By Chiazo Ogbolu
Africa’s technology giant, Zinox Technologies Ltd., is to deploy robotics in handling certification processes in its new assembly plant.
The Head, Corporate Communications of Zinox, Mr Gideon Ayogu, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
Ayogu said that the plant would be opened in the third quarter of 2018 at Ogba, Ikeja.
According to him, the plant will help the company to employ more Nigerians and meet the demands of a dynamic market.
“Zinox has finalised arrangements to expand its hardware assembly and production capacity with the acquisition of a 129,166.925 square feet warehouse.
“The company is also considering the deployment of robotics in handling the certification processes in the new assembly plant which will be located at Ogba in Ikeja, Lagos,” Ayogu said.
He said that through the new facility, Zinox would assemble products and devices of other multinational Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) which it recently signed agreements with.
He said that the agreement was in a bid to domesticate technology and generate employment opportunities for many but skilled but unemployed Nigerians.
Ayogu said that the move, which would significantly boost Zinox’s assembly capacity, was in line with the company’s Future Visions mandate.
He said that the mandate was targeted at anticipating the future of technology and creating products for consumers in areas such as Internet of Things (IOTs), robotics and artificial.
“As Nigeria’s IT identity, we have not lost focus of the fact that no country can claim to be independent until it achieves technology independence.
“We have gained trust with global tech giants such as Microsoft Corporation, Intel Inc. and many others. All we need is the support of the government and people of Nigeria.
“The acquisition of the new facility and expansion of Zinox’s assembly/production line is a critical step in the right direction as it will go a long way to boost our internal capacity and effortless delivery of large-scale rollout projects, all of which require meeting very tight deadlines.
“We have worked with several big institutions in the recent past such as Shell, Chevron, NCC, INEC and others, for which we have implemented the rollout of major computer hardware and accessories,’’ he said.
Ayogu also said that the assembly plant would reduce pressure on the existing production/assembly plant at the company’s headquarters.