UK trade minister Greg Hands wrapped up his trip to Kenya on Friday with a visit to British darts manufacturer Nodor International’s factory.
The dart boards manufacturer has been operating in Kenya since relocating its production from the UK in 1999. Since 2002 they have been located in Kenya’s Export Processing Zone (EPZ), a special production zone promoting export oriented investment through provision of ready infrastructural facilities and tax holidays to investors.
Formed through an Act of parliament in 1990, the EPZ was supposed to tap Western companies such as Nodor that could not cope with rising production costs in Europe and the US.
Nodor Darts have sold nearly 40 million dartboards worldwide, produce 10,000 dartboards weekly from Kenyan sisal and employs 450 Kenyans. Most of the world’s dartboards are made here with 30 percent being exported to the UK.
The company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dart boards and darts, arguably only rivalled by Unicorn, another UK firm that also shifted its production to China to curb production costs.