Plastic manufacturers commend govt’s move on control of imports

10Dec 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Plastic manufacturers commend govt’s move on control of imports

LOCAL manufacturers of plastic pipes have commended the government's move to control importation of the products saying the move will help boost local industries.

Plasco Limited’s technical sales engineer, Mafikri Mushi showing some Weholite pipes to journalists who visited the factory on Tuesday. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

Plastic pipes are used in various projects in a number of sectors such water, energy, agriculture and construction. Imported plastic pipes were sold at lower prices compared to those manufactured locally due to various reasons including low production cost and availability of raw materials in the specific countries.

This was stated on Tuesday by Plasco Limited chief operations officer, Alimiya Osman when briefing journalists at the firm’s offices in Dar es Salaam on the new 6 million Dollars technology investment—Weholite pipes which can be used to control storm water as well as construction of culverts and irrigation water distribution.

The invented technology is likely to provide improved solutions for sanitation and water storage and ultimately address challenges of outdated infrastructure for water supply, water storage and sanitation.  

According to Osman, a number of challenges facing local plastic pipes manufacturers have been resolved by the government through the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI).

“We are grateful to the government for controlling importation of plastic pipes; it was previously difficult for us to compete in the market in presence of imported products,” he said noting that Plasco is the only factory licensed to manufacture Weholite pipes in the East African bloc.

Established in 1993, the industry also exports its products to Rwanda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Apart from storm water pipes, the factory manufactures pipes for use in gas, irrigation and water projects.

He added: “We work to satisfy our customers, our products go through various quality control processes whereas even raw materials are tested to determine if they are within the required specifications.”

He said that Weholite pipes which are made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) can last longer compared to concrete which can last for 20 years.

“This is a new-age technology in the construction industry currently being used across the world to provide improved piping solutions especially in drainage and storm water management,” he said adding the factory has variety experts and engineers who also provide technical support to customers during their project implementation.

Mafikri Mushi is the company’s Technical Sales Engineer; he said the pipe also saves an alternative to concrete culverts in revamping drainage infrastructures.

“We call upon the government and stakeholders engaged in the construction industry to use pipes as a solution to the flooding challenges in various cities including Dar es Salaam,” he added noting the pipes available in sizes of up to 2200mm internal diameter.