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The Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is the National Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation Institution under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. It was established in 1979 under the Science and Technology Act Cap.250, Laws of Kenya (which has since been repealed…

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Welcome to KIRDI

Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is a national research institute established in 1979 under the Ministry of Trade and Industry and mandated to undertake multidisciplinary research and development in industrial and allied technologies. The Research and Technological Innovation (RTI) department handles the institute’s core objectives. The major RTI divisions are: Engineering, Energy and Environment, ICT, Leather & Textiles, and Food Technology Divisions.  

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Arc Welding Machines

Under the Research, Development (Reverse Engineering ) and Commercialization Programme, and in collaboration with MSMIs, the Institute completed and supplied Eight Hundred and Forty (840) Arc Welding Machines for use by the Constituency Industrial Development Centres (CIDC)

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Click here to access our YouTube channel for videos on some of the technologies being undertaken by KIRDI and partners. 

  

  

 

  

  

 

About Us

The Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is the National Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation Institution under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. It was established in 1979 under the Science and Technology Act Cap.250, Laws of Kenya (which has since been repealed by the Science, Technology and Innovation Act, 2013), as a multidisciplinary Institution to conduct Research and Development in Industrial and Allied Technologies.

Vision: To be a Centre of Excellence in Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation

Mission: To undertake Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation and disseminate findings that will have positive impact on National Development

Values

VALUES are integral part of any organization’s culture, which in turn create a sense of identity, belonging, direction and purpose. In our quest for timely provision of quality services we shall be guided by the following core values as articulated in our strategic plan (2010-2015).

  • Customer focus
  • Innovativeness and creativity
  • Integrity and professionalism
  • Quality
  • Partnerships and teamwork
  • Environmental Protection

Mandate

The mandate of the Institute is derived from the Institution’s functions set out under Section 14 of the Science and Technology Act, Cap 250, Laws of Kenya (now repealed). These are:

  • To carry out research and development in the fields specified in the Fifth Schedule of the Act, namely-: Industrial and allied Technology including Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Textile Technology, Electrical Engineering, Mining, Power Resources, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Food Technology, Ceramics and Clay Technology
  • To Co-operate with other organizations and institutions of higher learning in training programmes on matters of relevant research
  • To liaise with other research bodies within and outside Kenya carrying out similar research.
  • To disseminate research findings
  • To co-operate with the responsible Ministry, the Council and the relevant Research Committee, in matters pertaining to research policies and priorities
  • To do all such things as appear to be necessary, desirable or expedient to carry out its functions

 

Background Information

The Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is the National Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation Institution under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. It was established in 1979 under the Science and Technology Act Cap.250, Laws of Kenya (which has since been repealed by the Science, Technology and Innovation Act, 2013), as a multidisciplinary Institution to conduct Research and Development in Industrial and Allied Technologies.

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It should be noted however, that the Institute’s history dates back to 1942, when the then colonial government set up a central laboratory at Kabete, Nairobi, with the aim of initiating and developing industries so as to relieve shortages of industrial goods that had been caused by the Second World War. In the initial years, the Kenya Industrial Management Board (KIMBO) administered the laboratory. Later, as the laboratory expanded, its management was taken over by the East African Community (EAC) and renamed East African Industrial Research Organization (EAIRO).

The EAIRO, the predecessor of the present day KIRDI, had centres in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and ceased its operations in 1977 following the collapse of the first EAC. The National Industrial Research Complex under the then Ministry of Commerce and Industry subsequently took up the operations of EAIRO in Kenya. In 1979, the Science and Technology Act was amended to establish five Research Institutions, including KIRDI.

Since becoming a fully-fledged National Industrial Institution, KIRDI has undergone remarkable expansion and transformation. This is in response to changes and needs brought about by industrial markets and national development reforms in Government.

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ABOUT KIRDI

Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is the National Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation Institution established in 1979 as a multidisciplinary Institution to conduct Research and Development in Industrial and Allied Technologies.

Vision: To be a Centre of Excellence in Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation
Mission: To undertake Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation and disseminate findings that will have positive impact on National Development

Our Contacts

KIRDI Head Quarters

South C Campus - Popo Rd. Off Mombasa Rd. 

P.O. Box 30650-00100

Nairobi, Kenya.


Tel:  +254-20-6003842
       +254-20-2388216, 2393466

Fax: +254-20-6007023

E-mail: {dir<at>kirdi.go.ke}
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