This article is about the top 10 best cement brands in Nigeria this 2023. Cement is simply defined as a fine grey powder that is mixed with water and other substances to make mortar or concrete. It is one of the most important building materials in both residential and commercial construction work. Cement mixed with water causes a chemical reaction leading to the formation of a paste which when it sets and hardens, binds individual structures of building materials.
When talking about the very best cement brands in Nigeria today, we are referring to the brands which have distinguished themselves from the rest in the country with the passage of time, those brands which continue to deliver quality on a consistent basis in order to ensure that building constructions are carried out to perfection without the fear of collapsing. These brands are not substandard and you can trust them to bind individual structures of building materials, chief of which are building blocks in place to give the your building project that touch of perfection. Without further ado, these brands are discussed below.
TOP 10 BEST CEMENT BRANDS IN NIGERIA 2023
In no particular order, the following are the 10 best and most popular cement brands in Nigeria this 2023:
Dangote Cement is a subsidiary of the Dangote Group, one of the best manufacturing companies in Nigeria. This company is owned by Aliko Dangote, the highest ranking billionaire in the list of richest men in Nigeria currently who also happens to be the richest man in Africa. Dangote cement is undoubtedly the best and most popular cement brand in Nigeria today with its superior quality dwarfing many others in the country today.
Dangote Cement Plc is Sub-Saharan Africa’s leading cement company, with a production capacity of 48.6 million tonnes per year across ten countries. Together, these operations make them the largest cement producer in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company also ranks as Africa’s leading producer of cement today.
BUA Cement is yet another top quality cement brand in Nigeria that has come to stay, and even rival Dangote Cement in the market. It is owned by another billionaire businessman, Abdulsamad Rabiu, and it is a subsidiary of the BUA Group. BUA Cement was incorporated in 2008 and commenced operations in the same year through its floating cement terminals, ‘BUA Cement 1’, designed specifically for bulk and bag cement unloading.
In 2009 BUA Group acquired the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, CCNN (Sokoto Cement) and the Edo Cement Company to boost and increase the metric tonnes of annual cement production in the country. In 2018, BUA Obu Cement completed a 3 million mtpa plant resulting in a combined capacity at Okpella of 6 million mtpa. At the second quarter of 2015, BUA signed a contract with FLSmidth for a 3 million mtpa new production line in Edo Cement to be sited at Obu, Edo State.
The $600 million Cement Plant in Okpella, Edo State was opened in 2015 with a capacity of 3 million mtpa resulting in a 3.5 million mtpa combined installed capacity at both Edo and Obu plants. Asides from the initial costs, over $100 million was invested in gas turbines to power a 50-megawatt plant for 24-hour electricity generation as well as the construction of a 30km gas supply pipeline. The world class plant would give a much needed boost to Nigeria’s cement industry as well as enhance the development of related sectors, including housing and construction.
Same year, the CCNN commenced 1.5 million mtpa plant expansion project to further boost the capacity of cement in Nigeria. In 2020, BUA Group consolidated its cement operations and listed BUA Cement Plc on the Nigerian Stock Exchange with a total combined installed capacity of 8 million mtpa and a market capitalization of N1.18trillon (US$3.3bn), making it the second largest cement producer in the Nigerian market and the largest cement producer in the North Western region of the country.
Ashaka Cement is one of the oldest and most popular cement brands in Nigeria today. It is a subsidiary of Lafarge Africa Plc, a member of LafargeHolcim Group, one of the largest building and concrete solutions companies in the world. Ashaka Cement or AshakaCem is popularly known as the ‘Star of the North’ because of its market strength in Northern Nigeria. This famous brand has a proven record of quality and integrity, and it exhibits excellent strength performance at all ages with versatility and enhanced durability benefits. It has superior workability and good early strength which makes it suitable for both general purpose and structural concrete application.
The Ibeto Group commenced business in the cement sector in 1997 with the importation of shiploads of bagged Portland cement through the Apapa Seaport. The company, owned by Nnewi business tycoon, Chief Cletus Ibeto, was conceived in 2001 following the Federal Government ban of the importation of cement in bags and the institution of a new policy of bulk importation and local bagging.
Located in Bundu Ama, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, it started producing bagged cement at its Bagging Terminal in June 2005. The Terminal is an ultramodern bagging plant with a Flat-storage capacity of 50,000 metric tonnes and a production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year which translates to a production capacity of not less than 6,000 metric tonnes per day.
It has two (2) production lines, each with a capacity of 2700 of 50kg bags per hour or designed total production capacity of 5400 of 50kg bags per hour. This means that nine (9) trucks of 600 bags each will be loaded every hour. It also has a third production line for big bags of 1500kg, popularly known as the Big Bag Plant and yet a fourth production line for Bulk Cement powder which is loaded on special cement trucks fitted with tanks and discharge pumps.
A modern Jetty that can take in ships of over 190 metres in length with a sophisticated Ship-Unloader was constructed at the waterfront as an integral part of the facilities. In further response to the Federal Government’s call for a total shift from mere ‘bagging’ to actual production of cement locally, The Ibeto Group has started work on 5 million tonnes per annum Cement Manufacturing Plant in Effium, Ebonyi State.
Elephant Cement is yet another subsidiary of the Lafarge Group, and it is one of the best and most popular cement brands in Nigeria today. Elephant cement is symbolized by the strength of an Elephant. It offers more than just a solution to the general construction industry but also a brand of impeccable standard, resonates quality, power, maturity, resilience, durability and reliability.
Another top cement brand in Nigeria from Lafarge, UniCem is one of the leading brands in the eastern region of the country, with an installed capacity of 5 MMT. UniCem cement has track record of quality, consistency and exhibits excellent strength performance at all ages. It has superior workability and good early strength which makes it suitable for both general purpose and structural concrete application.
Located in Nkalagu, Ebonyi State, Nigeria, the Nigerian Cement Company (Nigercem) was the first indigenous manufacturer of cement in Nigeria, established in the year 1954. The company is a joint venture between the Ibeto Group and the Ebonyi State Government, and since being revived, it has wasted no time in becoming one of the best in Nigeria as far as cement production and distribution is concerned.
ELEPHANT SUPASET CEMENT
Elephant Supaset is a Portland Limestone Cement conforming to the Nigerian cement standards NIS 444-1: 2003 & EN 197-1:2011 specifications. Elephant Supaset, one of the best cement brands in Nigeria that is manufactured by Lafarge, is specially formulated to satisfy all the requirements of the sandcrete block and precast concrete segment of the Nigerian built industry. It is specially designed for blockmaking, poles and spun concrete pipe manufacturing, culvert and precast concrete products in general, interlocking tiles/blocks/bricks, well rings.
Eagle Cement is one of the most valuable, durable, irresistible and widely preferred cement brands in Nigeria today, particularly in the Eastern part of the country. The consistent high quality, strength, reliability and acceptability of this popular cement brand in Nigeria guarantees their numerous customers and contractors of an outstanding standard Ordinary Portland Cement for their building and construction works.
Lafarge Powermax is a Premium Technical cement that combines excellent strength performance at all ages with versatility and enhanced durability benefits. The characteristics of superior workability, good early strength and low alkali content, in particular, make Lafarge the effective solution to the performance demands of large construction projects while also satisfying the needs of home owner building projects.