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Zambia set to start producing car batteries


Zambia will in July this year start manufacturing car batteries following the launch of the assembly plant at the Jiangxi Economic Cooperation Zone (Jiangxi MFEZ) in Chibombo District.

The vehicle battery manufacturing plant by Airumi New Energy would be implemented in two phases, with the first phase expected to produce 400,000 batteries per month.

The second phase was expected to double the battery production to 800,000.

The equipment is expected to be in Zambia by end of this month while testing production is set for June.

This came to light on Wednesday when Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister, Chipoka Mulenga, and his entourage toured the plant.

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After the tour, Airumi New Energy Manager, Alex Huang, said: “Our initial investment for the first phase of this project is US$30 million where we will be manufacturing 400,000 batteries on normal conditions.

“During the second phase of the project, we will double that amount as we invest US$45 million.”

In response, Minister Mulenga emphasised the need for quality production of the car batteries and other products which would be manufactured from Zambia.

Mulenga also stressed the need for all the products to have prices to allow more local people consume the products.

“We can not grow the tax base by not increasing taxes for the already existing payers but create more avenues and opportunities for more people to get jobs and become tax payers. This can only be achieved through value addition.

“This zone presents itself as one of the places we find opportunities where we set up value addition for the first time in a long while after Mansa Batteries Zambia will be manufacturing car batteries.The test run of the production will start in July this year,” he said.

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