The Sarrai Group owns four (4) companies in the wood processing industry and are all market leaders in their respective countries of operation. Learn more.
Nile Plywoods (U) Limited, a wood processing company based in Uganda, was acquired by Sarrai Group after going into receivership in 1994. Today the company has grown its Nileply brand to occupy 70% of the wood products market, manufacturing core products such as MDF boards, Plywood, block boards, doors, and particle boards. Staying true to the Group’s vision of sustainable development, Nileply integrated its operations vertically into forest plantation management, with over 15,000 acres planted in Nakasongola and Kamuli. These forests are sustainably managed by planting new saplings sourced from the company’s own nursery gardens across 700 acres year on year. This not only provides the essential sustainable timber supply for the manufacturing process of its different boards but also timber for much-needed creosote and CCA-treated electricity transmission poles.
Nileply has recently extended its production into modern MDF furniture under the brand Nileply Furniture. The furniture-making unit is based in Kampala,
supplying bespoke and production line ready-to-fit furniture and furnishings for homes and offices as well as for the hospitality industry.
Nile Plywoods is a proud employer of over 1,500 people, all of whom are trained on production standards to ensure quality control measures are met gaining the company accreditation by the product standards authority, Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
The valuable contribution made by Nile Plywoods towards the industrialization of Uganda has earned it the Presidential Transformer award in 2006. Furthermore, Nileply has won the “Exporter of the Year Award” in the Gold category for two years (2010 and 2011) running and five awards in the silver category in the last five years preceding the Gold awards from the Uganda Exports Promotions Board (UEPB).
Nile Fibreboard is the first and only producer of MDF boards in Uganda with an installed capacity of 190 cubic meters per day. It is fully integrated with a lamination line, providing the best quality laminated MDF boards to the Ugandan market.
Nile Fibreboard has recently launched a stylish line of engineered laminated flooring, the first to be manufactured in Uganda, filling a gap in the sustainable wood flooring in the market.
Comply Industries Limited, is a wood processing firm producing plywood, block boards, flush doors, particle boards and medium density boards.
Comply Industries was the first producer of MDF boards in East Africa, with a capacity of 200m3 per day. The company employs 1900 people directly. In addition, the company has planted 6,100,000 seedlings assisting the Government of Kenya in its reforestation program.
Comply proudly works hand in hand with the Government of Kenya on its reforestation program to keep Kenya green. More than 9,000,000 seedlings have been planted and the number is still growing
Raiply Malawi, located in Chikangawa, is the largest wood processing company in Malawi with a workforce of over 2400 people, producing a full range of wood products: plywood, block boards, flush doors, particleboards, and medium density fiberboards. Raiply Malawi takes pride in being the first producer of MDF boards in Malawi, with a capacity of 200m3 per day. The company employs 2,400 people directly. Furthermore, Raiply Malawi exports a substantial portion of its production, providing a pivotal boost to the country’s trade balance. In keeping with the Group’s ethos for green-economy, Raiply operates on a basis of sustainable wood production, and thus holds a concession of over 20,000 hectares of the Chikangawa Forest, it has replanted over 7,000 hectares to date and continues to plant 500 hectares annually.
The Chikangawa concession is fully managed by Raiply, including road construction and maintenance; fire prevention and control; and silviculture management. The company is engaged in the full life cycle of the forest, beginning from nursery developments, first thinning, second thinning, harvesting, and processing making it fully sustainable