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Tyre firm invests K10m to enhance after-sales service

Lusaka City centre.

KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
AUTO Tyre Worldwide Limited (ATWL) has to date invested US$10 million in commissioning six fitment and service centres to enhance after-sale service and bridge the gap of tyres in the country.
Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) (Pty) Ltd, which is Dunlop brand owners, has partnered with ATWL to invest in a retail and fitment centres to start the distribution of the brand in Zambia.
During the official opening of two service centres at airport turn-off and Chilanga on Wednesday, company director sales and marketing Brian Smith said the intention is to expand to other parts of the country, namely Copperbelt and Southern provinces soon.
Currently, ATWL employs over 80 people and that more jobs are expected to be created once it starts to expand to other provinces.
“The two service centres we are commissioning today at the airport turn-off and Chilanga have brought the total number to six. We have so far invested US$10 million to open up six stores in Lusaka, and our plan is to have 10 stores opened by the end of the year,” Mr Smith said.
ATWL offers a full product range of tyres and other services stocked under one roof.
In 1997, Dunlop ceased production at its Ndola plant, before ditching the local market in view of the poor economic environment, which made the manufacturing industry less viable.
And SRSA (Pty) Ltd International Business Sales acting director Ian Pillay said the company decided to invest in Zambia because of its conducive business environment.
Mr Pillay said Zambia has a lot of potential for business growth and that the company will continue to compliment Government’s efforts of creating jobs for the local people, thereby, improving their living standards.
“We decided to invest in Zambia because of the market potential to expand the business. We are committed to contributing to economic development in Zambia,” he said.

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