The location and structure of manufacturing industries in Thika.
Kinyanjui, Mary Njeri
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The present study investigates the location and structure of manufacturing industries in Thika. Questionnaires and interviews were used to obtain information for the study. Location was investigated at two levels: first, the factors that motivate entrepreneurs to establish industries in Thika, and s~cond, the factors responsible for the spatial distr2bution or intra-urban location of industries. With respect to structure, the focus of the investigation was the spatial linkages of manufacturing industries. The analysis was carried out in three stages. Factor analysis was used t.o determine the factors that motivate entrepreneurs to establish industries, both in general and by scale of en~erprise, in Thika. Multiple regression analysis employing the stepwise selection technique was used to determine the areal association between manufacturing and the quantifiable independent variables. A limited input - output technique was used to examine the spatial linkage characteristics. The factor analysis revealed that the primary factors motivating entrepreneurs to establish industries in Thika are: (a) availability of land and access to business information, (b) accessibility to supplies of raw materials and (c) availability