Lafarge Plc says it is investing about N26. 727bn (€120m) in research and development to improve the quality of its products annually.
The General Manager, ReadyMix, Lafarge Nigeria, Mr. Chris Lobel, stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting on building a durable concrete for West Africa construction in Lagos.
Lobel, who spoke on ‘Commercial ReadyMix concrete as a project enabler-benefits for owners and contractors’, said the company had a clear strategy as a project enabler, driving quality and innovation and promoting a sustainable environment.
According to him, the company aims to achieve the development by working closely with its customers and partners.
He said, “As a member of the Lafarge Group, we have a unique opportunity to draw on the expertise of our employees worldwide to bring innovative value to our Nigerian customers.
“Our technical expertise, state-of-the-art plants and commitment to innovation enable us to make a concrete that can assist our customers with all their construction needs. Our portfolio includes products ranging from standard concrete used in everyday driveways and sidewalks to customised mixes used in complex high-rises that must meet strict design specifications to our proprietary technology.”
The Managing Director, ReadyMix/Aggregates & Country Key Accounts Director, Lafarge Nigeria Limited, Mr. Loren Zanin, said Lafarge enjoyed doing business in the country and would continually invest in the Nigerian economy.
“We take pride in producing and safely delivering quality concrete that meets the specifications ordered. Our quality culture encompasses on-site quality control personnel, laboratory technicians who stay behind the scenes testing and improving the performance of our mixes, and trained plant managers and batchers who watch each load to ensure that the right concrete leaves our plant,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ashaka Cement Plc, a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group, said normalcy had returned to its plant, located in Gombe State, after the recent attack in a community within its vicinity.
In a statement signed by the Country Communications Director of Lafarge Africa Plc, Mrs. Viola Graham-Douglas, the company said insurgents had attacked a community close to its plant, but they were faced by men of the Nigerian security forces who were able to successfully repel the attack.
“The insurgents have since retreated. There was no injury to employees or damage to the plant. We remain vigilant to ensure the security of our employees and facility,” the statement added.