Having conquered East Africa, Bidco Africa has renewed its commitment to become a brand leader throughout the continent by 2030, shortly after winning the “Best East African Company” in the Manufacturing category in the inaugural East African Business Council (EABC) Business Excellence awards.
The company has reiterated its commitment to improving its operations to ensure efficiency, while producing the best quality products.
Already the company has invested in several state-of-the-art manufacturing units in its factories to increase the efficiency with which it produces its products.
These include two refineries, a soap manufacturing plant, a baking powder plant and most recently a Sh. 2 Billion detergent plant, with a production capacity of 3,000 tonnes per month to serve the East African market.
Speaking when he received several trophies won by the firm at the EABC Business Excellence Awards 2018, at a Gala dinner held on Friday evening, Bidco Africa Chairman – Vimal Shah said the awards were evidence of Bidco’s continuous innovation and excellence in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry that had led to its sustained growth.
He pointed out that the company’s outstanding annual turnover, increase in revenue from exports and geographical expansion were a few factors that spearheaded the win.
“It is indeed an honour to be acknowledged at a prestigious event like this. It’s a great privilege for us to win this category as manufacturing is a very important sector in this part of the world. This award is recognition of our efforts and demonstrates our commitment to innovation, sustainability and continued advancement.”
Bidco also won the Best East African Company in the Green Economy category for its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by utilizing renewable energy sources to power its plants.
The company uses up to 70% of its own generated energy from renewable sources while consuming only 30% from the national grid. It plans to further reduce its dependence on the national grid with the implementation of a project to replace all the roofs in its premises with solar panels.
This is the first edition of the awards, which were launched by the East African Business Council on 10th January 2018, to recognize and showcase businesses that have achieved excellence in various aspects of their operations across East Africa, keeping with the spirit of the East African integration.
“The winners of the EABC Business Excellence Awards 2018 earned the ultimate business accolade of business excellence among peers in the East African region.” said Ms. Lilian Awinja, EABC CEO.
The awards received a total of 109 entries from East African countries. Equity Holdings Ltd won the Overall Best Regional Company award category, having shown expansion and reach across the EAC region, with demonstrable impact on the EAC economies, in terms of employment, innovative solutions or creation of wealth.