Renault Trucks has opened an assembly plant in Thika to facilitate local assembly of its K-Range heavy-duty trucks, as it seeks to expand its presence in the East Africa region.
This follows the establishment of a long-term partnership with the local exclusive importer, CMC Motors, and the unveiling of their new C and K ranges in Mombasa and Nairobi, as well as upgrading the Kenya Vehicle Manufacturer’s plant which cost Renault KSh58 Million.
Speaking at the launch of the plant, Industrialization Principal Secretary Francis Owino urged the firm to support Kenya’s main policy objective to make the country an automotive manufacturing hub in the region.
“I urge this company to consider sourcing materials and parts for their assembly from local manufacturing entities such as the Numerical Machining Complex (NMC) and SMEs involved in the production of these parts,” said Owino.
The establishment will create over 200 new jobs, even as the firm plans to expand to Kisumu and Nakuru.
The French company signed an agreement in December 2018 with CMC Motors to use the dealer’s distribution network comprising eight branches across Kenya and a central warehouse in Nairobi.
Renault Trucks has a presence in over 100 countries, with four other African hubs in Ghana, Morocco, Cameroon, and Tunisia.