The largest Chemical company in Germany, BASF recently inaugurated its first production plant in Nairobi.
BASF in the plant located in Mlolongo will produce standard and custom-made performance admixtures from the MasterRheobuild® and the MasterGlenium® product line. These admixtures enable production of concrete with higher strength, and to increase its workability retention. This is of special importance in urban areas such as Nairobi, Kenya, or Kampala, Uganda, where transportation of concrete to the construction site may take longer due to high traffic.
At the opening ceremony, graced by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, said: “Not only will BASF now be able to further contribute to the building of sustainable structures in Eastern Africa, it will also bring employment opportunities and expertise to the region’s construction sector.”
“Growth in emerging markets is an integral component of BASF’s strategy. In line with this, BASF’s Africa strategy aims to double sales on the continent by the year 2020. The new production facility will strengthen the product portfolio in the region, and will meet the demands for multi-story buildings, long-lasting infrastructural constructions and more energy efficiency in construction techniques”, Laurent Tainturier, Senior Vice President CIS, Middle East and Africa at BASF said.
BASF has been in Kenya for close to 20 years. In 2011, they returned to Kenya after a 10 year hiatus from the country.