Nnewi comes alive with In­no­son’s au­to­mated ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing plant

2019 pick-up, IVM Gran­ite show­cased

Business a.m. - - MANUFACTURING - busi­ness a.m.

THE CITY OF NNEWI came alive last week. Re­garded as the in­dus­trial cap­i­tal of Anam­bra State, and rightly so, it is the home of In­no­son Ve­hi­cles Man­u­fac­tur­ing Lim­ited (IVM), and the city came alive for dual rea­sons.

The first was that In­no­son com­mis­sioned its ul­tra mod­ern au­to­mated ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing plant. There’s no let­ting up for the in­dus­tri­al­ist who’s faced all sorts of tra­vails that sim­ply serve as a dis­trac­tion from a cho­sen goal to of a gifted in­dus­tri­al­ist who just wants to make things that move and make life a lot eas­ier for mankind; and put Nige­ria on the map of coun­tries where peo­ple build things, es­pe­cially me­chan­i­cal things that move.

The oc­ca­sion of com­mis­sion­ing the au­to­mated man­u­fac­tur­ing plant also pro­vided the right at­mos­phere to show­case the com­pany’s 2019 Pick-Up, the IVM Gran­ite. Take the name for real, it’s a gran­ite al­right and I bet you know what that means – dura­bil­ity, sta­bil­ity, made for per­fect, for the rugged Nige­rian roads. By the way, wait for it, for a man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany known for its dar­ing, can-do at­ti­tude, it’s not any sur­prise that the au­to­mated ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing plant is ac­tu­ally the FIRST EVER in this part of the world.

Ag­boola Oshodi-Glover, a deputy in­spec­tor general of po­lice, rep­re­sented the In­spec­tor General, Ibrahim Idris, at the un­veil­ing of the 2019 Gran­ite. DIG Oshodi-Glover has re­spon­si­bil­ity for lo­gis­tics so much have been at home ex­am­in­ing what the new 2019 Gran­ite can help the Nige­ria Po­lice Force re­ally achieve. Anam­bra State, the host state for the plant wasn’t left out as its gover­nor, Wil­lie Obiano was there, ably rep­re­sented Nkem Okeke, his deputy, who also com­mis­sioned the au­to­mated ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing plant.

In­no­cent chair­man, In­no­cent Chuk­wuma, as usual re­ceived com­men­da­tion, what Oshodi-Glover said was for his in­no­va­tion, as well as, es­pe­cially, for re­spond­ing to the lo­cal ve­hi­cle needs of the Nige­rian mar­ket. And like the Nige­rian Army had done in the past, there was the ex­pected prom­ise of a part­ner­ship with the Nige­ria Po­lice; and then he threw the chal­lenge to In­no­son: Pro­duce Ar­moured Per­son­nel Car­ri­ers (APC) which would as­sist the po­lice to fight crime. You can be sure that Chuk­wuma and his team have set to work. At least it was be­cause he had pro­duced use­ful prod­ucts in the past that such a chal­lenge is rightly made, for in­deed, the IGP through his rep­re­sen­ta­tive, com­mended In­no­son for his past ef­fort in sup­ply­ing cam­ou­flaged ve­hi­cles with which the Nige­rian Army was com­bat­ing in­sur­gency and other se­cu­rity chal­lenges

Deputy Gover­nor, Nkem Okeke, praised In­no­son for the feat achieved un­der the harsh en­vi­ron­ment that any kind of man­u­fac­tur­ing would seem im­pos­si­ble to achieve. He then went on to throw a chal­lenge to both state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments in the coun­try to pro­vide sup­port to In­no­son by pa­tro­n­is­ing it and pro­vid­ing en­abling op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing the pro­vi­sion of sta­ble and suf­fi­cient power sup­ply, ac­ces­si­ble good roads, among oth­ers.

He said he was cer­tain that such pro­vi­sion have the power to aid a com­pany like In­no­son con­trib­ute to im­prov­ing the coun­try and state gross do­mes­tic prod­uct (GDP) apart from cre­at­ing jobs. “I am happy that this is hap­pen­ing in Anam­bra State. I don’t think there is any where I know of in this coun­try there is a lo­cal ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing; I am not talk­ing about those who im­port parts and as­sem­ble them in Nige­ria. In­no­son man­u­fac­tures about 70% of com­po­nents lo­cally,” adding that with the right and ad­e­quate sup­port, In­no­son Ve­hi­cle Man­u­fac­tur­ing would thrive and take the state and coun­try to many places in the terms of in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion.

Chuk­wuma, the IVM chair­man said the suc­cess of the com­pany was down to var­i­ous gov­ern­ments sup­port, par­tic­u­larly not­ing that un­der the cur­rent pres­i­dent, Muham­madu Buhari, IVM signed a MoU with the Nige­rian Air Force, col­lab­o­rated with the Nige­rian Army for the de­sign, mod­i­fi­ca­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing and sup­ply of mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles.

The spe­cial fea­tures of the new au­to­mated man­u­fac­tur­ing plant of IVM in­clude that abil­ity of the plant to wield an en­tire ve­hi­cle parts in record four min­utes. This process dras­ti­cally cuts down the pro­duc­tion time from about six hours when it’s run un­der man­ual op­er­a­tion. It brings with it in­creased ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tion units from 10,000 to 60, 000 annual out­put if op­er­at­ing at full ca­pac­ity.

On the unique fea­tures of the 2019 Gran­ite, Chuk­wuma said the IVM Gran­ite was ruggedly en­gi­neered for solid off road per­for­mance, with im­pres­sive re­fine­ment and thought­ful de­sign fea­tures spe­cially made to with­stand the rough African ter­rain. Added to these is that fact that a touch of lux­ury and com­fort ex­pe­ri­ence on wheels was added to make a ride in it a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.

Other fea­tures of the new IVM Gran­ite in­clude that it has Adap­tive Cruise con­trol that al­lows for the main­te­nance of an even speed com­bined with pre-se­lected time in­ter­val to the ve­hi­cle ahead. It is also equipped with op­tional re­volv­ing light cum se­cu­rity gad­gets, aux­il­iary gear (4WD) and adap­tive cruise.

It comes with a lux­u­ri­ous and com­fort­able in­te­rior as well as six man­ual trans­mis­sion, plus in­di­rect wire ma­nip­u­la­tion which is a tech­nol­ogy shift sys­tem adopted for flex­i­ble shaft to con­trol the gearshift mech­a­nism.

It is also bench-marked with NVH (Noise Vi­bra­tion and Harsh­ness) world stan­dard as­sur­ing good per­for­mance, and the engine is turbo charged to en­hance per­for­mance.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.