Business: SABMiller Invests $250m for Future Growth in Angola
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On completion of the new brewery and SSD plant, SABMiller will have invested approximately $250m in upgrading or building new facilities across Angola in 18 months.
Production of clear beer will begin at the new greenfield brewery in Luanda in northern Angola in October 2009. This $125m facility will produce approximately 50,000hcl of clear beer and employ 500 people from the surrounding area. This will take the total number of people employed by SABMiller and its joint venture partner Empresa Cervejas de N’gola, to over 2000 across their five brewery and bottling facilities in Angola.
The new SSD plant will see production beginning on three bottling lines, capable of producing 200,000hcl per year.
Mark Bowman, Managing Director for SABMiller Africa, says “SABMiller remains positive about the potential of the Angolan market and in conjunction with our partners, we are continuing to invest in what will be a bright future for the business. Angola’s economy has held up well during the global economic crisis and our team on the ground has risen to the challenges posed by supply chain and infrastructural constraints.”
Last year saw additional capacity added to SABMiller’s existing operations, with a new SSD line opened at the Catumbela facility in June and then in November work was completed on expanding the capacity of the Lubango brewhouse to 820,000hcl.
SABMiller has shown a strong commitment to staff training in the country and will have spent $2.5m on ensuring employees at the new brewery and SSD plant will meet the required proficiency levels upon opening.
The company has also to date trained nearly 200 graduates on its apprentice scheme. Successful applicants initially spend time at the company’s technical college where they are taught mechanical and electrical skills before rotating around the business for three months. They are then placed within one of the company’s facilities across Angola.
SABMiller’s first investment into Angola came in 1997 prior to the end of the civil war in 2002. It started managing Empresa de Cervejas Ngola in Lubango under a management contract with Government in 1997 and rehabilitated the brewery during that year. It started managing the SSD business in Luanda in 1999 and invested in an additional SSD production facility in Lubango in 2001
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