In the Latest Silafrica Blog Post, Akshay Shah Describes Actionable Strategy for Manufacturing in a Post COVID-19 World

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The manufacturing world has woken up to a new norm, just as all other sectors have, since the COVID-19 outbreak a few weeks ago.

As the world is accelerating to adopt digital business models and virtual work collaboration, the manufacturing sector must also pivot to this new norm and be open to a new way forward.

Hear from Akshay Shah, Executive Director of Silafrica as he discusses this new way forward in these key areas of transition:

1. From Centralized to Decentralized
2. From Standardized to Agile and Resilient
3. From Linear to Circular Economy

This new normal in a COVID-19 era is going to last long after the vaccine is widely available, because the threat of a pandemic is no longer just about a TED Talk from Bill Gates in 2015. Rather, it’s a reality that the world population is facing a common enemy that is creating a shift in our collective global mindset. We are at the mercy of nature and therefore, must operate in a more agile, resilient, decentralized and circular way in all aspects of our business. Read the full blog here:

About Akshay Shah

Akshay is a lifelong learner, a committed family man, and a geek with a passion for scaling entrepreneurial ideas that create real impact on the quality of life for people from all walks of life.

Early years were defined by tech as he started coding 38 years ago, and spending afternoons with his father at a plastics packaging manufacturing company, before moving to America to complete a degree in Management Information Systems.

The next 20 years were spent scaling and optimizing manufacturing businesses in East and West Africa, and one manufacturing business in the UAE largely through innovation and strategic management. In the past 5 years, Akshay has pivoted towards a more impact focused approach towards business, not only in manufacturing but also going back to his childhood passion for technology.

Today Akshay’s role in Silafrica is focused on M&A, Technology Innovation and Circular Economy. And outside Silafrica, he has been instrumental in scaling Entrepreneurs Organization in East Africa; Chairing the Young President’s Organisation’s Board in Kenya with a focus on strategy, succession & governance; contributing to the scale up ecosystem in East Africa for tech enabled startups by serving on the Endeavor Kenya Board; and mentoring impact driven tech startups with a potential to disrupt the status quo in traditional industries.

Akshay Shah
Group Executive Director

About Silafrica
Silafrica is an award-winning manufacturer and supplier of plastic and packaging solutions for corporations, consumer packaged goods (CPGs) and consumers alike. With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, Silafrica has manufacturing hubs in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, and serves clients in these countries as well as Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and others throughout Africa. Its client roster includes leading global and African CPG brands who use packaging applications for primary and secondary consumer and industrial rigid packaging, and secondary flexible industrial packaging. Business sectors served include the fastest growing segments within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) space such as food, beverage, personal care, home care, the construction space such as paint and chemicals, as well as the general logistics needs of the distribution and supply chains in the agricultural and consumer sectors.

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