Aggressive marketing by paint companies has also contributed to the success of the industry which is currently dominated by a handful of companies.
The paint is best suited for infection-prone places such as health institutions and humid surfaces such as toilets, bathrooms, and kitchens.
Local paint giants, continue to add color to Kenyan real estate, including Crown Paints, Basco Paints, Kansai Plascon, Solai Paints, and Nasib.
Each of these companies offers its own specialized products with some offering extra services such as professional assistance and training.
Here are Kenya’s five Best-Selling Paint Companies
1.) Crown Paints
Crown Paints, also known as Crown Berger was formed in 1958. It is the market leader in the Kenya paint industry with an annual turnover of about Sh6.2 billion and is the only paint company listed in the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
Crown controls an estimated 65 percent of the Kenyan market. The company is well established with showrooms and depots in Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nakuru.
Crown has also ventured into Uganda and Tanzania. Its Ugandan brand, Regal Paints, is currently ranked second in the country.
2.) Basco Paints
Basco Paints, a family-run entity founded in 1976, is the manufacturer of the Duracoat brand of paints, which are ranked among the best paints in Kenya.
It has the largest factory in East Africa capable of producing up to 5,000,000 litres of paint in a single shift and is the second biggest paint company in Kenya in terms of market share.
Basco Paints products are widely distributed in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and the DRC.
3.) Kansai Plascon
Kansai Plascon joined the league of top paint companies in Kenya when it acquired Sadolin Paints in 2017. Founded in 1918, Kansai Paint is the leading paint company in Japan and a top 10 global paint company.
With 51 operations globally, Kansai employs over 10,000 people. Kansai Paint has world-class Research and Development facilities in Japan, India, and South Africa, enhancing its brand leadership by continuously driving innovation in the marketplace.
4.) Solai Paints
Solai Paints Ltd. is a wholly Kenyan-owned paint manufacturing and distributing company that
started back in 1990. The company mainly focuses on the development and manufacture of finishing products such as paints, vanishes, and thinners among others.
Apart from Nairobi where the company headquarters are located, the company has expanded its operations to other major towns across the country as well as three East African Countries.
5.) Nasib Industrial Products
Nasib Industrial Products Ltd is the manufacturer of Glory brand of paints.
Established in 1992, the company has over the years become a significant player in the local paint industry through production and supply of surface coatings for the local market.
Its range of products includes automotive and decorative paints, thinners, primers, wood finishes, and adhesives among others. Nasib is now one of the leading paint manufacturers in Kenya.