Oman cement giant eyes European exports.

10 JULY 2021:  Oman’s largest cement manufacturer, the Raysut Cement Company (RCC), has received the necessary certifications to support plans to export to the European Union.

The Muscat-listed company said the certifications come at a time when it intends expanding exports to new markets globally.

Currently, 50% of the company’s output is exported to East Africa, India, Maldives, South Africa, and Indian Ocean islands.

“We consider the Conformité Européenne (CE)and Norme Française (NF) certifications as  testimony to our commitment to constantly improve product quality and processes in line with rigorous global safety, quality and environmental regulations,” confirmed group CEO Joey Ghose.

The CE mark has been mandatory for selling certain products in the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1985, while the NF mark is a required French compliance norm.

“The certifications fit into our export strategy for newer geographies as the CE mark that endorses compliance with EU’s health, safety and green regulations allows us to market our products in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway”.

Winning the certifications also coincided with RCC clinching a new export order from the Reunion Islands in the western Indian Ocean, and an annual contract has already been signed with Enterprise Audemard Group of the French island to ship 8,000 MT cement every month.

The company said it is also looking at setting up a grinding unit in Madagascar to leverage the seven to eight percent annual growth in that country’s market.

RCC added that it has a current output of six million metric tonnes of cement, slated to increase to ten million by 2022, and later to 22 million tonnes.

Ghose admitted the Covid-19 pandemic had thrown a major challenge to the business but has also won certifications from other parts of the world boosting its export scope to include India and South Africa.

This article first appeared in Arabian Business


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