Approximately one year after its national subsidiary was founded in Ethiopia, Sika has opened the first concrete admixture production plant in the country. Sika is the first-ever international company to manufacture its products locally, and the move creates a base from which to build business activities in the growth market, which has a total population of approximately 100 million.
Paul Schuler, Sika Regional Manager EMEA says: “The new factory in Ethiopia is part of the systematic implementation of our Africa strategy. We are playing a pioneering role in setting up local production, and this will bring us significant competitive advantages. Customers will benefit from local product formulations that are perfectly adapted to the raw materials and local requirements, as well as from shorter delivery times. This step creates a foundation for further growth in this promising market.”
STRONG CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY GROWTH RATES EXPECTED
By establishing its factory in Addis Ababa, Sika is positioning itself in a megacity. Ethiopia is the second biggest economy in sub-Saharan Africa in population terms, and the fourth biggest in terms of economic output. One of the factors benefiting the construction sector is the government’s Growth and Transformation Plan. According to forecasts, construction is set to grow by approximately 11% annually in the period up to 2025 and thus more strongly than other countries in the sub-Saharan region.
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