By Chris Ochayi
Onduline corrugated roofing sheets which is reputed to resistant to extreme climate conditions with the additional advantage of giving added beauty to a house, has been introduced into the Nigeria market.
The roofing sheet is available in four colours that guarantee a very aesthetic result and makes the roofs match with the surrounding architectural subtleties according to Onduline’s Director of African Operations Mr. Bruno Jarry. Mr Jarry told property reporters in Abuja that the product is made from organic fibres, bitumen and resin and is cost effective and affordable.
On what advantages the product have over others, he said, “they are cost effective; we are not only roofing houses, we are bringing comfort because onduline roofing sheets prevent heat and make the inside of the house fresher and cooler”.
Mr Jarry said his company has one saturating unit which is fully dedicated to the African market. It has the capacity of 6 – 8million sheets per year and half of the capacity is dedicated for export business to Africa, South America and Middle East.
“Our target is to have a manufacturing plant for the product in Nigeria as it has done in Brazil and Malaysia.
On how to fix the roofing sheets, Mr. Jarry disclosed that the firm has concluded plans to establish training centres across Nigeria, where carpenters and roofers would be trained free of charge. Two of such training centres, according to him, have been sited in Lagos and Abuja while plans are afoot to build others at Kano, Onitsha, Benin City and Port Harcourt.
The training centre at Abuja will begin by mid of April 2011, which will be operational.
“We have our master trainer, Mr Amos who is a senior civil engineer, when he comes here he will start the first training session in Abuja by the mid of April.