Revived Kumasi shoe factory needs high local patronage to survive-defense minister

Benjamin Kumbour

Benjamin Kumbour

The quality of footwear being produced at the revived Kumasi Shoe Factory would improve with time when local patronage of products increase.

This is the view of Defense Minister, Dr. Benjamin Kumbour, as he toured the facility as part of a working visit to Military Units in Kumasi.

The De¬fence Industries Holding Company Limited (DIHOC) produces security and safety footwear targeting the security agencies as well as the mining, construction and brewery companies.

It also pro¬duces sandals and shoes for schools and other interested institutions.

The com¬pany has the capacity to produce be¬tween 4,000 and 5,000 pairs of shoes a day.

But journalists accompanying the Minister on the factory tour observed the finishing of products is not at its best.

Dr. Kumbour however believes the higher patronage would endear the factory to improve on quality comparable to global standards.

He said, “All the advance countries, who manufacture the best shoes in the world, started manufacturing manually and yet they have reached the best levels”.

According to the minister, this should motivate the country to back authorities to project the factory onto an international status.

“They have cut the lower level technology of manufacturing shoes by hands. This is semi automated and with time I am sure they will be able to move to the higher industrial level.

“Patronize the product and I am sure they will refine, improve and get you the level of quality shoes you want to get in Europe,” Dr. Kumbuor said.

When journalists asked whether the factory was underutilized, the minister indicated the full utilization of the factory is gradual.

DIHOC revived the factory in 2012 and is currently being operated under the Ministry of Defence.

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