BASF opens a new production plant in Kenya

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BASF Group, one of the world’s leading chemical companies has entered in Kenya with a new production plant for concrete admixtures.

The new production plant for concrete admixtures was inaugurated on Tuesday 27th this week. The plant, to be set in Mlolongo Kenya will seek to serve infrastructure projects that are ongoing in the country.
The company manufactures cement additives and concrete admixtures among other chemical solutions for use in the construction, maintenance, repairs and renovation of structures. The plant is the company’s first for production of construction chemicals in Eastern Africa

Headquartered in Germany, the company’s new production plant will help meet increasing demand in rail, road and airport construction. The company has been importing the construction chemicals from Germany but now it will be easier to serve locals once construction of the new production plant is completed since it will increase the company’s efficiency in supply and lower down related costs.

The time for exporting the related products from Dubai to Kenya will be reduced from a month and it will take a few days for those in need to get the products. The time taken for products to reach Kampala (8 weeks) and Dar es Salaam (6 weeks) will also be reduced following the construction of the new production plant.

The company wishes to be a supplier of choice across the East African region, not only in Kenya. It would, according to the BASF Group Country Manager Graham Dean, wish to be a preferred supplier for undergoing projects in Olkaria Geothermal Development and railway construction between Mombasa and Nairobi. He added, “We see the big infrastructure projects like the Greenfield Terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Mombasa port development…”

The senior Vice President CIS, Middle East and Africa at BASF Mr. Laurent Tainturier noted that Kenya is one of the growing markets for construction chemicals in Eastern Africa. He added that “BASF’s Africa strategy aims to double sales on the continent by the year 2020.”