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  • Makueni aluminum cans factory ready by August – Capital FM

    Written by The Admin on March 30, 2015. Posted in Press Release 2015

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 28 -The construction of the Aluminium Cans Manufacturing plant belonging to a Nigerian firm, GZ Industries in Emali, Makueni County will be complete by August this year.

    The over Sh2bn project which is being constructed by Transcentury Group’s subsidiary, Civicon Limited, kicked off in May 2014. Speaking during a media tour at the site on Friday, Transcentury Group CEO Dr Gachao Kiuna said after competition, the plant is and will be the largest in Kenya and the region.

    “This project is quite huge and as Civicon and Transcentury Group as a whole we are happy to be involved. The project is going to contribute a lot in the country’s manufacturing sector,” Kiuna said.

    “We will be done by July, August there I would say we have taken roughly one year,” he said.

    The facility which is sitting on a 50 acre piece of land is well placed for the local beer and beverage industry with supply to the local market expected to start late this year.

    Once completed GZI the facility is expected to have an annual production capacity of close to 1.2 billion cans.

    “I mean the plant has a capacity of being able to satisfy the region’s cans demand,” Kiuna said. “I know GZI have the exact numbers in terms of production and the firms they will supply to, but I would not see the reason why our local beverage and beer companies would need to import these cans anymore.”

    All the cans used in packaging canned beers and soft drinks are currently imported not only in Kenya but in East Africa, with the new plant expected to solve this.

    GZ Industries is one of Africa’s largest aluminium manufacturers with factories in Nigeria.

    GZI’s entry into the Kenya market last year follows other Nigerian investors including billionaire Aliko Dangote, who plans to set up a Sh37 billion ($400 million) cement plant in the country.


    First published at Capital FM, Kenya
  • Makueni aluminum cans factory ready by August – Capital FM

    Written by The Admin on March 30, 2015. Posted in Press Release 2015

    1. What was your first job?

    I was a medical doctor. I decided to stop practicing medicine in 1988 and I went into private equity just out of interest. I found it interesting.

    2. Who has had the biggest impact on your career and why?

    My grandmother. She lived with us and she always told me about hard work and ethics. Actually, the way she said it was three H’s: hard work, humility and honesty. She could not speak English so she said it in our local language (Yoruba) all the time. She sang it in different ways and told it in stories in different ways. She brought me up and was my role model.

    3. What parts of your job keep you awake at night?

    Trying to achieve what I want to do tomorrow. I am always awake because I want to achieve all the time.

    4. What are the top reasons why you have been successful in business?

    Honestly, I am not sure. I just do my best every day. Honestly, I have not discovered myself yet. I don’t even know what my talents are. But I just know that… most people that I collaborate with are smarter and deeper than me.

    5. What are the best things about your country, Nigeria?

    Vibrance. Nigeria is the best place to be in the world. There are very creative and sociable people. They understand life and they live life.

    6. And the worst?

    We have not taken our potential to where it should be. That is a pain but it will happen.

    7. Your future career plans?

    I want to continue to invest in Africa. Nothing more.

    8. How do you relax?

    I do exercise. I jog. I do yoga. I run and I read.

    9. What is your message to Africa’s young aspiring businesspeople and entrepreneurs?

    Hard work and diligence are standards they need every day. They should collaborate with others to accomplish their goals. They should pursue what they find interesting, not what parents think they should do. They should also be diverse and open-minded to embark on different things when opportunities emerge and the call of nature beckons.

    10. How can Africa realise its full potential?

    By ensuring we have democracy, rule of law and quality education. We need to educate all our people. That way we will achieve true freedom and prosperity.


    First published at HOW WE MADE IT IN AFRICA
  • GZ Industries Set to Expand Operations across Africa

    Written by The Admin on March 30, 2015. Posted in Press Release 2014

    The Group Chief Executive Officer of GZ Industries (GZI), Motti Goldmintz, has announced that the group is in the process of building its plant at Aba, South East Nigeria, which will start production in 2014, and a new plant near Nairobi, which will go into production in the first quarter of 2015.

