BASF has inaugurated a new concrete admixtures production plant in Nairobi, Kenya. The facility will enable the company to meet the rising demand for construction chemicals in Eastern Africa.
The plant is located in the Mlolongo area of Greater Nairobi, with good access to the road network and the Mombasa Port. It will deliver to customers within Kenya, as well as to neighbouring countries such as South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.
“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,” commented Dick Purchase, Head of BASF’s Regional Business Unit Construction Chemicals Middle East, West Asia, CIS and Africa.
(From left) Laurent Tainturier, BASF Senior Vice President CIS, Middle East and Africa; Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Dick Purchase, Head of BASF’s Regional Business Unit Construction Chemicals Middle East, West Asia, CIS and Africa.
BASF will manufacture standard and custom-made performance admixtures from the MasterRheobuild® and MasterGlenium® product line at the site. The admixtures help to increase concrete strength and workability retention. The latter is of particular relevance for urban areas such as Nairobi or Kampala, Uganda, where heavy traffic may cause transportation of the concrete to the construction site to take longer.
BASF hopes that the solutions produced at the new plant will also benefit contractors in Eastern Africa, who may already be aware of the product portfolio and technologies.
“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,” said Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Amina Mohamed, at the opening ceremony.
BASF’s construction chemicals have been sold on the East African market for over 25 years. The company’s other production facilities in Africa include: Westonaria, South Africa; Algiers, Algeria; Sadat City, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco.
“Growth in emerging markets is an integral component of BASF’s ‘We create chemistry’ strategy,” noted Laurent Tainturier, Senior Vice President CIS, Middle East and Africa at BASF. “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.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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