Dan­gote Sinotruk au­to­mo­bile to en­hance lo­cal con­tent, pro­vide more jobs

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - APPOINTMENTS -

AS the bud­ding au­to­mo­bile com­pany, Dan­gote Sinotruk West Africa Lim­ited, en­tered an­other phase in its ex­pan­sion drive, by in­creas­ing its lo­cal in­put into the as­sem­bling plant to about 60 per cent, even as it plans to roll out com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles soon.

The ex­pan­sion drive, which is part of the back­ward in­te­gra­tion plan, is meant to en­hance value ad­di­tion and lo­cal con­tent.

Group Gen­eral Man­ager of the Com­pany, Hik­mat Thapa, made this known dur­ing a fa­cil­ity tour of the Ikeja plant by the La­gos State Com­mis­sioner of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Co­op­er­a­tives, Olayinka Oladun­joye.

He said hav­ing done with the phase one of the project, the Com­pany has em­barked on the phase two, which has to do with adding of the fa­cil­ity for cab weld­ing, paint­ing and trim­ming.

Thapa stated that the third phase of the project ex­pan­sion would be to add the fa­cil­ity to fab­ri­cate, paint and as­sem­ble dif­fer­ent type of trailer bod­ies, load bod­ies with dual and triple axles, tip­per bod­ies and tankers and so on.

He ex­plained that Dan­gote Sinotruck has in­stalled ca­pac­ity to as­sem­ble and pro­duce 15-16 trucks per shift or 10,000 trucks an­nu­ally, and will cre­ate over 3000 dif­fer­ent jobs across Nige­ria.

He said: “The com­pany has the plan to have weld­ing & paint­ing shops to fab­ri­cate and paint truck cabin and trail­ers of dif­fer­ent type so as to en­hance lo­cal con­tent of Com­pletely Knocked Down (CKD) op­er­a­tion of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing,

“In next one year, we have on our agenda to as­sem­ble and fab­ri­cate truck cab­ins, dif­fer­ent type of trail­ers, tip­per bod­ies and tankers etc. in our plant to in­crease value ad­di­tions up 40-60 per cent”

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