REFRIGERATOR manufacturer Imperial Refrigeration has sealed a $3 million deal to produce 3 600 units to Delta Corporation.
BY TARISAI MANDIZHA
Speaking during a tour of the company by Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha on Wednesday, Imperial chief executive officer Callisto Jokonya said the new order from Delta would be in addition to the 2 100 units supplied to the beverages manufacturer.
The new order is expected to be delivered by the end of the month.
“We are quite excited with the relationship we have with Delta, Schweppes and African Distillers Limited, I can say all the Coca-Cola brand companies. We have got government approval to be able to support them by bringing in units into the country which meet international standards,” said Jokonya.
“With the help of Frigoglass Company from South Africa this can make us double the number of what we have been producing in the past. We can actually do more than 20 000 units per year.”
He said the company had stopped producing refrigerators for domestic use and was now concentrating on manufacturing products for commercial purposes.
Imperial manufactures 80 units per day. The company is operating at 40% capacity and there are plans to increase the output.
“We can actually comfortably say from October to now we have not been able to close, in certain cases we have
been working on Saturdays but this does not mean we are operating at full capacity. But from 0 to 40% is a big jump,” Jokonya said.
Bimha said Imperial’s new model of doing things showed innovation urging the business community to take a leaf from that.
“We would want to encourage most of our local producers, we want to support them and they should also take the initiative. They are so many ways of doing things rather than saying I’m waiting for someone to give me money, but there is this collaboration with the end user who has an interest to make sure that the products are of a very high standard,” Bimha said.