Mr Loke Yew started the first cement factory in Malaysia sometime in 1906 at Batu Caves, using steam for power. The method of manufacture is not clear but it did not meet with much success. During WWII Japan did build a cement factory in Batu Caves but this ceased operations after the war.
In 1952 the Blue Circle group of England built a plant in Rawang; this was a wet process kiln. Production could not meet the demand so extension was built to increase its production to 300,000 tonnes per year. There were many other plants built over the years and to date the following cement manufacturers/grinding plants as shown in Table 1 are in operation.
In Malaysia, infrastructural projects using cement as a building material (for example airports, highways, dams and office buildings) are the foundation of our future growth. Below are some examples: