Guala Closures East Africa (GCEA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Guala Closures Group of companies, has opened a Ksh 570 factory in Nairobi aimed at servicing manufacturers of alcoholic beverages in the East African market with anti-counterfeiting closures incorporating the latest technology.
“GCEA closures will help fight counterfeit products in African alcohol markets which are posing a severe threat to public health, security, and the economy of the country,” stated Mr. Sadanand Hanagodimath, Managing Director, Guala Closures East Africa during the inauguration ceremony.
“The plant is pivotal to our growth aspirations in Kenya, East Africa, and the continent.”
GCEA currently supplies leading spirits organizations in Kenya, including, among others, East African Breweries Limited (EABL), Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL) and Patiala Distillers.
The Anti-Counterfeit Authority in Kenya estimates that about 1 in 5 products sold in major towns in Kenya are counterfeit. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) estimates that the Kenyan government loses close to Ksh 200 billion annually due to counterfeits.