ZIMBABWE Stock Exchange-listed wines and spirits producer African Distillers Limited is planning to install a multimillion-dollar bottling line to modernise their production and improving capacity utilisation.
Afdis managing director Mr Cecil Gombera said the company’s production capacity was increasing and they wanted to consolidate this by bringing in new methods of production. “We are planning to bring a new bottling line by June 2014 so that we will be able to do local bottling to some of the brands that we have been importing. We are on a modernisation drive to match the demands of the regional and international markets, at the same time meeting the demands of our growing base of consumers.
“We want to revive the level of manufacturing and we are the first spirit and wine manufacturer to focus on local production since of late we have been importing products from South Africa. The group has now repositioned itself after the huge costs getting out of hyperinflation and their strategic focus will remain on production efficiencies and instilling an attitude of market leadership.
“In the last financial results, our profits grew by 18 percent and we are eyeing the export market to maintain the growth,” Mr Gombera said.
He added that Afdis was the dominant player in terms of market share and their focus was rebuilding on production capacity and also their hope is to get back to where Afdis was in the last 10 years.
Mr Gombera said Afdis had laid the foundation of future growth with a strong emphasis on local production following a 21 percent growth for the half year ended December 31, 2012.
The company is also planning to refurbish its current manufacturing plant in order to improve capacity utilisation every monthly which is the target that they set as a company this year.