Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo is opening a $9 million Nissan assembly plant in Tema.

It can produce 11,593 vehicles per year – comprising 6,625 pickup trucks and 4,968 sedan units per shift.

The new factory also has a modern water testing facility to check for any leaks on new vehicles.

President Nana Akufo-Addo officially inaugurated the brand new state-of-the-art Nissan assembly plant in Tema.

the $9 million Nissan assembly plant was built in collaboration with Japan Motors as an approved assembler on a 22,000 m2 plot of which 5,000 m² is covered.

The plant has the capacity to produce a total of 11,593 vehicles per year comprising 6,625 pickup units and 4,968 sedan units per shift.

However, they intend to start with the production of 1,800 vehicles per year and progress to increase production.

It also has a modern water testing facility to check for any leaks on new vehicles and environmentally friendly in its water recycling which will be filtered and reused for the water test cabin and washing car.

The plant is the culmination of a journey that began somewhere in 2018 when Nissan became the first player in the country to sign a memorandum of understanding with the government to work towards creating Ghana’s automotive development policy. .

During the commissioning of the plant, President Akufo-Addo mentioned that the arrival of automakers in Ghana has been facilitated by the bold decision of the government to formulate Ghana’s automobile development policy under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry with generous tax incentives.

He said that by assembling and ultimately producing cars in Ghana, new high-skilled jobs are created, the use of foreign exchange to import used vehicles will be reduced and, at the same time, exports of cars made in Ghana. to other African markets will provide our country with much-needed foreign exchange.

According to him, his vision is to make Ghana a fully integrated and competitive industrial hub for the automotive industry in West Africa.

He believes Nissan has made the case for the Ghanaian economy after being hit hard by COVID 19.

President Akufo-Addo expressed his enthusiasm for Ghana attracting modern automotive companies to the country.

The President assured all players in the automotive industry of his government’s support.

Nissan Africa Managing Director Mike Whitfield said the factory was an amazing, joyful and emotional experience.

“The existence of this plant is a tribute to the passion and commitment of Japan Motors which is investing $9 million, which in itself would not have been possible without the security and certainty offered by the development policy Government of Ghana Automotive Industry Progressive Council which was signed into law in record time.

“Ghana is today a benchmark for the African automotive industry, an example of what can be done, be it a will and a vision.”

He said the assembly plant meets all the requirements of GADP requirements and is the only plant with a vehicle test track in Ghana with an area of ​​3100 ms with 12 sections of noise detection and vibration, alignment check, steering, brakes and clutch issues, among others.

“We are very proud of the caliber of people we have attracted to this new assembly plant. Out of 37 technical employees, 30 are university-educated engineers and the rest are qualified and experienced employees complementing the technical employees.

“We are ready to hire more staff as our production ramps up, increasing our contribution to reducing unemployment in this country by increasing employment. The plant is designed to operate in three shifts with potential for direct employment of personnel increasing to 110 people who could produce a maximum of 31 vehicles per 24-hour cycle if the demand is created by the market,” he added.

For his part, Japan Motors Managing Director Salem Kalmoni believed that the type of investment made in the assembly plant was proof of its commitment to the country and the government, creating jobs and opportunities in the country.

“To borrow from Minister of Trade and Industry Alan Kyerematen; we have indeed put our skin there.

The plant, he said, was proof of the fantastic public-private partnership between the government of Ghana, Japan Motors and Nissan Africa.

Kalmoni was optimistic about the full implementation of Ghana’s automotive development policy by the government, having identified vehicle assembly and automotive component manufacturing as a strategic anchor industry for its ten-point plan for the industrial development of Ghana.