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Abidjan, where African Industrial Services Group is based

Abidjan, where African Industrial Services Group is based



Abraaj boost for African firm

01 November 2013

A KEY investment announced by Dubai-based Abraaj Group in African Industrial Services Group (AIS), an engineering services and component manufacturing and distribution company based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, will impact very positively on the latter’s fortunes, both companies have said.

Abraaj Group is recognised as a leading investor in growth markets while AIS provides end-to-end solutions for all engineering requirements, from the initial stages of identification of market requirements and conceptualisation of component designs, to the manufacture and installation of tested products.

AIS was founded in 2001 by mechanical engineer Alain Mominé. The company has an established presence and operations across several countries in West Africa including Benin, Togo, Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso and recently launched branches in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

It has partnered with some of the largest parts and component manufacturers in the world and counts amongst its clients top West African players in the agro-business, railway, oil and gas, mining, brewery, textile and telecommunications industries.

Abraaj’s investment will allow AIS to expand its service offering to both existing and new customers as well as upgrade its inventory management system across its West African footprint.

The company will focus on developing four core areas of its business: product range extension, geographical expansion, the consolidation of new markets, and in-house production capacity increase.

 

HIGH OPTIMISM

Commenting on the deal, Kodjo Aziagbe, the managing director at the Abraaj Group, said the company was very optimistic about its first investment in Ivory Coast.

“We believe the industrial services sector is, in particular, witnessing rising domestic and regional demand for more affordable, locally produced components, and therefore exhibits solid potential to drive long-term growth through product innovation, improved penetration and channel expansion,” remarked Aziagbe.

“In addition to being linked to some of West Africa’s fastest-growing sectors, such as agro-processing, infrastructure, mining and telecoms, AIS’ unique sales model, impressive portfolio and strong regional presence demonstrate an ability to scale the business further into multiple West African markets,” he added.

Jacob Kholi, partner at the Abraaj Group, said: “We feel this is the perfect time for our inaugural deal in Ivory Coast. The country is on the onset of a post-war renaissance and requires the support of new investors to assist in the reconstruction of a healthy and sustainable economic environment.”

AIS chief executive Alain Mominé said the timing of the investment by Abraaj Group neatly complemented the African company’s planned growth strategy.

“We look forward to having Abraaj join our board and working closely together to position AIS as the leading, value-added, full-service engineering solutions firm in West Africa. We recognise Abraaj’s experience in developing regional businesses and welcome their support and added expertise as we increase our production capacity and expand our footprint both within Ivory Coast and across the region,” he added.




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