Innoson Group Moves To Launch Vehicle Manufacturing Plant In Owerri

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Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing (IVM), Nigeria’s car maker has plans to establish another manufacturing plant in Owerri, Imo State.

Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman, Innoson Group, made the disclosure when he received members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Correspondents’ Chapel, on a facility tour of his plant in Nnewi, Anambra State on Friday.

Chukwuma said that the current expansion effort was to actualise the group’s mission to become a giant in vehicle manufacturing in Africa by serving the country’s and continent’s vehicle needs.

Said he: “The Innoson factory expansion will be situated at Naze Owerri in Imo. We have already acquired about 150,000sqm land for this project and construction works are ongoing.

He appreciated the media for their continual support and partnership with his organisation.

Speaking also, Mr Cornel Osigwe, Head, Corporate Communications, Innoson Group, who led the group round the facility, expressed excitement over Govovernor Charles Soludo’s endorsement of Innoson vehicle as the official vehicle for Anambra State.

Osigwe said that the endorsement by Governor Soludo showed the durability and capacity of the made in Nigeria vehicle.

Said Osigwe: “Governor Soludo is the first governor to use Innoson vehicles as official vehicle and we are hopeful that such endorsement will increase patronage from other state governments, corporate organisations and other well-meaning Nigerians.

“Presently, IVM is producing vehicles for about five countries in Africa including Sierra Leone, Mali, Congo, and Côte d’Ivoire.

Osigwe said the company was currently migrating from manual production to a fully automated production plant.

Informed he: “The manual production plant has the capacity to produce about 10,000 vehicles annually but at the completion of the migration to a fully automated production plant, it will have the capacity to produce about 60,000 annually”.

Earlier in his address, Mr Emmanuel Ilozue, chairman of the chapel, said the visit was to strengthen media partnership with the group.

Noted Ilozue: “You are breaking grounds in the automobile industry and contributing to the economy of the state and country at large. It is commendable and worthy of emulation.

“We are here on this facility tour to see and get first-hand information on your entrepreneurial activities to help the media educate and inspire residents of the state”.

Highlights of the event was the presentation of award of recognition as ‘Craftsman Per Excellence’ to the company by the council.

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