At least eight new manufacturing units will start operating in the Luanda-Bengo Special Economic Zone (ZEE) between August and September, assured the director of Communication of the ZEE Development Corporation.
Rui Matata explained to Jornal de Angola that these are Mafcom, Nafta, Tyo Indústria, Damassaya, Yoni Bem, Quinta dos Jugais, Palmentar and Mayaya-Mafuta factories, which are part of a group of 15 new industrial units, with construction Works at very advanced stage.
With the inauguration of the eight manufacturing units, the Luanda-Bengo SEZ, which has more than 150 factories, now has close to 80 functional industrial establishments, with an increase in the number expected when another seven infrastructure start in the middle of next year (2021).
Rui Matata clarified that the aforementioned industries would have been open for some time, but the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been creating embarrassments in the entry into operation of certain plants. But, he assured that the works of the last factories are in more than 60 percent and the machines for their operationalization are already in the country.
To verify the degree of execution of the installation works of the eight factories, on Friday (3 july), a team from the management of the SEZ, coordinated by its Chairman of the Board of Directors, António Henriques da Silva, paid a visit to the referred plants. At Mafcom, a producer of packaged milk and other food products, it was found that the installation works are guaranteed to finish in less than two months, despite the great obstacles of Covid-19, which delay the arrival of equipment from Portugal, Spain and Italy.
With two pavilions built in seven months over an area of 11 hectares, the Nafta business group, another project visited by the ZEE team, is a detergent and steel products factory, which also starts in September.
The management of Nafta gave guarantees to the SEZ Administration that investments, in its first phase, of US $ 14 million for the detergent plant, and US $ 17.5 million for the steel plant, will help provide 150 direct jobs. Forecasting to inject another 21 million dollars in the second phase of the two projects, Nafta, which currently employs 53 workers, will produce 20 thousand tons of detergents annually.
As part of the visits, the members of the SEZ Board of Directors also maintained contacts with Tyo Indústria, where the production of cosmetics has already started, with emphasis on the soap “Mamã Zungueira” and the soap “Diana”, brands that already hold the seal “Made in Angola”. This factory unit has the installation works in about 95 percent of its completion and employs 30 national workers, in a first phase.
More factory visits
In addition to the factories mentioned above, the members of the Board of Directors also visited Dinamassaba, a unit for packaging paper and toilet paper, Palmentar, which will produce detergents and cleaning articles, as well as Mayaya Mafuta, a packaging factory. plastic.
The group also visited Quinta dos Jugais, which will be a future meat processing factory, and Yoni Bem, a construction project for the pasta production industry, underway in an area of 11 hectares.
With an investment of US $15 million, of which seven million in equipment, Yoni Bem, which plans to employ 75 workers, plans to produce two tons of pasta per hour. In addition to the factories visited by the members of the Board of Directors, the SEZ will gain, this year, innaugurate a tractor assembly line and another mobile phone assembly unit, as soon as the country’s situation normalizes.