Lafarge Cement WAPCO Plc has called on the Federal Government and other arms of government to begin to explore more ways of using cement especially in the construction of roads in the country.
Managing Director of the company, Mr. Joe Hudson, made the call at the Lagos International Trade Fair where he took customers through the various uses to which the different brands of cement produced by Lafarge could be put.
He explained that with the Nigerian economy and society now at a crucial stage of development and the local cement industry now capable of producing far more than the country consumes, the time has come for other valuable applications to be generated for the product.
"The federal government must be commended for successfully implementing the cement backward integration policy, which has seen cement output in Nigeria soar to unprecedented levels, making the country fully independent in cement production and supply. Following this great achievement, the next step is for all stakeholders to begin to create more value by seeking other applications for the essential commodity," he said.
He stressed that as long as consumers will require specialised cement based products, Lafarge will has continue to introduce products that will meet customers' needs. He added that the company's decision to have more than one cement brand was informed by the need to provide customers with a range of alternative cement brands to select from.
"We are leading the required differentiation in the cement market and will continue to deliver value to our customers and stakeholders through our innovative products and services," Hudson said.
He said the company had invested a substantial amount of money in the provision of its other products, aimed at providing products and services to building contractors in need of large volumes of already mixed concrete to ensure faster and quality execution of products.
On the Lafarge Readymix Nigeria Ltd, a subsidiary of the company, he said the company had decided to introduce the Readymix concrete into the market because of the huge opportunities for such products, adding that the model of Readymix was already operational in various African countries, such as South Africa, Zambia and Morocco, where the company operates.
His words: "Our ReadyMix business has become a preferred solution in the concrete sector in Nigeria. We are expanding with three new plants across the nation. Lafarge Powermax has also been launched, an innovative 42.5AL high quality performance cement, that is used for large construction projects like bridges, high rise structures, slabs and beams, spun pipes, garden paths and driveways and so on."
"The company is building plants across Nigeria, starting from Lagos. The aim is to provide commercial Readymix concrete product, targeted at providing products and services to building contractors who need large volumes of already mixed concrete to ensure faster and quality execution of jobs.
"We have plants located strategically around various cities, but at the moment, Lagos is where we technically mix the concrete with cement and transport it to the construction site which ensures that the strength and quality is maintained and according to specification," he said.