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Nigerite veers into dry construction market with N2bn investment

Nigerite veers into dry construction market with N2bn investment

Roofing sheet manufacturer, Nigerite has veered into Nigeria’s Dry Construction (Dryco) market with a N2 billion investment expected to help push its new KALSI building solution into the housing construction market.

The investment, which will be deployed to drive production of the new building solution, will also help train artisans on the techniques of installing the new building system.

Speaking with journalists recently in Lagos at forum to unveil the new KALSI range of products, Frank LeBris, managing director, Nigerite Limited, said while the firms remained a dominant player in the roofing sheet business, Nigeria’s worrying huge housing deficit had promoted his firm to veer into the production of prefabricated building components.

“In the process of our continuous devotion to quality and innovation, we have over the last two years been working in an entirely novel and friendly solution in the built industry – the Dry Construction system and we will be showcasing this to the building professionals and contractors as a viable alternative to the traditional wet construction method,” LeBris said.

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Also speaking at the media parley, Wale Ogungbe, Nigerite’s head of dry construction unit, said with the new boards designed in a pre-engineered system, builders could not easily maneuvre construction process, hence significantly reducing the case of building collapse.

Ogungbe assured that with the boards produced under an efficient and well-monitored process that ensured a high degree of quality was maintained, the boards had the capacity to repel any natural external force such as wind.

“The Integrated Building Solution (IBS) encompassing the entire building systems are designed by a software which considers a host of external forces so there is no cause to worry because incidents such as heavy wind have been taken into consideration in the production process,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nigerite has also set a new pace in product innovation as it introduced Unique Ceil, another embossed ceiling that comes with a tastefully finished pattern, into the competitive Nigerian built industry.

The new product recently in Lagos comes in a standard dimension of 1.22m x 1.22m (4ft x 4ft) and 3mm thickness. Though designed in grey colour, the ceiling can also be painted to any colour of choice by prospective consumers.

LeBris said the new innovation was in line with the promise made to its stakeholders early last year, as they had been hitherto used to the plain Nigerite 4×4 ceiling, saying “Nigerite consumers have known the plain 4 x 4 sized model over the years but research has shown that a sizeable number of customers want more patterned options.”