Mozambique: Government plans to re-launch Mabor tyre company

11 September 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Sept – An international tender for the recovery of Mabor, a Mozambican tyre manufacturing company, may be launched by the end of the year, said the national director for Industry, Sérgio Macamo, Wednesday in Maputo.

According to Mozambican news agency AIM, Macamo said that the government had already received several proposals, but added that many had not gone ahead as soon as it was required to implement the proposed investment.

Macamo also said that the government was currently negotiating with a company that had shown interest in recovering what had been one of the biggest tyre factories in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

“We have now opened up na opportunity to a company that is interested in recovering Mabor. If negotiations fail with this company, we will launch an international tender before the end of the year,” he said.

Accordingt o Macamo, the government’s aim is for Mabor to start operating as soon as possible, as there is a large demand for tyres on the world market.

Mabor was opened in 1979, when it started production, but a crisis led to its bankruptcy just over five years ago.

Mabor produced over 800 tyres per day. As well as supplying the domestic market, it exported to South Africa (35 percent), Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire), Botswana and Namibia, as well as to other countries around the world.

In 1995, Mabor was granted a DOT (Department of Transportation) Quality Certification in the United States, which improved the international value of the company’s tyres.

Mabor de Moçambique, Manufactura de Borracha, had a small factory covering 23,000 square metres, which produced tyres for passenger, commercial and heavy vehicles, and for tractors, as well as inner tubes for the entire range of tyres.

The factory still exists and is apparently still in relatively good condition, despite its lack of use. (macauhub)