The federal government’s auto policy is beginning to yield more dividends as more car makers are establishing vehicle assembly plants in the country. The latest entrant is Auto manufacturer, Ford Motor Company, who today disclosed that it will commence the assembling of its popular Ford Ranger pickup truck in Nigeria in the fourth quarter of 2015. The move is part of its expansion in Middle East and Africa, with Nigeria to be the first African country outside of South Africa where Ford vehicles are produced.
Jim Benintende, president of Ford Middle East & Africa disclosed that the Ranger assembly will begin in Ikeja, Lagos State, with Ford partnering with their major dealer group Coscharis Motors Limited on the project.
Ford will assemble the vehicles at a semi-knockdown level, using body parts and components imported from South Africa for the new Ranger, according to the statement. The new assembly plant in Ikeja will create approximately 180 jobs directly and indirectly, and has the capacity to assemble up to 5,000 units annually, it said, adding that Vehicles assembled at Ikeja are destined for sale in Nigeria only.
In line with the operating procedures for Ford plants around the world, Ford will send experienced employees to Nigeria to assist with implementing the Global Ford Production System, which focuses on the highest standards for safety, quality and delivery, the statement further stated.