Toshiba Strengthens Africa Presence with New Branch Office in
Opening Ceremony of Toshiba Africa (Pty) Kenya Branch
From Left Mr. Iwasuke Shimada, MD Toshiba Africa (Pty) Ltd, Mr.
Satoshi Tsunakawa, COO Toshiba Corporation, Hon. Charles Keter,
Ministry of Energy Kenya, Mr. Yoshihiro Katayama, Chargés d'
Nairobi, KENYA and Tokyo, JAPAN — Toshiba
Corporation (Tokyo: 6502) announces establishment of its new branch
office in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya under Toshiba Africa (Pty) Ltd,
the company’s main subsidiary based in South Africa. Toshiba
celebrated this important occasion with an opening ceremony graced
by the Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Energy of Kenya, Hon.
Charles Keter, and other government officials and key customers. The
branch office will start its operation from this month.
In recent years, the Africa continent has been gaining increasing
importance in the global market and its eastern region has been
identified as a highly potential economic growth area. The country
Kenya is designated as a gateway to other countries in East Africa,
with the region’s largest international port located in Mombasa, and
it is expected to play an important role in boosting the continent’s
regional economic development.
“I am very excited to be here in Nairobi for this momentous
occasion.” Mr. Satoshi Tsunakawa, President and Chief Operating
Officer of Toshiba Corporation, said in his ceremony opening speech.
"Since the 1970s, Toshiba have supplied turbines and generators for
20 power plants across the African continent. We have also
contributed to better and more comfortable lives by helping to
harness renewable energy sources, including the geothermal power
system at Olkaria. Equally important, we also provide world-class
comprehensive services for refurbishing and upgrading aging thermal
and hydropower plants. Here in Africa, we are sharpening our focus
on how we can contribute to the future, and that is why we are now
opening this Toshiba Africa Kenya branch.”
Toshiba opened its first Africa office in Johannesburg, South
Africa, in 1967. The company has since supplied a wide range of
products and systems such as Energy, Building and Digital solutions.
Toshiba established subsidiary Toshiba Africa (Pty) Ltd in year
2014, and has been focusing on its business expansion in the
sub-Sahara region. The new branch office in Kenya is positioned
strategically as an incubation hub for Toshiba to foster innovation
and be closer to its customers and partners as the company
strengthen its presence in East Africa region.