Local outlet of century-old manufacturer goes bullish on economy with $35mn Lagos facility
Cummins West Africa Ltd. (CWAL), the local subsidiary of Cummins Inc., a Fortune 200 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange has launched its $35mn facility in Lagos, positioning for opportunities in Africa’s biggest market, the company said Tuesday.
Cummins which is the largest independent diesel engine manufacturer in the world said the move sends a strong signal that Nigeria is critical to its regional operations.
“Nigeria offers rich human capital, natural resources, and relative political stability, which are key indicators that companies evaluate to make investment decisions,” said Ade Obatoyinbo, CWAL Managing Director.
The facility, located in Ikeja, is a modern redevelopment consolidating three Cummins business units to improve operational efficiency.
Cummins is also investing millions of dollars in Nigeria to tap into the enormous opportunity to drive growth and help provide critical power infrastructure in the economy, said Gino Bureta, Vice President, Power Systems, Cummins Inc.
Nigeria’s economy has grown less than two percent annually since its exited a 2016 and needs private capital to support growth. The government recently said it has secured N205 billion worth of private investment this year to fix bad roads.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the commission of Cummins’ new facility said that his administration will continue to provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive in the state.
The Governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Industry, Commerce and Cooperatives, Ajayi Oladele, said that the state will continue to improve the road infrastructure, ensure the security of lives and property to continue to attract foreign direct investment to Lagos State.
Cummins’ design of its new office is based on its Smart Office concept which improves collaboration across teams, provides flexible spaces that meet the diverse needs of the workforce and promotes diversity and inclusion.
Apart from incorporating world-class Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) standards, it is also fitted with amenities for persons with disabilities.
In addition, the 25,300 m2 brownfield development consists of several building clusters including a three-floor administrative building, training centre, which also houses the staff canteen, clinic, nursing mothers’ room, and meditation room; warehouse comprising a separate Genset and parts storage areas, as well as parts-sales offices to serve walk-in customers, climate-controlled workshop with a mezzanine office floor for technical staff.
The workshop is fitted with a dynamometer for testing loose rebuilt or repaired engines, amongst other modern equipment.
Since entering the Nigerian market in the late 2000s, Cummins has played a significant role in powering Nigeria’s development and industrialisation through its power generator business and engines that power many households and businesses.