Sustainable packaging production for West Africa
Agriculture and fishing are important growth industries in West Africa and have the potential to further boost exports and growth in the region. This also increases local demand for packaging materials. Up until now, these have mostly been imported, for example from Spain, France and Morocco. To meet demand on the West African market through local production, German paper and packaging solutions producer Klingele decided to set up a manufacturing facility in Senegal. The Klingele Group has subsidiaries in various countries in Europe, Africa and Central America.
Funds from DEG’s AfricaConnect funding programme is being used to set up the Senegalese corrugated board production facility. With the aid of the AfricaConnect loan, the company was able to acquire land and build a factory. A photovoltaic installation on the roof of the production facility ensures a renewable power supply. Financing was also provided for machines and other equipment at the start of operations.
The production co-financed by AfricaConnect has created 35 jobs with good working conditions. Klingele’s market entry has resulted in new production processes being introduced into Senegal, with knowledge being transferred through training for local workers. There are also plans for further production expansion.
Klingele was provided with an AfricaConnect loan to help it move into the Senegalese market. This created skilled jobs with fair working conditions.