Economy

Kapiri To Get Vehicle Assembly Plant.

Zambia’s celebrated UK-based Professor Clive Chirwa has announced that the AUVIV vehicle assembly plant will soon be launched in Kapiri Mposhi, Central Province that is expected to create about 1,000 jobs.

Prof Chirwa said during the unveiling of the new bus design that AUVIV is a global company manufacturing vehicles for the whole world.

He disclosed that the vehicle assembly plant is expected to begin operations in 2022, according to the company’s strategic plan.

“The reality is that this company is a global company manufacturing for the entire world. Zambia is one of the countries according to the company’s strategic plan where an assembly plant is earmarked. This will be in Kapiri Mposhi. This is where vehicle assemblies will be done from. There might be assemblies of perhaps not the entire vehicle but assemblies of AV electrical vehicle parts,” Prof Chirwa said.

“We are a private company, entirely a private company, therefore, we don’t need anything from the government. But if there is any tax incentives, and they will not be asking for it, that would be appreciated,” he continued.

He said the AUVIV bus, which he said was specifically designed to take care of the local policies, was expected to be a 21st century leading brand like Ford in the 19th century and the Toyota in 20th century.

Prof. Chirwa said the vehicle parts that will be manufactured in Zambia will be supplied across the globe.

“Manufacturing today is simpler as everything is done by specialist industries. Every single manufacturing company today is an assembly plant. It’s much simpler today to have an assembly plant. AUVIV is coming to Zambia today as a diesel and petrol engine simply because there is no infrastructure for charging points. If we had them, we would have brought electrical vehicles, so they are taking the electrical vehicle to Europe,” Prof Chirwa said.

The launch of the vehicle took place at the Government Complex in Lusaka and was attended by Works and Supply Minister Slyvia Chalikosa, Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa, other government and related industry officials.

Prof. Chirwa has designed and manufactured a high roof monocoque bus according to the Provisions of Statutory Instrument (SI) No 79 of 2016. This is the first-ever AUVIV bus to be manufactured according to the Zambian laws.

Prof. Chirwa further stated that AUVIV will be producing environmentally cleaner, safer, more comfortable and yet more affordable commercial vehicles like minibuses, panel vans including ambulances and refrigerated vans.

And Kapiri Member of Parliament Stanley Kakubo described the development as good news.

“The good news today is that Kapiri Mposhi will be home to our country’s motor vehicle assembly plant,” he said.

“I have to say that the AUVIV could not have come at a better time for us in Kapiri Mposhi. The plant will bring opportunities for our people, especially our youths. We are looking forward to skills training via the jobs that will come, the value chain for supplies of consumables, we also see an opportunity for small businesses opening to make bolts and nuts and other parts that will be needed,” Mr. Kakubo said.

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11 Comments

  1. Big B

    Good news indeed, so the kapiri residents will be the first to have jobs.

  2. Jimmy Chabala

    I have seen on company profile for AUVIV that Prof Clive Chirwa is one of top directors. Big up you are a hard worker. And since the car s( city cruiser bus, police vehicle, Ambulance, Refrigerator) have been designed to Zambian SI requirements, it will be a durable vehicles and profitable for business purposes

  3. Sparta

    Great job AUVIV thank you for recognising Zambia

  4. Fyantha

    Ploughing back. Good, keep it up. We need local investment

  5. BA 408

    may be ungaguleko imozi

  6. Frank Chombela

    This development elates me. Well done Prof Chirwa. Your choice of locating in Kapiri Mposhi is good. Lusaka is not Zambia.

  7. ZAGWA ZATHA

    Let’s hope they won’t bring in politics

  8. shi mumbi

    real Prof not balya naishiba

  9. Chutu

    Don’t employee relatives strtin from the boss till causal wrkers
    For those kuntashi of de project

  10. Robert Changwe

    Well done prof Chirwa

  11. Peter rock sinkala

    Remembering were we are coming from can change Zambia it is lesson for those developing their Friends countries come back and change Zambia

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