Munyaradzi Musiiwa Midlands Correspondent
CHINESE parastatal China National Materials Group Corporation (SINOMA) has availed $20 million to its Gweru-based subsidiary, Sino Cement Zimbabwe, for the setting up of a state- of-the-art brick and tiles manufacturing that will see the cement producing company creating over 200 jobs.
SINOMA is a central government-administered enterprise directly under the administration of the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.
It is the world’s largest cement equipment and engineering service provider and China’s non-metal materials leading manufacturer.
In an interview on the sidelines of a plant tour, Sino Cement managing director Mr Wang Yong said the project, which is estimated to cost about $50 million, will be in three phases.
He said the first phase would see Sino Cement construct a brick manufacturing plant with a capacity of making 60 million bricks annually at a cost of about $20 million.
Mr Wang said the company was looking forward to completing construction of the first plant under the first phase by mid-next year.
He said once completed the project will generate more than 200 jobs for local people.
The company has a workforce of close to 400.
“We are diversifying as a company and we have a new project under which we want to make use of a by-product from limestone extraction, shell, which is usually quarry on the outer layer of limestone.
“We want to utilise this by-product and start making bricks.
“Construction on site is likely to take less than a year and we are expecting to start making bricks by June next year if everything goes according to plan.”
Sino Cement Zimbabwe is operating at 90 percent and looking forward to scaling up production according to Mr Wang.
The cement manufacturing company is currently undergoing refurbishment which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.