Ghana Made Initiative is growing in 2021

At the WestPark, we are looking forward to investing in the Ghana Made initiative we launched with Volkswagen last year. We have been encouraged by the recent interest from small and medium sized businesses visiting WestPark in January, especially in the carpentry and food & beverage sectors.

WestPark will continue to focus on  attracting companies that leverage the abundant natural resources Ghana has to offer to produce genuine quality in a sustainable manner. With the launch of the Continental Free Trade Area and Ghana’s pivotal role in shaping this growing market, the opportunities for expansion are real.

The WestPark is breaking new ground for companies to produce goods locally and do business more easily with West Africa’s growing markets and the world. The new enclave, featuring industrial, commercial and residential zones, eliminates many of the challenges – including access to reliable power, water and transport – that often confront companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, so tenants can focus on increasing production, creating jobs and growing their revenues.

Volkswagen and WestPark promote 100-acre automotive cluster near Takoradi

Automotive Cluster: Teramont Assembled in Ghana

As part of a partnership announced in Ghana earlier this year, Volkswagen and WestPark Enterprises, a subsidiary of BlackIvy Ghana, are working together to promote a value chain for the automotive manufacturing industry at the WestPark industrial park in Ghana’s resource-rich Western Region. Volkswagen expanded its footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2020 by opening a vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. An ecosystem of automotive parts suppliers is vital to expanding and diversifying vehicle assembly and furthering the impact of Ghana’s emerging automotive industry on job creation and economic development. Germany’s Bosch and DHL, two global leaders in automotive parts and automotive logistics, are already tenants at the WestPark. Ghana imports over $1.1 billion in vehicles and parts annually. Automotive parts account for approximately $175 million.

The WestPark location leverages Takoradi’s expanding port, the surplus natural gas as well as the area’s vast natural resources that serve as vital inputs for the automotive industry, including lithium and manganese for batteries, natural rubber for tires, silica for windshields and bauxite for aluminum and – ultimately – car bodies. WestPark has allocated 100 acres for the development of an automotive cluster with competitive, flexible terms for suppliers. The region’s proximity to Cote d’Ivoire creates further opportunities to build cross-border industrial value chains. The initiative comes at a time when Ghana is increasingly seeking to grow local production capabilities in light of the supply chain disruptions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The collaboration is part of a broader partnership to build new industries, create jobs and pave the road to a sustainable future in Ghana that was announced at an event with His Excellency, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in September. Volkswagen and BlackIvy are collaborating on three pillars of development: increasing affordability of homes and cars in Ghana, providing modern and green mobility, and creating a larger value chain for automotive manufacturing to thrive in Ghana.

Volkswagen is strengthening the regions and focusing on new up-and-coming markets as part of its TRANSFORM 2025+ brand strategy. Alongside North and South America as well as China, the Sub-Saharan Africa region plays an increasingly important role. Although the African automotive market is comparatively small today, the Sub-Sahara region has the potential to develop into an automotive growth market of the future.

Cashew and Tiger Nut Processing Factory Coming to WestPark 

Mosaic Grove, a US company farming cashew and tiger nuts for processing and export, today executed a deal to set up a processing factory at the WestPark industrial and business park in Ghana’s Western Region. 

Mosaic Grove, through its Ghanaian subsidiary, is cultivating cashews and tiger nuts in Ghana and will now move forward with the state of the art facility at WestPark to store, process and package the quality nuts for consumers in Ghana, the US and Europe. 

Raw, unprocessed cashews are Ghana’s second largest agricultural export behind cocoa with $380 million exported in 2018. Tiger nuts, on the other hand, remain a high-value niche product and are known as a high fiber, low-calorie and low-fat superfood that is growing in popularity in the US and Europe thanks to its densely-packed nutrients. 

Mosaic Grove was launched by Dr. Kaadze Wright, an anesthesiologist practicing in the greater Washington D.C. metro area. In 2018, inspired by the vast opportunities she saw in Africa and a longstanding desire to give back to her native Ghana, she launched Mosaic Grove with a 100-acre organic cashew farm. Earlier this year, Dr. Wright added Ghana’s first farming cooperative cultivating tiger nuts. Mosaic Grove has a particular focus on creating sustainable jobs for women in farming and are committed to adding value to Ghana’s rich agricultural produce. 

