UK-based IT solutions provider Raspberry Pi plans to produce some of its flagship hardware devices in Kenya through a partnership with Gearbox Europlacer.
Products to be manufactured at Gearbox Europlacer from mid-November 2022 will be branded “Made in Kenya” and will be available to its customers in both Kenya and the East and Central Africa region.
Raspberry Pi, since its inception, has been instrumental in the resurgence of teaching basic computer skills across the world through its popular Raspberry Pi single board computers. These devices have sold over 50 million devices over the past 10 years.
Raspberry Pi is working with local partners to include computing in the local STEM curriculum. The partnership with Gearbox Europlacer will increase access to these IT solutions that were previously difficult to obtain.
Earlier this week, Liquid smart technologies too partnered with the company as a reseller of their devices to schools in Kenya. The move also marked Liquid’s first foray into the device business.
The Raspberry Pi is known for designing Raspberry Pi single-board computers. These low-cost, high-performance computing platforms, originally created for computer and technology enthusiasts, now also aim to promote the education of basic computing and computer science. coding to children in schools.
Gearbox Europlacer, on the other hand, is a Nairobi-based Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) provider. It began operations in 2021 to catalyze the development of best-fit smart African solutions that solve African problems, serving young innovators to mature businesses in a variety of positive growth sectors such as Agritech, climate change, electric mobility and smart metering solutions, among others. .
Gearbox Europlacer is a joint venture between a Kenyan-owned manufacturer/product fulfillment space called Gearbox which has been instrumental in supporting local hardware innovations since 2014, Europlacer, a UK manufacturer of mounting technology equipment surface (SMT) wholly owned by Christian charity Parable Trust and Wellers Impact, a UK-based impact investing company with extensive experience in Africa.