Fiji Time: 7:56 AM on Wednesday 1 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Business

Low cement supply in stores

Ropate Valemei
Saturday, January 05, 2013

SOME hardware shops in Suva continue to feel the pinch of cement shortage following weeks of short supply from main suppliers, Fiji Industries Limited.

And according to the retail companies, this had impacted business sales and customers.

Vinod Patel export manager Momlesh Chandra confirmed this after a recent meeting with FIL.

"FIL revealed that 1400 tonnes was received from New Zealand and this was not enough for local production," he said. "We are facing shortage and this has greatly affected our customers and also local production."

To make matters worse, Mr Chandra said the demand for cement resulted in an increase in prices from the manufacturer.

"The cost is high during the shortage. We are working closely with our customers on the prices," he said.

"We used to get a supply of 100 tonnes of cement as normal but now we are getting at the most 40 to 50 tonnes from the supplier. This is still not enough for local production and customers."

Kasabias Limited also confirmed the shortage had dragged on for about a month. The hardware store said some major projects were put on hold because of the issue.

While the foundation of the house is made of cement and steel, the company said steel sales were also affected.

FIL general manager Mosese Natuilagilagi said they were normalising business over the past few weeks.

He said power outage had also affected cement productions.

Meanwhile, he said production and distribution would continue next week.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Australia applauds Fiji
  2. FLP mourns death of party member
  3. Memorial for former teacher
  4. Advice against unhealthy diets
  5. Aussies restore ties
  6. Relief for Westerners as rain falls
  7. Forgiveness and reconciliation to benefit vanua
  8. Police treat death of girl, 13, as murder
  9. Longer dry spell looms
  10. Ministry gets updates

Top Stories this Week

  1. Ro Teimumu is Leader of the Opposition Wednesday (24 Sep)
  2. Mata apologises Wednesday (24 Sep)
  3. Luveni vacates her seat, Tuitubou is now an elected MP Wednesday (24 Sep)
  4. PM designates Cabinet portfolios Thursday (25 Sep)
  5. Our new Speaker Thursday (25 Sep)
  6. Moment of silence Thursday (25 Sep)
  7. Salary budget soon Thursday (25 Sep)
  8. PM's first official trip Wednesday (24 Sep)
  9. PM: Work with me Monday (29 Sep)
  10. Police intervene Friday (26 Sep)