Concrete Production Crisis in Haiti

There is a looming crisis ahead for Haiti and it is not a storm, a disease or a quake.  The crisis will be a classic supply and demand war.

Not a battle for food or water or even land-rights; but for concrete.

Haiti is going to be rebuilt with millions of cubic meters of concrete and there is not enough production capacity to go around.  USAID will fight with Habitat for Humanity, who will fight with the government of Haiti or CHF for the available ready-mix concrete in the country.

The largest ready-mix company in Haiti only has ten 7-cubic meter trucks, and they are limited by driving distances. This means that people will wait for hours or days to get the concrete that they need.  Or they will need to find alternatives to these trucks.

Now watch this video and imagine how long it will take to unload 7 meters of wet concrete from this truck,  with buckets.

There is going to be a huge bottle neck in the concrete supply chain if something is not done quickly.  Any ideas?


About cementtrust

I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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