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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Mantrac Hosts Power Solutions Seminar for Consultants

In a bid to continually engage and inform stakeholders about its unique offerings and superior product technology, Mantrac Nigeria Limited, the authorized Caterpillar dealer in Nigeria, recently organised a seminar for consultants involved in power projects across Nigeria - the biggest power solutions market in Africa. Tagged ‘Consultant Day’, the seminar took place at the InterContinental Hotel, Lagos.
(L-R) Mantrac - Large Projects Manager, Julian Carrasco, General Manager Power Systems Sales, Ibrahim El Bassiouny, Segment Manager (Nigeria), Investor and Large Projects, Mohamed Abou El Wafa and the Managing Director, Edmund Martin-Lawson at the Mantrac Consultant Day in Lagos
The seminar served as a platform for consultants to know more about Caterpillar’s total power solutions and gas product range in order to achieve optimal efficiency for their various power projects. It was also an opportunity for consultants to interact with Caterpillar and Mantrac’s product specialists.
 
The event which had in attendance senior Caterpillarand Mantrac personnel, featured presentations from CAT Territory Manager - Electric Power Projects, Swann Piguet and Julian Carrasco, Mantrac - Large ProjectsManager.
 
Speaking at the event, Managing Director Mantrac Nigeria, Edmund Martin-Lawson, stressed the importance of consultants in the power sector to Mantrac. “Consultants are very important to our business because they specify the power solutions that are required or can also specify which solutions a project must use. We try to educate them to understand the benefits of our products in the projects they handle. When it comes to fuel consumption, affordability, fuel efficiency, reliability and durability, Caterpillar is a clear leader.” he said.
 
Also speaking at the event, Segment Manager, Investor and Large Projects Mantrac Nigeria, Mohamed Abou El Wafa, stated that the company found it necessary to bring together consultants involved in power projects in order to interact with them, know their needs and avail them all the information and support Caterpillar offers. He added that “Consultants are key for us and we have to keep them constantly informed about the latest of our technologies in the power sector. In terms of power systems, Nigeria is the biggest market for Mantrac and we keep ensuring that we give customers high quality products all the time.”
 
Commenting on the efficiency of Caterpillar products, Mohamed stated, “Caterpillar is well-known worldwide for the durability and reliability of its products. They have the best generators and engines worldwide. We have validated a new service for our customers called the ‘Trade-in’.  If the customer has any generator of a certain capacityfrom any manufacturer, we can buy this generator from the customer and give him a new Caterpillar replacement”. 
 
Mohamed added that even though the market in Nigeria is very challenging, the privatization of the power sector has given a lot of investors’ opportunities to enter the market which would make the Nigerian market remain the biggest in Africa, at least for the next 10 years.
 
In his remarks, Mantrac - Large ProjectsManager, Julian Carrasco, pointed out that the basis of the event is to show customers the capabilities of the Mantrac group and also to show the range of products available from Caterpillar.  “Caterpillar" he stated "has the largest range of products in the industry. We have everything that a customer needs and the capability to understand and meet intrinsic needs.”
 
Swann Piguet, CAT Territory Manager- Electric Power Projects also stressed the importance of the Nigerian market. He says, Nigeria is very important for Caterpillar from an electric power business point of view. "It is one of the single largest markets for power business. We believe our products are better than that of the competition not because we have the widest range of products but also because we have a great local presence and after sales support for customers”.
 
One of the consultants at the seminar, Olatunde Ogunlana, who works with Shell Concepts, said, “Overtime I have become very familiar with Caterpillar products. The company has carved a niche for itself in the market. Their products are very unique and reliable.” 
 
Mantrac Nigeria Limited (formerly Tractor & Equipment) has represented Caterpillar for about 64 years and remains the sole authorized dealer for Caterpillar products; includingthe full range of CAT construction equipment; Wheel Loaders, Skid Steer Loaders, Dump Articulated Trucks, Backhoe Loaders, Excavators, Motor Graders, Track-Type Tractors and BCP products. Moreover, Mantrac Nigeria Limited distributes Mining, Power Systems, Material-Handling & Warehousing equipment for a wide range of industries and applications. Mantrac Nigeria Limited is also the sole approved supplier of genuine Caterpillar parts, which are available at competitive prices. 
 
Mantrac Nigeria is part of the Mantrac Group which is the Caterpillar official dealer in nine countries including Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Iraq and in parts of Russia.
The Company employs over 500 highly qualified and well trained professionals operating through a network of branches in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Kano, Warri, Enugu, Benin and Ibadan, thereby ensuring greater accessibility, prompt and professional service and the fulfillment of our customers’ needs and expectations.

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