Company portrait

Achelis is a long-established German trading company that was founded in 1826. It is headquartered in the Hanseatic City of Bremen, and has a network of associated companies and representatives in many countries in Eastern Africa and South-East Asia. The Achelis Group of companies has a long history in Eastern Africa with operations that have been in existence locally for over 60 years.

The Joh. Achelis & Söhne GmbH in Bremen is active in the project business and participates mainly in international tenders in various African countries. Here, the subsidiaries or local agents are involved in the respective markets. The projects mainly include deliveries from the Healthcare / Scientific, Technical / Industrial, Energy / Water and Oil / Gas sectors.

In the core markets of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, the subsidiaries also have local business activities. Sales are made on own account mainly in the area of technical & industrial equipment. In addition, service work (maintenance and repair) is carried out by our own workshops. In all three countries, there are also separate subsidiaries active in the leasing business.

The activities in Asia are now limited to purchasing for the project business in Bremen. With the sale of the Achelis company in Taiwan at the end of 2017, the group only has one company in Hong Kong, whose activities were discontinued years ago. Achelis is therefore today a pure Africa company with the clear objective to expand both the product portfolio, as well as the sales markets on the African continent.

Your Contacts

Managing Board

Michael Ruch
Managing Director
Phone: +49 (0)421-3367-102


Dino Stengel
Managing Director
Phone: +49 (0)421-3367-0


David Pahl
Director Healthcare & Scientific Division
Phone: +49 (0)421-3367-196

Technical & Industrial

Soenke Hinrichs
Division Manager
Phone: +49 (0)421-3367-129

Water & Energy

Andreas Borck
Head of Division / Area Manager Rwanda / Burundi
Phone: +49 (0)421-3367-151


Stefan Knüppel
Director of Finances
Phone: +49 (0)421-3367-120



Torsten Voigt
Division Manager
Phone: +49 (0)421 – 3367-122


Uwe Seiler
Phone: +49 (0)421-3367-114

Sales Markets / Associated Companies

CountryAssociated CompaniesE-Mail

Achelis (Kenya) Ltd.
Achelis Material Handling Ltd.
P.O. Box 30378-00100
Opposite Tusky’s Head Office Mombasa Road
Nairobi / Kenya

Mc Leod & Co. (East Africa) Ltd.
P.O. Box 46767-00100
Nairobi / Kenya

Achelis (Tanganyika) Ltd.
Achelis Motorex (Tanzania) Ltd.
P.O. Box 9003
Regent Estate Plot 305
Dar Es Salaam / Tanzania

Achelis (Uganda) Ltd.
Achelis Rental (Uganda) Ltd.
P.O. Box 7198
William Street Plot 55
Kampala / Uganda

Achelis (Zambia) Limited
Plot 6051 B
Sibweni Road
Northmead Area
P.O. Box 35959
Lusaka / Zambia

Achelis Rwanda Limited
Riex Ltd.
KG 10 Street
House No 20 Gasabo District
Kigali Rwanda

Robbialac sa
P.O. Box 2441 - 3
Ruhwa Avenue Quartier Industriel

P.O. Box 60458 - Plot B/C 747
Nantchengwa Road
Naperi - Blantyre / Malawi