Nissan announces Ghanaian assembly partner for new Navara

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2021 Nissan Navara (Nissan Media)
2021 Nissan Navara (Nissan Media)

• Japan Motors Trading Co. awarded contract for all-new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana. 

• The next generation Navara bakkie will be assembled at the plant. 

• The Japanese carmaker has plants in South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria. 

Nissan announced it has appointed Japan Motors Trading Co. as its local partner in an all-new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, Ghana.

The appointment is a result of the 2018 memorandum of understanding between company and the government of Ghana to lay the foundation for a sustainable automotive manufacturing industry in the country, Nissan says.

Nissan Navara
2021 Nissan Navara (Nissan Media)

The first model to be assembled at the new facility will be the all-new Nissan Navara bakkie, unveiled Nissan earlier this month. 

The continued development of the company's African manufacturing base is a key part of the Japanese firm's regional midterm strategy under the Nissan Next global transformation plan.

Once operational, the Ghana facility will add to the carmaker's existing African production capacity at plants in South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria.

The announcement, Nissan says, demonstrates ongoing commitment to investing in Ghana, as well as the expansion of the country's automotive sector through the Ghana Automotive Development Policy.

"Ghana presents a great opportunity for investment, partnership and growth for Nissan," said Shinkichi Izumi, managing director of Nissan Africa South.

Nissan Navara
2021 Nissan Navara (Nissan Media)

"Construction of the new facility is already underway, as are the recruitment and appointment of new employees, skills development and technical training to share and apply Nissan's global quality production standards.“Japan Motors sees great potential in Ghana,” said Salem Kalmoni, managing director of Japan Motors.

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