Bottler turns Enugu plant into logistics, distribution hub
The decision, according to the company, was informed by the desire to deliver better value to its esteemed consumers and trade partners in the entire South-East region.
Acting Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Mr. Ekuma Eze, stated that the development was in line with the holistic strategy to reposition the company’s operation for better efficiency and accelerate the business transformation plan.
He said, “The repurposing of some NBC facilities across Nigeria, Enugu inclusive, is in line with our sustainable business strategy with the overarching goal of improving efficiency and boosting production capacity to meet the ever growing demand of our discerning consumers. While production activities have stopped at the Enugu facility, the company would continue to carry out logistics and commercial operations from the location.”
He stated that the company’s business transformation and optimization plan which commenced in 2015 involves huge investments worth over Euro 500 million for the massive expansion and upgrade of some key plants including Asejire, Ikeja, Abuja, Owerri, Challawa, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, and Benin resulting in increased production capacity, hence, the need to transform some other plants including Ilorin, Jos, Kaduna and most recently Enugu to handle commercial and logistics activities.
While speaking on the employees whose roles were rendered redundant by the transformation, Eze said, “As a result of business optimization, some roles became redundant.
However, the whole process was conducted with utmost respect and consideration for our employees and engagement with the unions. The company provided robust and generous severance packages way above statutory requirements and industry average.”
He also noted that the company as a responsible corporate citizen engaged with key stakeholders in Enugu State as well as key opinion leaders in the host communities to reinforce its commitment to investing time, resources and expertise to improve the socio-economic well-being of the communities through locally relevant initiatives.
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