A Princely visit at BIA Ivory Coast

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A Princely visit at BIA Ivory Coast

December 5, 2017 Uncategorized

At the end of October 2017, BIA Ivory Coast received the visit of Her Royal Highness Astrid of Belgium accompanied by a Belgian delegation of Ministers and Secretaries of State. A major recognition for the BIA Ivory Coast team.

It was in 2012 that BIA opened an office as well as a technical workshop in Ivory Coast. The company located in Abidjan offers its customers premium brand machines in the mining, quarry, forestry, public works and transport domain.

Since then, the activities of the company have grown year after year. The number of BIA employees in Ivory Coast have also developed with more than 25 recruitments in 2017.

Modernisation and expansion of the workshop and offices

In 2017, in order to respond to its customers’ needs, BIA decided to increase the capacity of its workshop as well as its office spaces. The technical workshop offers consequently eight work bays equipped for trucks or construction equipment. A thorough rethink of our spare parts’ stock has also taken place to be in line with the inventory management’s standards of BIA as well as our OEMs. Finally, the teams now have the opportunity to work in new offices considerably expanded and completely refurbished.

A visit from high-level officials

These facilities had the honor of being inaugurated by Her Royal Highness Astrid of Belgium. The BIA teams formed a guard of honor to welcome the Princess.

HRH was accompanied by Belgian Ministers and Secretaries of State, all members of the Belgian Trade Mission.

To the sound of the fanfare, the ribbon declaring the official reopening of the facilities was cut. This exceptional delegation visited the installations and discussed with the employees of BIA Ivory Coast.

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The Belgian Trade Mission at BIA Ivory Coast

More than equipment sale

In front of HRH, Vincent Bia, CEO of BIA Group, and Romain Bia, Country Manager of BIA Ivory Coast, emphasized that BIA is a service company.

Indeed, the added value of the company can be found for example in the After Market service for equipment (on customer’s site or in BIA’s workshop) or in its financing opportunities.

« Some customers don’t always have the financial means to position themselves on larger markets. In that case, BIA can support them in their development with financing and equipment’s maintenance » Romain Bia, Country Manager of BIA Ivory Coast

Romain Bia asserted that the company wished for its teams to grow with the company. He stated: “The vast majority of our teams are technicians, welders, assemblers, workshop supervisors and technical managers. We focus on training, regional mobility and supporting the best employees to Management positions”.

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The BIA IVory Coast team

Mining, BTP, transport

BIA is the official distributor of the following premium brands in Ivory Coast : Bomag, Cummins, Foton Daimler Automotive, Komatsu, Konecranes, Man, Sandvik et Terex Cranes.

This large gamme allows BIA to cover its customers’ needs in the construction, mining and transport domains.