New assembly Line inaugurated in Bamako
Key highlights – January 31
“Pride” – “Enthusiasm” – “innovation” – “African youth” – “promising roadmap”… what we were happy to hear on that date!
January 13, 2017 will remain a key milestone for Solektra International and the Solektra Solar Academy: with the inauguration of an assembly line to produce the first ‘Made in Africa’ solar streetlights, and the conclusion of a strategic partnership with Sunna Design, Solektra is making progress to become a future leader in the solar industry in Africa. It is obviously a challenge, and at the same time a great opportunity for the Solektra teams whose members are ambitious and willing to take part in this major industrial project. They received the support of Mr. Malick Alhousseini, Minister of Energy and Water, who came to honour this inauguration.
Mr Samba Bathily, Founder and CEO of Solektra, specifically insisted on this ambition in his speech – emphasizing his determination to always identify the best technologies, partners and best products for Africa. African societies capable of becoming leaders in a sector, deal with peers from other region on an equal footing, and become a references for others do exist; Solektra is a good example of this, with its strong commitment to green technologies in solar and water, its partnerships with European, Asian and American players, and its original prefinancing business model.
International music star and chairman of Solektra’s board Akon, for his part, focused his remarks on skills and knowledge transfer; Solektra would be useless if it was not in a position to propose trainings, and to help a new generation to master assembly technologies, and design techniques. The objective consists in (and will always consist in) in having a positive socio-economic impact and creating a new dynamic ecosystem around the incredible African solar opportunity.
Thomas Samuel, Founder and CEO of Sunna Design, said he is happy to be able to work with Solektra International. The partnership can enable Sunna to showcase and explore the potential of its solar street lighting and assembly technologies and position them on a project that has become strategic for West Africa. There is no doubt that the connected assembly line, capable of producing differentiated products thanks to the possible rotations of the work stations, and which is easy to master, will drive much interest. Thomas Samuel also thanked the Solektra teams who came to learn about the the assembly technology at Sunna’s headquarters in Bordeaux.
In conclusion of this event the Malian Minister of Energy and Water, His Excellency Mr. Malick Alhousseini reaffirmed Mali’s commitment to develop green technologies and the renewable energy sector. His encouraging comments for Solektra and its strategy and enthusiasm during the presentation of the assembly line and visit of the Solektra Solar Academy demonstrate the value of the PPP model that Solektra advocates for.
- 1 assembly line
- 2 partners, Solektra International, based in Mali, and Sunna Design based in France
- 3 strategic pillars: technological innovation, development of a production capacity in Mali, training and skills transfer
- 10 skilled workers on the line
- 30 000 solar street lamps manufactured every year