Heavy equipment for new brewery arrives in Zambia
16 July 2012
Heavy duty equipment including six fermenters has started arriving in the country from Germany. Part of the equipment arrived in Lusaka yesterday en route to Ndola where construction of the $90m new Zambian Breweries Plant is under way. The new state-of-the-art brewery will have an annual production capacity of 100 million litres which will translate into 267 million bottles per year.
The man responsible for the project, Franz Schepping, Technical Director at Zambia Breweries, says the new brewery will ease capacity constraints and allow the business to meet growing demand for clear beer. "We are enjoying increased market demand and have to ensure we satisfy it", he said. Mr Schepping said that the old brewery will continue producing while construction is going on in Ndola so as not to disrupt supply.
Construction of the brewery, which started in 2009, will have created employment opportunities for up to 260 Zambians in total. An additional 450 jobs will be created within the Zambian Breweries value chain upon commissioning of the plant.
Zambian Breweries Plc plans to pack its first beer out of the new Ndola brewery by mid November 2012. "We are excited about the arrival of the equipment which will move the project into the latter stages in the construction process which is currently right on schedule", said Mr Schepping.
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