Shenzhen Star Instrument Company, a global supplier of smart meters and associated technologies, will expand its Africa operations by building a manufacturing facility at Tatu Industrial Park. The new plant, which will produce and assemble metering solutions for energy, water and gas, will start construction in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Ronald Kaburia, the MD of Shenzhen Star in Kenya, said that the investment at Tatu Industrial Park is part of the company’s strategic roadmap.
“We are excited about our investment in Tatu City and its Special Economic Zone status. Our products will serve East Africa and the neighbouring regions,” said Kaburia. “We take pride in knowing that our business is transforming lives through technology, and we look forward to having a positive impact in Kenya and the rest of the African continent.”
Nick Langford, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, the owner and developer of Tatu City, lauded the company’s move.
“Shenzhen Star’s is a clear example of the Kenyan government’s Big Four agenda – with job creation through manufacturing at its core – being implemented, right here at Tatu City,” Langford said.
Tatu City is recognised as an ideal location for high-tech companies like Shenzhen Instruments to set base in Africa. Offering guaranteed infrastructure, like power, water and high-quality roads, Tatu City is a Special Economic Zone with low corporate taxes and zero VAT, among other benefits.
Other leading local and international companies building their businesses at Tatu Industrial Park include Dormans, Kim-Fay, Unilever, Chandaria Industries, Africa Logistics Properties, Freight Forwarder Solutions, Stecol and Davis & Shirtliff.
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.
Tatu City is a 5,000-acre, mixed-use development with homes, schools, offices, a shopping district, medical clinics, nature areas, a sport and entertainment complex and a manufacturing area for more than 150,000 residents and tens of thousands of day visitors.
Schools and businesses are already open at Tatu City, and a range of houses are under construction to suit all incomes. Located in Kiambu County, Tatu City represents a new way of living and thinking for all Kenyans, creating a unique live, work and play environment that is free from traffic congestion and long-distance commuting.
Star Instrument has constantly concentrated on the development, manufacture and sales of smart energy meters, smart water meters, intelligent data collection systems for energy (water and gas) meters, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and electronic testing equipment and new energy car charging equipment. Its customers cover China State Grid, China Southern Power Grid, urban and rural utilities and other relevant industries in China, as well as major utilities in over 80 countries and regions across Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Latin America. The export of the Shenzhen Star smart energy meter series has been ranked at the forefront of the industry for years.