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Interview: Kenya's local manufacturing sector wins big with SGR. Kenyan plastic bag manufacturers keen to take up waste management. Kenya: Azuri Technologies Offers Solar 24 Inch TV to Kenyan Rural Households and Sees "Real Opportunities" in the Other 12 Countries It Operates in. Photo: Azuri Technologies Customers enjoy a demonstration of AzuriTV, a solar-powered, pay-as-you-go TV service.

Kenya: Azuri Technologies Offers Solar 24 Inch TV to Kenyan Rural Households and Sees "Real Opportunities" in the Other 12 Countries It Operates in

London — Kenyans in rural areas are increasingly looking to buy solar TVs. Rising expectations mean that they want something similar to a Kenyan living in the city, not a downscaled product with less content and a smaller screen. Azuri Technologies is seeking to meet this need with an alliance with pay TV provider Zuku. Russell Southwood spoke to its CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth about its ambitions. Africa: Powering Africa - Kenya Gets Its First Solar-Powered Digital TV Set. The 16-inch screen TV comes with a radio, torch, two lights, phone charger and 20-watt solar panel.

Africa: Powering Africa - Kenya Gets Its First Solar-Powered Digital TV Set

It features a built in decoder that will allow it to broadcast up to 26 digital channels. M-Kopa Solar, Kenya's affordable, reliable and high quality energy provider has launched a solar-powered digital flat screen television set targeting customers not connected to the power grid. M-Kopa says the TV can run up to six hours with the solar batteries fully charged. The entire package goes for a one-off cost of $450. A payment plan of $1.25 every day for one year after an initial deposit of $80, is also available for new customers. Existing M-Kopa customers with the solar panel, lights and other accessories will be provided with the new 20-watt panel and TV after making a deposit of $35. Payments are through M-Kopa partner Safaricom's mobile money transfer service M-Pesa. Boost for Jua Kali sector as State plans Sh120m manufacturing hub. The Government plans to establish a Sh120 million common manufacturing facility in Nairobi early next year that will enable small-scale manufacturers access equipment in a move expected to turn around the Jua Kali industry.

Boost for Jua Kali sector as State plans Sh120m manufacturing hub

Nominated Industrialisation Secretary Julius Korir said manufacturers would “buy time” at the plant to be set up in Kariokor — one of country’s capitals for Jua Kali players and other light industries. “We shall buy equipment and manufacturers will buy time to produce their products in the facility. We expect to have it up and running by March next year,” Mr Korir, who was last week vetted for the job of principal secretary in the Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Ministry, said.

Kenya looks to grow leather export sector with 500ha industrial park. Kenya unveils blueprint to revive industrial and manufacturing sector. Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed By Beth Nyaga Kenya has unveiled its first-ever blueprint to revive its manufacturing and industrial exports sector.

Kenya unveils blueprint to revive industrial and manufacturing sector

Kenya tipped to be the next hub for apparel sourcing. Kenya is tipped to become the next hub for apparel sourcing in East Africa, an American management consulting firm says.

Kenya tipped to be the next hub for apparel sourcing

McKinsey & Company says the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) -- US Trade Act which significantly enhances market access to America for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries - as well as ‘certain steps’ taken by the Government has contributed to the rising interest in the country as a potential sourcing destination for apparel. The authors reached this conclusion after visiting garment factories; interviewing players, including manufacturers and buyers; and analysing market data.

Kenya to produce shoes for US market. Kenya could start producing shoes for the United States market under the renewed quota-free and tax-free access to the multi-billion dollar footwear market.

Kenya to produce shoes for US market

Abundance of skins and hides locally should enable Kenyan enterprises manufacture leather shoes for the US market, to enable the country expand the product offering beyond textiles under the African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa). "We have sufficient supply of leather here that would enable us compete with China on footwear," Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said. He had been directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to come up with a list of new products that Kenyan businesses could start producing for the American market. But unlike China, the Agoa law allows for tax-free access for products sourced from developing countries in Africa. To save forests, Kenyan tea factory brews new way to dry tea. Thika - The first thing that strikes you as you enter the Makomboki Tea Factory is the air.

To save forests, Kenyan tea factory brews new way to dry tea

It's clear, absent of the dark smoke that billows from the boilers of Kenya's other tea factories. Of the 66 tea factories under the management of the Kenya Tea Development Authority, Makomboki is the only one that doesn't use firewood in the processing of its tea. Instead, the factory has switched to a greener, cheaper fuel: briquettes made of biomass byproducts that would otherwise be treated as waste. Deep in central Kenya's hilly and fertile tea-growing Muranga county, Makomboki employees feed the factory's boilers with briquettes of macadamia, cashew and rice husks mixed with sawdust. "We have not used a single cubic meter of firewood in the last six months and we are excited about that," said factory manager John Gitau.

Alternative fuels In 2010, the International Trade Centre started a training project aimed at teaching Kenya's tea producers climate change mitigation techniques. Energy costs. Nairobi’s growing wealth attracts world’s food chains. Cold Stone Creamery outlet that was opened on Mama Ngina Street in Nairobi last weekend.

Nairobi’s growing wealth attracts world’s food chains

PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP Three international fast food chains have in the past week launched operations in Nairobi, sending the clearest signal yet that the past 10 years of steady economic growth and the accompanying expansion of Kenya’s middle class is beginning to get noticed. Kenya’s Cheapest Car Hits The Market. VENTURES AFRICA – Kenyan start-up Mobius Motors has delivered on its promise to produce Kenya’s cheapest car, with Mobius II entering showrooms this month for the price of Sh950,000 ($10,620) “Mobius is re-imagining the car for Africa’s mass market and we are thrilled to gain the support of visionary investors such as PIC who see the social and commercial potential of our products across the continent,” Founder & CEO of Mobius Motors, Joel Jackson said in May, while announcing the company’s plans.

