Robert Bosch GmbH, a world leading multinational engineering and electronics company headquartered in Germany, has opened its first facility in East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The development marks the start of the firm’s expansion into the region.
The 100 million shillings ($1 million) facility will provide heavy machinery parts like hydraulic pumps and filters, pumps, hoses, fittings, pipes and hydraulic valves. Customers will also be trained to use the equipments they purchase from the facility.
Gary Shaw, Bosch country manager said “we now have a foot-print in Kenya that we can use to expand in the region. This will be the launch-pad for the regional hub in the next two years”.
Currently, there are eight local staff members working at the facility, with the number expected to rise as the company expands in the local and regional market. Shaw noted that the new facility will not affect the distribution deal with Socabelec East Africa, a local firm that has been selling some of Bosch’s products in the country.
Bosch has three regional hub across the African continent. The biggest is in Johannesburg serving the Southern African market, the second hub in Casablanca, Morocco serves the North African market while its centre for the West African region is located in Ghana.
The German engineering and electronics company has been distributing its equipment across Africa through Hytec Holdings since 1966. Bosch currently owns the company following a 100 percent acquisition in March 2018.