Angolan textile company Alassola requires 11,000 tonnes of cotton per year so that in the first quarter of 2018 it can put its three production lines into operation, said the chairman of the company, Tambwue Mukaz.
The chairman also told Angolan news agency Angop that the company, currently running at less than 15% of its installed capacity, for financial reasons is prevented from increasing the quantity of imported cotton and thus ensure an increase in production.
“We need more financial support for the expansion of factory production, due to the scarcity of the main raw material in the country,” said Mukaz, who also referred to the need to encourage the cultivation of cotton in Angola and build factories for ginning and pressing cotton.
He recalled that the programme set up by the government for recovery, expansion and equipping of the textile industries in Angola was funded through a credit line from the Japanese government and comprises three large fabric factories, Textang II, in the capital of the country, Sociedade Angolana de Tecidos Estampados Comerciais (Satec), located in the province of Kwanza Norte and Alassola in Benguela.
This company carried out its first export of 150 tonnes of cotton yarn in October 2017, and the second shipment is due on 19 November, with the export of 100 tonnes of cotton to the same destination; Portuguese textile factories.
The production of cotton yarn, considered by the PCA as an intermediate product of Alassola, started in 2016, using cotton from India and Greece. (macauhub)