Opportunities abound in glass sector

source: BOPA
27 November, 2007

GABORONE – Botswana is endowed with natural resources that can be transformed into a permanent flow of income such as silica sands, limestone and soda ash.

Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (BEDIA) annual report for the year 2006/2007 says the country exports dense soda ash to South African glass manufacturers.

Soda ash is another major ingredient in glass production as it helps to lower melting temperatures.

BEDIA carried a study on glass and glass related products with the aim of conducting an assessment and location as well as quantity of the raw materials.

Apart from soda ash, which is abundant in Sua Pan, the study identified Mmamabula sands that are suitable for float glass manufacturing, says the report.

The study says the Mmamabula sands deposit is estimated to be 13 million tonnes and that the sands are [continue reading]

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