ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Glass Industries Limited (Zimglass), has received an offer for the purchase of all its assets, which could lead to the revival of the sole glassmaker, reports News Day Zimbabwe.

Zimglass, a subsidiary of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has been insolvent since 2010 and voluntarily applied for judicial management in 2014 citing lack of capital, debt overhang and mismanagement.

Its total assets value stood at US$19.2 million as at December 2014 while liabilities clocked US$31.2 million.

It was subsequently liquidated and Winsley Evans Militala of Petwin Executor and Trust Company was appointed as the liquidator.

Militala revealed in a notice on Sunday that Zimglass had “received an offer for assets of the company in their entirety.

“We are completing the process of verifying the integrity and source of funds to be utilised as purchase consideration in the transaction. We believe this exercise will allow for the successful winding up of the affairs of Zimbabwe Glass Industries Limited within the next 21 days,” he said.

“Accordingly, shareholder(s), creditors and other stakeholders are being advised to exercise caution when dealing with the assets and business until further notice from the liquidator.”

In 2017, one of the company’s major creditors reportedly turned down a proposed US$1.8 million offer to take over the company.

Financial institutions owed money by the Gweru-based glassmaker include the now defunct AfrAsia Zimbabwe, Agribank, ZB Bank and FBC Bank.

Before liquidation, the firm manufactured glass packaging material for alcoholic and sparkling beverages, food, liquor and pharmaceutical segments.

Its major domestic customers included Delta Beverages, African Distillers, Mutare Bottling Company, Straitia Investments, Olivine Industries, Datlabs and E Snell and Company. It also exported its products into Southern African Development Community region.

The IDC is a government-owned entity with a mandate to stimulate industrial development in the country.

THE glass industry, which was heading towards the graveyard because of the crippling foreign currency shortage, has been spared from imminent collapse, thanks to the novel foreign exchange auction system.

While the amount allocated to the sector so far could not be immediately ascertained, players in the industry expressed satisfaction with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s efforts to spread the scarce resource across all the critical sectors of the economy.