about us

Associated Match Company Ltd (AMCO) started production of safety matches in Jinja, Uganda in 1963. Not only were the actual matches made of wood but the entire matchbox itself. Due to environmental concerns and a shortage of local timber post 1972 a major evolution in the match manufacturing industry was required. In 2007 a joint venture company was formed which involved the Madhvani Group and the Keshwala Group which was named Makepasi Match Ltd.

In 2020 Makepasi Match Ltd was recognised as the “Vantage Award Winner, Non-individual, Eastern Region - Financial Year 2019-20” for the top-most tax payer in Jinja District. We were invited by Uganda Revenue Authority to participate in an awards ceremony where our GM Mr. K. Subramanian and our FC Mr. Daxeshh Upadhyay formally received the award from URA.

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Why wax safety matches?


Wax safety matches are environmentally friendly as the matchsticks are made from wax coated paper rather than wood. No trees are cut down in Uganda as the paper is imported, furthermore we have an undertaking with our supplier that for every tree cut down they plant two more.

Cost Effective

Wax safety matches are more cost effective for the consumer as they are cheaper than wooden matchsticks

Value for money

Wax safety matches are better value for money as each splint burns evenly


Wax safety matches are easier to transport as the size of the overall matchbox is smaller than wooden matchboxes. This means that bulk transport of matchsticks to remote rural areas is considerably cheaper

Wax matches have better burning qualities and thus better wind resistance than wooden matchsticks.

Largest producer of matches in Africa

Makepasi Match Ltd is the largest producer of wax matches in Africa with a production capacity of 50,000,000 individual matchboxes per month and is presently employing over one thousand people. Makepasi currently has three brands: Krishna, Elephant and Toto. Of the three, Krishna is the bestselling brand in the region.

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Makepasi is unique in the sense that the overall match stick is not made of wood due to environmental concerns; wax coated paper is used for the sticks as opposed to wood. This has numerous advantages over conventional wooden matchsticks.

Largest producer in Africa


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