A foreign consultant from Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has praised the country’s moves to maximize local auto parts manufacturing capacity.
Although the country is still in the early stages of manufacturing, Oscar Albin of the National Automobile Industry says it is essential that human resources and other facilities have sufficient resources to enable the creation of auto parts. world class.
“The means are in ten steps to be at the top and to be qualified as one of the top ten manufacturers of steering wheels or bolts. The country will not survive if it does not strive to be in the top ten for the next 50 years.
“To be there, you have to do a lot of things. In Ghana we may be in the first stage but at least we are on the ground. The sector needs more trained human resources to be able to move this agenda forward,” he said.
Officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Technology Advisory Center of KNUST visited to assess some auto component manufacturers in the industrial enclaves of Suame and Kaasi.
This decision aims to attract partnerships and foreign investment in local producers of spare parts for machinery.
Commissioned in 2018 under the government’s One-District-One-Factory policy, the Springs and Bolts Company Limited is currently operating at a capacity of 8,500 bolts and springs.
The company’s CEO, Nana Kwame Asamoah, says that “producing locally is very expensive. Now the government supports us. Nevertheless, we need additional help to grow as there is a huge market in the West African sub-region. Currently, our state wants to increase our capacity from 8.5 tons to 25.4 tons on a weekly basis and employ more people and create nearly 400 indirect and direct jobs”.
As part of the government’s transformation agenda, the company has been identified as a strategic partner in vehicle assembly and automotive component manufacturing.
Therefore, the Department of Trade and Industry facilitates investment in vehicle assembly from major original equipment manufacturers and investment partners with potential spillover effects on local manufacturing.
Professor Samuel Mensah Sackey of the KNUST Technology Consulting Center suggested the establishment of standard quality control units in local automotive component manufacturing companies.
“We don’t have enough quality control processes in local manufacturing industries, especially in the informal sector. This is the big challenge. We need working machine systems and a world class spot welding system.
“We have not taken the necessary step to build this human capital. We need to build human capital for all of these areas,” he said.