Kanoria African Textiles PLC, a subsidiary of India based Kanoria Chemicals & Industries, is establishing a denim fabric manufacturing factory in Ethiopia, the first of its kind in East Africa.The company will erect the factory on a 153,000 sq m plot squired on lease in Bishoftu town of Oromia Regional State, 44 km southeast of Addis Ababa. when construction is completed in January 2014, the factory will have a capacity to produce 12 million meters of denim annually. The factory will also create 350 jobs, mainly for Ethiopians.
The plant will have spinning (1,440 rotors) and weaving (60 looms) units, a dyeing facility and a finishing line in one production, according to the business plan submitted to the Bishoftu administration. Construction of the plant is expected to start by the end of May after the environmental assessment is finalized.
The company, owned by R.V. Kanoria, former president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), has plans to venture into other types of businesses in Ethiopia.
Source: Daily News