Our History

Dangote Cement is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries, which was founded by Aliko Dangote in 1981 as a trading business with an initial focus on importation of bagged cement and other commodities such as rice, sugar, flour, salt and fish.

Over time, the Group began to import bulk cement into the Apapa and Port Harcourt terminals, which it then bagged for distribution. Through the 1990s, the Group made a strategic decision to transition from a trading based business into a fully-fledged integrated manufacturing operation. This is where our ambitious plan to become Africa’s leading Cement producer began.

 

Key Milestones

Incorporated as “Obajana Cement Plc” by the Kogi State Government in November

Dangote Industries acquires Benue Cement Company from the Federal Government as part of its privatization exercise. BCC operated a 0.9Mta plant in Gboko, which was subsequently upgraded by the Group to 2.8Mta.

Dangote Industries acquired Obajana Cement Plc. from Kogi State Government, though no factory existed at this time.

Commenced the construction of the Company’s first cement production plant (Obajana Cement Plant).

Cement business was unbundled from Dangote Industries through a Scheme of Arrangement.

Commissioned the Obajana Cement Plant with two production lines and capacity of 5 million tonner per annum, making it the largest plant in Sub-Saharan Africa.

JULY

Name changed from Obajana Cement Plc to Dangote Cement Plc.

SEPTEMBER

Scheme of merger between Dangote Cement and Benue Cement Company to provide a number of strategic opportunities and benefits to the enlarged entity, shareholders, employees and customers.

OCTOBER

Listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange following merger of DCP and BCC.

MAY

Dangote Industries transfers its pan-African (non-Nigerian) cement interests to Dangote Cement.

FEBRUARY

Opens Ibese plant in Ogun state, near Lagos, with 6Mta across two lines.

JUNE

Obajana increases capacity by 5Mta with the opening of Line 3.

DECEMBER

Ghana operations consolidated into DCP accounts.

FEBRUARY

Delmas (South Africa) opens 1.5 Mta capacity.

AUGUST

Aganang (South Africa) opens 1.8 Mta capacity.

NOVEMBER

Ibese extends capacity by 6Mta to 12Mta.

Obajana extends capacity by 3 Mta to 13Mta.

 

DECEMBER

Senegal begins operations with 1.5Mta integrated plant.

FEBRUARY

Cameroon begins operations with 1.5Mta grinding plant in Douala.

MAY

Ethiopia opens 2.5Mta factory in Mugher.

JUNE

Zambia opens 1.5MTa factory in Ndola.

SEPTEMBER

Dangote Cement joins the Premium Board of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

DECEMBER

Tanzania opens 3.0Mta factory in Mtwara.