South African fabricating and foundry equipment manufacturer Endeco Omega Sinto has announced that the company has secured an order to supply the majority of the equipment for a new foundry that is being setup in Ghana.
“Last year Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo turned a sod for the construction of Ghana’s first modern foundry and machining center, which will produce agriculture processing machines and equipment, farming implements and spare parts for the maintenance and repairs of this equipment,” said Roy Dias, Managing Director of Endeco Omega Sinto.
“At the ceremony the President explained that, once completed, the facilities at the center will provide technical support for policy initiatives of the Ghana government such as ‘One District, One Factory’, which is already in place in many districts across the country, and is providing jobs for Ghanaian youth.”
Endeco Omega Sinto will manufacture and supply a full reclamation plant to Ghana
“More importantly he added that the foundry and machining center will put Ghana in a position to develop and grow the talents of skilled and innovative young Ghanaians, who graduate from their schools, colleges and universities,” Dias added.
“Delivering his remarks at the ceremony, the President explained that the establishment of the Foundry and Machine Tooling Centre is a key component of a much broader strategic framework that is designed to ensure that Ghana’s socio-economic development is driven by Science, Technology and Innovation (STI),” continued Dias.
“Explaining the rationale for the establishment of the center, President Akufo-Addo noted that the structure of economies bequeathed to countries in sub-Saharan Africa by colonialism was aimed at servicing its needs, promoting, essentially, raw material producing and exporting economies, which then imported manufactured commodities from the industries of the colonial power.”
“President Akufo-Addo said that ever since the celebrated British Governor of colonial Gold Coast, Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, left the shores in 1928, Ghana’s economy, like that of many countries on the continent, has generally remained structurally rigid, with Ghana depending largely on exports of primary commodities such as gold, cocoa, bauxite and timber.”
The President continued: “A major contributory factor to this situation has been the fact that our country imports almost all of the equipment, machinery and parts that support industry, especially in the manufacturing sector. This has not allowed the manufacturing base of our country to grow and expand, and has, thus, rendered our economy incapable of creating the thousands and thousands of jobs that our young people yearn for, and then will raise their living standards.”
“Ghana is considered one of the more stable countries in West Africa since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana gained independence from Britain in 1957, becoming the first sub-Saharan nation to break free from colonial rule. Gold, cocoa and more recently oil form the cornerstone of Ghana’s economy and have helped fuel an economic boom,” explained Dias.
Endeco Omega Sinto will also manufacture and supply a continuous mixer
“This is not our first international order but is our first major order into the rest of Africa above the SADC region countries and certainly our first into West Africa. Last year we shipped over 90 tons of fabricated steel to a foundry that manufactures a range of small to large castings that meets the needs of companies in the mining, minerals, oil, gas, power and industrial markets.”
“The equipment manufactured locally was assembled at the foundry site once it arrived and was incorporated into a very large project that the foundry was incorporating into its location. Endeco Omega Sinto’s contribution to the project, which was project managed by UK parent Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery UK, included the manufacture of two large compaction tables and the powered roller sections to move the moulding boxes. Omega Sinto Foundry Machinery UK and other subsidiary companies supplied the balance of the equipment for the project.”
“For the Ghana project we will be supplying a full reclamation plant, a continuous mixer, the silos for the new and reclaimed sand as well as a large roller tracking system that will be used to convey moulds and castings.”
“Pre-fabrication planning has already begun and we should be able to ship the order later on this year. Ghana is situated on the coast in the Gulf of Guinea so we do have shipping access via the Atlantic Ocean,” concluded Dias.