Kapiri Glass: opening scheduled for 2010

KAPIRI Glass Products Limited has informed that it expects to resume operations early in 2009, when negotiations with machinery suppliers are concluded.
In an interview, owner of the company, Costain…

KAPIRI Glass Products Limited has informed that it expects to resume operations early in 2009, when negotiations with machinery suppliers are concluded. In an interview, owner of the company, Costain Chilala, said the machinery and components from America, India and Europe will cost about USD 20 million, to replace all existing equipment, now obsolete. Chilala also said a memorandum of understanding had been signed with the suppliers of equipment and that work was progressing well. When one talks about Kapiri Glass Products, people think that it“s just opening and making bottles. We have to change everything. We need new machines of modern standards, he said, adding that the factory expects to employ about 400 people, along with three experts from India, He said the three experts, part of the technical contribution from partners Hindu Glass Manufacturing company, would hold the positions of general manager, finance manager and production manager. Chilala said revamping production would help create employment and that his other company, Chimusoro Milling in Kapiri, employs more than 600 people in the area. We are the industry in the area and the largest employer. When the workers at Chimsoro milling are paid, the whole district knows, he said. In 2008, Dora Siliya, then former Commerce, Trade and Industry deputy minister, told parliament that two partners had expressed interest in providing the technical expertise for the glass factory.