Soubré, Ivory Coast – Natural rubber producer the Société Africaine de Plantations d’Hévéas (SAPH) has started construction work on six new NR processing plants in Soubré, in southwestern Ivory Coast.
The FCFA 17 million (€163 million) investment will increase SAPH’s industrial production capacity to 10 tonnes/hour or 60 kilotonne per annum (ktpa), said an 8 April statement.
An affiliate of the Ivorian agrobusiness group SIFCA and the Société Internationale de Plantations d'Hévéas (SIPH), SAPH is claimed to be West Africa’s top NR producer, with over 163 ktpa of production.
The company currently employs 5,400 people across five production centres, spanning 24,400 hectares of industrial plantations. It also supervises some 29,000 independent rubber farmers.
The new expansion, SAPH said, will generate 600 direct and indirect jobs as well as business opportunities for the 10,000 rubber planters in the region.