South African container glass manufacturer Consol is constructing a greenfield facility in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia.

It is scheduled for commissioning in the fourth quarter of this year.

Consol’s Ethiopian facility is expected to have an initial production rate of approximately 40,000 tonnes of glass output per year.

This will increase to 60,000 tonnes per year as the facility increases production to its installed capacity over a three-year period, based on market demand.

Consol’s major customers include leading beverage and food companies operating in Africa, such as Anheuser-Busch InBev (following its acquisition of SABMiller), Diageo, Distell, East African Breweries, Heineken, Namibia Breweries and Tiger Brands.

As at 31 December 2017, the group’s total manufacturing capacity across sub-Saharan Africa included six manufacturing facilities and 13 furnaces capable of producing output of approximately 932,000 tonnes of manufactured glass that can be sold as 'Good Glass' per year.