Ghana,s No1 Automaker, Kantanka Automobile calls for Government support, this call was made by their CEO Kwadwo Safo Jnr.The CEO of Kantanka Group as well as Kantanka Automobile, Kwadwo Safo Jnr has called on the government to institute appropriate policies and measures in respect of automobile manufacturing and assembling in the country.This call was made when the CEO paid a visit to the office of the Vice President.
According to him, the absence of an automobile policy governing and regulating the activities of automobile manufacturing and assembling companies was a hindrance to local manufacturers like Kantanka Automobile and new entrants to the industry.
Kwadwo Safo Jnr. bemoaned the fact that vehicles manufactured and assembled by the company were charged the same levies as vehicles manufactured and assembled by foreign competitors and imported into the country.
Explaining further, the CEO said the deficiency of an automobile policy has had adverse effects on the registration process of the company’s vehicles and customers’ of the company.
He cited policies in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Angola and Egypt to back his statements and called on the Vice President, His Excellency Mr.
Alhaji Mahmudu Bawumia to immediately probe into the matter as this will enhance the company’s operations to serve the country better.
He said that enactment of such a legislation will enable the country to have a favorable automobile atmosphere that will encourage local companies such as Kantanka Automobile and any new entrants to the automobile manufacturing and assembling of vehicles.
In a brief remark, the Vice President, Mr. Bawumia pledged his government’s readiness to study existing best practices to help enact the required legislation to help indigenous automobile manufacturers to grow and thrive.
This request was made known to the Veep in his office at the flagstaff house. Accompanied the CEO was the General Manager of the company, Mr. Francis Kodjo Kudoji and a fleet of Kantanka Brand of Vehicles, Onantefo SUV, Omama PickUp and Kantanka K71 as these vehicles were exhibited at the office of the Vice President.
About the Kantanka
Kantanka Automobile Company Limited was established in 1994 by Apostle Dr. Ing. Kwadwo Safo and incorporated as a limited liability company in 2004 to research into the manufacturing of some automotive components and their combination with parts outsourced from other component suppliers to form a Complete Built Unit (CBU).
In 1998, the first CBU (Sedan) was manufactured with over 85% of the components locally manufactured including the engine block. By 2006 the first Kantanka SUV (ONANTEFO I) was manufactured followed by the ONANTEFO II in 2007.
With the overwhelming success in the manufacturing of the SUVs using over 75% of local components, further research was made into going commercial with the automobile section of the Kantanka Group.
In 2004, Kantanka Automobile built a semi-automated Vehicle Assembly Plant at Gomoa Mpota in the Central Region. The plant has commenced operations with the assembly of Completely Knock Down (CKDs) parts with a firm plan of producing 75% of the components locally in Ghana within the first three years, except the engine blocks.
Kantanka Automobile will start the manufacturing of commercialized engine blocks locally in the medium term ending 2020 in line with the vision of the company to transfer technology and develop local capacity and expertise in the Ghanaian automotive industry.
The plant has a current installed optimum production capacity of 160 units per month which translates to 1,920 units annually. We currently have three vehicle models; Pickup, Mini SUV (K71) and SUV. We shall introduce Sedans and buses by the medium term ending 2020.
We have a firm plan and confidence to build an Automobile Industrial Park and gradually integrate the patches of auto clusters in Ghana into a single unit auto manufacturing blog as well as liaising with technical institutions and universities to form a strong R & D pool to manufacture parts and develop the auto industry.
I believe with the right support this company can really bring to light its dreams and I am calling on the government to support them.