[dropcap]B[/dropcap]oulos Enterprises Limited has completed a three-week intensive training course for its dedicated Suzuki Super Carry Technicians.
In a statement released on Friday, the company announced that the training, which took place inside the new Suzuki training suite, at Boulos Enterprises factory in Ogba-Ikeja, Lagos, included all electrical and mechanical technicians, who were taken through diagnostic aspects of the new high lean burn 1.2 engine and associated ancillaries of a vehicle, which is billed to be assembled by the Nigerian work force of Boulos soon.
The company’s Training Manager, Henry Peters, was elated to remark that “The team of Technicians were exemplary students and it was a pleasure to be given the opportunity to train my colleagues on this wonderful new 1 tonne truck.”
Also present at the three week training was Mr. Olusegun Adekoya, head of the design team that designed the rear body units said to be 100% manufactured at the factory.
Adekoya explained that Boulos “is a motor industry, first for Nigeria, as we will be producing a choice of 23 different rear units, or pods as we call them, such as a Van version, refrigerated van, pick up, six seater people carriers, mobile shop, tipper unit, hopper, dustbin/trash van and even an ice cream shop, ambulance or fire engine pod/unit.
“It really will offer a commercial vehicle for all users, created here in Lagos for distribution across Nigeria.” He elucidated.
As with all Suzuki vehicles, the Suzuki Super Carry will come complete with a Suzuki new vehicle warranty and extended service intervals. The first vehicles are said to be expected from next month, October.
The company’s Marketing Manager, Titi Olodun, also explained that, “The assembly line is 1,132 square metres long, with an additional 1,200 square metres where fabrication of a range of custom made bodies for the Suzuki will be manufactured.
“These include refrigerated units, vans, six seater people carriers, tippers, hoppers, pick-ups, mobile shops and many other body options. The new facilities will be equipped with state of the art modern manufacturing tools and equipment, with associated infrastructure built to the exacting standards of SUZUKI Japan.”
She also said, the “venture not only protects the jobs of Nigerians, but also sets in place a clear manufacturing base here in Lagos.”
The Marketing Manager was however cheerful to add that Boulos is “truly honoured to be setting up the first ever 4 wheel vehicle assembly/production facility in Nigeria for SUZUKI.’’
Boulos Enterprises Limited (BEL) was incorporated in 1964 by the Boulos brothers Anthony and Gabriel Boulos. The initial trading business was started with Suzuki in 1959 and the main focus of their business was initially, trading and incorporation of general merchandise including some brands of motorcycles from Western Europe and after few years, they went into the importation of the “Suzuki” brand of motorcycles and outboard motors from Japan. Since then Boulos has remained a leading motorcycle and outboard motors distribution and assembly company in Nigeria.
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