By Franklin Alli
‘’With the industrial conglomerate’s many interests and projects, the latest of which is the construction of a refinery in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, and the phosphate fertilizer project, the need for heavy-duty vehicles is always inevitable.’’
That’s how the Dangote Group explained why it purchases no fewer than 3, 500 Shacman vehicles of various models valued at about N63 billion.
The vehicles are assembled at the ANAMMCO plant in Emene, near Enugu, in partnership with Transit Support Services (TSS).
Speaking during a tour of the plant, General Manager, Dangote Group Corporate Communications, Esan Sunday, said that though the Group has its own plant, Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Ltd, which also produces trucks, the desire to cover the South-East, coupled with the fact that its needs far exceed the installed capacity of the Lagos auto factory, made it opt for the Shacman range from ANAMMCO.
He said it would, therefore, be erroneous to claim that the Group has been discriminating against the economy of the South-Eastern part of the country in its investments, stressing that the current relationship with TSS and ANMAMCO, is not short-term, but one that would be sustained over a long period.
“We will obviously rely even more on this ANAMMCO plant for our heavy-duty truck needs, he said, adding ‘The vehicles are among the best for our kind of operations.”
Daily, Weekly capacity
During the visit, both the General Manager, Logistics, Iheanyi Ogbonna, and the Plant Manager, Emulor, took the guests through the various stages of Shacman assembly – from the pre-assembly line to the finish line, from where the vehicle proceeds to the purpose-built test-track. Emulor disclosed that all things being equal about 10 trucks are assembled daily, and about 50 in a week.