Shongai Packaging exports plastic pallets to ECOWAS countries
As part of its market expansion strategy, Shongai Packaging Limited has concluded plans to export 40 container loads of plastic pallets to Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) countries.
The Chairman of Sona Group, parent company of Shongai Packaging Limited, Arjan Mirchandani, made the disclosure to newsmen, government officials, bank officials and customers at the unveiling of its export initiative project and factory tour held at its factory premises recently.
Mirchandani explained that the materials used to produce the plastic pallets were sourced from wastes, adding that lot of jobs have been created across the product’s value chain and that the country’s eco-system is being protected as pallets production in plastics prevents deforestation and its negative impact on the environment and on climate. This, he noted, is due to the shift from wood pallet manufacturing common in the country to plastic pallets.
The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, represented by the Director (Inspectorate) in the ministry, Engr. Battah Ndirpaya stated that the innovation by Shongai Packaging fits into the Federal Government’s economic recovery plan and will, in turn, translate into wealth creation for the country.
“This is particularly an exciting project; it creates jobs and generates wealth especially for the youth and women in the surroundings and beyond. I understand the end product, that is the pallet, is manufactured from plastic wastes. I am also informed that pallet comes with high demand from foreign markets, thereby making it a foreign exchange earner. Environmentally, the raw material for the product, plastic is being picked up from our streets and gutters which cleans up our surroundings and will help in reducing the spread of diseases,” she disclosed.
Speaking on the need to export, Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru explained that exportation will help the country grow significantly and lead the country out of its present economic challenges.
He, however, warned manufacturers not to concentrate a large percentage of their production on exportation at the expense of meeting the needs of people locally because if that happens, the country might fall into economic crisis that it would be difficult to come out of.
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