US$1 million solar powered plant commissioned

By ZBC Reporter
THE Ministry of Industry and Commerce this Wednesday presided over the commissioning of a US one million solar-powered plant for manufacturing tile adhesive in Harare.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce Dr Mavis Sibanda commissioned the plant on behalf of Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza.
The launch of the weber solar plant of Saint Gobain which specializes in manufacturing construction projects feeds well into the economic vision in many aspects as the company will enhance import substitution by as the plant will produce 15000 tonnes of tile adhesive per year as well as generating the much needed foreign currency through exports to regional countries.
Minister Nzenza expressed appreciation to the company for coming up with an environmentally friendly plant as the genesis of Zimbabwe’s fourth industrial revolution.
“As a government, we are enlightened by the confidence that has been shown by Saint Gobain and we assure you 100% support in your business operations. It is, therefore, heartening that leading companies such as Saint-Gobain are showing confidence in the Government’s efforts to develop the manufacturing sector through expanding existing operations,” she said.
Saint-Gobain’s Zimbabwe General Manager David Zimano said the company is motivated by the government’s thrust towards sustainable industrial production.
“The move is aimed at increasing productivity as well as saving while generating the much-needed forex for the country. We look forward to exporting to Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia, which are our traditional markets, once again creating employment locally and across the region, while bringing in foreign currency to Zimbabwe, he said.
Zimano said the plant uses solar energy.
“We are particularly proud that the Weber plant is environmentally-friendly as it is solar-powered. This plant is 100 percent off grid and is able to fully function 365 days a year on solar energy. As a company, we pride ourselves in providing high-quality solutions that deliver comfort and convenience in homes and industry at large,” he said