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Astro Mobile to setup mobile phone, television assembly plant

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Astro founder and CEO, Munyaradzi Gwatidzo

Local mobile devices firm, Astro, revealed at the official opening of its Joina City branch in Harare that before the end of 2015, it intends to set up a mobile phones and television assembly plant.

This was necessitated by the hardening economics of Zimbabwe where it will make more sense to import the required parts and assemble locally than the current method of importing finished products.

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Samples of the television are on exhibit at their Joina City branch and they look like the regular modern-day flat screens with a variety of functions and displays. They hope to be able to assemble the units locally and reduce the overall cost of production per unit and retail the sets at lowered prices. Astro could however not immediately divulge the forecasted selling price.

Astro further justified this move pointing out that if the designs are local and the market is local, it is simpler and possibly cheaper (freight) to just import the components and kits and put them together here.

This move is also key in that it will create employment opportunities and act as a launchpad for other products such as laptops in the same production line. At the same time as skills develop, Zimbabwe can begin to identify some of the components that can be made locally from the vast minerals like lithium and tantalite.

Astro becomes the next company in a long line of plans by communications and electrical company with Samsung announcing similar plans to open a refrigerator assembly plant locally earlier this year.


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7 thoughts on “Astro Mobile to setup mobile phone, television assembly plant

  1. This company’s naivety knows no bounds. Munya needs to get off his false horse and get real. It is widely acknowledged that the cost of doing business in Zimbabwe is very high, including labour, utility tariffs and so forth. Samsung has not opened theirs because Zimbabwe is not the lowest cost production country on the continent. This will continue for a long time. Perhaps this is one of Munya’s ploys to remain in the media spotlight – like his claim last year that he sold $5 million worth of gadgets – pure hyperbole. This assembly plant will not see the light of day, but if he goes ahead to pull it off, I will say a fool, and his money shall soon part.

  2. Munyaradzi Gwatidzo is a true realist entrepreneur who seizes available opportunities that have and are still presenting themselves here in this ‘turbulent economy’. This is a crop of young business people with real substance such that when they envisage an opportunity they see a market gap and satisfy it efficiently.

  3. The real challange Zim still have in this age. Is an assembly plant for handsets and tv sets newsworthy?
    I mean fellow Zimbos when are we going to start manufacturing these basic gadgets in this country?

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