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Ongoing project

Benchmarking 11 sub-Saharan cotton producing countries as a possible location for the setting-up of a cotton yarn spinning plant

As there is a significant cotton yarn export market - estimated at approx. 2.0 million metric tons - especially in China in which sub-Saharan Africa could potentially position itself. However, this strategic option demands the implementation of profitable spinning projects able to produce competitive cotton yarns for the world market.
The project will benchmark the current status of the spinning industry in eleven selected African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, UR Tanzania, Zambia) against the spinning industry in Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Turkey.
The aim of the project is to determine the best locations for a spinning plant in these countries and the conditions under which they will operate profitably. The study will be carried out in four phases:

Phase 1 - Market study and definition of product mix for the spinning plant.
Phase 2 - Development of a spinning plant concept from optimum sized plant and an engineering concept for the plant.
Phase 3 - Benchmarking study to find out if a profitable basis for the setting-up of a spinning plant exists and if not, which conditions have to be met to make it viable.
Phase 4 - Feasibility study and investor targeting strategy.


The high-level information and advice provided by the study will enable the governments of the 11 selected countries to clearly identify weaknesses to be addressed in order to facilitate investments in new spinning projects.
Click here to read the Interim report - Phase 1 & 2 (October 2008) for this project.