Copia Global, a fast-growing e-commerce business in Kenya founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, became Tatu Industrial Park’s 50th company when it opened its distribution hub in April.
By welcoming its 50th business, Tatu Industrial Park, the manufacturing and logistics zone in Tatu City, has surged past an economic milestone to bring thousands of jobs and billions of shillings of investment to Kenya and Kiambu County.
Other companies in Tatu Industrial Park include Unilever, Chandaria Industries, Dormans, Coopers K-Brands, Africa Logistics Properties, Kim-Fay, Davis & Shirtliff, Tianlong, Parma Medical, Stecol Corporation, Kenstar, Maxam, Monwalk, Freight Forwarders Kenya, Gallagher, Friendship Containers, Bakpharm and Shenzhen Star, among others.
“We are thrilled to mark the 50-company milestone,” said Dean Shillaw, Head of Commercial Sales for Tatu City. “There is no better place in Kenya or East Africa to build your business and, unique to any industrial park in Kenya, Tatu City offers homes, schools, shops and entertainment in close proximity, reducing commuting time and congestion.”
Phase 1 of Tatu Industrial Park is 90% sold, and the zone was doubled in size to the current 900 acres in order to meet demand.
Tatu Industrial Park offers businesses high-quality infrastructure, including 20km of tarmacked roads that accommodate heavy vehicle reticulation, as well as water storage and is currently served by a 33KV power connection. In April 2019, Tatu Industrial Park introduced 1MW of solar power, located on the rooftop of Dormans.
Tatu City’s strategy is to install solar panels on all rooftops at the industrial park, the largest in East Africa, said Nick Langford, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer.
“Solar power allows us to contribute to clean energy, which is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” Langford said. “The power produced from the solar panels will be distributed for use by homes and businesses within the city. We are proud of this milestone and pleased to know that residents will enjoy sustained power supply at very minimal costs.”
Tatu City, the new city development that is home to Tatu Industrial Park, is Nairobi’s only Special Economic Zone, where businesses qualify for low corporate taxes, as well as customs and excise duty exemptions and zero VAT.
Backed by CDC Group and International Finance Corporation, Africa Logistics Properties at Tatu Industrial Park is the largest Grade A warehousing in Kenya.
Other developments at Tatu City, a 5,000-acre new city, include schools by Nova Pioneer and Crawford International, as well as more than 5,000 homes under construction and development.