[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n continuation of her private partnership initiatives, Boulos Enterprises limited presented a green Robinson motorbike to the Lagos State Ministry of Environment on Tuesday, 16th of August, 2016.
The company’s General Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr. Stanley Evans, handed over the bike to the Honorable Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Babatunde Adejare, with Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers, among others, in attendance.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Evans said: “Today’s presentation of a green bike to the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, we believe, will further enhance the already established relationship between our company and Lagos State Government.”
According to him, Boulos chose the Robinson, not only because it was made in the company’s factory based in the Lagos State capital, but also for the reason that it is designed to be environmentally friendly.
“The new generation motorbike,” Evans explained further, “has been designed with in-built, modern emission controls and other special features.
“The Robinson’s high technology 200cc engine makes it a favourite of many users and corporations for delivery and dispatch within Lagos.
“The Robinson Motorbike, specially painted in environmental green, is to be used for the purpose of Monitoring which was stated by some of the officials at the presentation.
Responding, the commissioner appreciated Boulos Enterprises Limited, not only for the motorbike presented to the ministry, but also for being environmentally compliant, promising to continue to partner with the company for a green and clean Lagos.
Boulos Enterprises Limited is the sole distributor of Suzuki, Haojue, Aprillia, Moto-guzzi, Derbi, Robinson motorcycles; Suzuki Outboard engines, D700 Carry vans and the soon to be launched and assembled by Boulos, Suzuki Super Carry Van.
Boulos Enterprises Limited (BEL) was incorporated in 1964 by the Boulos brothers Anthony and Gabriel Boulos. Its initial trading business started with Suzuki in 1959. The main focus of their business initially, was trading and incorporation of general merchandise, including some brands of motorcycles from Western Europe. Few years after, they concentrated on importation of “Suzuki” brand of motorcycles and outboard motors from Japan. And since then, the company has remained a leading motorcycle and Marine Suzuki outboard motor distributor and assembler in Nigeria.
The continued growth in Suzuki motorcycle business stimulated the company to establish the first assembly plant in the country at Oregun, Ikeja, Nigeria in 1969, existing till date to assembly motorcycles from Completely Knocked Down (CKD) parts by Nigerian staff. It is worthy to note this was implemented at the initiative of the company, whose competitors were still importing fully built up (FBU) motorcycles.
The ban of fully built motorcycles gave the company the impetus to embark on a manufacturing/assembly plant. Considering the bright future of automobile business in Nigeria and the level of technology, the company embarked on construction of a phased integrated motorcycles manufacturing complex located at its present 25-acre plot at Ogba Industrial Scheme, Ikeja.
The present integrated plant has an installed capacity of 150,000 units for motorcycles assembling per annum on a single 8-hours shift per working day. Additionally, the factory/plant is currently undergoing redevelopment for a new assembly line to produce four- wheel Suzuki Super Carry.
The assembling facilities have an independent service utilities backed up system. Over 320 full time Nigerian staffs are employed.
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