On May 7, 2019, BIA Burkina officially opened its new facilities in the presence of several personalities including the Mayor of Koubri, the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Ambassador of Japan, representatives of various ministries, representatives of the Embassy of Belgium, representatives of manufacturers (Komatsu, Sandvik, Foton) as well as many customers and business partners of BIA in Burkina.
These facilities, including headquarters, offices, workshops and a warehouse, are located in Koubri commune at the southern exit of the city of Ouagadougou.
Ouagadougou, May 2019
In short :
- Opening of the first BIA offices in Burkina: 2010
- Opening of a second commercial office (Bobo Dioulasso): 2018
- New site (Koubri commune):
- Workshop to perform maintenance of machines and trucks (5 bays, 540 m²)
- Component rebuilding workshop (4 bays, 650m²)
- Boilermaking, welding and painting workshop (270 m²)
- Warehouse of spare parts (1100 m²)
- Car wash
- Training Center (260 m²)
- Administrative Offices (1100 m²)
- Territory of 2 hectares
- BIA Burkina is exclusive distributor of Komatsu, Sandvik, Cummins, Bomag and Foton equipment for the mining, construction, power generation and transportation sectors.
- More than 120 employees, including nearly 40 at mine sites under maintenance contracts.
New headquarters in Ouagadougou
In order to better serve its customers in Burkina Faso, BIA has decided to invest in new facilities. To do this, the company acquired 2 hectares of land in the Koubri commune, on the outskirts of the capital of Ouagadougou. In addition to the 540 m² devoted to technical services and 1100 m² of spare parts storage, these facilities contain a workshop for the repackaging of components (transmission, suspension, etc.) of 650 m² and a training center equipped with tools for new generation, to strengthen the technical and operational skills of its customers’ teams.
These new facilities complement the high-standard workshops and offices that BIA has in many African countries and in Europe.
Official opening: May 7
The opening ribbon was cut on May 7, 2019 by Mr. Vincent Bia (CEO of the BIA Group), in the presence of Mr. Eric Perben (General Manager of BIA Africa), Mr. Olivier Heymans (Hub Manager: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Niger, Chad, Togo), Mr. Abdoul Aziz Tiemtore (Country Manager of BIA Burkina), many officials (Mayor of Koubri, Minister of Trade and Industry, Ambassador from Japan, representatives of the Belgian Embassy), manufacturers (Komatsu, Cummins, Bomag, Foton) and many customers.
At the opening, Mr. Olivier Heymans said that these new facilities were built in just 20 months. The announced objective of fostering collaboration with local companies has been well followed: more than 100 workers from 15 local companies have worked on the site. He also supported the considerable efforts made to create a sustainable building for the environment. He ended with these words: “In conclusion, these various projects and investments confirm the Group’s desire to continue the development of BIA Burkina. With a strong corporate culture and able to rely on a strong structure and teams, BIA is improving every day with the desire to better serve its customers.”