Guala Closures opens secure caps factory in Kenya

Italy’s Guala Closures has opened a new facility in Kenya that will provide anti-counterfeit caps to manufacturers in the East African region.

The Nairobi plant cost some Ksh 570m (around $6m) to set up and will be used to supply secure caps to the alcoholic beverage and other sectors, says the company. Local subsidiary Guala Closures East Africa (GCEA) – set up in 2018 – says it is already supplying caps to local producers including East African Breweries Limited (EABL), Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL) and Patiala Distillers.

The Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA) in Kenya estimates that about one in five products sold in major towns in Kenya are fake. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) estimates that the Kenyan government loses close to Ksh 200bn annually due to counterfeits.

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