By Loveth Azodo, Lagos
Over 3,000 visitors and exhibitors have confirmed their participation in the forthcoming Manufacturing Equipments Expo being hosted by the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) and Clarion Event West African.
The event which will feature Manufacturing partnership for African Development (MPAD) is one of the MAN’s responses to Government’s commitment towards industrialization and its quest to diversify the Economy.
It is slated for 13th – 15th march, 2018 at the Landmark Event Centre, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos
Reminiscing on the 2016 edition of the Expo, the President of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs, said that the event which hosted 2600 manufacturing experts from all over the globe at inception in 2016 had not only grown to become a leading international exhibition, recording 3,700 participants last year but it is also making great impact on the Nigeria economy, as attested to by participants who cut across various sectors of the economy.
Udemba said: “Currently, over 3000 visitors and exhibitors have confirmed participation against our expectation of 4000 participants. Among those who have registered are equipment manufacturers from Germany, Turkey, Indonesia, Italy and China. Of course, our valued member companies from the multinationals are not left out.
“The incorporation of the NIRAM Expo is the most exciting thing that has happened to the industrial sector in Nigeria. It provides the opportunity for large and medium size corporation to retool and get local sources of raw materials to boost production and reduce cost, time and procurement.”
Speaking on the objectives of the NIRAM Expo, DR. H.D Ibrahim, the Director General, Raw Materials and Research Development Council (RMRDC) said: “It is instructive for us to cast our minds to the objective of NIRAM Expo which raw material research and development council initiated in 2012 in pursuance of her mandate to promote the development and utilization of Nigeria’s abundant natural resources as input for sustainable growth and development of resource-based manufacturing.
“In view of the fact that most raw materials and resources based manufacturing industry fall within the Micro, small and medium scale category , it behooves on RMRDC to focus national attention to the challenges of the resource- based MSMEs, which was why the council and relevant government agencies and representative of the Organized Private Sector (OPS) make up the steering committee for NIRAM Expo”
Ibrahim noted also that the primary objective of the NIRAM expo is to create a platform where stakeholders in the raw material value chain could come together to synergies, showcase and trade in available resources and raw materials with the users of some, which is, mainly the manufacturing sector.
“This way, we are able to bridge the information gap as well as encourage increase sourcing/procurement of locally available raw materials by manufacturing industries”, he said.