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Chemical Engineering Division

Chemical engineering division deals in the research and development of processes that convert raw materials into intermediate and finished products (value addition). Our mission is to develop processes for new/ improved value added products from local materials and transfer of developed technologies in commodity and speciality chemicals. Our vision is to be a centre of excellence for industrial research and development in chemical engineering and allied processes.


Capacity building programs 


  • Extraction of essential oils, gum resin and oils from oil seeds.
  • Technology for the manufacture of soaps, detergents and other hygiene products.
  • Technology for the manufacture of cosmetic products including body creams, lotions & hair products.
  • Alcohol production technology.
  • Technology for the processing of wood and metal varnish.
  • Aloe gel extraction and juice.
  • Technology for formulation of animal feeds. 


Services offered 


  • Common manufacturing facilities.
  • Capacity building (trainings, workshops, student attachments and internships etc).
  • Business incubation (product development, improvement).
  • Consultancy services.
  • Monitoring and evaluation.





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>}
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