BIC has officially opened its manufacturing facility in Kenya after manufacturing and distribution was transferred from HACO Industries earlier this year. The manufacturing facility will produce BIC ballpoint pens and include the assembly of BIC Shavers.
The company has had a presence in Kenya through Haco industries for four decades. The company has since established a East Africa subsidiary in Kenya and will handle all operations itself. The subsidiary will serve Kenya and countries in the region that include Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Commenting on the inauguration, BIC’s Chief Executive Officer, Gonzalve Bich said: “Today marks an important milestone for us as we strengthen our presence in Kenya. We thank Dr. Chris Kirubi & HACO Industries for their stewardship in helping BIC to become the country’s leading writing instrument brand. Our focus now is on expanding our footprint in the African continent and providing high‐quality, affordable products to our consumers. With a population of 300 Million inhabitants, 45% of whom are under 14 years of age; East Africa is a key market for our stationery business.”
BIC is a world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers which are sold in more than 160 countries around the world.