In Nigeria, 40–50% of fresh fruits and vegetables are lost during crating, transportation, storage and processing. In the tomato sector, for instance, it is estimated that more than 40% of tomato production does not reach consumers.
One of the main reasons for this massive waste is the lack of a temperature-controlled supply chain— known as cold chain—which prevents fresh foods from spoiling between farm and market. Tomatoes, for example, must travel long distances as they are largely grown in the north of the country, but mostly consumed in urban centres in the south.
A higher, quality and more predictable supply ultimately means more stable prices for consumers and a good deal in logistics.
IVECO is writing a new chapter in its history, consistently pursuing its vocation as a global and multicultural reality and continuing to focus on technology, reduction of management costs (Total Cost of Ownership, TCO), sustainability and customer loyalty. Continuous attention to new technologies has allowed Iveco to become a European leader in the alternative drive sector, anticipating solutions that will contribute in the future to further reducing the environmental impact in the transport sector.
Protagonists of transport during the Second World War, the Fiat 626N and 666N started the mass production of Italian advanced cab trucks.
In 1939, Fiat presented the 626N and 666N (N stands for naphtha), two trucks that today we could define the border point between the past and the future in Italian truck production.
Their main feature was the advanced cabins, even if in reality they weren’t quite the first … The start of series production, however, gave way to that design evolution of truck cabs, which led to the abandonment of the style automotive.
The adoption of the advanced cabin moved the engine inside, covered by a large hood placed between the two seats. This large hood raised to allow routine maintenance.
For the most important interventions, the engine unit could be removed, with relative ease, by removing the bumper and the grille. It should be emphasized that the shape and layout of the cabin of the 626 and 666 remained so for many years, until the arrival of the lilting cabin.
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In 1952 Italy adopted a new highway code, which imposes new requirements on the capacity of trucks. Due to this, at the end of the year, Fiat replaced the 680N, in production since 1948, with a new model: the 682N.
Presented by Romano Pisciotti
MPI: Motor Parts Industry (IVECO ASTRA in Nigeria)
Iveco Defence Vehicles has a full range of vehicles to meet a broad spectrum of defence applications.
Our Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) needs no introduction: with over 4,000 units sold in 14 countries, it is a bestseller in its class. Few vehicles in the world have saved so many lives.
How is excellence born? From the very beginning of its development, it was clear that it had to be a vehicle capable of keeping up with the market’s needs and that it would combine mobility and protection.
To do all this, the entire project was based on two pillars:
🔹 a robust, reliable design that can easily accommodate continuous improvements based on user feedback
🔹 a design team that is attentive to the point of anticipating customer requirements and that over the years has developed an entire family of vehicles capable of meeting the most diverse operational needs.
These are the cornerstones for the vehicle’s latest evolution: our LMV2.
Il nostro Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) non ha bisogno di presentazioni: con oltre 4.000 unità vendute in 14 Paesi, è un bestseller nella sua categoria. Pochi veicoli al mondo hanno salvato così tante vite.
Come nasce un’eccellenza? Sin dalle origini del suo sviluppo è stato chiaro che si dovesse trattare di un veicolo in grado di stare al passo con le esigenze del mercato e che ben conciliasse mobilità e protezione.
Per fare questo, tutto il progetto si è basato su due pilastri:
🔹 un design robusto, affidabile e capace di accogliere agevolmente continui miglioramenti basati sui feedback degli utilizzatori
🔹 un team di progettazione attento al punto da anticipare i requisiti dei clienti, che negli anni ha sviluppato un’intera famiglia di veicoli in grado di assolvere alle più disparate esigenze operative.
Da queste basi è nata la più recente evoluzione del veicolo: il nostro LMV2.
Iveco Defence Vehicles has extensive experience observing and predicting current and future trends in its field, developing military vehicles to meet global operational requirements.
In recent years, the company has identified the need for a light vehicle specifically designed to undertake a variety of roles from providing U.N. and NATO humanitarian aid, homeland security missions, logistic support and training, to satisfying the military requirements of non-NATO forces.
