Isuzu unveils Sh700 million vehicle complex in Nairobi

The firm is eyeing a monthly production of 200 bus bodies monthly, up from 100

Speaking during the launch of the complex, KCI managing director Narian Sokhi said the facility will help grow local assembly and the transport sector through enhanced production of quality bus bodies.

He added that the facility is also expected to support the suppliers of steel, aluminium, paint, glass and electrical equipment which produce the material required to fabricate chassis and vehicle body parts.

200 bus bodies

"We expect to add 500 more workers in the first year of operation as business grows,” said Mr Sokhi with regards to creating employment opportuniities.

The auto parts facility has a production capacity of 100 bus bodies every month.

It has set its eyes on hitting a monthly production of 200 per month, its maximum capacity.

Isuzu EA Managing Director Ms Rita Kavashe lauded KCI for its investment in the facility stating that the company is expanding its aftersales network and focusing on further improving customer service experience.

Isuzu changed its name from General Motors East Africa (GMEA) last year after it acquired GM’s 57.7% shareholding which is the required regulatory approval.

The move was aimed at increasing focus on the Isuzu brand that constituted 95 percent of GMEA sales.

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