The recent third annual mPAD & inaugural Nigeria Manufacturing Expo (MAN Expo) in Lagos has been hailed a great success by the event patrons, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).
The event, which was launched in response to the governmentâ€™s commitment to industrialisation and Nigeriaâ€™s need to diversify, welcomed more than 2600 manufacturing experts over three days in March.
The Nigeria Manufacturing Expo featured the latest and most innovative machines, tools, automation technology and specialist financial offerings from the more than 80 leading international and local manufacturing equipment and services suppliers over 2300mÂ² of exhibition space.
Attendees represented 24 different countries while 30 manufacturing expert speakers addressed hundreds during the free-to-attend conference sessions on the expo floor.
The top manufacturing industries represented include Agro, Food, Beverage & Tobacco Processing; Packaging; Labelling; Printing, Graphics & Converting; Plastics & Rubber Processing;Â Textile Production; Shoe Making; Tanning; Automotive Assembly; Metal Working, Foundry and Metallurgy; Glass Making & Processing; Cement Making; Ceramic Making; Pharmaceutical & Medical Processing; Cosmetic Processing; Electronics Production & OEM Assemblies; Chemical Processing; Plastic and Rubber Processing; Wood-Working and FMCG.
The sold-out expo floor featured leading international and local suppliers of industrial automation equipment and machine tools including: GEA West Africa, Clearpack, Kautex, Festo Automation, Miele Packaging, Gil Automation and Thomson & Grace, who were gold sponsors.
The Exhibition also featured International country pavilions from Indian and German as well as a Nigeria Manufacturers Pavilion where made-in-Nigeria produce was promoted.
Furthermore attending in strong numbers were leading private sector banks who were providing financing for machinery acquisition such as: Sterling Bank, Fidelity Bank, Ecobank, Zenith Bank, Diamond Bank, Access Bank, Accion Microfinance bank, Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria Limited and Union Bank of Nigeria.
Â â€œThe huge attendance at the Nigeria Manufacturing Expo exceeded our expectationsâ€ says event director Russell Hughes.
He adds: â€œwe were honoured to also welcome the Bank of Industry (BOI) as a key partner who are supporting local manufacturers with low, long term interest rates so they may re-tool and modernise.â€
He says he was inspired by an impressive array of Made-in-Nigeria products which were proudly promoted in the Nigeria Manufacturers Pavilion.
He continues: â€œit is our aim to support the Federal Ministry and Manufacturers Association to create an enabling environment in which local production can prosper. We believe that Nigeria is the next global manufacturing hub.â€
The event also enjoyed important support from the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade & Investment of Nigeria who were host ministry and the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry who were the host c