Adwa town, Ethiopia based Almeda Textile has completed phase one of its three-phased expansion project with an investment of 86 million birr (Br). The expansion is aimed at doubling the company’s fabric production capacity, according to Ethiopian media reports.
The primary focus for first stage of expansion was replacing old machinery with the latest ones. Energy saving was another objective. The company has imported Rieter C-70 carding machines, a new draw frame finisher machine from Germany, an open end R-35 from Switzerland and Muratec winding machine from Japan.
These machines are easy to maintain, and demand fewer spare parts than the replaced machinery. “These are easily manageable,” said Tekelemariam Tesfu, general manager of the factory.
The spinning process, which earlier used to produce 20,000 kg per day will now increase by five-fold, enabling the company to fulfil its own production requirements, enhancing the export opportunities, thereby saving 30 million Br to 40 million Br.
The weaving and fabric making will also increase because of the increase in the production at the spinning stage. Weaving will increase by 33 per cent reaching 32,000 metres of textile roll using the existing machinery; while the fabric making will be doubled to 7,000 kg.
Almeda sources cotton from the states of Afar, Gambela and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples regions and its sister company, Hiwot Farm Mechanization, located in Humera. (NA)
Source: Fibre2fashion News Desk – India