Sustainable Cotton Operations
In Uganda, Plexus operates two cotton companies within the structure of the Fine Spinners Joint Venture: North Bukedi Cotton Company (NBCC) in Mbale, & Western Uganda Cotton Company (WUCC) in Kasese.
Plexus and its partners have been active in Ugandan cotton production for over a decade. Working initially as part of COMPACI (the Competitive African Cotton Initiative) we implemented the country's first Cotton Made In Africa-verified production at WUCC in Kasese. This cotton is consumed in our joint venture mill Fine Spinners Uganda Limited ("FSUL") in Kampala.
Sustainable Textile Production
Fine Spinners Uganda Limited is a joint venture operation with Bedi Investments Limited and Nakuru Fibres, Limited, both of Kenya. It combines a new textile mill (located on a renovated, prime, 18 hectare site in Kampala,) with gins in Kasese in the West and Mbale in the East.
It is the region's first vertically integrated sustainable cotton textile & garment operation.
FSUL was created to supply the increasing demand from Western markets for sustainably produced garments whilst promoting economic development, by building value-adding industry.
Plexus brings cotton production expertise, sustainability credentials, development agency backing and retailer/brand relationships, all linked up with partners from the textile & garment industry to complete the value chain.
The FSUL operation:
eliminates the waste and cost of transporting component materials between manufacturing sites across the globe,
benefits from export incentives including AGOA
is a model for Plexus' value-adding investment in sub-Saharan Africa.