Kenya Association of Manufacturers




Industrial Sectors

KAM members are drawn from small, medium and large enterprises, and are organised into 14 sectors, 12 of which are productive while the other two are the service sector and affiliate associations. KAM sectors include:

Building, Construction & Mining Sector

Kenya has a well-developed building and construction industry with quality engineering, building and architectural design services being readily available. This industry is currently on an upward trend following re-habilitation and reconstruction of roads and bridges under the Kenya Urban Transport Infrastructure Program.

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Chemical & Allied Sector

Chemicals play a key role in many aspects of life. They are vital inputs to sustainable development. They range from medicines and medical products to pesticides and fertilisers that tremendously increase agriculture productivity. There are also those used in foam production refrigeration and solvents to industrial materials such as paints, plastics, metals, and glass that are used to manufacture various consumer items.

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Energy, Electrical & Electronics Sector

Although Kenya's electronic industry is still at its infancy, a number of firms in the assembly, testing, repair and maintenance of electronic goods are in operation and are rapidly increasing their scope of activities to meet the growing demands of the industry. With a labour force which is well-equipped to meet the labour skill requirements for the industry and the relatively large domestic and export market potential of electronics in the region, Kenya offers an enormous potential

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Food, Beverages & Tobacco

The Kenyan food-processing sector, including food, beverages and tobacco, remains the largest component of the manufacturing industry. In terms of structure, economic contributions, and performance with in the manufacturing sector, this sector is the most important and largest comprising of over 1,200 businesses, encompassing everything from small family organisations to large multinational companies.

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Leather Products & Footwear Sector

The potential for growth in Kenya’s leather industry is considerable. The government estimates that value addition could more than double the current earnings to ksh 9 billion. The country has in recent years produced over two million hides (mainly cattle, with some camel) and around four million skins (goats and sheep),

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Metal & Allied Sector

Metal and steel industry is considered the backbone of the economic activities of any given country. The per capita steel consumption is an internationally recognised indicator of the level of development of that country. Kenya has a basic metal sector making a variety of down stream products from local and imported steel scrap, steel billets and hot rolled coils. Kenya imports steel billets, coils, wire rod and wires, steel plates, sheets, steel scrap and pig iron.

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Motor Vehicle Assembly & Components Sector

Kenya’s Motor vehicle assembly and components sub-sector is rapidly developing to supply to meet local content requirements. The plants assemble passenger cars commercial vehicles. Kenya has over 20,000 new registrations annually.

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Paper & Paperboard Sector

Kenya has an integrated pulp paper mill plant producing paper and paper board from renewable forest products. However, the country imports coated white lined chipboard and other boards for packaging, newsprint, printed paper and other types of paper. Kenya has an integrated pulp paper mill plant producing paper and paper board from renewable forest products. However, the country imports coated white lined chipboard and other boards for packaging, newsprint, printed paper

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Pharmaceutical & Medical Equipment Sector

The rapid growth of the pharmaceutical market in the region has presented the need to increase quantity of production, and also increase the export ratio for quality products. Kenya is currently the largest producer of pharmaceutical products in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region, supplying about 50 per cent of the region’s market.

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Plastics & Rubber Sector

The plastics industry in Kenya is well-developed and produces goods made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polythylene, polystyrene, and polypropylene. All materials are imported in the form of granules. Available statistics indicate that there are 173 registered industrial establishments producing various plastics and rubber products in the country out of which 134 are

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Textile & Apparel Sector

The textile industry has made a sizeable contribution to income generation in rural areas by providing a market for cotton. The cotton sub-sector has significant linkages with not only the textile processing and manufacturing industry but also with manufacturers of soaps and detergents, animal feeds, chemicals, fats and oils.

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Timber, Wood Products & Furniture Sector

The timber, wood and furniture sector in Kenya is not well developed to its full potential and there are prospects to expand the use of modern technology for increased fur-
niture production. Many saw millers in Kenya combine the process of timber production and the manufacturing of furniture and joinery production. Most companies in this sector belong either to the small and informal sector.

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