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Customer Snapshot: Overview

Nairobi accounts for 50% of Kenya's cement consumption

Savannah Cement is a young ambitious company thriving in Kenya’s highly competitive market. This state-of-the-art, eco-friendly cement grinding plant has the capacity to yield 1.5 million tons a year. Needing a solution that could take them to the next level, they turned to SAP, and are the first company in East and Central Africa to deploy SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA.

Savannah Cement Limited

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Sperkjet East Africa Limited (SEAI)

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SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA

Nairobi, Kenya

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Mill Products

SAP HANA helps to bring about cost savings, simplification and acceleration of business processes.

Customer Snapshot: History

Since When is Cement So Popular in Kenya?

When people think of Kenya, they may think of vast grasslands populated by zebras, elephants, and wildebeest, but what they may not know is that this developing nation is the largest, most advanced economy in East and Central Africa.

Despite a challenging socioeconomic environment, The Republic of Kenya has experienced continued growth since 2012. Savannah Cement Limited, headquartered in Nairobi, competes in one of the most competitive markets in Kenya. Concrete is the most used man-made material in the world with about three tons used annually for each man, woman, and child. Twice as much concrete is utilized around the world than the total number of all other building materials, including wood, steel, plastic, and aluminum. It’s energy efficient to produce, affordable, low-maintenance, fire-resistant, strong, and versatile.

Customer Snapshot: Business Model

Cooling the Cement Industry

Savannah Cement is the newest entrant into the cement market in Kenya and has completed the construction and commissioning of a state of the art, eco-friendly cement grinding plant with a capacity of 1.5 million tons a year.

The plant is strategically placed near Nairobi, which accounts for 50% of Kenya’s cement consumption. Savannah Cement is not only designed to make the best use of green technology, but is also focused on revolutionizing environmental management in the regional Cement Industry.

The company aspires to be the cement of choice in the region and will be actively engaged in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Customer Snapshot: Success Strategy

With Success Comes Responsibility

Just over two years old, and already with 13% market share, Savannah Cement’s 250-employee-business has set high goals for the future.

At Savannah Cement, they are committed to minimizing environmental impact, and focusing on success in a holistic manner so the society and economy benefit from their success as well. With strong ethics of fairness and a sense of responsibility towards the community and each other, they intentionally choose to do business with suppliers who share these values and sense of responsibility.

To build a competitive edge over competing companies, Savannah Cement is doing what many successful companies do: innovate.

Enter SAP

Big-time Welcome to Real-time Processes

During a competitive review process, SAP was selected based on a successful track record, and that SAP on HANA is the most comprehensive solution available for leading the industry. The introduction of in-memory computing to the SAP basket ensured that Savannah was well placed ahead of competitors to deliver a responsive, differentiated and international customer experience.

Offering customers more…

Enter SAP: The SAP Experience

Keeping More Promises

To keep pace with future trends and increase efficiency, Savannah Cement partnered with SAP to deploy SAP ERP powered by SAP HANA. Previously, Savannah Cement executed 80% of orders outside of the target turnaround timeframe. Now, after only five months running on the SAP HANA platform, Savannah Cement is finishing 48% more orders within the promised timeframe—with progress only expected to increase.

In addition, database handling and functionality have drastically improved. The result is lower administrative costs, fewer operational meetings, and faster end-of-period reporting.

Better Business

Market Agility and Simpler Processes

SAP HANA has changed how managers at Savannah Cement view database management, enabling greater task simplification and giving their business a cutting-edge advantage and agility in the market.

SAP HANA helps us keep our business running simpler…and has helped Savannah Cement gain integrity and accuracy in its operational reporting as well as better manage high business volumes, which has resulted in higher customer satisfaction and staff efficiency. – Brian Wamwenje, IT, manager, Savannah Cement Limited.

Better Business: Benefits

75-80% faster reporting,

for period closure, down to 2 days from 8-10.

1 daily meeting

for operations, down from 2-3.


business continuity and disaster recovery.


basis administration.

Better Business: Run Simple

Following Kenya’s Trajectory

Savannah Cement has gained integrity and increased accuracy in operational reporting, so is more capable of managing high business volumes. In addition, staff efficiency has increased and customers are happier than ever.
In turn, the company will not only increase revenue, but will also drive more growth for Kenya’s economy and more benefits for Kenya’s society—all while continuing to operate in a way that minimalizes damage to environment.

Journey Ahead

Breaking Ground in Groundbreaking New Ways

Savannah Cement has confirmed plans to invest more than 18 billion Kenyan shillings (~US$195 million) in the installation of a second high efficiency milling plant at its existing manufacturing complex, which will feature advanced roller press technology for eco-friendly cement production.

Savannah Cement is additionally planning the groundbreaking of a new clinker manufacturing plant in 2015. According to Ronald Ndegwa, Managing Director of Savannah Cement, the installation of the second milling plant and the clinker production facility is part of the company's strategy to operate a fully integrated cement manufacturing business. Ndegwa further noted that Savannah Cement would be expanding its product range in order to meet customers' demands.

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