At the WestPark, Mosaic Grove will move beyond processing and packaging and add a range of manufactured products from plant-based milk and frozen dessert to baked goods.  “Mosaic Grove is looking forward to its partnership with WestPark and was attracted to Westpark’s business support services. This modern factory and WestPark’s competitive service offering will position us to introduce premium cashews and tiger nut products to domestic and international markets”.

Alex Canfor-Dumas, a Director at WestPark, who himself returned from the US to Ghana a decade ago, notes that “Mosaic Grove is perfectly aligned with WestPark’s strategy to attract companies that leverage the abundant natural resources Ghana has to offer to produce genuine quality in a sustainable manner. As Africa is moving ahead with the Continental Free Trade Area, Ghana can emerge as a centre of excellence and a launching pad for companies like Mosaic Grove to expand. I am particularly delighted to see more and more members of Ghana’s diaspora investing back home.”   

The WestPark is breaking new ground for companies to produce goods locally and do business more easily with West Africa’s growing markets and the world. The new enclave, featuring industrial, commercial and residential zones, eliminates many of the challenges – including access to reliable power, water and transport – that often confront companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, so tenants can focus on increasing production, creating jobs and growing their revenues.

Carpentree begins workforce training at modern WestPark facilities

Carpentree, a leading Ghanaian carpentry business focused on producing and installing kitchen cabinets and wardrobes, started training 25 artisans at WestPark’s modern industrial facilities. The artisans, many from communities surrounding the WestPark, received an introduction to a range of professional power tools from Germany’s Bosch that are designed to enhance quality and productivity in the woodworking trade.

Carpentree is seeking to grow their operations in Ghana with a base at the WestPark to make high-quality products with locally sourced, sustainable timber from Ghana’s Western Region. Kobe Asiedu, Carpentree’s founder, highlighted that “the level of interest and the skills already present in the Western Region were encouraging. We can build on this to create more direct employment at Carpentree and indirect jobs throughout our supply and distribution chains in this growing region. We look forward to leveraging WestPark’s world class industrial infrastructure and the support from the community to launch our next range of Ghana made cabinets and wardrobes”.

The carpentry and building materials sector is one of the strategic industries WestPark is looking to attract where businesses in Ghana can effectively compete with imports by adding value to Ghana’s indigenous resources. Last year, Ghana exported over $250 million of largely unprocessed timber and imported close to $240 million in furniture. The WestPark this month is offering special incentives for small and medium-sized businesses in the manufacturing and processing sector looking to grow their operations.

Volkswagen and BlackIvy enter strategic collaboration to advance green growth and sustainable mobility in Ghana

  • Volkswagen partners with BlackIvy in Ghana with shared commitment to Ghana made craftsmanship
  • The collaboration is pursuing green mobility and making efficient cars and well-built homes affordable

Accra/Uitenhage – Volkswagen Ghana and BlackIvy Ghana have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate towards the mutual goal of sustainable mobility, green growth and more affordable cars and homes in Ghana.

BlackIvy Ghana is a subsidiary of BlackIvy LLC, a U.S. company that builds and grows commercial enterprises across Sub-Saharan Africa. BlackIvy Ghana operates businesses in housing, healthcare, warehousing and industrial real estate.

The strategic collaboration between BlackIvy Ghana and Volkswagen Ghana was signed in Accra in the presence of His Excellency, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, and the Hon. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry. The collaboration follows the official launch of local assembly of vehicles by Volkswagen Ghana in August this year.

Volkswagen and BlackIvy are collaborating to: increase affordability of homes and passenger vehicles in Ghana; provide modern and green mobility, and promote a larger value chain for the automotive manufacturing industry at BlackIvy’s WestPark Industrial Park in Ghana’s resource-rich Western Region.

