Botswana-based Can Manufacturers (CAN) is poised for a leap into the SADC region, currently dominated by one supplier.
CAN produces a range of steel food cans that are predominantly used in the canned fish, fruit, vegetable and meat industries.
/~The company was established in 2006 with finance from the Botswana Development Corp; it started commercial production in 2007.
The factory, situated in Lobatse, 70km south of Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, is state-of-the-art and has one of the fastest production lines in the world, according to Booker Bannister, the general manager.
It can produce up to 600 round cans per minute, in three different sizes that are stackable.
More sizes will be produced in 2009, and expansion to include beverage and rectangular meat cans is being planned, says Bannister.
In addition, the company expects to take delivery of an end-making line capable of producing 2,600 lids per minute, in February 2009.
"Our machinery was sourced from Europe and our products meet international standards. The high quality of our cans can rival any First World producer of the same type of cans," he says.
"We are already exporting to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia, and are also negotiating markets abroad. After our participation at Propak and a visit to the Africa’s Big 7 Expo (in South Africa), we have been overwhelmed with enquiries from SADC countries as well as from Dubai, Djibouti and Mauritius.
”We recently participated at Foodex in Mauritius, where we met with interested food canners, and received positive feedback from this market.”
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