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Marble


1.         Product Description:-  Marble is the most durable, beautiful or attractive but also expensive building material.  Marble is mainly used for public buildings and monuments.  It is also used in the building of houses of the wealthy.  Marble is used for the construction of exterior walls and for flooring.

2.         Rationale:-  Outside Addis Ababa, the use of marble for building construction is of recent origin in the country.  It is during the last five to ten years that some public and private buildings were constructed from marbles.  In the Amhara Region, some new buildings, hotels, the head office of the Regional government, etc. are built from marbles.  The floors of many more buildings are made from marble.  The use of marble for some buildings will continue in the Region.  While imported processed marble is being used in the Region, the raw material-marble rock is found in some parts of the Region.  Up to now this marble rock is brought to Addis Ababa, processed and sold in processed and sold in Addis Ababa.  If the Region requires processed marble for building and if the raw material is available, it is simple common sense to promote a project which will process marble in the Region.

 

3.         Market Potential:-  Between 2000 and 2004, average annual production of marble (as reported by CSA) was about 187,000m2.  In the last few years, production of marble has increased substantially due to the establishment of Saba Marble in Tigray, and other plants located in Addis Ababa and Awash.  The main sources of marble rocks are Tigray, Wollega, West Gojam and Beneshangul-Gumuz.  Though new marble processing plants are being established, there is limitation in production capacity which forces buyers to wait for up to four months to get marble from the factories.  This indicates that demand is not being met on time due to production limitation.


                         Domestic Production and Import of Finished Marble

Year

Domestic Production     (in M2)

Import

(in KG)

1997/98

93,408

9,260

1998/99

152,235

76,021

1999/00

135,875

82,503

2000/01

114,182

37,976

2001/02

209,803

56,895

2002/03

128,918

55,582

2003/04

344,452

133,665

2004/05

161,002

233,661

2005/06

200,408

435,558

2006/07

224,457

1,013,879

4.         Source of Raw Material:-  West Gojam and Awi Zones.

 

5.         Process and Technology:-  Big pieces of marble rocks are taken out from the “mother” rock either manually or by blasting operations.  The marble rocks are further cut into smaller pieces for processing.  The pieces are screened and polished to give them the final luster and smooth surface.  Finally the marble is inspected before shipment.

 




Source: CSA and Customs Authority, (various yeas

6.         Estimated Investment:-  For a plant which can process 150 tons of marble per day, the investment requirement will be in the following order:

n  Building/Shading 200 m2 at Birr 1500/m2    =  Birr   300,000

n  Plant and machinery                                                = Birr 1,140,000

n  Working Capital                                           = Birr    500,000

 1,940,000

7.       Benefits:-  promotes self sufficiency, utilizes the natural resource of the Region, saves regional financial resource, will bring in financial resource to the region, introduces new skills and technology.

8.       Location:-  In site near the source of the marble deposits.

 


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