Energy; Original Equipment Manufacturers Urged to Embrace Local Production

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Representatives of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have been called upon to emulate the example of Future Concerns Group, a local manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) by developing clear plans to domicile the manufacturing of the items they currently import.

While laying the foundation stone of Future Concerns Group, a PPE manufacturing company in Lekki, near Lagos Nigeria, the executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, noted that the factory would manufacture products under the trademark of Red Wings, one of the world’s leading producers of top-range PPEs.

Wabote expressed regret that operators of the Nigerian oil and gas industry prefer to import several equipment components and items that could easily be manufactured in the country.

“I hope that the trend would be corrected with the efforts of committed investors like the founder of Future Concerns Group,” he said.

Wabote highlighted the remarkable difference between PPEs used in the oil and gas industry and the ones used in other sectors, hinting that PPEs meant for the oil industry must be fire-resistant as well as meet other specific ISO standards.

He emphasized that Future Concerns’ personal protective equipment factory will go beyond the oil and gas industry and serve other sectors that require PPE, like the construction and power industries.

In his remarks after touring the company’s existing facilities and the factory under construction, the ES commended the management of Future Concerns Group for their decision to domicile the PPE manufacturing facility, rather than perpetually serving as the distributor of imported Red Wings products.

He expressed hope that the factory will start manufacturing coveralls by December 2022 as scheduled and grow systematically to produce other Red Wings PPE products in the country.

The construction of the factory is already underway, and it is expected to be opened in December 2022, starting with the manufacturing of coveralls, before expanding to safety shoes, hard hats, and safety goggles.

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