Bayer to expand further into Southern Africa region as it celebrates 100 years

SOUTH AFRICA –  German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company group Bayer is set for further expansion in Southern African as it celebrates 100 years of operations in the country, capped by a vibrant performance even in the Covid-19 lockdown period. The group enthused recently that it ended a turbulent 2020 by celebrating 100 years in South Africa, a century in which its operations across agriculture, pharmaceutical and consumer health have grown substantially. “This South African operation leads the market sales across all three business units on the continent and…

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Car & General invests US$3.65m in new motorcycle helmet plant as it aims to grow market share

KENYA – Automotive equipment distributor Car & General (C&G) has invested US$3.65 million in a new motorcycle helmet plant in Ruiru, Kenya as it looks to grow its share of the bike accessory market in Kenya. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)-listed firm, which has diverse operations including property investments, poultry and sale of motorcycles, said the plant sits on 40,000 square-feet employing about 150 workers. The plant has a capacity to produce 768,000 helmets per year, with plans to increase production to 1.2 million by 2022. “The plant situated in Ruiru…

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Packaging Industries Ltd: Award Winning Packaging Firm Eyes Growth

Packaging Industries Limited is proud of its achievements in facilitating trade and boosting the economy and creating jobs in Kenya. A leading manufacturer of high-quality packaging solutions, the company has recently received an international packaging award that adds a feather to its many years of impact.

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Maire Tecnimont Group to build fertilizer plant based on renewable energy

KENYA – Maire Tecnimont Group subsidiaries MET Development, Stamicarbon and NextChem are set to build a fertilizer plant in Kenya based on renewable energy to support Kenya’s low carbon and inclusive growth, its agricultural output and its smallholder farmers and communities. The fertilizer plant will be located at privately-owned Oserian Two Lakes Industrial Park, which is on the southern banks of Lake Naivasha, 100 kilometres north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, and near to the geothermal power plants in Olkaria. MET Development signed an agreement with Oserian Development Company, which owns…

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Italian firm to build world’s first industrial-scale renewable power-to-fertilizer plant in Kenya

KENYA – Italian multinational company Maire Tecnimont, has announced that its subsidiaries MET Development, Stamicarbon and NextChem have started work on a renewable power–to-fertiliser plant in Kenya. This will be the world’s first industrial-scale plant powered by renewable energy to produce low carbon intensity nitrates. MET Development signed an agreement with Oserian Development Company for the development of the plant at the Oserian Two Lakes Industrial Park located on the southern banks of Lake Naivasha, 100km North of Nairobi.  Oserian Two Lakes Industrial Park is a new 150-hectare sustainable development in Nakuru County, aiming to provide a safe landing…

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Swedish engineering company Sandvik AB to acquire African OEM Kwatani

SOUTH AFRICA – Swedish mining and construction equipment and services company Sandvik Group will acquire African original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of custom-engineered vibrating equipment Kwatani. The transaction is expected to be finalised in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. “Kwatani’s production facility, in Johannesburg, is set to become a global engineering and manufacturing base for vibrating screens and feeders for both local and international customers,” said Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. “Customers in the vibrating equipment industry will benefit enormously from the combined resources of Sandvik and…

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BAT Kenya completes the first phase of its new US$23m ‘Lyft’ factory

KENYA – Cigarettes manufacturer British American Tobacco-Kenya (BAT) has completed the first phase of its new US$23 million Nairobi based factory. The hub centred on the production of free oral nicotine pouches for the African market and the globe is expected to support up to 80 new skilled jobs once complete. The factory is a central pillar in BAT’s diversification away from just the manufacture and marketing of cigarettes. Progress on the multi-billion facility nevertheless comes against an ongoing tug of war between the firm and Kenya’s Ministry of Health…

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TRT investment of Mauritius acquires 49% stake in personal care products manufacturer KAS Africa for US$10m

AFRICA – KAS Africa, a contract manufacturer of personal, home, baby, and oral care FMCG products, has received an investment with an aggregate value of US$10 million from TRT Investments Limited. The transaction significantly strengthens KAS Africa’s balance sheet and capacity to execute its growth plans in the years to come. This investment is in line with TRT Investments’ drive to support industrialisation and economic growth across the continent. TRT’s investment takes the form of a purchase of a 49% stake in KAS Africa and capital to purchase a new…

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Car part manufacturer Clayens NP expands its plant in Mohammedia by approximately 70%

MOROCCO – Clayens NP Morocco, Car parts manufacturer, expanded the surface area of its manufacturing plant in Mohammedia by approximately 70%. The Moroccan manufacturing plant, with a reported US$8.1 million (MAD 73 million) investment, expanded its surface area by additional 5,300 square meters, nearly doubling the original size of the plant. The investment will create 100 new jobs, as well as generate an additional turnover of US$14.2 million (MAD 128.4 million) for the company. Specialized in the production of precision metal parts for the automotive, electrical and electronic sectors, Clayens…

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Cement manufacturer Lafarge Egypt partners NRC to promote cement industry

EGYPT – Lafarge Egypt, a construction materials company and a member of LafargeHolcim Group, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The National Research Centre (NRC) to promote the future of the Cement Industry in Egypt. Both entities have allied to build upon NRC’s witnessed research capabilities & Lafarge Egypt’s seasoned expertise in the construction sector which will leveraging their mutual potentials. “Optimizing scientific innovations & comprehensive applied research, our promising collaboration shall bring to life high-end local products that can competently compete with imported equivalents,”  President of the…

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