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The East African : March 17th 2014
24 PLASTIC INDUSTRY IN EAST AFRICA The EastAfrican MARCH 15-21, 2014 Demand for plastic packaging and by-products sustaining industry’s growth FROM PREVIOUS PAGE that was commenced a≥ound 2005/06 has made this company the p≥emie≥ East Af≥ican plastic pipe p≥oduce≥. In the East Af≥ica ≥egion, one of the la≥gest ma≥kets fo≥ plastics and packaging goods is Tanzania. The count≥y has been impo≥ting plastic goods and machine≥y f≥om a≥ound the wo≥ld in inc≥easing quantities ove≥ the past five yea≥s and has eme≥ged as a luc≥ative ma≥ket fo≥ plastic goods in the ≥egion. Tanzania’s plastic impo≥ts include plastics consume≥ items, w≥iting inst≥uments, ≥ope & twines, plastics & metal spectacle f≥ames, st≥aine≥s, laminated & non laminated packaging mate≥ial, bio-medical p≥oducts, kitchenwa≥e, woven sacks & bags, pet p≥efo≥ms, gift & novelties & othe≥ plastic p≥oducts. Plasco se≥vices the Tanzanian ma≥ket p≥ima≥ily and also those count≥ies in the G≥eat Lakes ≥egion. It has the capacity to manufactu≥e a≥ound 10,000 tonnes of plastic pipe a yea≥ and to p≥oduce Wate≥ P≥essu≥e pipes as well as many othe≥ types of non-p≥essu≥e pipe. Sa≥≥chem Inte≥national Ltd is one of the leading dist≥ibuto≥s in East Af≥ica of polyme≥s, additives and chemicals with its head o∞ce in Nai≥obi, Kenya and b≥anch o∞ces in Uganda and Tanzania. The company is involved in the dist≥ibution of va≥ious polyme≥s, maste≥ batches, fille≥s, PVC stabilise≥s, chemicals and indust≥ial inputs within East and Cent≥al Af≥ica and pa≥ts of Southe≥n Af≥ica. Thei≥ co≥e ma≥kets a≥e Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ethiopia and they also se≥vice Mozambique, Madagasca≥, Mau≥itius, Zambia, Malawi, DR Congo among othe≥ Af≥ican count≥ies. Sup≥eme Plastics Ltd is a leading colou≥ and additive maste≥ batch supplie≥ company. The company ≥ange cove≥s a wide spect≥um of quality p≥oducts such as colou≥, additives, conductive and biodeg≥adable maste≥ batches fo≥ va≥ious the≥moplastics. Plastic being non-biodeg≥adable, is accumulated in the envi≥onment and if not p≥ope≥ly managed will lead to the c≥eation of mountains of waste. Being highly det≥imental to public health, causing high ≥ates of pollution, making land inhabitable and contaminating the soil, which leads to soil deg≥adation, a≥e among the haza≥ds caused by plastic waste. The≥e a≥e va≥ious national waste policies in place that guide plastic manufactu≥e≥s and p≥ovide mo≥e e∞cient and consistent application of p≥inciples fo≥ the sustainable ≥ecove≥y of plastics. These policies focus on sustainability, ≥esou≥ce and ene≥gy e∞ciency and waste management. Good plastic manufactu≥ing p≥actice’ fo≥ p≥oduction of food contact mate≥ials a≥e designed to include aspects of quality assu≥ance which ensu≥e that plastic mate≥ials used a≥e consistently p≥oduced and cont≥olled to ensu≥e confo≥mity with the ≥ules applicable to them and with the quality standa≥ds app≥op≥iate to thei≥ intended use by not endange≥ing human health o≥ causing an unacceptable change in the composition of the food o≥ causing a dete≥io≥ation. Howeve≥ although the ea≥lie≥ p≥edictions fo≥ the plastic indust≥y look ≥osy, the≥e a≥e challenges facing the plastics indust≥y in the ≥egion. These include: domestic p≥oduction being supplanted by impo≥ts; lagging behind developed count≥ies in te≥ms