In a significant development, Chinese multinational manufacturer RIIFO, specializing in plastic piping solutions, has unveiled its entry into the Ethiopian market. This expansion involves the establishment of a state-of-the-art plumbing manufacturing facility in Adama, the capital of the Oromia regional state in Ethiopia.
RIIFO has joined forces with Ethiopian company EZM Trade and Investment to create a cutting-edge plumbing system manufacturing plant, with an investment of 14.5 million U.S. dollars, located in Adama Industrial Park.
Esmelalem Zewde, the Chief Executive Officer of EZM Trade and Investment Company, expressed the strategic intent behind this partnership, stating, “The strategic partnership aims to revolutionize the production of high-quality and environmentally friendly integrated plastic piping system products, dedicated to improving water hygiene and construction efficiency in Ethiopia.”
The newly established plumbing system manufacturing plant, operating under the brand name RIIFO, is poised to manufacture top-notch PPR, HDPE, PVC pipes, and conduits, complete with all necessary fittings and accessories.
The plant boasts an impressive annual production capacity, with the ability to produce up to 2 million metric tons of PPR pipes, 1.9 million pieces of PPR fittings, 1 million metric tons of PVC drainage pipes, 900,000 pieces of PVC fittings, and over 3.5 million metric tons of PVC conduits pipes, as outlined in an official statement released during the press briefing.
Esmelalem Zewde elaborated on the objectives, saying, “We have partnered to manufacture high-quality RIFFO Brand pipes and fittings with the ultimate goal of reducing imports and supplying to international markets, particularly neighboring countries.”
With 27 years of experience in producing high-quality plumbing solutions in China and serving clients in 100 countries, RIIFO is embarking on a journey to tap into the African market by establishing new facilities in Ethiopia and South Africa.
Jason Cheng, RIIFO’s general manager of international business, emphasized the company’s commitment to collaboration with local investors worldwide, saying, “Our company actively partners and collaborates with local investors worldwide. Our goal is to bring our state-of-the-art technology and expertise from our 70 branches across 100 countries to Ethiopia and contribute to the local economy.”
Construction of the new plant, situated approximately 100 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, is expected to take around six months.
Cheng further highlighted the immense potential of the Ethiopian market, stating, “Based on our assessment, Ethiopia presents RIIFO with one of the largest markets in Africa, given the numerous ongoing and potential construction projects across various parts of the country.” He affirmed RIIFO’s commitment to meeting local demands while adhering to international standards and environmental requirements.