General News of Sunday, 29 April 2012Source: Ghananewslink.com The Government of Ghana as part of its programme to privatize State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) is inviting bodies, companies, organizations and individual investors to submit proposals and bids for the acquisition of the $100 million GIHOC Glass Company Limited (GGCL).
According to the exclusive privatization documents, purchase and complete registration of interest forms which cost $300.00 will be made available to registered investor(s).
Ghana’s Divesture Implementation Committee (DIC) acting on behalf of the government will also permit the investor(s) to visit the GCCL to conduct the required due diligence and also a sample of a Performance Bond to be procured from the bankers of the investor(s).
On the basis of the investor’s own due diligence, each investor will prepare and present to the DIC in separate sealed envelopes, the following documents: detailed proposals or business plans for the acquisition of the company; investor’s financial bid; a Performance Bond (in the prescribed format) to the value of 10% of the financial bid of the investor.
GCCL’s assets consist of its well laid out industrial and residential buildings, external works, office/household furniture equipment plant and machinery and include the following:
Land area of 51.21 acres; industrial landed properties including administration, clinic, canteen, laboratory, and amenity blocks; factory building containing a production line and ancillary structures; residential properties; a road network, drains, external plumbing, pipe works from water treatment plant to residencies, external lighting, and other utility services; machine and carpentry shops; and batch compressor houses.
Instructively, GCCL was established in 1963 by the Government of Ghana which contracted Messrs Thyssen Stahlunion of Germany to construct the factory. The factory was commissioned in 1966 for the manufacture of sheet and hollow glassware products and was between 1966 and 1968 managed by Messrs Knoblauch & Sons of Germany. Government of Ghana subsequently took over management of the company and in 1976; the GCCL plant was rehabilitated and further refurbished in the late 1990s.
GCCL is one of the two glass manufacturing companies in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region and is located at Aboso in the Western Region of Ghana where the country is exploiting its oil deposits. Its location is also within close proximity of the Tarkwa Hun Valley railway line.**