Voltic Ghana Limited Thursday inaugurated an ultra-modern 6.5 million United States Dollars (USD) production line at Akwadum in the Nsawam/Adoagyiri Municipality to offer jobs to hundreds of people in the area.

Delivering the keynote address, Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah observed the changing trends today makes it impossible for the government alone to create all the jobs on sustainable basis, hence the need for private sector participation.

Voltic Ghana inaugurateThe priority of government, he emphasized was to put in place an ‘ambitious policy framework’ to help businesses expand and create jobs as well as promote the growth of entrepreneurial opportunities for Ghanaians with emphasis on the youth.

The Deputy Trade Minister said, “The ambitious policy framework include some to-pillar transformation agenda which will not only set the pace for increased job creation and accelerated growth by empowering the private sector but will also implement all-inclusive strategies across the key areas of entrepreneurial and innovation development, business development services, additional funding and support, legislative framework, innovation and technology development catalyst projects.”

He assured local businesses government was working to reduce the cost of doing business in the country by the availability and reliability of power supply.

“To be competitive, local industries require assurance on availability and reliability of energy therefore, government is working to reduce the cost of doing business and lowering production costs,” Hon. Ahenkorah observed.

He commended the private sector for their enormous contributions over the years in spurring economic growth.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Coca Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), Doug Jackson emphasized the installation of the new production line serves as an avenue for sustained economic acceleration for customers, consumers and communities in the country.

“CCBA is the 10th largest Coca Cola bottling partner worldwide and the leading bottling partner in the African continent. We strive to satisfy our key stakeholders each and every day and this mission explains our investment in technology and people has been to increase the production capacity of Voltic while providing permanent employment to more than 450 and thousands more in our value chain, ”Mr. Jackson stated.

Managing Director for Voltic Ghana Limited, Francois Ganzania disclosed the new packaging line will enable the company to optimize its operations to achieve production and sales targets thereby fulfilling Voltic’s tax and other financial obligations to the state.

He commended CCBA for the partnership which led to the investment of 6.5 million USD in the new production line.

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The construction of the new production line through the partnership of Voltic Ghana limited and CCBA was necessitated by the need for the company to maintain its brand visibility and sustainability mission of refreshing the country as well as offer increased value to its consumers.

With the production of 24,000 bottles per hour, the new line will bring about increased capacity ensuring all stakeholders are satisfied with the best quality water on the market as well as eliminate production gaps.

Voltic Ghana Limited is a business engaged in the packaging and distribution of Voltic Natural Mineral Water and Cool Pac treated water and the distribution of Club Mineral range of drinks and Beta Malt was established in Ghana in 1995 with one facility at Medie, near Accra.

Currently, the company employs some 450 permanent and 700 non-permanent employees with 190 stationed at the Akwadum plant and it is expected that the new facility will offer employment to additional 150 technical and non-technical employees by the end of 2018.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, Voltic Ghana Limited has drilled a borehole estimated at a cost of GH₵30,000 for the Anoff Community School in the municipality.

Being conscious of the sanitation challenges in the country, the company has partnered a non-governmental organization, Environment 360, and are creating awareness on plastic waste collection and the collaboration has led to the collection of 120 tons of plastic since September 2015.

Voltic Ghana Limited has also partnered seven other manufacturing companies to form a coalition ; Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises (GRIPE) and the goal of the group include strategic data and research, public advocacy, solution implementation and multi-stakeholder collaboration. Enditem

Source: Francis Tandoh


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