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Monday, 1 December 2014

Nissan Plant In Nigeria Now Producing Almera, NP300 And Now Africa’s No1 In Market Share

Nissan says its factory in Nigeria has begun the
assembly of its Almera and NP300 models
alongside the earlier reported first made in Nigeria
Nissan Patrol. That rolled off the production line in
April after the plant was prepared for global
production standards in record time.
Nissan Saharan Africa manager Jim Dando, was at
a forum with journalists in Lagos on Saturday,
were he said the company was the first car
manufacturer to build in Nigeria after the
government had introduced a new policy to
encourage domestic production of cars. Disclosing
that the Japanese company with its alliance
partner Renault, now has the largest market share
in Africa’s car market.
“Nissan is on a major push for further growth, and
is demonstrating its commitment to the continent
by sponsoring the Orange African Cup of Nations,”
he added.
Dando explained that Nissan assembly plant in
Nigeria would first service the growing domestic
market with a potential production capacity of
45,000 units and noted that the Almera and the
NP300 fell into the two most popular vehicle
segments in Nigeria.
He said, “Our first six months of production in
Nigeria has exceeded expectations. The Stallion
Group has certainly shown its dedication to
meeting the Nissan’s global production standards
at the assembly plant and we are confident in their
ongoing commitment to quality and excellence.
“Teams of experts were deployed from Japan and
South Africa to help to develop the plant, and train
the staff members to the highest global quality
standards. Nigeria has the potential to develop into
a major manufacturing hub for Nissan in Africa
alongside its plants in South Africa and Egypt.”
Dando, while also explaining that Nigeria, with a
population of over 170 million, remains Africa’s
biggest economy and an important growth market
for Nissan, added that the country’s GDP recently
overtook that of South Africa to become Africa’s
biggest car economy.

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