Kenya’s Cheapest Car Hits The Market

Mobius II was made following investments from American billionaire Ronald Lauder, through his New York-based Pan African Investment Company (PIC), a company whose mission is to identify, invest in and provide solutions that affect growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa. Car-drawn trailers gather steam in Kenyan market. The car-drawn trailers are targeted for different markets with a variety of sizes that include single axe trailers with 1 tonne capacity, as well as double axe trucks with 1.5 tonnes capacity/CFM NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – As infrastructure in the country continues to grow, entrepreneurs are now tapping into the transport sector where demand has risen.

Car-drawn trailers gather steam in Kenyan market

Among them include Geir Ostrem with his new product, light car-drawn trailers into the Kenyan market that is set to ‘steal’ light truck customers. “The idea of the company was actually launched by my father who imported a trailer from Norway many years ago and whenever he was moving around goods in Kenya, people would stop him and ask him, where he got the trailer… thus the idea was born,” Ostrem recounted. Manufacturing in Africa and the Kits made in Kenya. Thika assembler starts building Africa’s cheapest car. Mobius is the brain child of computer engineer Joel Jackson. FILE The start-up auto firm that promised to build new cars worth $6,000 (Sh525,000) each for African roads has started assembling at the Thika-based Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers. The car, dubbed Mobius, is the brain child of computer engineer Joel Jackson and KVM has started the assembly of five units — supported by parts from Toyota — and plans to increase production to more than 500 units from mid-2014.

The car, designed specifically for off-roading in Africa and stripped of luxuries including air conditioning, power steering and many internal fixtures, targets small business owners in need of affordable transportation. At $6,000, the car is cheaper than a four-year-old second-hand Toyota car which sells for around $10,000 (Sh872, 900) and new models that cost upwards of Sh2 million. “We started assembly of Mobius two weeks ago. Econo Heat launches energy efficient wall heaters in Kenya. Econo Heat Kenya has announced the introduction into this market of a wall-mounted panel heater. The wall panel heaters offer out-of-the-way wall mounting and are an economic way of providing efficient room heating at a low cost. Using natural convection technology, heat is mainly generated behind the heater in the space between the panel and the wall, which leads to an efficient up draught of heated air circulated into the room. This principle of convection means that about 90 percent of the heat comes from the back of the panel, while only 10 percent is radiated from the front of the panel.

This form of background heating is extremely economical, safe and efficient. The wall panel heater is designed as an alternative to conventional bar heaters and other forms of high output heaters that use large amounts of electricity. Plastics company to launch low-cost toilets. Sumaria Industries Limited (SIL) plans to start producing affordable plastic toilets targeting low-income earners without proper facilities. The company’s managing director Akshay Shah said the firm is banking on new technologies to produce plastic products at low costs. “We have laid much emphasis on energy conservation through new production techniques as we strive to land on the economies of scale zone,” Mr Shah told Business Daily. The company also plans to make affordable plastic school chairs and desks targeting low-end schools. During the launch of its new water tank, Simtank, trade sales general manager Alpesh Patel said the company is committed at ensuring customer satisfaction through production of durable and cost-effective products.

“Simtank, our latest product, is designed using 3D computer design and is layered with ultra violet stabilisers to last for years in the sun,” Mr Patel said, adding that the tank doesn’t harbour bacteria, fungi and yeast. SA’s fashion chains Foschini and Edgars to open in Nairobi - Corporate News. Michael Turner, regional managing director of Actis. Photo/FILE Nation Media Group South Africa luxury fashion houses will next year open shop in Kenya, offering consumers more choices and raising competition in the segment now dominated by Deacons. Actis, a private equity fund, has said that Edgars and Foschini are some of the retailers that have booked space in its Sh12.6 billion real estate development on the Nairobi’s Thika Superhighway that is billed as Kenya’s biggest mall at 50,000 square metres.

“The continued growth of the middle class provides opportunities for consumer goods and services providers and fashion giants like Edgars and Foschini have booked space with others,” said Michael Turner, regional managing director of Actis. More than half of new cars assembled in Kenya on lower taxes - Corporate News. The interior of a car. Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data shows that 5,456 vehicles were assembled in Kenya in the ten months to October 2012. Photo/FILE More than half of the new vehicles sold in Kenya are now assembled locally, driven by dealers’ bid to lower their tax bill and offer competitive pricing. Manufacturing Industry in Kenya. Entrepreneurial Spirit in Kenya Boutique Brewing Industry.

Osprea Logistics Sets Up Mamba Mk5 Factory in Kenya. Mamba Mk5 from Osprea Logistics AFRICANGLOBE – South African expeditionary and tactical equipment manufacturer Osprea Logistics has established a factory in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa to produce its Mamba Mk5 armoured personnel carriers. Firm to set up tyre safety equipment plant in Nairobi. Massmart looks to expand in Kenya - Companies. Welcome to the Export Processing Zones Authority Website. Kenya to build six tanneries as global leather exports rise  - Politics and policy  Kenya will set up six tanneries to boost processing of leather following a 600 per cent growth in exports of hides and skins last year compared to 2010. Kenya Leather Development Council said that it would put up tanneries in six towns including Garissa, Isinya, Mogotio, Wote and Kajiado at a cost of Sh150 million. New York listed cosmetics firm sets shop in Nairobi  Lyntons Beauty World Director Dr Joyce Gikunda (left) and Estee Lauder managing director for South Africa and sub-saharan Africa Sue Fox toasting at the official launch of Clinque and Estee Lauder counters at the Junction, Nairobi on May 23, 2012.