In response, the company has developed a new generation of unprotected and lightly protected vehicles. The new MUV is the result of the Company’s vast experience in the sector of light vehicles, highlighted by the extraordinary commercial success of its predecessor, the M40E15-WM, which has sold more than 18,000 units worldwide over the last 30 years.
The MUV is also available for civilian use as it fully complies with the required safety and environmental regulations through features such as ergonomic seats, good soundproofing, seatbelts, airbag system and Euro VI diesel engines. The vehicle can be used as a rescue vehicle, a medical asset, for snow clearance, as a light recovery vehicle or by the emergency unit command post.
Founded in 1899 in Turin, Italy, by a group of engineers and investors including Giovanni Agnelli, the first vehicle built by Fiat (Fabbrica Italiana di Automobili Torino) was a car. The firm soon branched out, though, into trucks and buses. In 1903, Fiat produced its first commercial vehicle, and in 1929 a specialist industrial vehicle division, Fiat Veicoli Industriali, was created.
In 1933, Fiat acquired OM, a truck, car and farm machinery maker. The company continued developing its passenger and goods vehicle businesses, and in 1966 made a further purchase, that of UNIC, a French manufacturer of trucks. Three years later the automobile, truck, bus and defence vehicle maker Lancia was acquired by Fiat.
In 1974, Fiat became the majority shareholder of Magirus Deutz, a German bus, truck and fire equipment manufacturer. The following year marked the birth of IVECO, when Fiat Veicoli Industriali brought together its own and acquired brands under a single entity, taking its name from the initials of the Industrial Vehicles Corporation it created.
In 1978, the IVECO Daily, the first light goods vehicle to be produced under the IVECO name, was launched, while two years later the company unveiled the first turbo diesel engine for heavy goods vehicles.
In 1986, IVECO acquired the Italian company Astra di Piacenza, a specialist in trucks for heavy quarrying and mining operations. In the same year, it entered into a joint venture with Ford’s truck operations, creating IVECO Ford Truck, a business of which it ultimately took full control, whereupon the Ford name was removed. Trucks sold under the partnership included the TurboDaily tractor unit and the light-duty Cargo, which under full Iveco ownership was later developed into the EuroCargo.
IVECO increased its presence in the truck market still further with the 1990 purchase of Pegaso, a Spanish manufacturer of commercial vehicles. As part of the acquisition, IVECO also gained control of Pegaso’s British truck-making subsidiary, Seddon Atkinson.
The 1990s saw further new markets open up for Iveco and its truck products, with the establishment in 1996 of a joint venture with the Yuejin Motor Corporation in China, producing light commercial vehicles under the IVECO brand. The following year, IVECO entered the Latin American market, opening up sales to Brazil.
IVECO had also developed considerable presence in the bus and coach markets. In 1999, it was a co-founder, along with Renault, of Irisbus, which resulted from the equal-share merger of the two firms’ interests in the sector. In 2003, IVECO acquired Renault’s share of the Irisbus business.
In 2007, IVECO signed a further deal to develop business in China, this time with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation to form SAIC-IVECO Hongyan, producing heavy duty trucks.
Along with other non-automotive divisions, in 2011 IVECO was demerged from Fiat S.p.A to become part of the new Fiat Industrial, Fiat Group’s capital goods division. In 2013, the business was transferred to CNH Industrial, following the merger of Fiat Industrial and CNH Global N.V.
Today, IVECO is the leading European manufacturer of natural gas vehicles, after having launched its first natural gas trucks and buses in 1996, it has produced some 35,000 natural gas powered vehicles to date. Natural gas solutions utilise both CNG (compressed natural gas) and LNG (liquefied natural gas) technology, dependent on the mission, and are available across the entire Iveco range.
Not even COVID 19 will be able to stop the long march on the road to recovery.
The lower dependence on oil … which continues, however, to constitute a great wealth … the huge investments in agriculture and animal husbandry, the interest of investors in search of unsaturated markets, the protection of local industry … in a country that has the largest domestic market in all of Africa … will lead to the recovery of economic circulation.
The need for new markets will become a priority that will favor large emerging markets, such as Nigeria.
Road transport will however continue to grow strongly.
MPI is looking for investor partners to offer new services in the country.