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Firm introduces innovation to Nigerian building sub-sector

Firm introduces innovation to Nigerian building sub-sector

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By Kingsley Adegboye

SAINT-Gobain, a foremost habitat and construction solution provider, has
introduced its products to the Nigerian market in the bid to expand its
frontiers into the country’s living spaces.

Introducing the innovative solutions at one-day workshop with the theme
“Creating Great Living Spaces: Innovative Solutions for Greater Well-being”,
organized for stakeholders in the housing industry in Lagos last week,
Regional Business Executive, Saint-Gobain, Mr. Westtar Kapito, said the idea
behind the innovative solutions is to improve living spaces in homes, hotels,
offices and others.

Mr. Kapito who noted that a research and development centre for Saint-
Gobain will be opened in Lagos, said the event was part of activities lined-up
by the company to announce its resolve to increase its market share in
Nigeria.

The event which showcased Saint-Gobain’s innovative products with a
demonstration of the techniques of mounting and finishing plasterboards from
start to finish, is an alternative to current building methods that bring
thermal, acoustic, fire resistance and aesthetic comfort, as well as easiness
of installation to living spaces.

The company interacted with members of various professional bodies, such
as architects, civil engineers, installation experts and distributors, who make
use of their products and seek better ways to meet their ever growing needs.
The regional business executive told built environment professionals that the
coming of Saint-Gobain into Nigeria with its modern innovative technology in
the making of plasterboards and other construction materials would be of
immense benefits not just to stakeholders but the entire construction sector
which is currently in dire need of innovative technologies to drive the industry.
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He said,“Consumers can be rest assured that Saint-Gobain’s range of
products would offer them a new value chain in the long run. This global
company is reputed for contributing to the development of sub-Saharan Africa
in offering an array of its products and services. Saint-Gobain’s range of
products has become part of everyday living, making up public and private
buildings, transportation system, massive infrastructure and most industrial
hubs around the world.

“Our products and activity scope include plasterboard systems, building
plasters, industrial plasters, gypsum ceilings and mineral wool and metal
ceiling, mortars, insulation pipe systems, glass, and abrasives. The company
has come a long way in mastering the art of designing high quality
plasterboards to suit all categories of customers. Our products are reliably
made with the finest raw materials you can get anywhere in the world, and
they can indeed stand the test of time. We are here in Nigeria to replicate
what we have achieved in other markets.”

Attesting to the expertise of Saint-Gobain, one of the guests at the workshop,
Ahmed Tajudeen, Executive Director Avalon Intercontinental, owners of
Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja GRA said “It is indeed a great experience having
Saint-Gobain as part of the finishing of the hotel, which today stands tall as
one of the best in Lagos.

As a matter of fact, the company helped in designing and also provided an
installation team for all materials required including gypsum boards, walls,
ceilings, cross and main tee, insulation, finishing solutions, flooring solutions.
Saint-Gobain brought specific solutions matching our needs such as standard
regular boards (ceilings), fire stop boards (corridor walls and bedrooms),
moisture resistant boards for wet areas (bathroom and kitchen walls), glass
wool insulation for acoustic performance in walls and ceilings.

“In the course of the project they actually flew some of their personnel all the
way from South Africa to train our men in Nigeria, which for me is quite
remarkable. It will interest you to note that Saint-Gobain supplied virtually
everything from the kitchen finishing, to the bathroom down to the nails. It is
on that ground that I highly recommend Saint-Gobain brand to everyone.”
Also speaking at the event, Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc Senior Product Manager,
Heidi Olivier, said “Nigeria is no doubt the biggest market in sub-Saharan-
Africa, and as such, we are happy to be here to expand our business scope in
partnership with our major distributor of Gyproc plasterboards in the country.

The whole idea of this workshop is to bring together various professionals
who use our products and service in the course of doing their jobs and also
to acquaint them of our latest offering in the market. Saint-Gobain has made
a name for itself in the industry with the production of high quality
plasterboards which are second to none in the industry and has earned it a
lot of recognition globally”.

Meanwhile, over the years Saint-Gobain has reportedly built a reputation for
itself creating a unique positioning through its industrial and distribution
expertise which has been brought to the fore, as well as up scaling its
research effort in the area of materials and energy efficiency. It has also
mastered the art of creating a network of professionals using its existing
distribution network team across the world.

It was indeed an eye opener for participants who attended the event to the
various areas of business opportunities that abound in the industry, as well
as equip them with the processes involved in making plasterboards and the
distribution networks available in the country and how to locate them. Saint-
Gobain is in partnership with Tormek Global Services limited, a major dealer
in Gyproc plasterboard in Nigeria, with a showroom in Yaba area of Lagos
State. Before the end of the year the company said it will be holding yet
another event basically for installers to bring them on board. Plans are
already under way to open a customer experience centre very soon in Lagos.

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