Our history in Kenya

From the first independent commercial representative to a global technology powerhouse­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Milestones of business development


Industry Ltd. is established in British East Africa to represent the interests of Siemens in Kenya and Uganda



An agreement is reached with the branch offices of Jos. Hansen & Söhne, Hamburg, regarding a loose cooperation in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda



Siemens establishes a sales office in Nairobi: Siemens Kenya Ltd.



Siemens’ interests in the region are managed from its East Africa headquarters in Addis Ababa. The region comprises the countries Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The sales office in Nairobi continues in operation



Minority stake in Nairobi Electrical Industries Ltd. (NEI), Kenya



Siemens equips the Kenyan capital of Nairobi with traffic signal systems and traffic control technology in a three-stage project



Siemens and J.M. Voith are awarded a contract by the East African Power & Lighting Co., Nairobi, to supply two turbine generators for a hydropower plant on the Tana River



An agency agreement is concluded with NEI Kenya



The sales office in Nairobi is dissolved



Siemens signs agency agreement with Joh. Achelis & Söhne GmbH & Co. in Bremen for the countries Kenya and Uganda (partially dissolved again in 1987)



Acquisition – together with a Kenyan investor – of Eastern Telecommunications Ltd. (ETL)



Siemens acquires a 100 percent stake in ETL and changes the name to Siemens Communications Ltd. (SCL)


Siemens is awarded a contract for the turnkey supply and installation of a mobile network for Kenya’s largest mobile communications provider, Safaricom



Regional Company Siemens Ltd. is established in Nairobi and merged with Siemens Communications Ltd.



Siemens constructs a complete Network Operation Center for Safaricom



Siemens agrees to install switchgear for Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC)



All Siemens activities in the countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi are now managed as the "East Africa Region," for which the Regional Company Siemens Ltd. in Kenya is responsible



Siemens installs a compact water supply station with a SkyHydrant membrane filtration system in the remote Kenyan village of Obambo Kadenge



OSRAM kicks off a one-of-a-kind project on Lake Victoria in Kenya to bring light to a region with no power grid: local inhabitants can recharge energy-saving lamps and other electric devices at small solar "filling stations" (OSRAM Energy Hubs), providing clean light at low cost



Siemens supplies medical equipment to the Cancer Care Center in Nairobi, which treats patients from all over East and Central Africa



Siemens is awarded a contract to extend both of the high-voltage transformer stations Rabai and Embakasi in Kenya, part of the power transmission project linking Mombasa and Nairobi. The customer is Kenya Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd. (KETRACO)