Mozambique: Glass factory to resume production in 2008

26 November 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Nov – Mozambique’s former state-run glassworks, closed for around a decade, will reopen in the second quarter of 2008, Maputo’s national director of industry, Sérgio Macamo, said Friday.

Macamo told the AIM news agency that a South African firm, which he declined to identify, is taking over the Vidreira glass factory, the only plant in Mozambique with the capacity to produce bottles.

The Maputo official also refused to say what investment was being made to reopen the glassworks as the project is still at the start-up stage, but guaranteed production at the factory would resume in the second quarter of next year.

The Companhia Vidreira de Moçambique was the African state’s first glass factory and originally built during Portugal’s colonial era. The plant was nationalized after independence but fell into disuse during Mozambique’s civil war.

The firm was sold to a Portuguese company in 1996 and glass production recommenced, but the Portuguese investor abandoned the project shortly after and the glassworks shut down.

Macamo said the reopened plant would make reusable bottles for the Cervejas de Moçambique brewery and Coca Cola’s local subsidiary. (macauhub)