BASF has opened a new production plant in Nairobi, Kenya.
In August, BASF opened a new production facility for concrete admixtures in Nairobi, Kenya. Both standard and custom-made admixtures from the MasterRheobuild® and the MasterGlenium® product line will be manufactured at the Kenya-based plant.
Dick Purchase, Head of BASF’s Regional Business Unit Construction Chemicals Middle East, West Asia, CIS and Africa, said that urban areas in Eastern Africa often experience transportation issues, so a local plant will be able to facilitate faster delivery of products to construction sites. Cement is also still expensive and scarce in Eastern Africa, and BASF products can help to make concrete mix designs more economical.
“We are now able to rapidly supply our customers with admixtures for all cement and aggregate types, whether their construction projects are located in the urban areas of Eastern Africa or in more remote sites,” said Purchase.
The new productionsite, which is located in the Mlolongo area of Greater Nairobi, with good access to the road network and the Mombasa Port to receive raw materials, will help BASF to achieve its goal of doubling sales on the continent by 2020. Laurent Tainturier, Senior Vice-President for BASF region CIS, Middle East and Africa., explains that Kenya is a particularly strong growing market for construction chemicals in Eastern Africa.
“Growth in emerging markets is an integral component of BASF’s ‘We create chemistry’ strategy. The new production facility will strengthen the product portfolio in the region, and will meet the demands for multi-storey buildings, long-lasting infrastructural constructions and more energy-efficiency in construction techniques,” said Tainturier.
Kenya’s cabinet secretary of foreign affairs and international trade, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, attended the opening of the new production plant.
“Not only will BASF now be able to further contribute to the building of sustainable structures in Eastern Africa, but it will also bring employment opportunities and expertise to the region’s construction sector,” commented Mohamed.
The new production site in Nairobi is a further step to strengthen the global network of the Master Builders Solutions® brand. The solutions offered by the brand will also strongly benefit contractors from other regions doing construction projects in Eastern Africa, as they may already know the product portfolio and technologies.
The Nairobi plant will help BASF to deliver to customers in Nairobi and Kenya, and to export to neighbouring countries such as South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The company has been actively selling construction chemicals to the Eastern African market for more than 25 years.
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