Kenya: Coatings Akzo Nobel Invests in New Coatings Facility to Strengthen African Market
The company has plans to use the strategic location – Kenya as an entry point to further expand its business in the African region.
Kenya – Akzo Nobel has recently launched a new coatings production facility in Kenya. Located in the capital, Nairobi, the long-term plan is to expand further and use Kenya as a gateway to the whole of East Africa.
The site, which produces coil coatings primarily focused on the building sector, also includes warehousing for the company’s marine, protective and powder coatings. The opening ceremony was attended by H.E. Franz Makken, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya, who emphasized the importance of direct foreign investment in helping to boost local economic development.
Work on the facility started after the company acquired the Industrial Coatings business of BASF. Akzo Nobel established a legal entity in Morocco, Kenya and Uganda in 2016 with the express aim of growing its performance coatings business in the African market.
The company already runs operations in Africa for its marine and protective coatings, automotive and specialty coatings, industrial and powder coatings and decorative paints businesses. Manufacturing facilities are located in Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Morocco and Tunisia.
Products have been supplied for a number of high profile projects throughout the continent, notably in South Africa, where five stadiums used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup feature Akzo Nobel’s high performance coatings.