Although Kenya’s manufacturing industries are small, they are the most sophisticated in East Africa. The manufacturing sector has been growing since the late 1990s and into the new century. The manufactures Kenya produces are relatively diverse.
The transformation of agricultural raw materials, particularly of coffee and tea, remains the principal industrial activity. Meat and fruit canning, wheat flour and cornmeal milling, and sugar refining are also important. Electronics production, vehicle assembly, publishing, and soda ash processing are all significant parts of the sector.
Assembly of computer components began in 1987. Kenya also manufactures chemicals, textiles, ceramics, shoes, beer and soft drinks, cigarettes, soap, machinery, metal products, batteries, plastics, cement, aluminum, steel, glass, rubber, wood, cork, furniture, and leather goods. It also produces a small number of trucks and automobiles.
The most common Industries in Kenya includes:
- Small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, clothing, soap, cigarettes, flour),
- Agricultural products.
- Oil refining.
- Aluminum Industries.
- Steel Industries.
- Lead Industries.
- Cement Industries.
- Commercial ship repair.