Ford Motor Company has announced that it’s going to launch a new car assembling plant in Ikeja, Lagos State. Going for a strategic partnership with Nigerian-owned car distributorship, Coscharis, the company will be able to launch 5000 cars every year from the Lagos plant. The facility is expected to cater for the demand of the entire West Africa.
Ford Ranger pickup trucks will be assembled in that plant and all components and body parts will be imported from South Africa, the company says. This will be Ford Motor’s second plant in Africa, the first one being in South Africa makes 85,000 vehicles every year. The new plant is expected to create around 200 jobs.
President of Ford Middle East and Africa, Jim Benintende said, “Assembling Ford Ranger truck in Africa’s largest economy is an important milestone in our Middle East and Africa growth plan.
“With Coscharis we have the right partner and with the Ford Ranger we have the right product to deliver a world-class truck that Nigerian customers want and value,” he added.
Some local businessmen who opined with Somtoo.com said they feel that the plant will play a significant role in Nigeria’s move towards industrialization and it will definitely be an important part of Nigeria’s automotive industry.