Roofing material-maker Rhino Mabati has
invested Sh50 million in setting up a new production line, raising its
monthly production to one million units.
Speaking when he unveiled its
countrywide transport strategy in Nairobi, managing director Andrew
Muriungi said the Japanese-made machinery would also enable Rhino
introduce a luxury brand selling in Kenya under the Brit Tile brand in
the local market.
“We are enhancing our ability to serve
customers straight from our factories to their residences, business
premises and warehouses. We can now produce customised iron sheets in a
design and colour chosen by our customers,” he said.
The firm has increased the transport
fleet to 15 vehicles to serve customers across the country. Mr Muriungi
said this cushions them against delayed payments associated with
supplying products to retailers on 45-day credit.
Most Kenyan businesses now prefer cash
payments that has seen many open countrywide representative offices used
for sourcing products from the Nairobi-based warehouses.