Tata International Expands Nigerian Operations at Lagos Free Zone
By Adedapo Adesanya
Tata International is set to expand operations in Nigeria through a strategic partnership with the Lagos Free Zone (LFZ) following the signing of a fresh arrangement.
The agreement was signed in the presence of the Managing Director of Tata International Limited, Mr Anand Sen, by the Managing Director of Tata Africa Holdings Pty Ltd, Mr Len Brand.
This move will help Tata International build on its existing relationship in the country since 2006 when it established operations in Nigeria.
“As a brand synonymous with quality products and ethical business operations in Africa, Tata International is excited to join the Lagos Free Zone. This strategic move reflects our commitment to fuelling growth in Nigeria and the wider African continent”, said Mr Sen.
Promoted by Tolaram, a Singaporean conglomerate with over four decades of experience in Nigeria, LFZ is in Lekki, the sunrise development corridor earmarked by the Lagos State Government for driving industrialization over the next two decades.
The agreement with LFZ involves the leasing of a state-of-the-art 6000-square-meter facility within LFZ, a move aimed at enhancing Tata International’s operational capabilities in the region.
In a statement, the company said that participation in the Lagos Free Zone is the next level of commitment for Tata International’s longstanding presence in Nigeria and the African continent as a whole
“The participation in Lagos Free Zone is the next level of commitment for Tata International’s longstanding presence in Nigeria and the African continent as a whole. This collaboration with Tolaram underscores our dedication to fostering economic growth and increased competitiveness. We aim for this partnership to lead to greater efficiency, innovation, and specialisation in the region,” added Mr Brand, MD of Tata Africa Holdings.
“Tata International remains steadfast in its vision to build and sustain relationships in Africa. The company’s entry into the Lagos Free Zone reaffirms its commitment to creating opportunities and making a positive impact on local communities. We stand by our pledge to strengthen our already robust footprint on the African continent,” concluded Brand.
Mr Navin Nahata, a member of the Tolaram Board and the Managing Director of its infrastructure and fintech business, added “We are delighted that Tata International, one of our most prestigious international clients, has decided to expand their operations in Nigeria through our ready-to-lease Standard Industrial Facility at the LFZ. We are committed to supporting the next phase of growth in Nigeria for Tata International.”
“LFZ is the first and only free zone in Nigeria that is uniquely integrated with the deepest seaport in the region, the Lekki Port, which commenced operations in April 2023. LFZ thus offers a unique location that will provide our valued tenants with seamless and cost-efficient access to domestic, regional, and international markets.”, said Mr Dinesh Rathi, CEO and Managing Director at Lagos Free Zone.