The foundation stone of what is known as Dangote Group was laid in the late 70s. The formative years started with ALCO International Limited. Subsequently, Dangote Nigeria Limited and Bluestar Services Company Limited were incorporated. During 1980s - 1990s, the Group ventured into the importation of sugar, flour, milk, fish, rice, cement, iron rods. In order to improve our service delivery and bracing up with stiff market competition, the Group embarked on haulage business, which was started with 600 trucks under the Dangote Transport.
The surplus we realised from these business units was used in establishing and financing Liberty Merchant Bank and financed substantial investment in International Trust Bank and two textile mills. After a fact - finding visit of the Group to Brazil in 1996, Dangote embarked on massive diversification from trading to manufacturing.
The Group's food products vision is global. The Group is actively involved in the production and distribution of sugar, pasta, flour and salt. The sugar refinery located in Apapa was commissioned in 1999 and is currently the second largest in the world. The refinery has recently completed its expansion programme and is now producing 1.4million metric tonnes per annum. Dangote's sugar is fortified with vitamin A. The refinery through its steam turbines generates power for itself and for Dangote's Flour Mills and Cement Plants located within the Apapa Port Complex. Dangote's investment in Savannah Sugar Company is boosting the local production of sugar. Dangote Sugar Refinery has an initial installed capacity to process 600,000 MT of raw sugar per annum.
Dangote Pasta Plant is located in Ikorodu Lighter Terminal, having the capacity to produce 10 million cartons of 500 grams annually. A programme to increase the production capacity of the pasta plant is currently running. On completion, the plant will have a capacity of 20 million cartons per annum.
The Group has four Flour Mills in Apapa - Lagos, Kano, Calabar and Ilorin. They have the combined production capacity of 1,400,000 MT per annum. Altogether, the flour milling capacity of the Group will amount to 4,000metric tonnes per day.
Dangote Group has our salt plants at Apapa, Oregun and Calabar. The plants currently have a production capacity of 600,000 metric tonnes per day. The fine edible, iodised and free-flowing salt is packaged in 25kg, 1kg, 500 grammes and 250 grammes.
Dangote's vision for man's shelter needs challenged the Group to establish cement bagging terminals in Apapa, Lagos, Dangote BAIL in Onne and Port Harcourt. They have the capacity to produce 32,000 metric tonnes per day, amounting to about 4.5million metric tonnes per annum, which accounts for about 40% of the cement market share in Nigeria.
In line with Nigerian government's directive on self-sufficiency in cement, the Group intends to create the capacity to replace the anticipated gap in cement supply of 8 million metric tonnes sustained by massive importation of cement.
Dangote additionally took over the management (as core investor under a privatisation programme) of the Benue Cement Company Plc (BCC) in January 2004 and production started in 2005. The Group also have a cement bagging terminal in (Tema) Ghana, designed to produce 1 million metric tonnes per annum.
In Obajana, Kogi State, the Group has constructed the biggest greenfield cement processing plant in Africa. This plant will have a capacity of 5,000,000 million metric tonnes per annum at a cost of $1.2 billion. An important feature is the 90 kilometers gas pipeline for the supply of gas to the cement plant and power from Ajaokuta to Obajana. The power plant has a capacity of 150 megawatts.
Dangote also plans to construct cement plants at Ibese and Sagamu in Ogun State. They would be 100 percent dedicated the Group's export programme and would have a combined production capacity of 8 million metric tonnes per annum.
Concerning Dangote's vision on clothing, Dangote has a ginning and spinning mill in Kankara, Katsina State. Also, Dangote Textile Mill in Kano is producing 600,000 meters and 150MT of yarn per month, while the Nigeria Textile Mills Plc at Ikeja, Lagos when fully rehabilitated make wax prints with a production capacity of 1.3 million meters and 100 metric tonnes of yarn per month.
Dangote's other complementary investments include the Polypropylene bag -making plants Agro Sacks and AD Star. They are two plants under one company, established in 1998 and 2000 respectively and also 1SO 9001-2000 certified. They produce 168 million bags per annum. An expansion programme has commenced at the polypropylene plant and when completed, the plant will achieve a capacity of 200 million bags per annum.
The Group's haulage business unit now has more than 1,500 trucks to support the extensive distribution network of its products all across the country.
Under the auspices of Dangote Equity Energy Resources (DEER), the Group has a 9 percent share of Block 1 in the Joint Development Zone (JDZ) of Nigeria Sao-Tome, alongside Chevron Texaco as the operator with 51percent and Exxon Mobil with 40 percent. Dangote also have 10 percent share of Block III in the JDZ, as well as 6 percent share of Block 315 in Nigeria, along Statoil and Petrobras.
Recently the Group, through one of its subsidiaries, Kura Holdings, has acquired the Oshogbo Steel Rolling Company (OSRC) for the production of flat sheets. Dansa Foods Limited, an associate company, has commenced the production of Dansa juice, rated as a world-class product. On April, 17, 2006, the subsidiary Greenview Development Nigeria Limited took over the management of Terminal E of Lagos Port Complex, Apapa for i.e. terminal operations, stevedoring, bulk cargo operations, containerisation, amongst others under a port concessioning scheme of the Federal government's privatisation programme.
In summary, the journey so far has been full of challenges. Nonetheless, with courage and determination, Dangote has resolved to improve the quality of Nigerians' lives by providing the basic needs of its people. The Group is committed to complementing the government's initiative to making the economy private sector driven. Nigeria is a land of abundant opportunities. Any organisation with focus and strong-will, will find rewarding returns for its investment. Dangote Industries Limited is today a testimony of successful and rewarding private entrepreneurship.
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