Egypt inaugurates new 'industrial city'
Leather will be tanned in almost 90 units on the development’s second phase.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt recently unveiled the country’s new Robbiki industrial city in Badr City near Cairo, dedicated to leather making, spinning and weaving. Three years ago, President Sisi ordered the Trade and Industry Ministry to finalise the move, with the government bearing all relocation costs. In addition to the tanning facilities, the new complex hosts factories producing leather products and yarn, as well as those involved in dyeing, printing and preparing raw materials for weaving.
Total government investment in this project amounts to LE2.3 billion (£110.8 million/$144.0 million), in addition to LE200 million (£9.6 million/$12.5 million) invested in upgrading an industrial drainage station.
More than 200 production units have now been completed on an area of 176 acres. Ongoing construction will create 28 adhesives factories and 87 units for leather tanning on a 69-acre site, and a third phase has been allocated for the manufacture of leather goods. In addition, the government is currently considering dedicating 800 acres next to the tannery area as a new home for some of the thousands of small workshops that produce leather products around the country.
This article was originally published on page 4 of the September 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.