The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, Friday, told Parliament that government was in the process of reviving the Ghana Ceramic Factory, to boost the local economy of Mfansteman Municipal Assembly in the Central Region.
The company, formerly called Saltpond Ceramic Factory, which has been out of operation for some years now due to unreliable supply and high cost of energy, according to Mr. Kyerematen, will soon be a beneficiary of the Ghana Gas Company Onshore Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline (NGTP) to make it operational.
The gas transmission pipeline will run through four regions – Western, Central, Eastern and Greater Accra.
“The factory’s ability to tap gas from the project would bring down the cost of production, similar to that of Twyford (Ghana) Ceramics Company Limited located in the Shama District of the Western Region”, he noted when answering to a question posed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mfansteman), Ekow Hayford.
Mr. Hayford had asked the Minister of Trade and Industry what plans the Government has to revive the Saltpond Ceramic Company at Saltpond.
Speaking further on the company, Mr. Kyerematen said his outfit under the National Industrial Revitalization Program (Stimulus Package) is conducting an assessment to determine the relevant operational and financial interventions required for the resuscitation of the company.
The Saltpond Ceramic Factory is situated at Saltpond, the Municipal Capital of the Mfantseman Municipal Assembly in the Central Region.
The Municipality has commercial quantities of feldspar at Abonko, Amoada, Saltpond, Otsir and Akorbadze that can be used as enamel for making household utensils, tiles, porcelain, sanitary ware and minor ceramic uses.
The company was established in 1972 to make use of the clay deposits within the district. The factory was a major source of employment in the area but had been defunct for years after its divestiture in the 1990s.
It was divested to a Chinese company in the 1990s but they were not able to sustain its operations citing unreliable supply and high cost of energy as the main reasons for the closure of the factory.
The Chinese company, kasapafmonline.com understands, has leased part of the factory premises to Saltpond Packaging Limited, a company that produces carton packaging for companies like Twyford (Ghana) Ceramics Company Limited and Unilever Ghana Limited.
The company currently employs 60 people.