NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 27 – The BASF Group, one of the largest chemical companies in the world, has opened a new production plant for concrete admixtures in Kenya as it seeks to position itself for the ongoing infrastructure projects in the country.
The company offers chemical solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures among them concrete admixtures, and cement additives.
The group has been importing construction chemicals to Kenya from its headquarters in Germany and the new plant will allow the company to better meet the increasing demand for construction chemicals of customers in Eastern Africa.
BASF Group Country Manager Graham Dean said the company is targeting the ongoing road, rail and airport construction in the country.
“We see the big infrastructure projects like the Greenfield Terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Mombasa port development… we would very much like to be a supplier of choice for the railway project going on between Mombasa and Nairobi, Olkaria Geothermal Development, but not only here in Kenya but across the region,” he said.
He said the new plant will increase efficiency and lower costs of the company.
“It takes a month to get material from Dubai to Nairobi, it takes six weeks to get material down to Dar es Salaam and eight weeks to go to Kampala; by having a factory here in Nairobi we will reduce this down to days thus speed of production is improved,” he stated.
He added that the plant will strengthen the product portfolio in the region and will meet the demands for multi storey buildings and long lasting infrastructural constructions.
On her part, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the plant will bring employment opportunities and expertise to the region’s construction sector.
“BASF will now contribute to the building of sustainable structures in Eastern Africa,” she said.
The plant is located in Mlolongo having access to the road network and the Mombasa port. BASF has been selling construction chemicals in the East African market for more than 25 years.
Other production sites in Africa are located in South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, and Morocco.