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Nampak to invest US$179 million in African manufacturing unit

 The company said that the step was expected to strengthen its position in the beverage can and glass packaging sectors in Africa. A report in South African newspaper Business Day said that almost US$112mn will be invested in a third furnace at Nampak's Germiston-based glass bottle business. The report added that the investment was aimed at improving overall manufacturing efficiencies, enabling the company to supply a.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th November 2014

PPC to set up plant in Africa

 The company revealed the information last week without giving out the details of how much the project would be worth. A senior executive of PPC was quoted in African business daily Business Day last year as saying that the company would spend US$200mn on a cement factory in Zimbabwe. The new factory in Zimbabwe, where PPC already runs two plants, will serve markets in the capital Harare and central Mozambique. PPC has also.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th November 2014

General Electric to build manufacturing unit in Africa

 The decision to build the manufacturing unit follows the conclusion of GE’s agreement with the Nigerian government in January 2013. Calabar Free Trade Zone general manager Sadiq Kasim said, “Work on the site of GE’s engineering manufacturing plant will commence as soon as other formalities are adressed. We have given them land and very soon their engineers will mobilise to site and start work. They will be committing.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th November 2014

P&G to invest US$170 million in Africa

 The plant, which is expected to create more than 500 jobs, will manufacture products like detergents and hygiene goods for local and export markets. Construction of the new plant will start in 2014, while production will commence in 2016 or early 2017. According to Procter & Gamble global business unit vice-president, Dimitri Panayotopoulos, the group will consider tapping into the developing markets in Africa by expanding to other.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th November 2014

Indorama to build fertiliser plant in Africa

 Indorama management declared that all plans have been concluded towards the setting up of the plant, which will be Africa’s largest fertiliser unit. According to managing director Manish Mundra, the project was part of the company’s effort towards making Nigeria the largest petrochemical location in Africa by the year 2017. Mundra also said that Chinese company Toyo Engineering would handle the project and get its feed stock.... Read more »

Posted on : Wednesday , 19th November 2014

Elevator Manufacturer Kone acquires Marryat dealers in East Africa

Elevator manufacturer Kone has acquired Marryat & Scott (Kenya) and Marryats East Africa, in a deal that would see the company grow its grip in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Kone’s executive vice-president for West and South Europe and Africa, Pierre Liautaud, has said that there are new housing and infrastructure projects that have emerged in Africa due to the region’s rapid urbanization and which are creating business.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 18th November 2014

Afrox opens air separation unit in Africa

 The investment is part of a three-year programme by Afrox and its parent company Linde Group and directed at boosting customer service levels and supporting the company’s growth strategy in South Africa. Afrox said that the new plant was built to meet global standards. Afrox managing director Brett Kimber said the newly-commissioned air separation unit will produce high purity oxygen, nitrogen and argon to serve the merchant and.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 18th November 2014

Main One expands into manufacturing sector in Africa

 The company said its expansion into the manufacturing industry was driven by the sector’s growing demand for reliable connectivity solutions, increased need for virtual private networks between company branches, as well as increased security challenges faced by conglomerates. Main One showcased its broadband solutions at seminars attended by IT managers in Agbara Industrial Estate, Ogun State, and Ikeja and Apapa business.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 18th November 2014

KenGen to set up an industrial park at Olkaria-Kenya for investors

 Kenya Electric Generating Company (KenGen) is planning a new industrial park at Olkaria area to offer commercial facilities to interested companies. Interested companies will have opportunity to build plants in the park, and get subsidies on power. The planned industrial park will be constructed on a 1, 200 acres of land already identified at the site in Nakuru by KenGen. It was expected that the Export Processing Zones Authority would.... Read more »

Posted on : Tuesday , 18th November 2014

South Korean firm to build desalination plant in Africa

 A subsidiary of the company, GS Inima Environment S.A, secured the Djerba plant deal through a consortium with Spanish water management company Aqualia S.A, stated officials at GS E&C. The desalination plant is expected to process 50,000 tonnes of seawater per day into drinkable fresh water, and has been scheduled for completion in the first half of 2016. An official from the company said, “GS E&C will continue to expand.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 14th November 2014

East Africa developing sustainable growth from minerals industries

 Outotec creates technologies to support sustainable initiatives, working with suppliers and other firms to ensure longevity in minerals market, and for minerals industries. It seeks to decouple the environmental impact of growth from the growth of welfare to a nation, through eco-efficient, sustainable technologies. Metals and minerals processing, energy and water are the core sectors addressed by Outotec. It works in more than eight.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 14th November 2014

US firm Tetra Tech Inc to oversee development of Kenya s smart city

 Colorado-centred Tetra Tech Inc is the lead firm for the project and has been contracted as the Master Delivery Partner 2 (MDP2) for the smart city project in Kenya. The MDP2 is a consortium of 11 firms from the US, Germany, Netherlands, UAE and five firms from the east African nation. Michael Rothhammer, vice-president of Tetra Tech Inc, said, “With years of experience in signing and developing technology across the globe, we will.... Read more »

Posted on : Friday , 14th November 2014

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