Pan African Investments Limited (Pail), a subsidiary of Bakhresa Grain Milling (Mw) Limited, will on Monday inaugurate a K300 million (about $1.2m) soap manufacturing plant in Mzuzu.
Bakhresa human human resources manager, Richard Tchereko, said in an interview on Thursday that the soap factory has created jobs for 40 people.
The plant, imported from India, has the capacity to produce 50 metric tonnes of soap per day.
Pail is born out of a diversification drive of Bakhresa, one of leading manufacturers of wheat flour in the country.
Bakhresa Grain Milling board directors decided it appropriate to carry out non-milling activities in a different corporate entity; hence, the birth of Pail,” he said.
Pail was incorporated as a limited liability company in March 2011 and took over Azam soap manufacturing operations from Bakhresa Grain Milling in July 2011.
“As a part of its expansion plan, Pail opened a branch in Mzuzu and installed a modern soap manufacturing plant in October 2011 after realising that there is handful of industrial operations in the city. This will that there is enough supply of high quality laundry soap to consumers in and around northern Malawi,” he says.
Pail soap making company is located at Luwinga Industrial Area in Mzuzu.
Bakhresa was established in the 1970s but took over the Grain and Milling Company Limited (Gramil) on December 6, 2003.