AFRICA LOGISTICS PROPERTIES BREAKS GROUND AT TATU CITY
Africa Logistics Properties (ALP) has begun construction of Kenya’s first modern grade-A logistics and distribution warehousing complex at Tatu Industrial Park. The facility, which will offer a total floor space of 50,000 sqm in three units, will be the largest warehouse in Kenya to be built to international standards and available to the rental occupier market.
Speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony at Tatu Industrial Park, ALP CEO Toby Selman outlined the expected impact of the project and potential opportunities it presents for Kenya.
“Our distribution and logistics centre at Tatu Industrial Park offers international standard modern facilities for the rental market, and we plan on rolling out similar world-class developments across key African capital cities. Our vision is to fundamentally improve supply chain infrastructure across Africa and disrupt the current status quo of poor quality ‘go down’ warehousing. As we start construction on our first two projects in Kenya, we are already building a pipeline of future projects across Sub-Saharan and North African cities to create the continent’s future industrial hubs,” he said.
The project, which is supported by a range of global institutional shareholders such as the International Finance Corporation, CDC Group, Africa-focused UK asset manager Mbuyu Capital, DOB Equity and Maris, will see more than 200 people benefit from employment opportunities during construction and up to 500 more people permanently employed once construction is completed.
“The addition of Africa Logistics Properties to Tatu Industrial Park confirms our location as the hub for logistics and warehousing in East Africa,” said Stephen Jennings, founder and CEO of Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer. “Clearly, there is a great opportunity for Kenya and other countries in the African region to upgrade supply chain infrastructure, and Rendeavour is in a position to maximise this for its host nations.“
ALP’s management team have more than 40 years’ combined real estate investment track record in the industrial and logistics sector, having completed over $2bn of modern warehousing park developments in emerging markets.
Tatu Industrial Park comprises of 457 acres of serviced land suitable for non-polluting light industrial, assembly, warehouse and logistic uses. It is ideally located for local, regional and international companies expanding in Africa through a hub in Kenya.
Other companies at Tatu Industrial Park include Chandaria, Dormans Coffee, Unilever, Kim-Fay and Maxam.
Tianlong Cylinder (CHINA) Co. to build production facility at Tatu City
Tianlong Cylinder(CHINA) Co. has announced that it will build a new production facility at Tatu Industrial Park, becoming the latest company to move to the light industrial area of Tatu City, the mixed-use, mixed-income satellite city development near Nairobi.
The Tianlong facility at Tatu Industrial Park, on seven acres of land, will create up to 200 new jobs in Kiambu County. Construction is expected to take one year.
Since 1993, family-owned Tianlong has been a leading producer of gas cylinders, gas pipes, burners and other accessories for domestic and restaurant cooking. In 2009, the company expanded to Africa, where it produces its wares in Nigeria.
“This investment in Tatu Industrial Park marks our expansion into East Africa,” said General Manager Tianlong, William Wang. “With this investment, we intend to grow our business and rapidly capture market share in the country.”
Tianlong’s annual output exceeds 2 million pieces LPG cylinder in China and exported to Europe, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. Tianlong has an established reputation for quality and safety. In 2000, the company obtained ISO 9001 ISO 14000 Certification, and KEBS, TUV, SGS and SON quality standards.
“The addition of Tianlong demonstrates, yet again, that Tatu Industrial Park is the investment destination for business,” said Chris Ochieng, Senior Development Manager at Tatu City. “Tatu Industrial Park serves as a viable investment choice for companies within and outside Kenya looking to enter the domestic market.”
Tatu Industrial Park is a world-class light industrial zone free from the congestion of central Nairobi and with easy access to transport arteries. Global consumer company Unilever and leading Kenyan companies Dormans, Kim-Fay and Maxam are building new manufacturing facilities at Tatu Industrial Park.
With access to water, electricity, sewage drains and Tatu City’s residential and recreational facilities, Tatu Industrial Park is ideal for a range of businesses, from warehousing to manufacturing and distribution. Tatu Industrial Park is located within easy proximity to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Runda, Kenyatta University, UniCity, Thika Highway and the Northern and Eastern Bypasses, giving companies a unique gateway to Kenya, East Africa and the world.
Tatu City will be home to more than 150,000 residents and create tens of thousands of jobs during its 20-year, phased development.
About Tianlong (www.lpgcylinder.com)
Founded in China in 1993, Tianlong Steel Cylinder Co. specializes in the manufacturing of LPG steel cylinders and accessories. Dedicated to supplying only the finest products to both international and domestic customers, Tianlong’s yearly output reaches over 2 million piece. The company exports to Europe, Africa, South America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
TATU CITY ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP FOR SHAMAS RUGBY FOUNDATION
Tatu City has announced a KES 5 million sponsorship for Shamas Rugby Foundation (SRF) to set up a youth rugby clinic at Tatu Primary School, a government funded institution adjacent to Tatu City.
The sponsorship is part of Tatu City’s long-term commitment to improve and develop sports in Kenya by nurturing talent at the grassroots level, through local community initiatives that improve social and economic well-being.
The rugby clinic will initially target children attending Tatu Primary School, with subsequent plans to include students from four other schools in the neighbouring area.
From this May, SRF will conduct three training sessions per week in the school, either during P.E. lessons or after school and will engage a team of four coaches per session training up to 120 boys and girls. In the upcoming months the clinic will include other schools in the Tatu City Area for a maximum of 5 schools. Schools in the area will get to compete against each other in inter-scholastic competitions once training has been completed. As part of the clinic, children taking part in the project will also receive life skills training.
Speaking at the sponsorship announcement ceremony, Tito Oduk, Commercial Sales Manager Tatu City said, “The project seeks to equip young men and women in the Tatu City area with skills to play competitive rugby, with the hope of creating a new crop of players that will represent Kenya on the global stage. It is also an opportunity to equip the children with practical life skills.”
SRF founder, Azim Deen, said, “We are certain that our partnership with Tatu City will create a new pool of rugby talent which will enable Kenya to reach unprecedented success, in both the 15-a-side and sevens teams, in the coming years. We hope our program, which is primarily aimed at the informal settlements, will arm our youth with key skills and a belief that they can fulfill their dreams. “The unveiling of the partnership comes against the backdrop of Tatu City’s announcement of its support for the Kenya 15s team for a second year running, in a move that will see Tatu City become the official Test Series sponsor and Test Match sponsor for the encounter between Kenya and Germany on May 27, 2017, in Nairobi – further underpinning Tatu’s commitment to the growth and development of sports in the country.