BIDCO Oil Refineries Limited
Originally established as a manufacturing organization, Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd. was committed to using the most efficient modern technologies to produce a wide range of products.Over time, Bidco Oil Refineries Ltd. gained a large market share, becoming, the largest and fastest growing manufacturer of vegetable oils, fats, margarine, soaps and protein concentrates in East and Central Africa.
|1970||Garment Manufacturing Company
The current chairman and founder, Mr Bhimji Depar Shah initialy set up the company as a garment manufacturing company in Nyeri, Kenya.
|1985||BIDCO shifts to soap manufacturing
BIDCO shifted to soap manufacturing in Nairobi following the liberalisation of the textile industry in Kenya.
|1991||Operations moved to Thika with the opening of BIDCO Oil Refineries plant.
BIDCO now concentrated on manufacturing and marketing edible oil, fats and soaps.
|1998||Acquisition of Elianto business.
Bidco acquired the business from Unga Group Ltd leading to a 400% growth exponentialy in its operations.
|2001||Acquisition of Shivji and Sons Ltd in Tanzania
This was a soap manufacturing plant in Dar-es-Salaam, marking the entry of BIDCO into one of Africa’s fastest growing markets.
|2010||implementation of SAP–ERP
This made the company more agile. BIDCO also launched a new product, Olive Gold Blend, in the same year.
|2011||Launch odf 'Pure and Natural’ Woman
TThis marked the ompany's entry into the beauty industry by launching a beauty bar range, ‘Pure and Natural’ Woman. It was also the Gold winner of the SAP quality award in Africa in the same year.
|2012||Commissioning of the Cogen Power Plant.
This plant involved the self generation of Power & Steam (Cogen) using biomass. The ‘Pure and Natural’ Soap Flakes was also launched.
|2013||launch of two hygiene products
They were Pure and Natural Active Man and Power Boy ProActive Liquid Detergent. In the same year BIDCO also launched Nuru Lemon Fresh Scouring Powder.