Prices of cement in Kenya have been stable in the past few years. This is due to the presence of several manufacturing firms in Kenya. Thus, cement prices have remained constant over the years in the country.
However, it is crucial to note that the prices of cement may vary slightly in different locations in the country. For example, the price of a bag of cement in Kakamega is different from the price of a cement bag in Nairobi.
This article contains the current prices of cement in Kenya. Though cement costs may change frequently, the price changes are minimal or aren’t considerable.
Prices of Cement in Kenya
Currently, the cost of purchasing cement is in KSh600 to KSh750 per bag of cement. However, the actual price depends on location, manufacturing brand, and a few others. You can get cement at a slightly lower cost (wholesale price) if you purchase bulk or large quantities.
Note: You can’t get cement at the same price in all regions in Kenya. Mostly, you will see a bag of cement for a lower price in some places like Nairobi than in regions distant from where cement manufacturing companies are located due to the cost of transportation and other related factors.
Reasons for Fluctuating Cement Prices in Kenya
Below are factors that influence the costs of purchasing cement.
Light Supply problem: This is one great problem in Kenya. This issue affects every sector in the country. Cement factories utilize bulky machinery that needs a constant supply of power. Unfortunately, it is the opposite and not the case in Kenya. When the power supplies by Kenya Power is unreliable, cement plants are consequently forced to make do with alternative power sources. This results in high factory cost, leading to an increase in the cost of a cement bag.
Changes in Costs of Manufacturing: The day-to-day operations or running of a cement manufacturing plant is very costly. Alterations in the costs of operating a cement factory directly influence cement’s final price.
Fluctuating Costs of Transport: Normally, the cost of transportation is directly in accordant with the prices of goods. This means the higher the transportation cost of cement and its resources or raw materials, the higher the cement cost. As the transportation cost increases, the price of cement also increases and vice versa. The more this cost continues to rise, the more you have to pay to purchase a bag of cement.
Alterations in government’s policies: The government in Kenya frequently alters the laws affecting or influencing manufacturing companies in the country. Some of these alterations do have a direct or indirect effect or impact on cement production companies. Every time these changes are effected, there is likely to be a change in cement prices in Kenya.
Cement Manufacturing Companies in Kenya
Rhino Cement: Although new in the cement production industry. Rhino cement is presently one of the rapidly-growing cement producers in Kenya. It is situated in Athi River and supplies its cement nationwide and further. A bag of rhino cement goes from KSh550 to KSh600.
Bamburi Cement: Undoubtedly, this is one of the oldest in Kenya. It is one of the most prominent manufacturer of cement in Kenya. Its headquarters is located in Bamburi, Mombasa, and it has branches in Athi River and Nairobi. A bag of Bamburi cement currently sells for KSh700 to KSh770. All cement bags weigh fifty kilograms.
Athi River Mining: As implied by the name, this cement establishment is situated in Athi River, Machakos county.
East African Portland Cement: The firm, Kenya’s second-largest cement producer, is based in Athi River, about thirty kilometers en route Kitengela from Nairobi. The price range of a bag of East African portland cement is KSh500 to KSh600.
Savanna Cement: Savvah is also quite new in the industry but has developed to be a well-known cement manufacturing brand. Like most cement manufacturing establishments in Kenya, it is stationed in the Athi River. You will come across the company when going to Kitengela. The attractive price of its product is one of the main things behind this cement brand’s fast growth in Kenya.