BASF Chemical Factory opening in Mlolongo,Nairobi (Kenya Engineer)
In efforts to increase demand and production capabilities of construction chemicals across Eastern Africa, BASF, a chemical company yesterday unveiled a new branch in Mlolongo area, Nairobi. The KES 1.2 billion plant will manufacture concrete admixtures which are ready to use across Kenya and the East African region.
With BASF’s new admixture technology, contractors will enjoy quality concrete production with high strength compression, high workability retention, inhibits paste drain down, offers easy discharge from truck and overcomes placement challenge.
In addition, the admixture has great enhancement qualities in that it can be used as air containers, corrosion inhibitors, crack and shrinkage reducers, viscosity modifiers and waterproofing admixtures.
Laurent Tainturier (L), BASF Senior Vice President ,Middle East and Africa, Amb. Amina Mohammed (C) and Graham Dean (R), BASF Country Manager at the opening (Kenya Engineer)
Speaking at the launch, head of BASF Regional Business Unit Construction Chemicals Middle East, West Asia, CIS and Africa, Dick Purchase said, “The plant will facilitate rapid supply of admixtures to all cement and aggregate customers whether their construction projects are located in urban areas or other distant sites.”
“This chemical plant will target upcoming rail, road and airport construction projects in Kenya. We would be happy to be major suppliers of chemicals for the railway construction running from Nairobi to Mombasa, Olkaria Geothermal plant in Naivasha, Garden city along Thika road and the Two Rivers mall development in Runda,” reports Graham Dean, Country Manager Kenya and Eastern Africa.
“This new production will meet demands for multi-story buildings, long-lasting infrastructural constructions and more energy efficiency in construction techniques,” remarks Laurent Tainturier, BASF Senior Vice President Europe East, CIS, Middle East and Africa.
Also in attendance was Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Amina Mohammed, who was also the chief guest said, “BASF will further contribute to the building of sustainable structures in Eastern Africa and will create employment opportunities and expertise to the region’s construction sector.”
BASF, which began its operations in Kenya in 2011, deals with a range of products from plastics, performance products and crop protection to oil and gas. It is set to open a new branch in Nigeria towards the end of the year.
By Mercy Nduati