, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 -The construction of the Aluminium Cans Manufacturing plant belonging to a Nigerian firm, GZ Industries in Emali, Makueni County will be complete by August this year.
The over Sh2bn project which is being constructed by Transcentury Group’s subsidiary, Civicon Limited, kicked off in May 2014.
Speaking during a media tour at the site on Friday, Transcentury Group CEO Dr Gachao Kiuna said after competition, the plant is and will be the largest in Kenya and the region.
“This project is quite huge and as Civicon and Transcentury Group as a whole we are happy to be involved. The project is going to contribute a lot in the country’s manufacturing sector,” Kiuna said.
“We will be done by July, August there I would say we have taken roughly one year,” he said.
The facility which is sitting on a 50 acre piece of land is well placed for the local beer and beverage industry with supply to the local market expected to start late this year.
Once completed GZI the facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of close to 1.2 billion cans.
“I mean the plant has a capacity of being able to satisfy the region’s cans demand,” Kiuna said. “I know GZI have the exact numbers in terms of production and the firms they will supply to, but I would not see the reason why our local beverage and beer companies would need to import these cans anymore.”
All the cans used in packaging canned beers and soft drinks are currently imported not only in Kenya but in East Africa, with the new plant expected to solve this.
GZ Industries is one of Africa’s largest aluminium manufacturers with factories in Nigeria.
GZI’s entry into the Kenya market last year follows other Nigerian investors including billionaire Aliko Dangote, who plans to set up a Sh37 billion ($400 million) cement plant in the country.