Zambia's first glass bottle factory was officially opened by President Kenneth Kaunda during the past week (28 May).
Zambia's first glass bottle factory was officially opened by President Kenneth Kaunda during the past week (28 May). The five million Kwache (GBP 3 million sterling) project is reckoned to be capable of meeting Zambian requirements for four million bottles a year.
Planners estimate that the factory will save Zambia about two million Kwacha every year in foreign exchange. The site, extending over about ten acres, is near the town of Kapiri Mposhi, and it's close to the most essential raw material -- sand deposits.
As the factory starts to realise its full potential, there are plans to export bottles to neighbouring countries and later to produce tumblers, jars and a variety of glass tableware. A nearby housing estate accommodates the current 200 employees.
In a speech at the opening ceremony, President Kaunda said that the new factory marks an important milestone in the industrialisation of Zambia. But he went on to warn that in some cases the Zambianisation programme wasn't progressing fast enough: