Nairobi, Kenya: Cooper K-Brands Limited (CKL) has today opened a Ksh. 700 million factory at Tatu City, Ruiru in Kiambu County. The factory will manufacture nutritional supplements for livestock. At the event, CKL also unveiled a new look packaging for its flagship brand, Maclik. Maclik is a mineral supplement product that provides essential minerals to dairy and meat animals at different stages of production. The brand variants in this range are Maclik Super, Maclik Dry Cow, Maclik Beef, Maclik XP and Maclik Mineral Brick. CKL also manufactures and distributes other agricultural input brands such as Triatix, Grenade, Nilzan, Nefluk, CKL Milking Salve, Diamond V, CRV, Romectin, Kupakula, Metro, Ambar and Mastrite.
The launch is a key step for CKL towards its corporate goal of enabling Africa to be a global leader in food production. The launch of the new plant comes at a time when the government has prioritized manufacturing as one of its big 4 Agenda.
“This new initiative is aimed at meeting the nutritional and production needs of livestock farmers in Kenya and within the region,” says Mr. Mucai Kunyiha, Group Managing Director at Cooper K-Brands Limited. “With the launch of the new factory, the company has expanded its capacity and capability to manufacture and improve Maclik and other nutritional supplements” he said.
Seated on 5.7 acres of land, the new factory has an automated Buhler (Switzerland) plant fitted into a 36.5m tower. The new factory has capacity to produce 2 tons per hour of product. With a 541 kilowatts power requirement, the new factory is also fitted with a 200 kilowatt Photo Voltaic rooftop system as an alternative for cleaner energy for up to 50% of its daytime requirement.
For decades, local farmers have trusted the Maclik range of mineral supplements for its effectiveness and increased production on the farm. “I wish to assure all our stakeholders especially our farmers that Maclik remains the same high quality mineral supplement, now in a new look” he said.
The launch of the multimillion state-of-the-art factory is the first phase of the company’s expansion plans. The company plans to relocate its manufacturing plants from its main offices in Loresho, Nairobi to Tatu City in Kiambu County.