Dubai tex­tile com­pany to set up man­u­fac­tur­ing unit, to cre­ate 50K jobs

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Dubai-based tex­tile com­pany, United Aryan (EPZ) Ltd. has an­nounced to set up a tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ing fac­tory in Kenya at a cost of SH 11.5 bil­lion (US $ 113 mil­lion). The con­struc­tion work of the pro­posed fa­cil­ity near the Olka­ria Geother­mal Plant in Naivasha Town will be­gin by 2020.

The pro­posed fa­cil­ity, to be spread over a 20-acre land, will of­fer em­ploy­ment to around 10,000 Kenyans di­rectly while 40,000 in­di­rect jobs are also ex­pected to be gen­er­ated once the unit be­comes op­er­a­tional.

More than 1,00,000 pieces of gar­ments will be pro­duced at its six units that will have 84 lines. United Aryan cur­rently op­er­ates at Baba Dogo’s Balaji Ex­port Pro­cess­ing Zone in Kenya, where it man­u­fac­tures ap­par­els for ex­port.

This is the first such big in­vest­ment the coun­try has re­ceived as part of KenGen’s plans to es­tab­lish an in­dus­trial park near the geother­mal plants at Olka­ria.

Trousers, knit tops, fleeces, shirts, robes and py­ja­mas will be man­u­fac­tured at this up­com­ing tex­tile fac­tory.

“The prod­ucts man­u­fac­tured at the fa­cil­ity will be ex­ported to markets in other coun­tries such as the US and Europe, in ad­di­tion to sale in Kenya,” Pankaj Bedi, the com­pany’s Founder and Chair­man was quoted as say­ing in me­dia re­ports.

The firm’s ex­pan­sion falls in line with Kenya’s goal of ex­pand­ing its man­u­fac­tur­ing base, which con­trib­utes about 10 per cent of the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP).

As per its web­site, United Aryan aims to cre­ate an ap­parel man­u­fac­tur­ing hub in Africa that can em­ploy the skilled pop­u­la­tion in Kenya and East Africa. The tex­tile com­pany also eyes at util­is­ing the AGOA sta­tus of Africa to ac­cel­er­ate the in­dus­trial growth here.

Trousers, knit tops, fleeces, shirts, robes and py­ja­mas will be man­u­fac­tured in the new unit

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