African Cotton has been in the manufacturing, supply and distribution of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) space in East Africa for over 50 years and is the leading manufacturer of cotton wool in East and Central Africa. Formed in 1954, the company has grown into an organisation with operations in Nairobi and Mombasa, running several manufacturing and production lines, and employing over 400 staff across East Africa.
Our range of quality products is extensive, covering cotton wool, ear buds, feminine towels, toilet paper and tissue products – and we have been the supplier of choice in the region for medical products such as gauze, surgical dressings and gloves (examination and surgical). Our clients range from large retail chains to Governments and International NGOs, making brands such as Dove®, Tena® and Flora® household names across markets including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the Congo.
African Cotton has in recent years seen significant growth, growing steadily at over 20% per annum during the past 5 years. Our investments of over KES 200m (USD 2.5m) into the region over the past decade have echoed the drive to grow as a local and regional player. This began in 2002 with the implementation of a toilet paper converting plant, in 2005 with a modern European state-of-the-art sanitary towel wings manufacturing plant - the only such facility in Kenya, a napkin converting & secondary toilet paper converting facility in 2008, and the recent acquisition in 2009 of a new 5-acre operations facility in Nairobi.
The firm has ambitious growth targets in the short-medium term, and with the backing of a strong team and region that has seen extensive growth in recent times, will be looking to surpass these expectations in the new decade – building Kenya through investments and employment.
African Cotton Industries is a recognised member of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (http://www.kam.co.ke) and Federation of Kenya Employers (www.fke-kenya.org).
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