Zimbabwe’s leading plastic pipe manufacturer, Proplastics has invested $9 million towards the expansion of their manufacturing plants locally and regionally as part of its efforts to venture into the regional market.
Chief executive officer, Mr Kudakwashe Chigiya said the company’s strategic vision of expanding into all Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries was aimed at cementing its competitive edge in the region.
Addressing business community and government officials at the commissioning of the Proplastics Gweru branch, Mr Chigiya said they are on an expansion drive to secure the future of the company.
“Going into the future we don’t look at ourselves as just Zimbabwean manufactures, we want to be competitive regionally, we also want to export to countries such as South Africa but at the moment we are only
exporting to Zambia, DRC and Mozambique,”
“We are actually thinking ahead because if we are centrally located in Gweru we can actually supply the whole country, left, right and centre in all the strategic small cities to create convenience, which prompted us to come here at the heart of the province (Midlands),” he said.
He said Proplastics’s turnover in terms of exports at the moment is sitting just slightly under 5 percent highlighting a total turnover of US$25 million.
“We are a world class manufacturer of pipes and fittings with branches in Harare, Bulawayo and the new one that we are opening now in Gweru. The pipes are for various applications such as irrigation, water and sewer reticulation, mining, telecommunications and building construction.”
The Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Dr Larry Mavima at the same occasion said the entry of Proplastics into the SADC region will help in addressing the forex challenges in the country as well as create employment for people in the city and province at large.
“The opening of this branch in Gweru is a welcome development for us and we commend you for spreading your tentacles. I am told you have invested over $9 million in the past four years in upgrading operations and we commend the company for the constant improvement which is resulting in it becoming a leading provider of plastic fittings. Your entry into the foreign market is commendable as it is good for the country to earn foreign currency,” he said.