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(proposed by the Industrial Development Coperation of Zimbabwe )

An opportunity exists to set up surface mount technology (SMT) in the country as none exists at the moment, although there are bits and pieces of equipment which can be part of SMT technology, no complete unit for such technology is available in the country. This is a method for constructing electronic circuits in which the components are mounted directly onto the surface of printed circuit boards (PCBs). Electronic devices made from this process are called surface-mount devices.

Surface Mount Technology - ZimbabweIn the ICT industry, this technology has largely replaced the through-hole technology construction method of fitting components with wire leads into holes in the circuit board. Surface mounting results in a high degree of automation, reducing labor cost and greatly increasing production rates.

Some of the end products from SMT technology include the following;

  • Military equipment
  • Commercial two-way radios
  • Telecoms switching equipment
  • Cellular phones
  • Televisions and radios

IDC already has its Associate Company, Communication Systems of Zimbabwe in this sector. The company is mainly in the trading of telecoms equipment as most of its equipment is now obsolete.

The company is therefore looking for technology partners to bring in the SMT technology in the country to enable local production of the product range identified above. The estimated cost ofthe project is +/-US$1 million.


Contact Details:

Mr. M.N. Ndudzo
General Manager
Email: mndudzo [at] idc.co.zw

Ms. F. Mupazviriho
Projects Development Executive
Email: fmupazviriho [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Brian Mushohwe
Exports Development Executive
bmushoshe [at] idc.co.zw
exports [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. R. Shoko
Projects Development Executive
Email: rshoko [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Paul Bhebhe
Projects Development Executive
Email: pbhebhe [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Derek Sibanda
Public Relations Advisor
Email: pr [at] idc.co.zw


Industrial Development Corporation
93 Park Lane, Box CY 1431
Causeway, Harare


Phone: (+263 4)706971, (+263 4)794806 - 7
Fax: (+263 4)250385