Marking 20 years of production, the Zimbabwe Defence Industries says although illegal sanctions have taken their toll, operations have been sustained by the domestic market.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Cde Martin Rushwaya who was the guest of honour at the event said ZDI has gone through many challenges, but managed to soldier on.
He revealed that among the chief challenges faced by ZDI has been lack of raw materials, labour issues, and lack of markets for the companyâ€™s products.
ZDIâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube noted that illegal sanctions have dealt ZDI a major blow although the company has been resilient.
Colonel Dube said they have managed to service the domestic market satisfactorily.
ZDI â€˜s local market comprises the Zimbabwe National Army, The Air Force of Zimbabwe, The Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe Prison Services and the National Parks and Wildlife.
The company is also seeking to diversify into other new production areas such as the production of commercial explosives meant for the mining industry which has become critical for the survival of the country.