According to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, there are over 2800 manufacturing companies in the country. The industry is capital intensive and requires technical know-how. Since a peak of 7.83% contribution to total economic output in 1982, manufacturing has declined in Nigeria. But it has witnessed resurgence time and again.

The industry has gone through ups and downs in history. The structural adjustment of the 80s, which banned some imports encouraged manufacturing. But the overdependence on oil has been a major drawback to the industry. Industries such as beverages, pharmaceuticals, textiles, cement and tobacco have kept the sector afloat over the years. To this day, production is mainly located in Lagos and its periphery, and to a lesser extent some other commercial towns such as Kano or Kaduna.

In spite of all, the manufacturing industry is growing and currently employs a sizeable number of Nigerians. It is currently the major driver of Nigeria’s economic growth. According to reports, with Nigeria’s rebased Gross Domestic Product(GDP) the manufacturing sector is currently growing faster than the telecommunications, oil and gas and agricultural sectors. This is a pointer to the potential of the industry and if more investments come into the industry, there is no telling how much growth will be generated.

Some manufacturing companies in Nigeria include

ACP Chemicals Limited
NIPL Nigeria (Chemicals)
PZ Cussons
British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited
Cadbury Nigeria
Cocacola Nigeria Plc
Dunlop Nigeria Plc
DUFIL Prima Foods
Nexans Nigeria
Friesland Foods Wamco Nigeria Plc
Guinness (Nigeria) Plc
May and Baker Nigeria Plc
Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc
Nigerian Breweries Plc
Nigerian German Chemicals
Dangote Group
Promasidor
Nigerite Limited
Pharma Deko Plc
PZ Industries Plc
Nestlé Nigeria Plc
Seven up bottling company
Tura International Limited
Unilever Nigeria Plc
WAPCO Cement