Slow roadworks reduce construction business

A LARGE chunk of AfDB funding went to infrastructure development, including road construction.

A LOCAL manufacturing company, Aveng Infraset, says reduced purchases and orders for construction materials by road contractors has resulted in a decline of its performance in the first four months of 2017.

Aveng Infraset is a Kafue-based company that produces materials such as railway sleepers and culverts, among other concrete products.
Reviewing the firm’s performance from January to date, company area manager Vincent Nawa said the business performed poorly as construction companies had no money to buy its concrete products.
“We are a manufacturing company producing concrete products for roads and railway sleepers. However, our materials were not being bought by road contractors because they had no money as their contracts had come to an end,” he said.
In an interview on Monday, Mr Nawa said other road contractors who are among the company’s major clients failed to buy the products as they had not been paid for their road works.
Mr Nawa, however, said business is now improving as contractors are now buying materials from the company for the Kalabo-Sikongo road construction project.
He said Aveng Infraset is now supplying building materials for the Bombay drainage and manholes to Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) under the millennium challenge project.
Mr Nawa said the outlook for the manufacturing sector particularly for the construction industry is bright as there are a number of road projects currently being under taken in the country.
He said he sees a great demand for the company’s concrete products.
“We are optimistic that in future, Aveng Infraset will set up more factories to meet the growing demand for the materials,” Mr Nawa said.


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