Next step for Tses Glass
The debushing and excavation will start on 01 September and go on until 30 September. Construction is scheduled to start on 01 October and will be finished a year later by October 2014. Kapenda said the factory will commissioned in November 2015.
“At the same time, the construction of the Tses Glass float glass factory by Germany-based ghs|glass and Tses Glass tableware glass by Italy-based Olivotto and Germany-based Sorg will start early 2015,” Kapenda added. Heye International GmbH is the global project management company in charge of the entire engineering, procurement and construction management of the Tses Glass container glass factory. Heye International GmbH is also supplying IS machines for the factory.
The company also awarded a 15-year contract to Hakahana Industries (Pty) Ltd, an industrial company formed by the community of Hakahana in Windhoek to develop, market, and manufacture industrial products for agriculture. Hakahana industries is to supply silica sand products for the Tses Glass factories in Tses.
In order to meet the demand as the exclusive supplier of silica sand to Tses Glass, Hakahana Industries has established Hakahana Chemicals (Pty) Ltd, as a separate company dedicated to the mining and manufacturing of silica sand and related products. “We are pleased to have the privilege and the opportunity to develop this company and supply high quality silica sand to Tses Glass as well as supply to other industrial manufacturers in Namibia and the world” states Valde Haimbodi, co-founder and Managing-Director of Hakahana Industries.
Tses Glass factory is expected to become the largest dynamic glass factory in Africa, as it plans to focus on the manufacturing of a wide range of float glass, container glass, tableware glass, fibre glass, and ultra-thin glass for the construction of residential and commercial buildings as well as for industrial, kitchenware, bottles, touch screen computing and smart phones devices for the markets around the world.
Tses Glass plans to have an annual gross production capacity of 20 million net tons of glass and expects to create more than 40,000 new direct and indirect jobs within three years.
“For the first time in the history of our country, we will now be known as a glass country. This is truly a great investment for our economy. And because of Tses Glass in Tses, it’s effecting for the Village of Tses to grow within the next seven years to the size of Walvisbay and Swakopmund put together” said Kapenda.