Voltic Ghana Limited, a subsidiary of Coca Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), last week Thursday launched a new packaging line to increase supply of its products to the market.
The fully-automated packaging line, located at Akwadum in the Nsawam/Adoagyiri Municipality, is part of CCBA’s investment in Africa.
Mr. Doug Jackson, the Chief Executive Officer of CCBA, said installation of the new line will serve as an avenue for sustained economic acceleration for customers.
He said it is CCBA’s plan to make Ghana the best production point in Africa.
CCBA, the mother company of Voltic, is committed to satisfying key stakeholders; hence the investment in Voltic, Mr. Jackson said.
He said: “Our investment in technology and people has been to increase the production capacity of Voltic while providing permanent employment to more than 450 Ghanaians, and thousands more in the value chain”.
Mr. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, said the milestone chalked up was not only for Voltic Ghana but for the country as a whole.
He said the lifeline of every country is to serve its citizens with reliable and sustainable livelihood opportunities, and so government is grateful to Voltic Ghana Limited for its continuous existence and support over the past 23 years.
“Governments over the years have recognised the role played by the private sector in spurring economic growth and development, and as such the private sector has often been referred to as the engine of growth,” he said.
Mr. Ahenkorah said government is putting measures in place to help businesses expand and create more jobs, as well as promote the growth of entrepreneurial opportunities for Ghanaians – particularly the youth.
“Government is determined to reverse the trend of the last few years, wherein businesses operated merely and mainly to service loans, pay taxes and electricity bills.
“Government’s job-creation agenda will be investments in human capital, strategic infrastructure, agriculture, agribusiness, entrepreneurship and innovation programmes,” the deputy-Minister said.
He commended the company for its resilience in contributing to growth of the Ghanaian economy through job-creation in the past 23 years, and called for patronage of Made-in-Ghana goods.
Other key stakeholders present at the occasion included Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi, President of the Association of Ghana Industries, who commended Voltic Ghana Limited for its commitment to corporate social responsibilities over the years.
Mr. Philip Wellington, the Country Manufacturing Manager of Voltic Ghana Limited, said the plant is expected to provide employment for 150 workers.
The Chief of Nsawam Adoagyiri, Okoanadwo Afutu Dompreh II (Adoagyirihene and Ankobeahene), and Mr. Jacques Vermueleen, Managing Director of CCBA International Division, were also present at the ceremony.