21 June

Friendship Container Manufacturers Limited is establishing a metal and plastic packaging plant at Tatu City, becoming the latest company to expand to the fast-growing Special Economic Zone near Nairobi. The construction of Friendship’s warehouse and office block is underway and will cover an area of 15,000 square metres at the Tatu Industrial Park, with completion and occupancy planned by the end of 2017.

Friendship’s CEO, Arun Shah, said the strategic move to Tatu Industrial Park will drive the business objectives of the company while positively influencing the social and economic landscape of Kenya.

“Friendship’s selection of Tatu Industrial Park underpins our company’s growth and expansion agenda. Not only will Friendship thrive in the business-friendly environment of Tatu Industrial Park that is free from the congestion we experience in Nairobi, we will provide job opportunities to additional people in the area apart from the 250 exisiting employees that will relocate to Ruiru,” Shah said.

Tatu City Senior Development Manager Chris Ochieng said Friendship’s decision to move to Tatu Industrial Park is another sign of investor confidence in the wider Tatu City development, where the first school has opened and large-scale residential projects are under construction.

“The list of companies is growing by the day,” Ochieng said. “Tatu City is committed to playing an active role in transforming the economy of this region, and we welcome other interested parties to partner with us toward this objective.”

The multi-million shilling investment by Friendship follows announcements by other companies building facilities at Tatu Industrial Park, including Chandaria Industries, Africa Logsitics Properties, Dormans, Unilever, Kim-Fay and Maxam. Tatu Industrial Park comprises of 457 acres of serviced land suitable for non-polluting light industrial, assembly and warehouse and logistic uses.


About Friendship Container Manufacturers Ltd. (

From modest beginnings in 1978, Friendship Container Manufacturers Limited has grown to become leading fully comprehensive packaging company, supplying a full range of plain and decorated metal, plastic, and composite containers and both metal and plastic closures for professional commodities and household consumables. As a family owned company based on traditional values, the company progressed to manufacture cans for the paint and chemical industries. With the introduction of modern machinery and technology, the company’s range of products has developed into a comprehensive list which serves and supports not only the paint and chemical industries but also the food and beverage industries.

About Tatu City (

Tatu City is a 5,000-acre, mixed-use development with homes, schools, offices, a shopping district, medical clinics, nature areas, a sport & entertainment complex and 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. A Special Economic Zone, 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.


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