    The plant in Aba, he said is being built by the same team as the successful GZI plant in Agbara, which is now not only working at world benchmark standards but is the only fully qualified and operational plant in the country.


  • GZI ups production capacity by 50% in 9 months

    Written by The Admin on May 3, 2011. Posted in Press Release 2011

    GZ Industries Limited (GZI), the first aluminum beverage can manufacturing plant in West Africa, opened August 2010, has increased its installed production capacity from 600 million cans per annum to 900 million cans per annum. With this feat, GZI is steps closer to its 1.2 million cans promise made during the commissioning of its factory in Agbara Industrial Estate by President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR last August.

  • Jonathan Presents Roadmap for Power Sector in Lagos, Commissions Can, Biscuit Plants in Agbara

    Written by The Admin on August 3, 2010. Posted in Press Release 2010

    President Good luck Jonathan will today present to the public the roadmap for power sector reforms in Lagos and will also formally commission West Africa’s Biggest Can Manufacturing Plant known as GZ Industries Limited (GZI) financed by Fidelity Bank Plc. in Agbara Industrial Layout, Ogun State. He will also commission a biscuit and sweet Plant, Beloxxi Industries Limited, in Agbara.

    This historic roadmap for power sector presentation is coming four months after the president promised a blueprint would be released on May 21, 2010.

  • Jonathan Commissions $80m Can Plant. Says vision 2020 on track

    Written by The Admin on August 3, 2010 Posted in Press Release 2010

    President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday commissioned the $80million (about N12billion) aluminum can manufacturing plant in Agbara Industrial Estate in Ogun State, with a pledge that his administration would continue to support private sector’s efforts targeted at realizing the dreams of turning the Country into one of the 20 leading economies by 2020.

    The President who was accompanied to the site of the facility singly financed by Fidelity Bank Plc. by Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State and Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, restated his administration’s commitment to Nigeria’s industrial development through active collaboration with organized private sector, stressing that the government was ready to assist genuine entrepreneurs wishing to contribute to the nation’s economic growth through job creation and industrial projects.

  • First Aluminum Can facility opens in West Africa

    Written by The Admin on June 7, 2010 Posted in Press Release 2010

    In a bid to provide employment for hundreds of Nigerians and empower the local community, the first aluminum can manufacturing facility in West Africa, has commenced production for its client at Agbara, near Lagos.

    The plant is owned and operated by GZ Industries Ltd (GZI), and was built with state-of–the-art technology provided by several international can equipment manufacturing companies from all over the world with Rexam Plc. (a publicly traded company on the London stock exchange) as technical partner and lead provider of equipment and processes technology.

  • First can manufacturing firm opens

    Written by The Admin on June 4, 2010 Posted in Press Release 2010

    The first aluminum can manufacturing plant in West Africa has commenced production in agbara, ogun state. Owned and operated by GZ Industries Ltd. (GZI), the plant boasts of state-of the- art technology provided by several international can equipment manufacturing companies from all over the world with Rexam Plc.(a publicly traded company on the London stock exchange ) as technical partner and lead provider of equipment and processes technology.

  • West Africa first can manufacturing plant opens in Agbara

    Written by The Admin on June 3, 2010 Posted in Press Release 2010

    The first aluminum can manufacturing plant in West Africa has commenced production in Agbara, Ogun state. Owned and operated by GZ Industries Ltd. (GZI), the plant boasts of state-of the- art technology provided by several international can equipment manufacturing companies from all over the world with Rexam Plc.(a publicly traded company on the London stock exchange) as technical partner and lead provider of equipment and technology Processes.

  • Nigerian President Commissions Aluminum Can Plant of GZ Industries Limited

    Written by The Admin on March 3, 2010 Posted in Press Release 2010

    Dow Jones reported that Mr. Goodluck Jonathan president of Nigeria commissioned West Africa’s first aluminum drinks can manufacturing plant in Agbara near Lagos the Nigerian commercial capital.

    GZ Industries Limited said that when fully operational it will be capable of producing 600 million can per year with that capacity doubling after the first year to meet 100% of demand from Nigeria and other West African countries.