We would like to give a brief notice that we started the construction of our new production facility. As you can see on the pictures the groundpillars are build.
We are about to start a crowdfunding project to finance the expansion of our production of coffee-briquettes. This will take place in a few days on the bettervest platform which is a crowdfunding platform for sustainable projects.
Crowdfunding means that everyone has the chance to invest in a special project and the crowd makes it happen together.
The total amount of money we need for being able to expand our production is 195.000 Euros.
With the 195.000 Euros we are able to:
Build a new production hall
Buy a truck (used, 8 t)
As well as a Briquette ...
A very successful test took place in one big gypsum factory in the south of Addis Ababa.
In this factory, 40 t firewood per day are burned. This makes disappear 8 ha forest every year (there are almost no managed forests in Ethiopia). There are still hundreds of factories in Ethiopia using firewood for their energy needs.
We could prove that not only from a pure cost standpoint but also because of other technical reasons like the caloric-value (1 t of our biomass-briquet equals 2,5 t of firewood), the ash content (briquets have the half of the ash content compared ...
After long evaluation a new solar dryer from CONA Austria will be put into operation. It is quite difficult to get dry (moisture below 12%) raw material in the main raining season from June to September. The current capacity of the dryer is around 2 t per 12 h and this pilot installation should give us the results about the right processes and dimensions to dry a quantity of 10 t raw material per day.
While looking for a new facility, initially we were not quite sure how long this is going to take us: from the experience looking for our first location, this could take more than 6 months. Next to finding a suitable spot, it is also key that the power line into the building is strong and stable enough to support our growth plans.
For that, we were also looking for a place clearly larger than what we were having so far. More storage was needed, and the new place should provide enough space for at least one more machine.
We found a very promising place. An Electrician ...
Our first advertisement campaign in the Amharic and English business newspapers was a phantastic success. We had not expected to receive that many calls. Print advertisement has proven to work quite well in Ethiopia.
One caller is a textile producer, his plant being 400km south of Addis Ababa. Next day, he arrived with a truck on our premises and bought a full day of production. Straight away.
African Briquet Factory is drawing not only a lot of attention in Ethiopia, but also abroad. Quite frequently, we have international visitors to our pilot factory – most recently, a group from the US visited us early November to find out more about the project.
The president of Ethiopia has granted us a particular honor today. Our general manager Gerd Ladstätter was invited to an official dinner and was awarded a certificate for special services for the environment.
Late April, we took part in the exhibition accompanying the worldwide “Earth Day”. Our team of ABF was showing the briquets. The booth staff also answered a lot of questions.
We are still educating the market, as many people even do not know that briquets as an alternative to charcoal and firewood exist, but everybody we speak to is highly interested and many of the visitors left their business cards for a follow-up. Very encouraging.
We are excited that we are constantly expanding our customer base. Lately, two tanneries and an Indian producer of textile fabrics turned to ABF replacing vast amounts of fire wood used in their production with much more environment-friendly briquets.