Manufacturing & Industry

The Alexandria-based manufacturer of ceramics and sanitary wares said its strong second-half results were partly down to higher demand from the Libyan market.
The state-controlled Ahilya Cement Company says it made a profit in the first half of the year after racking up a loss in 2012.
The Czech division of Austrian tile-maker Lasselsberger has reportedly won a deal to sell 500,000 square metres of ceramic tiles to a private Libyan client.
One of Tunisia's largest business groups said its subsidiaries in Libya restarted work inJanuary, and generated some TD10m (LD7.7m) in revenues from the country by the end of May.
The Gordabiya milk factory, near Sirte, is now reportedly packaging 10,500 litres per day of fresh milk and has further plans to increase output.
The Minister of Industry, Suliman al-Fituri, recently met Spain's ambassador in Tripoli to discuss cooperation in fields such as iron ore, gold mining and agriculture.
The UAE/India-based group says it has resumed full operations at its steel manufacturing plant in Misrata.
The chief executive of Norway-based Yara, which owns a 50% stake in a fertiliser plant in north-east Libya, has held meetings with the oil and gas minister.
The fertiliser plant in north-east Libya, which is 50%-owned by Norway's Yara, saw improved performance in the first quarter of 2013 but is still experiencing operational problems.
The Minister of Industry says delay in launching projects due to restructuring work on loans after government banned interest payments.
Steel production at the Misrata-based Libyan Iron and Steel Company (LISCO) was close to 50,000 tonnes in December, Platts reports.
Libya's oil and gas minister says Saudi Arabian investors are studying the possibility of setting up cement and sugar factories in Misrata.
The Libya Report talks to Mario Zottele, CEO of the Joint Libyan Cement Manufacturing Company (JLCC), a joint venture between Austria’s Asamer and Libya's state-owned Economic and Social Development Fund (ESDF).
Suleiman al-Fitouri said that the government would appoint an external advisor to assess a strategy for the state-owned chemicals plant near Zuwara, in north-west Libya.
Ahliya Cement, which is part-listed on the Tripoli bourse and has plants in Khoms, says it made a loss in the year ending 31 December 2012.