BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Innoson Vehicles Production (IVM), a Nigerian Automaker, has announced intentions to open a new manufacturing unit in Owerri, Imo State.
On Friday, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of the Innoson Group, revealed the information while giving members of the Correspondents’ Chapel a facilities tour of his business in Nnewi, Anambra State.
The present growth effort, according to Chief Chukwuma, is aimed at realizing the group’s purpose of becoming a behemoth in African car production by meeting the country’s and continent’s vehicle demands.
“The Innoson Manufacturing expansion will be located in the Imo State town of Naze, Owerri.
“We’ve already purchased roughly 150,000 square meters of land for this project, and development is now underway,” he stated.
He thanked the media for their unwavering support and collaboration with his organization.
Mr. Cornel Osigwe, Head, Corporate Communications, Innoson Delegation, who guided the Group through the facilities, expressed delight at Governor Charles Soludo’s support of the Innoson Vehicle as the State’s official vehicle.
Governor Soludo’s support, according to Mr. Osigwe, demonstrated the vehicle’s longevity and capability.
“Governor Soludo is the first Governor to employ Innoson Cars as his official vehicle, and we hope that his endorsement will encourage other State governments, business organizations, and well-meaning Nigerians to do the same.”
“Right now, IVM is making automobiles for around five African countries: Sierra Leone, Mali, Congo, and Côte d’Ivoire,” he explained.
He said the company was currently migrating from manual production to a fully automated production plant.
“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,” Mr. Osigwe stated.
Earlier in his address, Chief Chuks Ilozue, Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel, Anambra State said the visit was to strengthen media partnership with the group.
“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 firsthand information on your entrepreneurial activities to help the media educate and inspire residents of the State,” Chief Ilozue said.
The award of recognition as a “Craftsman” per excellence to the firm by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Anambra State Council, was one of the highlights of the occasion.