The company has been present in Seychelles for 45 years.
Known back in the early 1970 as Baobab Cement it was involved in the construction of the Seychelles international airport, on land just reclaimed from the sea, at Pointe Larue.
French company, Lafarge took over in 2004, at the time, Farouk Jean-Baptiste also joined the company.
Cement consumption in Seychelles is estimated at 40,000 tonnes per year,
Lafarge is currently supplying about 65 percent of the total demand for cement in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Lafarge imports cement from Lankawi in Malaysia.
Lafarge has doubled its storage capacity in order to meet demand for cement in anticipation of a construction boom in the near future.
Lafarge's cement is shipped to Seychelles in bulk and once in Port Victoria it is pumped via 400 metre long
In 2015, the company built a 4,000 tonne silo at its depot near the Seychelles Commercial Port in the capital of Victoria.
The construction of the 35 metre high silo, necessitated the importation of a 45 metre crane weighing some 28 tonne from Reunion island.
The new silo has reduced the frequency of vessels coming in Seychelles, reducing operational costs, besides doubling its capacity.
Cement is sold in biodegradable paper bags of 50 kg.
If well stored on pallets and covered by tarpaulin, the cement can retain its strength for an average two months.
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Lafarge has other branches in the Indian Ocean region namely in Mauritius, Madagascar and Mayotte.