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Globe Motors rolls out Nigeria-assembled Hyundai, Higer vehicles


Globe Motors has rolled out a new set of Hyundai and Higer brands of vehicles from its Lekki-based assembly plant in Lagos.

The firm had entered into partnership with Higer Bus Company of China to build an ultra modern vehicle assembly plant at the cost of $200m in Lagos shortly after the Federal Government announced an auto policy designed to discourage importation of cars and encourage local manufacturing of vehicles.

Globe Motors is among the over 30 local automakers in Nigeria accredited by the National Automotive Design and Development Council under the Nigeria Automotive Industry Development Plan to assemble vehicles.

The Managing Director of Globe Motors, Mr. Victor Oguamalam, in an interview with journalists at the plant, said the team of technicians and other skilled personnel had been working tirelessly to make the dream a reality.

“Though we are not producing at installed capacity, we have started production at the plant. We currently have an annual installed capacity of 6,000 vehicles at the plant; the daily production is subject to market and other forces,” he said.

He said the current production capacity of plant located along the Eleko-Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos could be increased depending on demand.

He said over 50 personnel were working at the plant including engineers, technicians and administrative personnel.

Oguamalam said the company was operating at the Semi Knock Down level and planned to move to the Complete KnockDown stage as soon as possible.

He stressed that the company had qualified workers manning the plant, while Hyundai and Higer experts from Korea and China, respectively were on the ground as backup force for the local employees.

“Before we started assembling, Hyundai engineers came and set up the plant, trained our (members of) staff for months and we took it up from there.

“They overwhelming came in two batches made up of group of engineers who installed the equipment and set up the assembly lines as well as the marketing department. Even the engineers who came to put us through were amazed by the competence of our staff. They confessed that the technical workers in Nigeria are knowledgeable and pick faster than in other countries where they tried to set up plants.”

Oguamalam attributed the indigenous workers’ ability to pick up fast to the fact that most of them were drawn from existing auto garages and Globe Motors workshop across the country.

“You know Globe Motors is reputed for its competence in automobile maintenance and we are replicating this in our assembly plants. For over 30 years, we have been in the business of automobile; so, we are not new in this line of business,” he said.

The Plant Manager, Mr. Simon Njere, explained that the plant compared with the very best in the country, adding, “We are well equipped with modern facilities for checking the quality of products we are producing here and our equipment is procured from Korea,” he said.

According to him, the facilities comprise diagnostic equipment, speed fester, wheel balancing machines, among others, which are all of international standards.

Njere, an electrical engineer, said, “Our quality is the same with Hyundai and Higer in Korea and China, respectively. We have not received any complaint from customers since we started production. I see Globe Motors moving to Complete Knock Down stage very soon.”

Globe Motors rolls out Nigeria-assembled Hyundai, Higer vehicles Globe Motors rolls out Nigeria-assembled Hyundai, Higer vehicles Reviewed by mujeeb Olagunju on August 01, 2018 Rating: 5

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