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Beconnected Industrial, a Belgian-Dutch company, opened its first textile printing and labeling company in Ethiopia. The USD 2.5 million factory in Dukem produces label and printing for textile products that meets international standards.
The printing factory has the capacity to print up to 80,000 pieces of cloth per day while the labeling factory can produce various types of jacquard weaves such as flexographic and screen printed labels.
The new factory has created 400 jobs. It is also expected to support local textile factories that have been importing labels from abroad.
Inaugurating the factory on June 16, State Minister of Industry Mebrahtu Meles (PhD) said the venture is a much needed investment.
“In the past, Ethiopian textile factories were forced to import labels. We are glad that Beconnected is taking the lead on local textile printing and label manufacturing,” Mebrahtu said.
Miriam Van Alphen at Beconnected said, “The new factory will help curb Ethiopia’s dependence on import while increasing the value of locally produced textile.”
In related news, Bekas Chemicals Plc has signed a deal with the Chinese Lushan Win Tone Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd. to build a new edible oil processing plant, which will produce up to 20 million liters of cooking oil per year.
In addition, the plant will have the capacity to produce 750,000 quintals of animal feed per year. The factory, in the Oromia Region town of Adama, is expected to begin operation by July 2016.
Construction of the plant will commence within six months. The plant will reportedly supply 10 percent of the local demand for edible oil, supplying 70 percent of its products to the domestic market. Ethiopia currently imports 325,000,000 liters of edible oil annually.
Bekele Tsegaye, Managing Director of Bekas, said the 250 million birr factory will create jobs for 450 people.