By Auberty Nkangama:
Wico Poles, a local poles and timber making company which has been in operation since 1956, said it is diversifying its business into the furniture industry as part of its expansion drive.
This comes in the wake of drop in demand for poles and timber on the market, coupled with challenges to accessing trees as raw material.
The move saw incorporation of Wico and Artline Furniture.
Recently, the company got a standards certification from the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS).
Wico Poles Production Manager, Aman Kunje said the company is delighted to be certified by MBS, saying this would help the firm’s competitiveness on the market.
He said amid prevailing challenges including a shrink in demand of poles, the company has remained aggressive.
“We are still focused and we will remain vigilant in our approach to business. We are one of the oldest companies in the industry and we guarantee continued supply of quality poles,” Kunje said.
Wico Artline Furniture Marketing Executive, Patrick Nkalo said the firm is offering best and durable products to the local market.
He said the company noted existing gaps in the industry, hence its expansion drive.
“We do not compromise on quality. Our furniture is the best and we are committed to serving our customers in a way that would satisfy them,” Nkalo said.
Wico Poles has been in production since 1956.
It has been supplying to local and regional markets, including in Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa.