ART Holdings has launched a new product, Exide Solar Battery which is expected to meet the needs of consumers in Zimbabwe as currently the country is facing severe power challenges.
Speaking at the official launch in Harare yesterday, Art Holdings chairperson Passmore Matupire said the Exide solar batteries were being manufactured by Chloride a subsidiary of Art Holdings and the Exide was a flagship brand not only in Zimbabwe, but in the region.
“The launch of these Exide solar batteries is in line with the Art group’s vision of enhancing the quality of life through world-class brands.
“For both Art and Chloride, we are pleased to be making our contribution to the renewal of the manufacturing sector in Zimbabwe by meeting the needs of our consumers who often have to endure power blackouts. The solar batteries become a reliable, accessible and affordable backup solution to their needs,” Matupire said.
He, however, said in line with the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) blueprint, the group was working towards improving capacity utilisation at Chloride which was currently above 60%.
“We also want, with the support we get from your ministry and other government departments, like Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, and Environmental management Agency to beneficiate local raw materials and reduce the country’s import bills and at the same time contribute towards the preservation and creation of employment,” he said.
He added that Chloride the was now providing local solutions to produce solar batteries with local conditions in mind and meeting local needs.