Chinese firms dominate Kenya’s construction industry

Kenyan contractors are losing out to Chinese firms that are grabbing lucrative construction tenders for private projects as they diversify from public infrastructure deals. In May and July, two Chinese firms secured tenders for multi-billion-shilling private projects in Nairobi causing…
Dangote’s Kenya entry heralds stiff competition

The entry of Dangote Cement into the Kenyan cement industry is expected to heighten competition in a market that is already feeling the heat from cheap imports. Nigerian businessman and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, last month said the firm…
SA firm expands to Nairobi with eye on construction billions

Distribution & Warehousing Network Limited (DAWN), a South African company that manufacturers construction products, is expanding to Kenya in a bid to tap into the country’s lucrative building and construction sector. The company that is listed on the Johannesburg Stock…
Road agencies owe Kenyan contractors Sh22bn for works

Road contractors said the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) and Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA) owed them Sh22 billion for construction works. The Roads and Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Raceca) on Thursday told the Parliamentary…
Dynamic Group resurrects Dubai rotating tower

London-based Dynamic Architecture Group, the architectural firm that had proposed to build a rotating tower in Dubai in 2008, is set to revive the stalled Dynamic Tower project later this year. Italian architect David Fisher, the founder of Dynamic Group,…
Shanghai Tower: World’s 2nd-tallest building underway

China has completed the main structure of the Shanghai Tower, which is under construction in the country’s commercial hub of Shanghai. Shanghai Construction Group Company Ltd., the building’s contractor, placed the the final beam on the skeletal structure of the…
Duma Group unveils ‘instant’ mortar premix

Duma Group, a Kilifi mining company, has unveiled a premixed ballast product that seeks to promote conservation by curbing use of yellow river. The new product, dubbed Duma Premix, comprises a ready-to-use mixture of polyhedric ballast and sand mined by…