Modern Tiles, one of the biggest tiles factories in East and Central Africa, set up shop in Uganda, making it the biggest in the East African nation, according to Uganda Investment Authority.
The company, which is valued at over Shs180 billion, according to Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), part of Modern Group of Companies, an industrial establishment running a portfolio of five diversified and integrated industries.
The factory, which is based in Njeru town, Buikwe district, currently produces 49,000 square meters of tiles per day, with the capacity planned to triple to 150,000 square meters per day at full capacity.
According to Modern Group’s Chairperson Ashish Monpara, they currently employ 500 Ugandans directly. "At full capacity, it will employ 1,600 Ugandans directly and over 3,000 indirectly," reads a statement on UIA's website.
Monpara says raw materials for the factory are sourced locally, from Buikwe and Mukono.
A significant part of the machinery of the sprawling factory, the size of 15 football pitches, were fabricated locally.
The factory's ground was broken in November 2020 and production started about 18 months later.
Monpara says the company has “already established a conglomerate market for its tiles, as well as other products in Uganda, in the region and Africa”.
They have a network of 250 dealers and more than 1,000 retail outlets in Uganda. The tiles are already being exported to Kenya and other countries in the region.
Monpara says Modern Group’s philosophy is to produce goods that help in import substitution while transferring technology and skills to Ugandans.
State Minister for Privatisation and Investment Evelyn Anite on a visit to the factory ahead of planned presidential commissioning was impressed by what she saw.
“We did groundbreaking here 18 months ago. What we started in a small way is now the biggest factory in the east and central Africa, producing high-quality titles in huge quantities," she said, according to UIA.
"Ugandans now have no reason to import tiles because we have them in plenty. I applaud you for investing in Uganda, employing Ugandans and transferring technology and skills”.
The Minister noted that Modern Tiles is a fit into the Government policy of “Buy Uganda, Build Uganda” designed to promote value addition of raw materials and growth of locally manufactured goods.