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B. Braun establishes a subsidiary in Zambia

01/04/2018 Member News, AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

Johannesburg/Lusaka. B. Braun Melsungen AG (B. Braun) has set up a subsidiary in Zambia in November 2017. So far, the export business to this country in Southern Africa had been successfully handled by the company’s headquarters in Melsungen and the regional office in Johannesburg. With its subsidiary B. Braun Medical Zambia Limited, the company is formally establishing a solid foundation for its business in Zambia, and is better able to meet customer requirements. The new entity is based in the capital Lusaka.

"Zambia, with its fast-growing population, political, and economic stability, and long-term growth prospects in the healthcare sector, is a very interesting market for us," explains B. Braun Managing Director Jens Papperitz, who is responsible for Southern Africa. B. Braun estimates the company-relevant market size in Zambia at about USD 50 million per year.

B. Braun’s latest subsidiary comes at an opportune time as the Zambian government is seeking to improve access and the conditions of the country’s public health facilities and is working towards a national public health insurance. To that end, many new health stations and district hospitals are being built, while existing ones are being modernised, along with a number of major tertiary institutions, such as the University Teaching Hospital Lusaka, Ndola Central, Livingstone General, Kitwe Central and Arthur Davison Children's Hospital.

"Setting up our own subsidiary enables us to offer our customers and partners in Zambia a much broader portfolio of products, to strengthen our logistics, and to expand urgently needed services, for example in the dialysis market," continued Mr. Papperitz.
The Managing Director of the subsidiary is the 29 year-old Zambian, Nimrod Njamba. In 2013, Mr. Njamba participated in a 6-month STEP programme of the Sub-Saharan Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI) in Germany and spent that time in the export department at the company’s headquarters in Melsungen. Since returning to Zambia, Mr Njamba and his South African colleagues have gradually developed and expanded the Zambia business. Commenting on the new legal entity, he has stated, “I am very positive that we shall make significant progress from the onset. Thanks once again for believing in Zambia. We will work hard and make a difference.”

B. Braun is a member of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which also has a branch office established in Lusaka, Zambia. The Chamber’s representative in Zambia, Johannes Kurt, commented, “B. Braun’s strategy for accessing this market is remarkable, as one of its founding stones is the trust in building local expertise and working closely with Zambian partners. B. Braun is one out of five German companies that have opened up shop in Zambia in 2017. The investment is therefore underlining the attractiveness of the Zambian market and we are expecting a number of German investments to follow in 2018.”

Information regarding B. Braun online at www.bbraun.de


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