For the most recent testing the bagged cement were purchased in seven cities of Georgia (Tbilisi, Rustavi, Marneuli, Gori, Kareli, Batumi, Kutaisi) in total eighteen (18) local produced products, from where three (3) were Turkish, imported,.
From 31 (thirty-one) local produced bagged cement nine samples (9) from six (6) companies has resulted in positive (29%) EN197-1 & EN413. Among the nine (9) products which fully meet these requirements, six (6) products are from local producers, three (3) Turkish, imported. However, twenty-two (22) of thirty-one (31) samples tested failed to meet the standards. Furthermore, seven (7) of the twenty-two (22) failed samples showed critical results less than <20 MPA – far below stated quality.
The results of the third quarter of 2019 shows a notable deterioration since July 2019, when testing of 28 (twenty-eight) local produced bagged cement products has resulted in nine (9) positive results (32%). Furthermore, nineteen (19) of the twenty-eight (28) failed to meet the standards and eight (8) showed critical results less than <20 MPA – far below stated quality. It is clear, that some manufacturers have again worsened the quality of their products.
Since January 2017, the GCA has conducted eight (8) rounds of blind tests of bagged cement sold in Georgia. Out of 273 samples tested since inception, only 32% exceeded EN197-1 & EN413 Standards. An alarming 68% of tested samples failed to meet the required EN specifications.
The mission of the GCA is to encourage all producers of cement in Georgia to produce products that conform to the quality that is stated on their bags and in this regard, create maximum transparency for Georgian consumers.
Results of the blind tests will officially be sent to responsible bodies for further actions as there are no signs for improvement on the market.