Five Unique Products You Didn’t Know Were Made in Kenya

This is a list of Unique Products You Didn’t Know Are Made in Kenya. Kenya’s manufacturing sector has grown steadily with more players storming various sectors of the economy.

While most politicians running for office in the August 9 elections have focused their manifestos on manufacturing, data show that Kenya still has a significant gap to fill in this sector.

According to a 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) report, Kenya is one of the most promising countries in Africa, with the most untapped manufacturing capacity.

According to Statista, industry, including manufacturing, contributed 17.38% of Kenya’s GDP. Jambo Daily investigates some locally manufactured products about which Kenyans are unaware.

Unique Products You Didn’t Know Are Made in Kenya

1. Glass Products

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Kenyan companies have established themselves as leading glass manufacturers for both domestic and export markets. This includes everything from laminated glasses used in construction to glass-made utensils used in the majority of local households.

The Kitengela Hot Glass company, for example, is located in Kitengela, Kajiado county, and is one of the leading manufacturers of glass products such as chandeliers, lamps, and beads. The company repurposes broken glass to make glass jugs, vases, drinking glasses, and glass tables.

2. Guns and Bullets

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President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the establishment of a gun manufacturing factory in the country in April 2021. The factory, which is located in Ruiru, Kiambu county, has a capacity of producing 12,000 rifles per year and was established to make Kenya self-sufficient in firearms and other weaponry.

The Ksh4 billion plant uses 60% of its input from Kenya, maximizing the use of locally available resources. The factory is expected to significantly reduce the cost of acquiring firearms and, as a result, boost security operations in the country.

The Ruiru company is Kenya’s second-largest manufacturer of weapons, following the Kenya Ordnance Factories Corporation, which was founded in 1997 to manufacture bullets and is based in Uasin Gishu county.

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3. Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment

Kenya also has a thriving pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturing industry.