By Babajide Komolafe
Banksâ€™ efforts to ensure secured movement of cash received a boost last week with the launch of Nissan UD40 and UD60 cash-in-transit armoured vehicles into the Nigerian market.
The armoured vehicles are manufactured by Messrs TFM Industries (Pty) Limited of South Africa and introduced into the Nigerian market in partnership with LeksÂ Technical Services Limited.
Speaking at the unveiling press conference, General Manager, TFM Industries, Mr. Graham Preston, said â€œOur cash-in-transit vehicles offer Nigeria some of the latest technology used in this industry in South Africa. There are definite benefits in our products, some of which are integrity on construction, ballistic protection, tested and certified by South Africaâ€™s Armscor.â€
The armourd vehicles also offer multi-purpose design, allowing a number of variants using the same platform, these units to be used in the following role: cash in transit vehicles, armoured personnel carriers, armoured escort vehicles, bullion carriers and mobile bunk units.
Other features of the are comfort, style, reliability and is tested in the South African market. The range is wide fromÂ basic versions to sophisticated units equipped with some of the latest technology, and body replacements extended life option on the Armoured Capsules.
The company, he said, also offer extra options like Pudu, Automatic Door operation ,Â Â Electronic Door interlocking, Biometrics, and Auto Locking features
â€œThrough our partnership in Nigeria, we are able to offer complete serviceability of our products. We have completed the first two stages of training and are now planning to take some of the trained technicians to South Africa to finalize their training not only from a technical perspective but also imparting the best methods to market sell and support these products,â€ he said
Lekan Anlugbua, Managing Director, Leks Technical Services, in his opening remarks said â€œMessrs TFM Industries Limited of South Africa, manufacturers of these cash-in-transit armoured vehicles, are a household name in South Africa and a leading operator in the industry.
â€œThe partnership that has resulted in todayâ€™s is in part, a business .equivalent of diplomatic relationship. Also, it is a silent contribution to the promotion of intra- African trade and South- South cooperation. To that extent we at Leks Technical Services Limited therefore feel elated to be part of this modest but historic exercise.
â€œLet me say that this ceremony represents the opening of a new window of business opportunities for both sides. It is my belief that this relationship, a product of several consultations, meetings and exchange of ideas, will be to the mutual advantage of our two nations.â€