Zambia to export Energy bulbs
The Zambia Electrometer Limited Marketing and Sales Manager Joo Chunga has said the company expects to export over 750,000 Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs) commonly known as energy saving bulbs to Malawi and Zimbabwe this year.
Mr Chunga said about one (1) million bulbs will also be sold to ZESCO with an even further 450, 000 bulbs being sold on the Zambian market as compared to the 30, 000 bulbs that were sold on the local market last year.
Mr Chunga was speaking to ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka yesterday.
He explained that 360, 000 bulbs will be sold to Malawi and 400,000 to Zimbabwe in a bid to explore the company’s export potential adding that Zambia Electrometer did not record any export last year apart from the sale of about 3000 pre paid water meters to Malawi.
Mr Chunga stressed that Zambia Electrometer was seeking to position itself as among the top producers of energy bulbs in the region adding that the energy bulbs would go a long way in addressing the electricity deficiency currently being faced locally and the region.
Zambia Electrometer Limited is an Egyptian majority-owned company that has partnered with ZESCO who have a 40 percent share in the company to be manufacturing energy saving bulbs locally.
In June 2011, ZESCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the contract to supply two (2) million CFLs for distribution to customers without charge.
The MoU entailed that bulbs were to be manufactured locally by Electrometer Zambia at a total cost of US$4.6 million over two years.