Industries ready to export transformer, ammunition to African countries
BY DESTA GEBREHIWOT (Ethiopian News Agency)
ADDIS ABABA — Continuing his visit to the Metals and Engineering Corporation Industries, President Dr. Mulatu Teshome Tuesday visited Tatek Transformers Production Factory and Homicho Ammunition Factory where factories announced plans to export ammunition and transformers to East African countries.
President Dr. Multu visited METEC’s Ethiopian Power and Engineering Industry’ sub factories.
Ethiopian Power Engineering Industry General Manager Assefa Yohannes told journalists that Tatek Transformers Production Factory apart from renewing transformers, it is currently producing locally manufactured ones with better quality and efficiency than those already imported.
As to Assefa, the country has stop importing transformers and the Factory is able to manufacture transformers with the best quality and design. Locally made transformers are more efficient than the imported ones whose quality is poor than the local ones. The locally produced transformers are 99.7 per cent efficient to avoid power loss unlike imported transformers whose poor qualities has been causing power disruption, he added.
After meeting domestic need, the Factory is preparing to export transformers to East African countries and orders have already been made by some neighbouring countries.
Employing around 960 workers, the Factory also created job opportunities for about 30 small and micro scale enterprises each having 40 to 50 members. The Factory is providing its products both to mega projects and private companies as well. With an annual production capacity of 10,000 transformers the factory has so far produced 12,000 transformer said Factory Deputy Manager Gebre-Kidan Gebreyess.
Earlier in the day, President Dr. Mutau visited Homicho Ammunition Factory. General Manager Hadgu Gebreyess told journalists that the factory is producing 26 kinds of light, medium and heavy ammunition. Its supply is arming the defence force with efficient ammunition. In collaboration with universities the factory also plans to produce long-range ammunition in the future, said Hadgu.