President Felix Houphouet-Boinny on Friday (4 December) inaugurated a new dry-cell battery factory at Vridi, the industrial area outside the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan.
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Background: President Felix Houphouet-Boinny on Friday (4 December) inaugurated a new dry-cell battery factory at Vridi, the industrial area outside the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan. The factory has been built by the Union-Carbide company at a cost of GBP 1,200,000 Sterling.
The factory, built in nine months, will employ 150 people and will produce up to 50-million batteries a year, sufficient for the Ivory Coast's own needs and a surplus for export to other West African countries.
Union-Carbide, an American-based company, now has 33 manufacturing centres throughout the world. Officials of the parent company in the United States attended Friday's ceremony.
The African regional director of Union-Carbide, Mr Howard Eyers, welcomed the official guests, and the Ivory Coast Minister of Economic Planning, Mr Mohamed Diawara, in address wished Union-Carbide's project in Vridi good fortune.
After cutting the tape, President Houphouet-Boigny made a tour of the factory, watching various aspects of production.
The President showed a close interest in the manufacturing process.