Mechanical challenges at the Arawak Cement Company have forced it to import cement from sister company, TCL, to satisfy local demand.
The company began experiencing mechanical failures in various areas of its operations over the past weeks and, during the last weekend, suffered a shutdown of its cement mill which halted production at the St. Lucy plant.
In the wake of this development, general manager Rupert Greene has assured the public that the company is working around the clock to rectify the problem and is this week importing 1900 metric tonnes of cement from TCL in Trinidad to ensure that customers’ needs are met.
“Our team is working tirelessly to resolve the problem. In the interim, in order to honour our commitment to fully supply the local market, we made the decision to import cement from our sister company. In the next few days customers will notice cement in TCL branded sacks on the local market.
“I want to assure consumers that TCL’s cement meets the same high standards of quality as the product produced locally. It is our policy to utilise the resources within the Group, whenever necessary, to maintain quality supply in all of our markets. You would remember that in March and April Arawak had to supply cement to the Trinidad market during the strike action at TCL,” he explained.
Greene apologised to those affected by the shortage, adding that the company hoped to regularise its supply by early next week.