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The origins of SANPAC Africa limited, part of a family run business; dates back to the early 1970′s when a company named Santowels Limited was formed to manufacture sanitary towels.
In 1989 Santowels Limited ventured into contract manufacturing of thin wall plastic packaging for cooking fats for a very well established and large local manufacturer and till today this business continues.
In 1992 the group bought the assets of M/s Pan Plastics Limited and formed Sanpac Limited.
In 2002 the group undertook a restructuring programme and transferred the plastic manufacturing businesses of Sanpac Limited to the location of Santowels Limited. The assets of Sanpac were relocated from Ruaraka to the Santowels site onMombasa Road. The new purpose built site is located on a 5-acre plot of land with 72,000 sq ft. as built up area.
Finally, in 2006 the decision was made to re-name the business to SANPAC Africa limited to reflect the regional growth of the organisation.
Today the main activities of SANPAC Africa limited are the manufacturing of rigid plastic packaging by the processes of blow, extrusion and injection moulding.
In the blow moulding section we have a range of machines from 200 ml up to 20 litre blowing capacity processing HDPE, PVC and PP.
In the injection moulding section our capacity ranges from 15 ton to 250 ton machinery which is pre dominantly from Europe.
In 2005 the group invested in a British extrusion line to manufacture various meshes ranging from light weight packaging nets and onion sacks to insect screen to fight the malaria scourge affecting Africa and withering meshes to help the local agricultural industry.
The printing process is done by either a screen-printing process or by a fast dry offset printing machine from Europe.
Plastic is the material of choice when packaging of any commodity is considered in the market place. SANPAC Africa is strategically focussed on meeting the rigid plastic packaging needs of its customers. Materials such as Polypropylene (PP), PE, PVC, PS, etc., are imported from all over the world and then used to make bottles, jars, caps, etc., by processes mentioned above.
Key customers of the business are various multinational companies and many indigenous Kenyan companies manufacturing a vast range of products. Approximately 15% of the turnover is exported to COMESA countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Comoros Islands and Democratic Republic of Congo.