Stakeholders in the manufacturing and equipment industry are gearing up for the 8th edition of the Nigeria Manufacturing and Equipment Expo (NME) and the 9th edition of the Nigerian Raw Materials Expo (NIRAM) in Lagos.
Scheduled to take place from November 21-23 at the Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, the event will commence at 9 am daily under the theme: “Future Manufacturing: Building a Sustainable Roadmap to the Industrialization of Nigeria.” The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) are the organizers, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation.
During a recent press conference announcing the event’s activities, MAN President Otunba Francis Meshioye revealed that Prof. Pat Utomi, a renowned political economy and management expert, will speak on the theme, alongside other industry experts during the thought leadership session.
Meshioye emphasized the significance of the theme in the current context, emphasizing the need for stakeholders to engage in in-depth discussions on forward-thinking, environmentally responsible, and industry-supportive strategies in manufacturing. He stressed manufacturing’s pivotal role as a catalyst for economic and social development in the region.
“The NME & NIRAM Expo, acknowledged as the preeminent and all-encompassing event covering every facet of the manufacturing value chain, is gearing up to address pivotal issues in line with our theme, ‘Future Manufacturing: A roadmap to an enabling environment with sustainable industrialization,’” Meshioye explained. He highlighted the focus on discussions and solutions driving the manufacturing industry towards a prosperous and sustainable future, exploring innovative strategies, cutting-edge technologies, and sustainable practices for the growth of the entire African manufacturing ecosystem.
Meshioye also mentioned that experts would dissect the impact of disruptive technologies and trends, including Blockchain, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Green Energy, and Augmented Reality on the future of business operations.
In keeping with tradition, the NME will be co-located with the Manufacturing Partnership for African Development (mPAD) conference, a strategic forum uniting thought leaders, policymakers, and government regulatory agencies to address challenges and generate innovative ideas for industry growth and development. Prof. Pat Utomi will lead this session, joined by distinguished manufacturers as discussants.
The three-day event is free to attend, requiring preregistration. The organizers disclosed that RMRDC would offer masterclasses featuring the latest research findings delivered by experts. A notable event is the Women in Manufacturing session, providing accomplished women in the field with the opportunity to share their experiences with aspiring female manufacturers considering entry into the sector.
Prof. Hussaini Doko Ibrahim, Director-General/CEO, Raw Materials Research And Development Council (RMRDC), represented by John Obekpa, Director Business Centre, RMRDC, stated that their innovations and products would be on display alongside other local raw materials and products, aiming to draw attention to the nation’s raw materials and their potential to grow the manufacturing sector. He emphasized the strategic collaboration with MAN, emphasizing the complementary roles played by both organizations in hosting yearly expositions to maximize benefits for common stakeholders working to reduce the cost of manufacturing amid rising raw material and process equipment costs.