• Wednesday, May 29, 2024
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Bosch, NAC move to firm up auto aftermarket sub-sector

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In a move to fast-track the local automotive sector, Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, and the National Automotive Council (NAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up an alliance in the automotive aftermarket sub-sector.

This is to pave way for the development of technical automotive skills and the establishment of a network of automotive workshops in Nigeria.

Aminu Jalal, director general, NAC, and Andreas Bodemer, vice president, Middle East and Africa of Bosch’s automotive aftermarket division, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

As the number of cars on Nigerian streets rises so will the demand for skilled maintenance and state-of-the-art repair workshops. To meet the needs of the buying public, the two partners plan to offer technical training as well as innovative solutions (in the area of workshop and test equipment) to the operators of automotive workshops throughout the country.

“This partnership on training centers is clearly an innovative forerunner in the sub-Saharan part of Africa and will significantly drive the structural development of the auto industry in Nigeria. We aim to extend our expertise with NAC by further developing our Bosch workshop concepts in Nigeria and adapting them to local needs, especially for the growing middle-class segment,” stated Andreas Bodemer.

With its solutions for repair and maintenance, Bosch’s automotive aftermarket division keeps vehicles moving all around the world. Bosch currently maintains more than 43 training centers which offer training courses for operators of automotive workshops globally, two of which are located in Morocco and in South Africa.

“Our partnership with the NAC demonstrates the long-term commitment of Bosch to Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. Nigeria is the continent’s largest economy and boasts a reservoir of young and well-qualified people. Bosch aims to further develop the technical competences of the local workforce especially in the automotive industry for the mutual success of the Nigerian industry and Bosch’s business in this country,” said Markus Thill, president of the Bosch Group in Africa.