The Riopele textile factory in Mozambique is due Friday to start operating again following the inauguration of the first phase of a project that in the medium term will be an agro-industrial complex including a factory to make clothing, said the chairman of the Intelec Holding group.
Salimo Abdula, whose group is a shareholder of the Mozambique Cotton Manufacturers (MCM) consortium, told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that in this first phase Riopele would only spin cotton.
“For this (spinning) phase the company bought Mozambican cotton from Companhia João Ferreira dos Santos to be turned into yarn and then placed on the international market,” said Abdula, who noted that in future the yarn may be consumed by Mozambican industry.
Until the second phase – weaving – the project is expected to employ about 750 people, which will increase up to a maximum of 7,000 people as planned investments are made, when the entire production chain, from growing cotton to manufacturing clothing, will be in full operation.
The Mozambique Cotton Manufacturers (MCM) consortium , which a few years ago purchased the assets of Riopele, is made up of Intelec Holdings and Portuguese companies Mundotêxtil, Mundifios and Crispim Abreu. (macauhub/MZ/PT)