MeTL Group has been a major cultivator of sisal for many years, and has also been increasingly active in the production of sisal-based products. In 1998, the group acquired a sisal bag-manufacturing factory in Morogoro, TPM. The Group later added another sisal bag manufacturing unit in Moshi, which also operates under the TPM name. Following the government’s initiative to promote the sisal industry, MeTL Group increased production at TPM by moving from one to three shifts daily, employing about 650 people. 10 million bags per annum
MeTL Group has played an important role in the development of Tanzania’s sisal industry. TPM produces more than 35% of Tanzania’s total sisal output and is one of the nation’s major manufacturers of value-added sisal products. TPM packaging bags are manufactured in line with Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) regulations and are available countrywide.
Sisal bags are made from natural fibre, biodegradable, odourless, moisture-resistant and allow for aeration. Bags made of hard sisal fibre are also stronger and more durable than their synthetic counterparts. Sisal bags are also used to pack commodity items such as Cocoa, Maize, beans and other products. TPM uses palm oil instead of mineral oil for conditioning the sisal fibre. As such, bags are hydrocarbon free and suitable for packing food materials like coffee, beans, cashew nuts, pulses, cocoa, maize and cloves.
TPM bags are manufactured for specific uses and can be custom-made to the specific size and standard required by our customers. For the Tanzania Coffee Board, the company produces a 50kg capacity bag for Arabica coffee and a 60kg bag for Robusta coffee. Sisal is also used to make 44” x 28” bags for products such as maize, cashew nuts, castor and cocoa.
TPM plans to install new machines to increase production to 1,800 tons of sisal yarn per year. The factory will also begin to produce ropes of different sizes and grades, bluffing cloth and allied products in line with international standards.
Once production capacity at the TPM plant exceeds 90%, MeTL Group will re-commission the Moshi plant. The Group is also looking at product diversification and joint ventures.
MeTL Group acquired the sisal-spinning mill 21st Century Holdings in Dar es Salaam in 2001, to further develop its sisal processing operations. The plant makes various sisal yarns, which have a wide-range of applications. Export markets include Japan, India, Yemen, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland, France, Ethiopia, Germany and the EAC states.
From sisal yarn produced, 21st Century Holdings manufactures tie ropes, sisal fabric, speciality ropes, polishing cloths and floor coverings. Various sisal yarns produced by 21rst Century holding limited finds applications in manufacture of sisal carpets, floor coverings, sisal buff, wire rope and other types of ropes.
Production capacity is 4,000 tons or yarn per annum.
With the increase in demand of sisal products in foreign markets, MeTL Group plans to fit the production facility with state-of-art technology to give the best quality sisal yarn.