ACCRA: Ghana’s President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo officially opened the brand-new state-of-the-art Nissan Navara assembly near the capital on Thursday, a move that the firm described as setting Ghana as a “benchmark for the African automotive industry.”
The Nissan Assembly Plant in the Industrial City, Tema, has the capacity to produce 11,593 units of vehicles per shift per annum. For three shifts at full capacity, the plant can produce 31,666 vehicles annually.
The nine million dollars, 5000 square meter facility, which is a joint venture between Nissan Africa and Japan Motors Ghana, will assemble Nissan’s difficult Navara pick-up vehicle for the Ghanaian and West African markets.
The plant has commenced production with two models, the Nissan Navara and the Peugeot 3008 sports utility vehicle (SUV), which will be produced on contract assemblies.
Salem Kalmoni, the CEO of Japan Motors, whose grandfather founded the company 100 years ago, said the US $9 million investment showed his family’s dedication to the government and country by creating jobs and openings.
President Akufo-Addo, said it was in line with the government’s vision of making Ghana a leading hub in the automobile industry in Africa after countries such as South Africa, Egypt, and Morocco.