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Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited

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Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited CQCI is a pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Uganda According to a 2007 published report, it was the only company in Africa that manufactured triple-combination antiretroviral ARV drugs CQCI also manufactures the antimalarial drug Lumartem, containing artemisinin and lumefantrine, and the hepatitis B generic medicines Texavir and Zentair


  • 1 Location
  • 2 History
  • 3 Ownership of pharmaceutical plant
  • 4 Governance
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


CQCI's pharmaceutical manufacturing plant is located in Luzira, a neighborhood in Nakawa Division in south-eastern Kampala The plant is approximately 9 kilometres 56 mi, by road, south-east of Kampala's central business district The coordinates of the plant are 0°18'170"N, 32°38'220"E Latitude:0304723; Longitude:32639436


In 2004, Quality Chemicals Limited QCL convinced Indian drug maker Cipla to go into a joint venture with QCL and the government of Uganda to establish a pharmaceutical plant in Uganda Ground was broken in 2005 and the factory was commissioned in 2007, with capacity of 6 million pills daily

In 2009, TLG Capital invested an undisclosed amount of money in the plant Later, Capitalworks Investment Partners, a private equity firm based in South Africa, also became a shareholder in the plant In February 2010, the government of Uganda divested from the plant by selling its shares "at cost" to CQCI The transaction was valued at US$5 million

In February 2011, the owners of the plant announced a US$40 million expansion to the production line to include increased production of antiretroviral and antimalarial medication In April 2012, British media reported that CQCI was in the process of expanding its manufacturing capacity fourfold The plant had received approval of its processes and products from the World Health Organization The products were expected to be initially marketed in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda

According to a 2012 published report, a second plant is being planned to be built next to the first plant, which would raise CQCI's manufacturing capacity to 18 million pills daily

As of April 2016, the company's products were marketed in Cameroon, Comoros, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia

Ownership of pharmaceutical plant

As of July 2015, the shareholding in the pharmaceutical plant was as depicted in the table below:

Shareholding In CQCI Pharmaceutical Factory
Rank Name of Owner Percentage Ownership
1 Meditab Holdings Limited 5105
2 Quality Chemicals Limited 2205
3 Capitalworks Investment Partners 1440
4 TLG Capital 1250
Total 10000

Cipla also owns 50 percent of Quality Chemicals Limited


The executive chairman of the board of directors of CQCI is Emmanuel Katongole, who was formerly the managing director of QCIL He replaced Francis Kitaka, the first person in East Africa to train as a biochemist, The managing director of CQCI is Nevin Bradford

See also

  • Kampala Capital City Authority


  1. ^ Wendo, Charles 6 October 2007 "ARVs Production Starts Monday" New Vision Kampala Retrieved 23 June 2014 
  2. ^ Key, Data 2011 "Quality Chemical Industries, Uganda" Pharmaceutical Technology Retrieved 23 June 2014 
  3. ^ CiplaQCi 2015 "Timeline & Milestones" Ciplaqcilcoug Retrieved 10 April 2016 
  4. ^ CiplaQCi December 2015 "Komboa Newsletter" PDF Ciplaqcilcoug p 4 Retrieved 10 April 2016 
  5. ^ Globefeedcom 11 June 2016 "Distance between Post Office Building, Kampala Road, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda and Cipla Quality Chemicals Industries Limited, Port Bell Road, Kampala, Central Region, Uganda" Globefeedcom Retrieved 11 July 2016 
  6. ^ Google 11 July 2016 "Location of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited Pharmaceutical Factory, Luzira, Nakawa Division, Kampala, Uganda" Map Google Maps Google Retrieved 11 July 2016 
  7. ^ Elvis Basudde, and Robert Kasozi 31 October 2007 "Kitaka, The Brain Behind Africa's First ARVs Factory" New Vision Retrieved 11 July 2016 
  8. ^ Anderson, Tatum 21 November 2007 "Trip Into The Unknown" Naturecom Retrieved 11 July 2016 
  9. ^ Investment International 9 September 2009 "Ugandan Project Attracts Investors" InvestmentInternationalcom Retrieved 23 June 2014 
  10. ^ CIPLAQCIL "Investment Partners in Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited" Kampala: Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited CIPLAQCIL 
  11. ^ a b BBC 9 April 2012 "Making Drugs Into Profit In Uganda" London: BBC News Retrieved 11 July 2016 
  12. ^ Baguma, Raymond 18 May 2012 "Quality Chemicals Giving Ugandans Fighting Chance" New Vision Retrieved 23 June 2014 
  13. ^ Ainebyoona, Emmanuel 9 April 2016 "Uganda exports 70 tonnes of ARVs" Daily Monitor Kampala Retrieved 11 July 2016 
  14. ^ Musisi, Frederic 22 November 2013 "Indian firm buys more shares in Quality Chemicals Limited" Daily Monitor Kampala Retrieved 28 October 2016 
  15. ^ a b Verma, Anuradha 22 May 2016 "Cipla to acquire 51 percent stake in Ugandan firm Quality Chemicals for $30 Million" Vccirclecom Retrieved 11 July 2016 
  16. ^ Press Release 16 July 2014 "Quality Chemical Industries Limited rebrands following Cipla's increased shareholding" PDF Kampala: Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited QCIL Retrieved 28 October 2016 
  17. ^ VCCirclecom 11 July 2011 "TLG Capital ups stake in Cipla's Africa JV" Reuters India Retrieved 28 October 2016 
  18. ^ Senyonyi, Taddewo 4 January 2014 "Francis X Kitaka: The Unsung Hero of Uganda's Health And Agricultural Sectors" Kampala: The CEO Magazine Retrieved 9 April 2016 
  19. ^ Monitor Reporter 18 October 2013 "Emmanuel Katongole: The Founder of Quality Chemicals" Daily Monitor Kampala Retrieved 17 March 2015 
  20. ^ CIPLACQIL 30 November 2013 "Board of Directors of CIPLAQCIL" Ciplaqcilcoug Retrieved 17 March 2015 

External links

  • QCIL To Manufacture Special ARVs
  • Museveni Opens AIDS Drugs Factory
  • Cipla buys 51% in Uganda drugs firm - Sunday, 23 August 2015
  • Frontier Private Equity Firms Turn Sights On Africa

Coordinates: 00°18′17″N 32°38′22″E / 030472°N 3263944°E / 030472; 3263944

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