Company History

Beginning in 1953 in Chekka (North Lebanon) with one kiln that used the basic wet process, Cimenterie Nationale gradually expanded its operations. Two kilns were added respectively in 1957and 1967. In 1974, the company adopted the more advanced “dry process” technology in cement manufacturing. In 1984 all kilns were converted into coal firing instead of heavy fuel oil and later progressed again to use 100 % petroleum coke.


By the beginning of 1998, a significant expansion, partially financed by an IFC (International Finance Corporation) led consortium, had transformed Cimenterie Nationale into a major player in the area, with the addition of a new kiln allowing for the total annual clinker capacity to increase from about 750,000 tons to 1.5 million tons. In June 2007, operations were upgraded further so that now up to 2.4 million tons of clinker are produced annually.

Today, our team of 550 highly trained and experienced personnel is committed to the production of high quality cement products under the well-known ‘Al Sabeh Cement’ (Lion) brand, which continuously meets stringent national and international standards. Quality and a commitment to preserving the environment are integral aspects of all our operations, which is highlighted by our ISO certifications and various other awards.

We espouse a strict code of ethics in terms of how we conduct our business, which has for decades reassured our clients and employees about our dedication to consistently serve their needs. Our track record thus far has led to Cimenterie Nationale’s securing a significant share in new markets in Syria and Iraq.

Although we are unfailing in our mission to continuously upgrade and improve Cimenterie Nationale products, we are as equally dedicated to the communities in which we operate and, therefore, take our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) role very seriously. As such, the company has undertaken numerous initiatives aimed at promoting social welfare, including supporting various education and environmental causes as well as different sporting organizations.

Overall, our history is rooted in a proud beginning – one that has inspired a successful present and continues to light an ever evolving path in a challenging and motivating environment that we face with utmost determination.
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