Dangote Group, the largest indigenous industrial conglomerate in West Africa, has reportedly invested ₦63 billion on a local automaker based in Enugu State, South-East zone.
The automaker, which Naijauto learned goes by the name Transit Support Services Limited, went into a long-term agreement with Dangote Group, and has already supplied 3,500 Shacman trucks to the company from its Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company assembly plant in Emene Enugu State.
Dangote Group bought 3,500 Shacman trucks from Transit Support Services, an Enugu-based automaker
Transit Support Services MD, Frank Nneji disclosed this to newsmen during a tour of the ANAMMCO assembly plant. He stated that the 3,500 trucks supplied to Dangote constituted 90% of all the Shacman trucks that are being assembled at the Emene factory since it was resuscitated after being abandoned for a long time.
About 90 per cent of trucks produced here are for Dangote. Right now at the dump, we have about 300 units. Since last year, we have done 800 units. Dangote Group since inception has bought about 3,500 units from us. It also patronises the Shackman trucks for its refinery currently being built in Lagos
The Nneji disclosed the project has made the Onne Port become operational which has been inactive for many years. He explained the vehicle parts were supplied to the assembly plant by their China partner, Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile Import & Export Company, and are delivered via the port.
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Aliko Dangote patronized a locally assembled plant and entered into a long-term agreement with the company
Nneji who doubles as the Managing Director of ABC Transport Plc, went further to say that the Dangote & Shackman truck partnership has helped to create job opportunities and also training of youths in the area.
This has been of tremendous benefit for the people in the South-East. For more than seven years, this place was shut down.
There was no activity until Shackman came and we made an agreement with the Shacman Group and we started skeletally.
We were only able to start full production of trucks when we offered logistics solutions to the Dangote Group. That was in 2016 when we started the first agreement for 500 trucks.
Mr.Nneji didn't fail to state that the revival of the ANAMMCO assembly plant was owing to the NADDC auto policy which endorses the local manufacturing of automobiles.
The GM Corporate Communications for Dangote Group, Mr.Sunday Esan, opined that the company was impressed with the Shacman trucks they purchased, saying that there will be continuous patronage.
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