Company says Sh500 million facility in Nairobi showcases commitment to growth and community impact
Consumer goods company, Unilever, has unveiled a new warehouse in Nairobi to serve East Africa’s market. The firm has made a cumulative investment of Sh 500 million to construct and equip the facility.
Unilever Kenya’s managing director, Luck Ochieng noted that the newly constructed “ultra-modern warehouse” is a commitment to growth not only on turnover but also on capacity, job creation and community impact.
He added that the investment is a testament to the company’s purpose of making sustainable living commonplace.
“With the increasing demand for Unilever’s products in recent times and limited warehousing capacity in the market, Unilever aims to close the gap between higher demand and shortage of supply through this new facility,” said Ochieng.
The facility is not only designed to flexibly handle high-mix, health, and beauty products across East Africa, but also equipped with automated storage and retrieval systems and has a greater pallet capacity hence helping the company to store, process, and ship its products in an efficient manner. It also comprises a total surface area of under 23,000 sqm and adheres to “highest environmental standards” of construction.
Unilever’s head of supply chain in Africa; Christian Byron affirmed the importance of localizing raw and packaging materials in the company’s production processes.
“70% of raw and packaging materials that Unilever uses for production in the continent are made in Africa which has a positive impact on access and affordability of our products.
“We strongly believe in the potential of this country and our consumers, and we are fully committed to playing a role in their respective growth stories,” he said.