The Africa Bricks and Tiles Limited (ABT) on Tuesday commissioned a state of the art brick making equipment worth U$D45,000 (about MK18 million).
The equipment is expected to improve quality and quantity of bricks which the company has been producing since four years ago using bull trench kiln.
Bull trench kiln is a technology of producing burnt bricks which uses no firewood.
The equipment is expected to change overall brick business from locally and manual brick production to fully automated.
Shoaib Jiwa the ABT Limited Managing Director expressed delight with the new equipment/
“We are very happy that we are today launching this equipment for brick manufacturing,this will assist in improving quality of our bricks here at ABT,” he said.
The company was producing 12,000 bricks per day using old machines and manual production but now the company will be producing 20,000 bricks.
Jiwa commended government for expressing interest to lay conducive environment for the corporate world.
However, Jiwa asked Government to assist his company in rolling out in all the districts saying the company has a special technology which he uses to produce burnt bricks without firewood.
“My company wants to promote renewable energy so that locals within Malawi are able to sell different forms of wastes to the company which is later used to burn the bricks,these wastes include used oil, sugarcane residues, maize hasks, Ground nuts shells, saw dusts, and tobacco waste,” he said.
Jiwa believe that if the company can be rolled out to each and every district it will assist in reducing deforestation.
According to Jiwa the bricks that his company produces are classically beautiful, durable, sound resistance and affordable.
“I have tried to ask government that look instead of pumping millions of Kwachas to plant more trees, let’s concentrate on this environmental friendly project ,” said Jiwa.
Jiwa also lamented that Malawi is losing millions of foreign exchange in importation of tiles but using the same technology of bull trench kiln which was brought in Malawi from Pakistan, his company can make all types of tiles.
“We are asking government to show interest if indeed the leadership is serious about curbing deforestation,” he added.
Malawi is reeling from high levels of deforestation due to charcoal, firewood, and brick burning. Currently according to statistics from forestry department, 28 percent of the total land is covered by forestry.
Meanwhile, government has approved Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Reference Number EAD /99/7/5 , for the ABT company on condition that the company should submit to the department of environmental affairs, a detailed decommissioning plan for the proposed project site which the company has completed.