Assembly Plant Opens At Thika by Renault Trucks

Local assembly plant opened at Thika by Truck manufacturing firm (Renault Trucks) as it targets the East African market. The plant set to create over 200 jobs was commissioned by Industrialization Principal Secretary (PS) Francis Owino in the presence of Renault Trucks President Bruno Blin, CMC Managing Director Collin Cordry and Thika MP Patrick Wainaina.

 
Cordry said CMCs in collaboration with Renault would position the country in the automotive industry and promote the Government’s manufacturing agenda.
 
This comes even as truck drivers and transporters expressed fears that the industry would become obsolete following an order to have port goods transported through the Standard Gauge Railway, which was later abolished by Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia.
 
However, the CMC Managing Director removed the fears saying the two would complement each other. He said improvement in modern transportation would help the Kenyan citizen, and that such claims were unfounded.
 
Owino said such investments would help the Government in implementing the ‘Big 4’ Development Agenda on manufacturing ratio to GDP from the current 7.7% to 15% by 2022.
 
The PS said the Government is in the process of coming up with a National Automotive Policy to give direction and impetus for the development of a vibrant automotive industry, and make the country an automotive manufacturing hub in the region.
 
Owino called on vehicle assembly companies to collaborate with local manufacturing entities such as the Numerical Machining Complex (NMC) and SMEs for assembling materials.
 
On his part, Wainaina said locals should get 40 percent of the business generated from spare parts from Kenya Vehicle Manufacture (KVM).
 
The MP (Patrick Wainaina) said the company should target manufacturing and not assembling to create more jobs to locals.

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