concomitant effect on the Jamaican economy.

Cement loaded and ready for shipment to the Turks & Caicos Islands.

“It is very important for Jamaica’s economy. It provides an avenue for revenue generation through trade and job creation. Exporting cement will help Carib Cement utilise its production capacity to not only support the local cement industry but around the Caribbean region,” he said.

The Turks and Caicos Islands have experienced a surge in construction activities, particularly in the real estate sector, with significant growth recorded in single-family home construction compared to previous years. This trend reflects the increasing demand for quality building materials, including cement, across the islands.

Carib Cement remains committed to supporting sustainable development initiatives and meeting the evolving needs of customers in the Caribbean region.

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