Manufacturing & Industry

In response to local opposition, the Ministry of Industry has explained the reasoning behind the government's plan to open up the state-owned Abu Kemash Chemicals Complex to local and foreign investment.
Sharjah’s Al Sharif Investment Group says it will form a joint venture with two Libyan government funds, the Libyan Social and Economic Development Fund (ESDF) and the Libyan Investment Portfolio (LIP), for an aluminium and glass production plant.
A group of industry authorities met in Tobruk’s Al Batnan district on 8 February to follow up on the establishment of industrial zones in the district, Al Jamahiriya reported.
Egyptian and Libyan officials have agreed to establish a joint industrial zone in Libya, following a meeting between the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry, Mohamed Rachid, and the Libyan Minister of Economy, Industry and Trade, Mohamed Al Hweij.  
The General Authority for Industrial Zones (IZA) has provided an update on the zones planned in the first phase of its nationwide programme.
The China National Building Material Company and the Economic and Social Development Fund (ESDF) sign agreement for Al Jufra Cement production project.
Egypt’s El Sewedy Cables will open a manufacturing plant in Libya by the end of 2011, the company told Reuters. 
In late April Italian defence firm Finmeccanica opened a helicopter assembly and maintenance factory as a joint venture with the Libyan government.
The Egyptian paint maker, Pachin, says it plans to start production in Libya in January 2010 as it tries to tap growing construction demand in the country.