Indian vehicle manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra is reported to be planning an automotive assembly plant and service centre in Ghana, which would serve demand in the country and its neighbours in West Africa.
According to India’s SME Times, the Indian SUV and pick-up truck OEM will build the plant on a 9.5-acre (3.5 hectare) plot in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, together local distributor, Svani Motors.
"The Automobile Plaza would explore the potential of the fast expanding local automobile market and offer quality and affordable vehicles and services to meet increasing market demand in Ghana and other neighbouring countries," Thomas Svanikier, executive chairman of Svani Motors, was quoted as saying.
According to Svanikier, more than 3,500 Mahindra vehicles had been sold over the past seven years in Ghana to state institutions, private organisations, industries, UN agencies and individuals.
Mahindra's senior general manager for the African region, Sanjay Jadhav, was also quoted as saying that the introduction of the new range of Mahindra vehicles in the country was part of the efforts to improve the comfort levels of customers.
Mahindra & Mahindra did not respond to requests to confirm the plant’s development, nor details on the anticipated production capacity. Given the reported size of the plant and the relatively small number of vehicle sales in the region, assembly would likely be from kits produced in India.