Local tarpaulin and canvas goods manufacturers have started venturing into the export market after concluding different market consultations in the region, an industry player has said.
In an interview with The Herald Business yesterday Power Seven Canvas Investments director Mr Francis Goreraza said they have discovered a viable market in the SADC region.
“The tarpaulins and canvas industry in Zimbabwe has not been getting the recognition that it deserves but as you can see we are the biggest supplier of tents and other products to the transport industry.
“However after realising that we have managed to meet the local demand, we then made our market research and discovered that the export market is willing to assimilate our products,” said Mr Goreraza.
He said Power Seven Investments has acquired state of the art equipment to meet the growing demand of its products with other industry players doing the same.
“The factories are equipped with tarpaulin welding machines for the manufacturing of PVC tents and Truck Tarpaulins, sewing machines for easy and accurate stitching of all canvas products involving heavy duty fabric grades and a metal fabrication shop for the fabrication of all tent frames, awning frames and frames for the canvas canopies,” he said.
Mr Goreraza said Power Seven currently uses raw materials and fittings sourced from ISO Certified global partners to ensure that their end products are of high quality.
“We do have rigorous quality control checks to ensure that all products manufactured by us are accurate as we design, manufacture and finish the production process under one roof thereby eliminating the possibility of third party production flaws and high sublet costs.
“Our products carry our stickers and logo as we take pride on the quality promise we have made to all our customers and this reminds us of our duty to maintain brand integrity,” Mr Goreraza said. He said maintaining stock holding enables the company to keep lead times short and the company currently has two manufacturing depots in Harare and Bulawayo.
Tarpaulins manufacturers in the country are currently supplying to major cities and have reliable shipping agents for all their export orders. Power Seven Canvas and Industrial was established in Bulawayo in 2002 and started manufacturing Canvas and PVC products in 2004 after successfully setting up the factory in Bulawayo.
The company set up another factory unit in Harare in 2012, a move that has placed Power Seven in a strong position to achieve its vision of becoming the preferred partner in sectors such as mining, transport, tourism, health manufacturing, agriculture and outdoor locally and regionally.