State urged to give incentives for paper packaging plant
GOVERNMENT should work on incentives that will promote investment into the manufacturing of paper packaging.
Superior Milling managing director Peter Cottan made the call in Lusaka, noting that such a facility will have a big market as local manufacturers are importing the products from South Africa.
Mr. Cottan said packaging was key in the manufacturing sector, adding that it was through proper packaging that goods were able to get shelf space in the chain stores.
Speaking during the manufacturers solutions seminar in Lusaka on Wednesday, Mr. Cottan said creating incentives for the manufacturing of paper packaging would stimulate investment into the sector and protect the environment since most businesses will replace the use of plastic bags to paper bags that are more environmentally friendly.
“Packaging is key in the manufacturing sector but currently, we do not have paper packaging in Zambia, as Superior Milling we import the paper packaging we use for the packaging of our flour from South Africa and this is proving to be expensive,” he said. Mr. Cottan noted that paper packaging has a big market with the number of manufacturers that are looking to changing their packaging from plastic to paper due to environmental issues. He said the use of paper packaging had been embraced in other countries.
He wondered why Government cannot promote the manufacturing of paper packaging to meet the growing demand for the product.
And Spar Zambia representative, Renata Zambika said the chain store has been planning to move from the use of plastic bags for the packaging of goods to paper packaging for customers but have been derailed due to the non-availability of the products on the local market.
She said she has not received a competitive offer for the supply of paper packaging to the store due to the non-availability of a manufacturing plant in the country.