The desire to deliver better value to its customers and trade partners in the South-East has been cited as the reason behind the Nigerian Bottling Company’s decision to transform its Enugu Plant into a logistical hub for the entire region.
A statement by the NBC, a member of the Coca-Cola Hellenic Group, signed by its acting director of public affairs and communications, Mr. Ekuma Eze, the new development was consistent with the company’s holistic strategy to improve on its operations for greater efficiency.
“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.”
According to him, NBC launched a robust optimization plan in 2015 that entailed an investment worth €500m for the massive upgrade and expansion of plants such as Asejire, Ikeja, Abuja, Owerri, Challawa, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt and Benin. This, he said, led to increased capacity and made the conversion of some other plants to handling commercial and logistical activities inevitable. These include Ilorin, Jos, Kaduna and, Enugu plants.
Although the company’s spokesman noted that some jobs became redundant as a result of the business optimization, he added: “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 pointed out that driven by its commitment as a responsible corporate citizen, the company had equally held interactions with key stakeholders in the state as well as leaders of the host communities to reassure them that NBC remained committed to improving their lives through investments in enduring socio-economic initiatives.