As the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP) gains wider acceptance and accolades, Higer Bus Company Limited of China is concluding plans to build a world-class bus manufacturing plant in Nigeria.
Towards this end, the auto maker is entering into a tripartite partnership with two other Nigerian companies, Globe Motors and Asia-Africa International FZE Company located in Lekki Free Trade Zone.
Senior officials from Higer Bus, who arrived Nigeria, recently, were said to be in conjunction with their Nigerian partners, working out details of the logistics required to commence bus building through Semi Knocked Down (SKD) assembly operations, but with firm commitment to upgrade to manufacturing operations within a short timeline.
The partnership is being mid-wife by the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC). At one of the series of meetings with partners in Lagos, Nigeria, the NADDC’s Acting Director General, Mr. Luqman Mamudu, who represented the Council at the meeting, was presented with a prototype image of Higer Bus by officials of the company.
Higer Bus Company Limited, also known as Higer Bus, is a Chinese bus manufacturer based in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.
Established at the end of 1998, Higer is China’s leading exporter of buses and coaches whose products are available in more than 100 countries and territories in South Asia, Middle East, Africa, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Americas and the company continues to experience significant annual growth in both market expansion and production capability.
Higer Bus and Coach are the third largest and the fastest growing bus manufacturer in the world. I
t is known for its innovation and dedication to research and development. Higer’s manufacturing facility in the Jiangsu Province China has the capacity to produce 35,000 buses per year.
The production base for medium, large and city buses covers 800,000 sqm (equivalent to 45 cricket ground fields) and hosts advanced-equipped assembly lines. Higer has strictly implemented the quality standards of the national CCC certification, ISO/TS16949 and ISO14001.
Higer has established strict regulations on the screening, assessment and verification of suppliers, with all the spare parts coming from reliable advanced enterprises, both domestic and international.