Lassola, formerly Africa Textil, resumes production in Angola

2 December 2016

The Lassola textile company, formerly Africa Textil, began operating on Wednesday to manufacture towels, sheets and blankets, after a stoppage period of 16 years, Angolan news agency Angop reported.

The factory located in the city of Benguela, which employs 220 workers, will produce 1.2 million towels, 1.6 million sheets and 120,000 cotton blankets a year.

The industrial director of Lassola, Yashima Moto, said that in this first phase the unit will produce the thread required for the spinning process from cotton imported from different countries in Asia, Europe and Africa, hoping that at a later stage it can start using cotton produced in Angola.

The company has been fully recovered, a process that required an investment of US$400 million, expanded and modernised with modern equipment, since March 2012, creating 1,200 direct jobs, tripling the number of workers made redundant in 2000, the year in which the company formally declared bankruptcy.

The factory’s production is intended for the domestic market, as Angola still imports large quantities of textile products. (macauhub)