ኢትዮጵያ የፕላስቲክ ምርቶች ከአስመጪነት ወደ ላኪነት
Following the increasing interest of both foreign and local investors in plastic products manufacturing, Ethiopian government has set ambitious plan of ending import of raw materials and some plastic products to exporting.
“The number of both foreign and local investors in the plastic manufacturing has been increasing every. Currently there are a total of 350 plastic manufacturing companies in Ethiopia producing 12 categories of products ranging from automotive tire to the latest wood and plastic blend home partitions and PVC made tiles and small household furniture,” said Eng. Yonas Abate, Plastic and Rubber Industries Development Director at the state-owned Ethiopian Chemical and Construction input Industries Development Institute.
The factories employ a total of 19,000 people while there are also hundreds of small plastic product manufacturers at small scale in different parts of the country.
“We are gradually meeting the local demand and moving towards export soon. The investment growth of the sub sector [plastic and rubber] is in line with our Institute’s target of an average 20% annual growth,” he said.
The total volume of plastic products produced by the factories last year was worth 12 billion birr (over half a billion dollars). Meanwhile still 90% of the inputs of the products are still imported. He noted annually the country imports a total of 170,000 tons of raw materials such as PVC and polypropylene, among others.
Horizon Addis Tire, the only tire manufacturer in Ethiopia and one of the four in Africa, has been produces tires of different vehicles for decades. Currently it has managed to cut 35% tire import bill of the country, according to Yonas who made the comment at a press conference held in relation to the upcoming Plastic and plastic and packaging related trade fair.
To provide latex, which is the major input for tire manufacturing, the government has currently covered 5,000 hectares of land with rubber trees. The government has also prepared another 5,000 hectares of land to plat more rubber trees in addition to the plantation located in Mizan area in the western part of Ethiopia for the factory.