BIC, a manufacturer in the stationery sector, has reaffirmed its commitment to the local community and economy in Nigeria through its local production and capacity building.
The BIC manufacturing facility today employs around 500 team members, the majority of which are Nigerians, with more than 85 per cent female, shedding light on the company’s commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion.
Its presence in Sagamu contributes to the country’s economy and creates jobs for residents of neighbouring and surrounding areas.
Speaking during a facility tour in Sagamu, Ogun State, General Manager at BIC Nigeria, Guillaume Groues said: “Nigeria is one of the biggest and most active economies with a young population in Africa and remains at the forefront for us to drive sustainable growth, in line with our Horizon Plan. We pride ourselves with our constantly growing operation and our impact on local communities, contributing towards the country’s socio-economic development. We look forward to further growth and investment in Nigeria,” he said.
Commenting on the occasion, Plant Director, Peter Ajakaiye, said: “We constantly work to maintain the high-quality, international standards at the plant, while building and leveraging local capabilities and expertise.
We are proud of our local production, where 100 per cent of our packaging material is sourced locally, and the iconic BIC Cristal pen and Lucky pens are locally produced. Our company’s purpose is to bring simplicity and joy to everyday life through creating high-quality, safe, affordable, and essential products – and our facility in Sagamu helps us deliver on that promise every day.”
In Nigeria for over four decades, BIC products have become a household necessity in the country. In 2019, the company further expanded its portfolio by acquiring the stationery brand, Lucky and launching its own production facility in Sagamu.