The wire and cable production plant under the Ethiopian Power Engineering Industry (EPEI) has started pilot production, the Industry said.
During the trial period, the factory expects to produce 500 tons copper wires per annum, according to EPEI General Manager, Major Asefa Yohannes.
The factory was established in 2012 with 80 million Birr in Modjo town around 80km south west of Addis Ababa by the Metals Engineering Corporation.
The plant established with a bid to produce copper wires for transformers, electronic products and motors of generators.
Up on going fully operational, the factory will produce 2,500 tons copper wires annually thereby substitute the product the country has been importing.
According to the Manager, the factory will help to interconnect plants that produce transformer, cable and motor.
The plant produces wires with a diameter between o.7 to 2.5, in accordance with the local demand, Head of the Plant, Captain Waltanigus Tesfaw said.
The wire and cable production plant was established in September 2012 by the Metals and Engineering Corporation as part of the plan to lead industrialization in the country.