Press Release: New Industrial Park in Ghana to Create Platform for Growth in West Africa

BlackIvy announced the development of a 405-acre industrial business park – The WestPark – in Ghana at the G20 Africa Partnership Conference in Berlin. BlackIvy was joined by its tenants and strategic partners, including Germany’s Robert Bosch GmbH and Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG, America’s sports apparel manufacturer DTRT Apparel Ltd. and Ghana’s Quantum Group. Ghana’s stability, strong economic outlook and excellent links to regional and global capitals make it an ideal gateway to West Africa.

The WestPark is breaking new ground for companies to produce goods locally and do business more easily with West Africa’s growing markets. The new enclave, featuring a mix of industrial, commercial and residential zones, eliminates many of the challenges – including access to reliable power, water and transport – that often confront companies in Sub-Saharan Africa, so tenants can focus on creating jobs, increasing production and growing their revenues.

The development is poised to accelerate the transformation of Takoradi, Ghana’s third-largest city, which benefitted from recent multi-billion dollar investments in gas, power, port and rail infrastructure.  The WestPark’s first mover tenants reflect a diverse group of industrial companies committed to the West African market, creating good jobs, introducing world-leading technology and adding value to Ghana’s vast resources.

  • The Bosch Power tools entity in Ghana strives to train thousands of artisans at The WestPark, contributing to the quality and efficiency of Ghana’s booming construction industry. Bosch is committed to empowering its users, from electricians and carpenters to welders and plumbers, with locally relevant solutions. This means onsite training at construction sites, strong after sales service with quick repairs throughout the country and Bosch’s unique solutions box – offering artisans the right tools and guidance for the job at hand.
  • Kärcher is leveraging its planned location at The WestPark to support sales of its professional cleaning tools and solutions throughout West Africa, while working with cities and municipalities in Ghana to support the country’s efforts to clean and maintain streets and public spaces.
  • DTRT is expanding its sports apparel manufacturing to The WestPark, adding several thousand jobs to the 1,500 workers DTRT already employs in Ghana.
  • Quantum is investing in a 32,000-metric ton cocoa processing facility to add value to one of Ghana’s most valuable resources, producing cocoa liquor, butter and powder for export.
  • Stanbic Bank Ghana intends to establish a branch at The WestPark to offer the right financial solutions to ease the market entry for new investors and facilitate the growth of businesses in West Africa.

“It is encouraging to see private companies at the heart of Africa’s growth story. Germany’s G20 Presidency with its Compact With Africa initiative focuses on establishing the right frameworks to inspire more firms to invest in fast-growing markets such as Ghana”, said Dr Ludger Schuknecht, the German G20 Deputy.

BlackIvy is continuing its work to attract more companies to Ghana that are committed to the World Bank’s standards for strong social and environmental conduct as they grow their footprint in West Africa. Companies seeking to learn more about Ghana and the WestPark and connect with the team can do so at


BlackIvy: Anchored in Ghana and Tanzania, BlackIvy is a company that builds and grows logistics and infrastructure solutions for emerging economies and businesses that serve the needs of the growing middle class. BlackIvy is backed by an investor group of successful financiers and entrepreneurs, with offices in Washington D.C., Accra and Dar es Salaam.

Bosch: The Robert Bosch Power Tools GmbH, a division of the Bosch Group, is one of the world’s leading providers for power tools, power tool accessories and measuring tools. In 2016, its roughly 20,000 associates generated sales of €4.5 billion, about 85 percent of which outside of Germany. With brands such as Bosch and Dremel, the division stands for customer focus and great engineering progress. The core success factors are innovative strength and pace of innovation. The division generated about one third of its sales in 2016 with products that have been on the market for less than two years. In 2017, Bosch Power Tools will again launch more than 100 new products onto the German market in its four business segments power tools, accessories, measuring tools and garden tools.

Kärcher: The family-owned company Kärcher is today the world’s leading provider of efficient, resource-conserving cleaning systems. Kärcher makes a difference through top performance, innovation and quality. With €2.33 billion, a plus of more than €100 million over 2015, the company has achieved the highest sales in its history in 2016. The number of employees also grew to 11,862 people in 65 countries worldwide, i.e. over 500 employees more than in the same period of the last year. Growth was supported by product innovation: Kärcher launched more than 100 new products last year.

DTRT Apparel: American DTRT Apparel, together with its Ghanaian joint venture partner Dignity industries, is a sports and sports-lifestyle OEM apparel manufacturer exporting to the United States. DignityDTRT currently employs close to 1,500 people in Accra and plans to expand operations based on customer demand to over 2,000 employees this year. DignityDTRT already ranks as one of Ghana’s largest private employers and provides leading, cost competitive apparel manufacturing services via a unique global supply chain platform spanning three continents. With a goal of becoming the leading sports apparel development and manufacturing company in Africa, DTRT is instituting and promoting a higher sustainability standard that sets an example for how to respectfully treat workers and support communities in an environmentally conscious manner. DTRT’s goal is to employ 5,000 people in Ghana by the end of 2019.

Quantum Group: The Quantum Group is a large Ghanaian-owned conglomerate with 2,500 employees with interests in petroleum trading, LPG processing, petrol stations and power plants and revenues in excess of US$170 million in 2016. As many successful and fast-growing Africa conglomerates have done, Quantum, through its subsidiary Gemstar Company Ltd., is diversifying and expanding into agricultural processing with its $30 million investment at WestPark.

Stanbic Bank Ghana: Stanbic Bank, one of Ghana’s leading banks, earned a well-deserved reputation as a customer oriented, business friendly and socially conscious bank. Stanbic is part of Standard Bank Group, the largest African banking group by assets offering a full range of banking and related financial services.