Category: Projects

Light Engineering

by LuthorRamirez
The Sector comprises of a diverse and impressive range  of metal and plastics based products. They  range from cutlery, hardware, fabricated metal, forgings, plastic items, machinery and equipment, electrical  and automotive goods. The plastics products industry can be divided into three sub-sectors namely plastic packaging, consumer and industrial. The plastic packaging sub-sector, both flexible and rigid (including bags, films, bottles and containers), remain the largest sub-sector in the plastic industry. The main production processes used in the plastic products industry are injection moulding, film extrusion, blow moulding, pipes and profiles extrusion, foam moulding among others. The plastic bags industry has been recently affected with the tax imposition by the Government. There are about 15 plastic bag manufacturers in the country, with employment totaling 500 employees or so. To sustain its growth and export momentum notwithstanding the anticipated slowdown of the plastic industry, some companies are diversifying towards higher value-added products to target either niche markets or new market segments. Major export plastic products are for packaging and the targeted countries are the regional markets. Moreover, blended products are presently being manufactured and exported. Market Opportunities The annual output for the year 2009 has been up to Rs. 400 M with an export market share of 50%. Opportunities exist for our plastic products in the regional markets. Strength of this sector This sector can be a very dynamic one since it has potential for recycling most of the used products except multi-layered food pouches. As such, only 30% of PET bottles are being compacted for export to Republic of South Africa  for recycling and conversion into fibres. In addition to being a recyclable product, plastic is an inevitable, incomparable product and in the present era of technology, the plastic sector has become an integral part of mist manufacturing industries. In order to meet the changing market demand in line with the environmental issues, Enterprise Mauritius is leveraging on the following strategies: Plastic Recycling strategy by July 2010. 
  • To develop schemes for enhancing exposure on new Technology and machinery in Fairs
  • Export Readiness with focus on product development and conformity

Furniture and Wood

by LuthorRamirez
The wooden furniture industry in Mauritius can be divided into four main components namely manufacture of: household furniture products, office products like furniture, partitions, frames, shelves,  Interior décor and decorative items,  Construction such as doors, windows panels and staircases. The sector consists of 4,675 enterprises and generates employment for 10,456 persons. Its total output is estimated at Rs 4.8 bn per annum. 99.36 % out of the 4,675 manufacturers i.e., 4,645 constitute small establishments employing less than 10 persons. The rest are medium and large enterprises employing approximately 877 persons and contributing 30 % of total output of the sector. Imports  With the reduction in import duty on furniture items, there has been a gradual increase in import of furniture to reach in 2008 42% to local consumption. The value of imports reached Rs 1.8 bn. Mauritius imports mainly from China, Malaysia and Indonesia because these are the low cost producing countries. Role played by Enterprise Mauriti UUS to curb down imports In order to reverse this trend and increase the competitiveness of locally manufactured furniture products, Enterprise Mauritius has taken several initiatives such as capacity building and upgrading of quality and the finish of locally made furniture with the help of external resource persons. Local manufacturers have also been benefiting from different funding schemes proposed by EM mainly the Enterprise Development Fund. Exports  One of the fundamental roles played by Enterprise Mauritius is to encourage companies to export. In this respect, it is interesting to note that some companies have succeeded to export to several countries as shown in the table. Country Volume (fob) Reunion Island                     Rs mn 18.4 Mayotte                                   Rs mn 9.08 France                                    Rs mn 5.26 Madagascar                          Rs mn 4.54 Seychelles                             Rs mn 2.20 Our exports to these countries consist mainly of bedroom (79%), kitchen (12%) and office furniture (9%).

Printing and Publishing

by LuthorRamirez
Printing Industry encompasses numerous fields of every economy. A broad panoply of products that are generated from the Printing Industry starts with Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Post Cards to Memo Pads and Business Order Forms. The various indirect contributions of Printing Industry in our economy covers activities like Binding, Embossing, packaging and advertising which generate considerable amount of income and employment are related closely with the Printing Industry. Since its inception, Enterprise Mauritius has been ensuring visibility of Mauritian goods internationally, supporting companies to access foreign markets, providing transfer of skills through capacity in view of developing their export readiness in this sector as well. The number of companies in this sector varies across product category and technology. There are more than 100 pre-press, printing and publishing companies with approximately 3700 employees as at the year 2010. Market Opportunities Mauritian printing industries are working in close collaboration mostly with the COMESA and SADC countries. Many Mauritian companies have also established partnerships with international printing houses for publishing works such as telephone directories for African countries. Specialised products are developed for niche groups and targeted from African to European markets. Strength of this sector In Mauritius, the printing and publishing sector has been developing at an increasing pace during the past decade.  Printing companies are continuously investing in state of the art technologies to increase their competitiveness and widen their market avenues. Events
  • To develop Schemes for enhancing exposure on new Technology and machinery in Fairs- July 2010
  • Workshop on Reach Certification in June 2010
  • Overseas Market Development/Consolidation in July and December 2010
  • Contact Promotion Programme that will basically cover the Northern and Western African Countries such as Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt – August 2010
  • Workshop on Knowledge transfer in the post printing and print finishing processes in July 2010