Kumasi Shoe Factory says it is more than capable of producing high-quality footwear for all the security agencies in Ghana, including private security companies.
This follows the directive by the Minister of Defence to the military, air force, navy and the armed forces to stop the importation of their security safety footwear and purchase it from the local producer.
The company produces steel-toe cup oil-resistant and safety footwear for mining companies, construction companies and breweries. It also produces sandals for schools, as well as shoes and sandals for other interested institutions.
Acting General Manager of Defence Industries Holding Company Limited (DIHOC), operators of the Kumasi Shoe Factory, Mr Kingsley Asiedu Koranteng disclosed this to The Finder in an interview.
Established in 1960, the shoe factory, located on a 35.75-acre land, produced footwear and rubber sheets under an agreement signed by Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, and Czechoslovakia in 1961. It collapsed in the late 1970s.
It has been resuscitated, following a joint partnership between a Czech Republic-based company, Knights, acting through its subsidiary, Knight Ghana Limited, and the Defence Industries Holding Company Limited (DIHOC), owned by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
Mr Koranteng stated that the company has the capacity to produce between 4,000 and 5,000 pairs of shoes a day, translating into 1,800,000 shoes a year.
He reiterated that the figures could be doubled if the need arises as more people wouid be employed to run a day-and-night shift system.
In terms of quality, Mr Koranteng said the company uses quality leather imported from India and Argentina, which are some of the best in the world.
He emphasised that the company has staff with the requisite skills and state-of-the-art machines to produce some of the best security footwear, saying the quality assurance department also ensures that the finished products are of international standards.
According to Mr Koranteng, it is the vision of the company to produce high-quality footwear and export to other West African countries by 2018.
He, however, said that there is an urgent need for government to take affirmative action to help grow indigenous companies in the country.
Such actions, he opined, could help stem the unemployment situation in the country and help build the Ghanaian economy.
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