A ‘high-tech’ sanitary towel manufacturing plant is on the cards for East London’s Industrial Development Zone.
According to the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, almost 12 000 squares metres had been set aside for the R67m facility which should be operational in June next year.
ECDC CEO, Ndzondelelo Dlulane, said they struck a deal with local sanitary towel distributor, Ntombam Sanitary Towels, and Clothing and South Korean investor, M.view Global.
“The deal is important in boosting local manufacturing, skills development and transfers, and in positioning the Eastern Cape as a manufacturing hub,” he said.
Dlulane said the state-of-the-art facility sets out to skill local labour at the plant and will create 76 full-time jobs.
The Korean partners will contribute state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment worth R24m as part of the deal.
“East London is an ideal location because of its IDZ and port facilities which will aid exports of the product,” said South Africa’s M.View Global general manager Min Lee.