The partners’ plans for sustainable mobility including assessing the viability of reducing carbon emissions by piloting a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station for trucks and commercial vehicles. This pilot would be the first CNG filling station in West Africa, while a fleet of CNG trucks could save on logistics cost, reduce carbon emissions by up to 20%, and decrease harmful particles, a driver of air pollution and associated health risks, by approximately 85%.

Long-term, the partnership could deliver Volkswagen electric vehicles and the associated charging infrastructure to Ghana.

“The strategic partnership we formed today with BlackIvy is part of Volkswagen’s greater goal of growing its presence in the Sub-Saharan region, in a way that benefits the citizens of this region,” said Rochelle Reddy, Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Director of Sub-Saharan Africa Operations. “With BlackIvy, we have found a partner with the same values. This agreement paves the way for sustainable and accessible mobility in Ghana.”

“BlackIvy launched in Ghana six years ago to deliver essential products and services with a relentless focus on quality. In Volkswagen, we have found a partner that shares our commitment to Ghana made craftsmanship and innovation,” said Jean-Louis Warnholz, BlackIvy’s Managing Director. “We are excited to join Ghana and Volkswagen in developing smart, sustainable industries that create new economic engines for growth for the country.”

Volkswagen is strengthening the regions and focusing on new up-and-coming markets as part of its TRANSFORM 2025+ brand strategy. Alongside North and South America as well as China, the Sub-Saharan Africa region plays an increasingly important role. Although the African automotive market is comparatively small today, the Sub-Sahara region has the potential to develop into an automotive growth market of the future.

The Future Is Made In Ghana

WestPark, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackIvy, is part of GHANA MADE, an initiative to build new industries, create great jobs, and pave the road to a sustainable future in Ghana. This initiative is being made possible through a strategic collaboration between Volkswagen and BlackIvy. Volkswagen and BlackIvy are collaborating on three pillars of development: increasing affordability of homes and cars in Ghana, providing modern and green mobility, and creating a larger value chain for automotive manufacturing to thrive in Ghana. The WestPark industrial and business park seeks to be at the heart of Ghana’s drive to localize more production to foster job creation, with a focus on automotive & equipment, building materials, pharmaceuticals and food & beverages and agricultural processing.

Building Foundations For Vital Industry

With global supply chains disrupted, Ghana’s push for accelerated industrialization and value-added manufacturing has taken on new urgency. Since Ghana’s partial lock down did not extend to Takoradi, the region that generates 60% of Ghana’s GDP, we have been able to continue building the WestPark industrial park, progressing on the second building for DHL and Standard Bank. The health and safety of our people remains paramount. We invested in strict health and safety protocols with temperature control on entry, hand-washing stations throughout the construction site, stringent social distancing measures and face masks ‘made in Takoradi’.

New Container Berth To Open Next Quarter at Takoradi Port

Dredging has begun at the new container berth at the Takoradi port to a depth of 16 meters. The additional depth will accommodate larger container vessels as Takoradi port continues to grow at over 20% year-on-year.

The new berth is scheduled to be completed at the end of the second quarter of 2020 as Ghana’s main export port continues to make major improvements to serve the rapid industrialization of the Western Region with new production facilities opening up at the Westpark and elsewhere in the region.

More Daily Flights Added to Takoradi

Flying to Takoradi and the WestPark has become more convenient with the move of Africa World Airlines to Accra’s former international terminal and the addition of another return flight midday. Travelers can now chose from an early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon flight to Ghana’s emerging industrial hub. Flying time is less than 30 minutes.

The new schedule also ties in well with international arrivals from major airports and further improves Takoradi’s connectivity.

WestPark starts second building

The construction of WestPark’s second building, home to DHL and Stanbic among other tenants, has launched and is progressing well. While walls are going up at Building #2, the team is finishing the roofing at the Bosch House and fixing the floor-to-ceiling windows for the flagship building for the German technology leader.

The WestPark is the only modern industrial park in Ghana’s mineral-rich Western Region, which generates 60% of Ghana’s GDP. The Park offers tenants the most cost-effective operating conditions relative to other options in Ghana.