June 20, 2024
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Norfund invests in manufacturing and recycling business in Ghana

The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) is investing $10.5 million in Miniplast Ghana Ltd to support its expansion plans across its manufacturing and recycling segments. 

Miniplast Ghana Ltd is a leading plastics manufacturing company in Ghana and the West African sub-region.

Established in 1988, Miniplast specialises in injection moulding and blow moulding, with its key offerings being products made from High/Low-Density Polyethylene (H/LDPE), Polypropylene (PP) and PET Plastics.

This includes industrial packaging solutions (packaging containers for many classes of products, bottles, jerrycans, paint and detergent buckets, pails, etc.), plastic furniture, and other household products (bowls, plates, buckets, basins).

Miniplast’s clientele base consists of both local and international customers, covering a diverse range of industries including fast-moving consumer goods, agriculture, household & personal care, and mining. 

In 2020, Miniplast established an in-house plastics recycling business segment that uses plastic waste that it sources locally and processes into recycled plastic materials.

These recycled plastics are then used by the company in the manufacturing of its finished products, as well as sold to third parties.

Headquartered in Accra, Miniplast has a current production capacity of 41 tonnes of plastic per day, and directly employs over 650 people, whilst indirectly giving employment to over 200 more.

The company also has waste collection and grinding hubs in Kumasi and Tamale. 

Norfund’s investment will go towards purchasing new manufacturing equipment and supporting Miniplast to expand into new product offerings.

Also, the investment will finance new machinery to increase the Company’s recycling capacity to 1,700 tonnes a month, further substituting locally sourced recycled materials for imported plastic resins, and hence, reducing production costs in the process. 

“Supporting local manufacturing and recycling initiatives will help create many decent jobs not only at Miniplast but across the entire plastics value chain. This impact is further amplified in what is a challenging macroeconomic climate for many Ghanaians”, says Obafemi Awobokun, Investment Manager, Norfund. 

This investment is in line with Norfund’s strategy to invest patient capital in scalable enterprises in manufacturing and waste management within Sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to supporting increased local tax revenue and foreign exchange generation in one of West Africa’s major markets, Norfund’s investment in Miniplast is expected to create more than 850 jobs across the plastics value chain. 

CEO of Miniplast, Mr Nadim Ghanem, remarks that “Our company is committed to improving socio-economic opportunities for Ghanaian citizens by increasing access to high-impact employment and advancing technological innovations in the plastic recycling industry.

Through our approach, we emerged the winners of the 2022 (11th) edition of the AGI Ghana Industry and Quality Award for Best Practices in Sustainable Manufacturing. We partner with equally passionate stakeholders who also dedicate their knowledge and finances to building resilient economies and safe communities.

“It was an easy decision to partner with Emsy-Capital to develop our investment strategy. With their decades of experience being involved in several large-scale transactions in West Africa, they made the process efficient, and concise, and ensure we found the right investment fund to collaborate with.

“Norfund is the ideal partner to assist with our sustainable expansion. We are confident that we will have outstanding ESG results and innovative business impacts for the industry and country, especially with Norfund’s expertise guiding us.” 

Through this investment, Norfund is supporting efforts to develop a circular economy in Sub- Saharan African markets to help tackle Ghana’s waste management challenges. Norfund will also look to support Miniplast in its efforts to institutionalise what has historically been a family-run business, particularly on the environmental, social and governance fronts. 

“We are excited to be growing our portfolio in Ghana by partnering with the management and owners of Miniplast, a company which is doing important work on the local value addition front whilst also contributing to addressing the country’s plastic waste problem.

By investing to further increase the company’s production and recycling efforts, whilst increasing local sourcing, job creation and import substitution, we aim to contribute to the company’s growth and institutionalization, as well as to development”, says Naana Winful Fynn, Regional Director for West Africa for Norfund. 

Norfund was advised on this transaction by Emsy Capital, Ernst & Young (Ghana), Norwaste, Control Risks (West Africa) Ltd, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (BELA), Wikborg Rein (Norway) and IBIS Environmental Social Consulting (East Africa). 

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