The largest brick factory in Angola, majority-owned by Portuguese businessmen and which required an investment of 23 million euros, is expected to reach peak production in 2015, said the Director General of Industrial and Commercial Ceramics (CIC).
“This is the largest brick factory installed in Angola, which can produce about 100,000 units per day,” Filipe Nunes told Portugal’s Lusa news agency, adding that production was currently less than half of the installed capacity, “as the market is not demanding more. ”
With construction of new housing projects, some of which give rise to cities built from scratch, involving nearly 150,000 houses, “we should reach peak production in the coming year,” said the Director General of CIC.
The factory was inaugurated in Luanda, on 1 July 1, 2013, following an investment of US$30 million with Angolan partners, who have a 40 percent stake in the project.
The factory is fully automated as a result of knowledge and technology transfer from Portuguese group Recer – Pavimentos e Revestimentos Cerâmicos.
The factory’s activity involves extraction of raw materials in Angola (clay and sand), and it employs 50 Angolan workers and three Portuguese nationals and already sells the bricks produced in provinces such as Zaire, Uige, Huambo, Cunene, Huila and Namibe. (macauhub/AO/PT)