1) Tell us a little about your company and its activity.
Honeywell Flour Mills Plc is one of the leading flour milling companies in Nigeria. We commenced commercial operation in 1998 with a 200MT/day flour mill in Apapa, Lagos. Today, in response to consumer demand, we have grown our production capacity over tenfold across three sites and extended our trade mark quality beyond bread flour and bakeries into the kitchens, restaurants and hearts of millions of consumers providing them with other nourishing food staples such as pastas, noodles and ball foods such as Honeywell semolina and Honeywell wheat meal.
2) What challenges do you face when trying to improve your factory and business?
We face many challenges top of which is the infrastructural deficit faced by the entire country. The location of our factory has been suffering from a crippling traffic gridlock for the past five years but now receiving some attention. Power is another big challenge which has defiled solution. Huge capital investment is locked up in diesel and gas powered generators and all these add to our huge overheads and cost of production.
3) What steps have you taken in previous years to improve your manufacturing output and the products you make?
We always innovated and invested in latest technologies to ensure we are top of the competition in the flour milling industry in Nigeria. We invest in state- of- the- art plants and all our mills are supplied by Buhler AG, the world class milling equipment manufacturer in Nigeria. We also collaborate with Muhlenchemie, Germany who are top flour ‘correctors’ manufacturer.
4) Which solutions are you looking forward to finding at Nigeria Manufacturing & Equipment Expo 2018?
We will visit the Nigerian Manufacturing and Equipment Expo 2018 to find out solutions to processing and storing locally produced food products in Nigeria such as Maize, Sorghum, Millet, Yam, Cassava. This is because we are backward integrating and diversifying our product offerings from wheat to other local food products.
5) Considering the Government’s efforts to boost the manufacturing sector via the NIRP, what is your future outlook for the Industry?
The Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan is a right step in the right direction. It will boost the agro-allied sector where we are key players. The policy, if well implemented, will boost the entire economy and increase the disposable incomes of consumers. This will be positive to the Foods and Beverages industry to which we belong.
Dr. Nino Ozara graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Soil Science from the University of Ibadan in 1981. He was a University of Ibadan and Commonwealth Scholar. He obtained a Doctorate degree in Soil Science from Silsoe College, Cranfield Institute of Technology, United Kingdom in 1989. He was a lecturer at the Federal University of Technology Owerri between 1984 and 1998. He joined Honeywell in 1998 and had his professional training in milling operations in Switzerland and Germany from 1999 - 2000. He also attended management development courses at LBS, Lagos, Boston Business school, Boston, USA and INSEAD Business school, Singapore. Dr. Ozara has been on the board of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc since 2007.Read more exclusive interviews