Tanzania To Begin Float Glass Production From September

The plant at Mkuranga will have a capacity of 1,200 tonnes a day.

By Liz Bains on
5th July 2023

Sapphire Float Glass is due to begin production in September at its US$311 million glass manufacturing plant in Tanzania.

As of May, construction of the facility located in the Kusini Gateway Industrial Park at Mkuranga was 85% complete.

It is the first float glass production plant to be built in Tanzania and will help to reduce the need for imports of glass products, while also generating new export revenues.

The factory will have a capacity of 1,200 tonnes a day over two production lines. It will produce float glass, toughened glass and mirrored glass. 

About 70-80% of the output is expected to be exported to international markets including Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi and Madagascar. More than 80% of the raw materials will be sourced locally.

The project, promoted by Tanzania Investment Centre, is expected to create 7,655 direct and indirect jobs.

According to local media, Sapphire Float Glass is owned by Chinese investor Jack Feng. There is also a Chinese-owned ceramic tile factory located at the industrial park.

Photo: Float glass (© Dmytro Skrypnykov | Dreamstime)

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