Bosch eyes Kenya's security systems market with Nairobi office Kamau Mbote

February 06, 2014
Uwe Raschke Member  Board of Management Robert Bosch (left) and German Ambassador to Kenya Andreas Peschke
Board member Uwe Raschke, Robert Bosch (left) showcases wiper blades available at the Bosch car service to the German envoy to Kenya Andreas Peschke when launching its operations in Kenya.

Germany technology supplier Bosch has opened its East African hub in Nairobi to serve the country's growing security systems market in Kenya and East Africa. The Nairobi office is the fourth after similar facilities in Morocco, South Africa and Egypt.

The company says it will initially focus on automotive, power tools and security systems market in the region where it sees most potential.

According to head of sales at Bosch security systems Andries Nouwens the company sees the greatest opportunity in the IT segment in selling video security such as CCTV cameras as the region continues to witness security challenges.

He says the company has a wide range of experience in Kenya in the region after over 10 years of being in the market.

“If you ask around you will find out that Bosch CCTV cameras had been installed in the old airport prior to the fire that razed part of Jomo Kenyatta airport last year,” he says.

He says that the company has security systems that could be put in such installations to combat such challenges as well as expedite evacuations where necessary.

To that regard he says that he expects access control, public address and fire detection equipment by the company to pick up real fast given the company’s reputation globally.

Nouwens adds that the company will seek to assist the government come up with regulations on security systems that will guide on their installation and usage.

Already the company has deployed a business development officer under Bosch security systems that will help in designing and creating security systems in the region.


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