Angolan beer-maker Eka to extend and modernize factory

9 November 2006

Ndalatando, Angola, 09 Nov – Angolan beer making company Eka plans to invest US$30 million this year on extending and modernizing its factory located in the municipal area of Cambambe, in Angola’s Kwanza Norte province, said the factory’s director Mateus Isabel Matumona.

Matumona said that some of the tasks to be carried out were the repair of some old equipment, installing a new filling line, use of non-returnable packaging, as well as the automation of some stages of production.

With these measures, the factory would be able to increase production to 45,500 liters of beer per month, almost three-fold the amount currently produced, he said.

Eka is managed by French group Brasserie Internacional Holdings, which has a 46 percent stake in the company, while the Angolan state has a 4 percent share and the remaining 50 percent is in the hands of private Angolan investors.

The modernization and extension process of the factory, which began in 2001, was suspended in the second half of 2004 due to the government’s dissatisfaction about the way Heineken, the former partner in the factory, had sold its stake to the French group. (macauhub)