Two Tech Giants Partner To Invest Ksh 54 Billion In Kenya

by Business Watch Team

Ivhu Africa (“Ivhu”), an Australian developer of green supply chain infrastructure, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Semiconductors Technologies LLC (“STL”) to build-to-suit facilities for the development of semiconductors and microchips in Africa, beginning with Kenya.

The deal will see USD 400 million (KES. 54 billion) invested directly in the infrastructure and real estate required by STL across Sub-Saharan Africa over the next 6 years.  The first two facilities will be developed at the Dedan Kimathi Science and Technology Park in Nyeri County, the first Science & Technology Park in Kenya for USD 110 million (KES 14.85 billion).

Speaking at the announcement during the recently concluded AmCham Business Summit, Maruza Chikwanha, Ivhu Africa Founder and Managing Director, highlighted the value of the development citing Africa’s green industrialization goals, transformative supply chain diversification, job creation, and the advancement of Kenya’s position as Africa’s Silicon Savannah.

“We are excited to be involved in the development of components critical to driving exponential technology in Africa, considering that 30% to 40% of the raw materials used in semiconductors are sourced from Africa. Starting with the first facility in Nyeri, we will be improving Kenya’s foreign direct investment inflows by putting in USD 10 million (KES. 1.35 billion) and tangibly impacting the community by creating more than 300 jobs within the construction phase, 80% of which will go to people who already live in the area,” said Chikwanha, adding, “We expect to complete construction on the first building in Q3 of 2025, and begin development of a second facility, still in Nyeri, which will cost (USD 100 million) KES 13.5 billion.”

In addition to Kenya, the partnership will see the construction of nanofabrication plants and science centers in Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and Botswana, to continue STL’s mission to not only promote workforce development but also demystify science and empower Africans to take ownership of our technology roadmap, investing in a brighter future for the Africa we want!

Dr Anthony Githinji, Founder and Managing Director of Semiconductors Technologies Limited, underscored the importance of building Africa’s capacity to contribute to the global technological race by improving physical infrastructure and human capital.

“STL and Ivhu Africa aim to create a resilient and transformative supply chain for advanced technology on the continent. Semiconductors and the facilities that are used for their development are incredibly complicated and often expensive requiring a special developer to put the facilities together. By the time we get to full operation of the first location built by Ivhu, we will increase our staff from 100 to 1,000,” said Dr Githinji.

The collaboration with Ivhu is a crucial part of STL’s expansion plans as it adds a layer of home-grown industrial real estate expertise to their context-sensitive technological advancements. Ivhu’s expertise in building green-certified infrastructure aligns seamlessly with STL’s goals of achieving net-zero direct & indirect emissions (scopes 1 & 2) across their infrastructure value chain by 2040.

The partnership’s shared focus on reducing impact, costs, and emissions while delivering eco-friendly, value-engineered solutions demonstrates their dedication to creating a fit-for-purpose, green, resilient supply chain ecosystem.

To be relevant in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Africa must prioritize green industrialization and value addition. Establishing robust science & tech ecosystems, exemplified by DeST-Park in Nyeri, and fostering early adoption of STEM and technology is crucial for driving this industrialization and economic development.

By rewriting Africa’s story, one silicon wafer, one semiconductor, and one integrated circuit (microchip) at a time, STL & Ivhu envision a future where exponential tech is as accessible to all as the air we breathe.

Ivhu Africa owns, develops, manages, and leases out fit-for-purpose industrial real estate properties that provide essential supply chain infrastructure for businesses across the COMESA free trade area. With expertise in green building and Industrial real estate development, Ivhu supports clients in e-commerce, technology, food production, FMCG, consumer goods, contract logistics, retail, automotive, life sciences, and healthcare sectors.

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