Boulos Enterprises Ltd., announced today the completion of a three week intensive training course for their dedicated Suzuki Super Carry Technicians. The training took place in the new purpose built and Suzuki dedicated training suite, at Boulos Enterprises factory in Ogba, Ikeja. The content of the Suzuki Japanese originated training, included all electrical, mechanical and diagnostic aspects of the new high lean burn 1.2 engine and associated ancillaries to the vehicle which will be assembled by the Nigerian work force at Boulos in Ikeja.
Henry Peters the Boulos Training Manager said: “The team were exemplary students and it was a pleasure to be given the opportunity to train my colleagues on this wonderful new 1 tonne truck.”
Also present was Olusegun Adekoya, who is head of the design team that have designed the rear body units which will be 100% manufactured at the factory. He was quoted: “This is a motor industry first for Nigeria, as we will be producing a choice of 23 different rear units, or pods as we call them, such as a Van version, refrigerated van, pick up, six seater people carriers, mobile shop, tipper unit, hopper, dustbin/trash van and even an ice cream shop, ambulance or fire engine pod/unit. It really will offer a commercial vehicle for all users, created here in Lagos for distribution across Nigeria.”
As with all Suzuki vehicles the Suzuki Super Carry will come complete with a new vehicle warranty and extended service intervals. The first vehicles are expected to be available to order from next month, October.
Titi Olodun, the Marketing Manager for Boulos Enterprises Ltd said:
“The assembly line is 1,132 square metres long, there is an additional 1,200 square metres where fabrication of a range of custom made bodies for the Suzuki will be manufactured, 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.’’
Further information on BOULOS:
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 and since then it 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 assemble motorcycles from Completely Knocked Down (CKD) to Completely Built Up ( CBU) 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 completely 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 Carry D700 commercial tricycles are assembled at the factory/plant.
The motorcycle and tri-cycle plant assembling facility has an independent service utilities backed up system and over 320 full time Nigerian staff are employed.