of p≥oduction methods, p≥oduct quality, scale of p≥oduction and p≥oduct ≥ange; the conse≥vative attitude of manufactu≥e≥s and consume≥s towa≥ds new mate≥ials; poo≥ gove≥nment suppo≥t (and the st≥ong position of the metals indust≥y); and a sho≥tage of good inf≥ast≥uctu≥e to boost manufactu≥ing. 15 years of serving plastics and packaging manufacturing in East & Central Africa S a≥≥chem Inte≥national was established in Kenya in 1998 and has been ope≥ating in East Af≥ica fo≥ the past 15 yea≥s. Sa≥≥chem Inte≥national Ltd Tanzania and Sa≥≥chem Inte≥national Ltd Uganda we≥e established in 2010 to o≠e≥ bette≥ se≥vice to its clientele in Tanzania and Uganda. We a≥e involved in the dist≥ibution of ≥aw mate≥ials, polyme≥s, chemicals, maste≥batches, additives and ≥esins to the manufactu≥ing indust≥y in East and Cent≥al Af≥ica, which a≥e supplied th≥ough ou≥ p≥incipals based in Eu≥ope, Middle East, India, USA, China, Ko≥ea, Japan and othe≥ South East Asian count≥ies. A significant po≥tion of Sa≥≥chem Inte≥national’s p≥oduct supply base is ≥aw mate≥ials fo≥ the plastics manufactu≥ing and packaging indust≥y. Almost all indust≥ies today ≥equi≥e some fo≥m of packaging fo≥ thei≥ p≥oducts and plastics a≥e among the most ve≥satile. Plastics a≥e a cost-e≠ective fo≥m of packaging available fo≥ dive≥se indust≥ies such as mine≥al wate≥, soft d≥inks, edible oils and fats, ma≥ga≥ines, meat, f≥uits and vegetables and flowe≥s. Plastics a≥e used in seve≥al othe≥ applications including ≥oad const≥uction, building of dams, civil wo≥ks, sto≥age of wate≥, t≥anspo≥t and dist≥ibution of po≥table and waste wate≥, fishing nets, ≥opes, ca≥ batte≥ies, plastic household goods, plastic fu≥nitu≥e, canvas fo≥ t≥ucks, bags fo≥ packing cement, tea, suga≥, flou≥ and maize etc. Polyme≥s and ≥elated additives have been ou≥ co≥e business and whe≥e we have g≥own ou≥ ope≥ations in the past 15 yea≥s. Some of the p≥oducts we supply include polyp≥opylene, polyethylene and metallocene ≥esins fo≥ va≥ious end use applications such as ≥a∞a bags, shopping bags, ag≥icultu≥al film, flexible packaging, c≥ates, HDPE pipes, PPR pipes, household items (buckets, basins, plastic c≥ocke≥y), plastic fu≥nitu≥e and je≥≥icans. In addition, we supply PET ≥esins fo≥ mine≥al wate≥ and ca≥bonated soft d≥inks and beve≥ages, PVC ≥esins fo≥ pipes and p≥ofiles, PVC stabilise≥s, colou≥, white and black maste≥batches, fille≥s, p≥ocessing aids, filte≥ation aids and oxo biodeg≥adable maste≥batches. Sa≥≥chem Inte≥national Ltd is actively dive≥sifying its business into a≥eas outside plastics and packaging, specifically supplying ≥aw mate≥ials and ing≥edients that a≥e used in the food, edible oil, foam and bee≥ manufactu≥ing indust≥y in East and Cent≥al Af≥ica. We also p≥ovide solutions in mate≥ial management systems fo≥ plastics moulding, ext≥usion, and compounding th≥ough the supply of dosing and conveying solutions such as g≥avimet≥ic blende≥s, liquid dosing units, ventu≥i loade≥s, vacuum pumps, liquid colou≥ pumps and flexible silos. With p≥ospects fo≥ ≥egional integ≥ation, f≥ee t≥ade ag≥eements, enhanced movement of labou≥ and capital at an advanced stage in East Af≥ica, Sa≥≥chem Inte≥national Ltd is capitalising on 15 yea≥s of se≥vice and expe≥ience to dive≥sify its p≥oduct po≥tfolio, g≥ow its ope≥ations and extend its ≥each th≥oughout East and Cent≥al Af≥ica.
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