Japan Motors set to begin assembling Nissan vehicles in Ghana by the first half of 2021

GHANA – Japan Motors Trading Company Ltd. (JMTC), dealers in Nissan range of vehicles, has announced that it is set to begin assembling Nissan vehicles in Ghana by the first half of 2021.

This is a result of an assembling agreement between Nissan and Japan Motors, which was announced at a ceremony in Accra in line with Ghana’s automotive development agenda.

According to the Managing Director of Nissan South Africa, Shinkichi Izumi, the new partnership with Japan Motors will not affect Nissan’s existing sales and services agreement with its second local partner, Auto Parts Limited.

The first model to be assembled at the new facility, which is situated on the Cocoa Processing Road, Tema, will be the all-new Nissan Navara pick-up, unveiled by Nissan earlier this month.

“With world-class training, the local assembly plant will deliver an excellent product to meet our customers’ needs.”

Salem Kalmoni – Managing Director, Japan Motors

The Nissan top official explained that the partnership with Japan Motors, will, among other things, help to accelerate Ghana’s industrialisation drive.

The operations will begin with the assembling of semi knocked down vehicles and progress over the years to the assembling of completely knocked down kits.

The continued development of Nissan’s African manufacturing base is a key part of the company’s regional midterm strategy under the Nissan NEXT global transformation plan. Once operational, the Ghana facility will add to Nissan’s existing African production capacity at plants in South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria.

Construction of the new facility is already underway, as are the recruitment and appointment of new employees, skills development and technical training to share and apply Nissan’s global quality production standards.

“Japan Motors sees great potential in Ghana. We’re thrilled to make this significant investment and to be in a partnership that will unlock job opportunities and contribute to the economic development of Ghana,” said Salem Kalmoni, Managing Director of Japan Motors.

“With world-class training, the local assembly plant will deliver an excellent product to meet our customers’ needs. I hope the new partnership we have with Nissan will last much longer because the longer it lasts, the more component manufacturing comes in and the more we will get the full benefits of the industry.”

In an interview, the Managing Director of Nissan South Africa, Shinkichi Izumi, said the appointment of Nissan’s long-time partner, Japan Motors Trading Co. as its local partner in the vehicle assembly facility is in recognition of the latter’s proven track record in efficient service delivery and dependability.

The appointment is a result of the 2018 memorandum of understanding between Nissan and the government of Ghana to lay the foundation for a sustainable automotive manufacturing industry in the country.

“Ghana government’s policy on automotive development is a critical path to industrialisation, so we decided to get involved. The policy, we believe, will accelerate industrialisation, value chain creation and market liberation,” Mr Izumi noted.

Nissan, Mr Izumi said, has a long heritage within the pick-up segment and the new model will be produced to specifications good for the African /Ghanaian market.

Liked this article? Subscribe to DealStreet Africa News, our regular email newsletter with the latest news, deals and insights from Africa’s business, economy and more. SUBSCRIBE

Other Recent Posts

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.