KENYA – Bolloré Transport & Logistics has acquired 5,000m2 warehousing space at the Nairobi Gate Industrial Park in Nairobi to accommodate its expanding Supply Chain activities.
The highly flexible ultra-modern warehouse allows Bolloré Transport & Logistics to accommodate the expanding requirements of its Contract Logistics clientele from the FMCG and Beverage industries.
Located on Nairobi’s Eastern Bypass, the warehouse is highly accessible and convenient with connectivity to key arterial roads, Jomo Kenyatta international airport and the inland container depot.
Modifications were also introduced for the warehouse to suit the requirements and be fully operational.
In addition to this new acquisition, Bolloré Transport & Logistics operates 161,277m2 warehousing space in Nairobi and Mombasa through ownership or long-term lease.
The Company provides both customs bonded and free value-added warehousing facilities for FMCG, Retail, manufacturing, and soft commodities such as tea and coffee, and the aid and relief sector.
“Bolloré Transport & Logistics has experienced a rapid expansion of our contract logistics and warehousing business in Kenya, prompting us to seek out high-quality third-party warehousing facilities to supplement our owned sites. The Nairobi Gate Industrial Park meets our infrastructural standards from which we can continue to offer value-added inventory management services to our clients,” said Jason Reynard Regional CEO for East Africa of Bolloré Transport & Logistics.
Developed by the Improvon Group in which Actis has an investment, Nairobi Gate forms part of the larger Northlands Mixed-Use Scheme, situated on the Eastern Bypass of Nairobi, providing easy access to key arterial roads, only 30 minutes away from Jomo Kenyatta international airport, the inland container depot, and the Southern Bypass.
Phase one of Nairobi Gate is built on 100 acres of land and will comprise in excess of 2 million feet under the roof once completed.
Nairobi Gate is suited to accommodate large international warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing businesses with agencies represented in east Africa, as well as large local businesses including specialized goods manufacturers of high-value items such as pharmaceuticals and medical equipment as well as specialized electronics and engineering components.
Stefano Contardo, Group CEO of Improvon said, “We are very excited to welcome Bolloré Transport & Logistics as a tenant at Nairobi Gate. Despite challenges brought about by Covid-19, we’re expecting continued strong demand for our ultra-modern, A-grade warehousing, distribution, and logistics facilities. The fact that Bolloré Transport & Logistics has elected Nairobi Gate to house their activities, bears testimony to the quality of our location and facilities. We look forward to the conclusion of a number of new leases in the pipeline.”
Nairobi Gate brings a ‘built to suit concept to Nairobi in response to the demand for grade A flexible distribution properties and is differentiated by good access, efficient circulation for trucks, generous loading facilities, multiple roller shutter doors and good height facilitating volumetric capacity for pallet storage.
Koome Gikunda, a director at Actis also commented saying, “We are excited about the continued strong demand for Nairobi Gate’s unique offering, which we believe will improve further as vaccines are rolled out internationally. Nairobi Gate represents much more than foreign direct investment of around US$90 million. Its real value lies in revolutionizing last-mile logistics and warehousing, creating employment and transferring skills.”
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