By Caroline Vutagwa
The Chinese are slowly taking over Africa in business. The country has partnered with many governments in Africa to enhance development for both Africa and China.
They already have a contract with the Kenyan government in road construction and they recently initiated ICT development in Rwanda which will be a big boost to the country’s’ economy as well as China it self.
Now Hisense, a Chinese white goods manufacturer has opened a new industrial park near Cape Town South Africa.The 100,000 square-meter park, situated in Atlantis, Western Cape is said to be getting the grip over the region’s electronics market.
The Atlantis industrial park is believed to be the most important electronics and home appliance base in South Africa and is expected to produce about 400,000 TVs and the same amount of refrigerators annually.
Hisense will also establish an electronics technology research and development training facility within the park led by engineers from China, aimed at developing skills of local professional technicians.
The Manufacturer entered the South African market in 1994 by creating the Hisense South Africa subsidiary. Since then, it has become the largest LED TV manufacturer in the country with a market share of over 25 per cent.
The company is dedicated to producing energy-saving refrigerators, Smart 3D HDTVs and other eco-friendly products which are intended to serve more than 30 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, including Angola, Ghana and Congo.
Though operations began with 300 workers, it will increase to 600 in September or October and to 1,200 when washing machine and air-conditioning manufacturing will be introduced.
The Park is believed to provide 600 direct jobs and approximately 2,000 indirect opportunities in support and logistics.
The newly launched park is a joint project between Hisense and the China-Africa Development Fund and aims at increasing the influence of Hisense in the region as well as improving the region’s competitiveness.