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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.





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