RASPBERRY PI ANNOUNCES PLANS TO MANUFACTURE ITS ELECTRONICS IN KENYA
Raspberry Pi, a UK based computing solutions provider announced plans to partner with a Kenyan electronics manufacturer, Gearbox Europlacer, to produce some of its flagship hardware devices.
#raspberrypi, since its inception has been instrumental in the resurgence of teaching basic computer science skills across the world through its popular Raspberry Pi single board computers. These devices have sold over 50 million devices in the last 10 years.
Gearbox Europlacer, is world class electronics manufacturing services provider (EMS) based in Avon centre, Industrial Area in Nairobi. It began its operations in 2021 to catalyse the development of best-fit intelligent African solutions that solve African problems, serving young innovators to mature companies in a variety of growth positive sectors such Agritech, climate change, electric mobility, smart metering solutions among others.
Gearbox Europlacer is a joint venture between a Kenyan owned maker/product realisation space called organisation Gearbox that has been instrumental in supporting local hardware innovations since 2014, Europlacer, a British-owned Surface mount technology (SMT) equipment manufacturer fully owned by a Christian charity Parable Trust and Wellers Impact, UK based impact investment firm with extensive experience in Africa.
The Raspberry Pi is working with local partners to include computing to the local STEM curriculum. The partnership with Gearbox Europlacer will increase access to these computing solutions that were previously difficult to procure.
The products to be manufactured at Gearbox Europlacer beginning mid November 2022 will bear a ‘Made in Kenya’ mark and will be available to its customers both in Kenya and the East and central Africa region.