[dropcap]T[/dropcap]o further ensure growth and expansion in 2016, reinforcing their confidence in the Nigerian market, Boulos Enterprises Limited has restated continuation of more than 57 years of representing SUZUKI in Nigeria, by releasing the first picture, showing initial construction of a SUZUKI 4-Wheel assembly line, dedicated to assemble the Suzuki Super Carry.
The photograph was taken in the Boulos factory located at Acme road, Ogba.
According to the company’s Marketing Manager, Titi Olodun, the assembly line is 1,132 square metres long, with additional 1,200 square metres, where fabrication of a range of custom made bodies for the Suzuki will be manufactured.
She explained: “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.
“This venture not only protects the jobs of Nigerians, but also sets in place a clear manufacturing base here in Lagos. We are 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. The main focus of their business initially, was trading and incorporation of general merchandise including some brands of motorcycles from Western Europe. After a few years, they concentrated on the importation of the “Suzuki” brand of motorcycles and outboard motors from Japan.
Since then Boulos remained a leading motorcycle and outboard motors distribution and assembly company 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) to Fully built up (FBU) by Nigerian staff. It is worthy to note this was implemented at the initiative of the company as all other competitors in the country were still importing fully built up 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 the 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 Carryd700 commercial tricycles are assembled at the plant.
The motorcycle and tricycle assembling facilities has an independent service utilities backed up system. Over 320 full time Nigerian staffs are employed.
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