Saint Gobain Weber Ghana limited has commissioned a mortar plant for tile cement to improve on the quality of tile adhesive on the Ghanaian market and for quality concrete mix for construction.
The plant is also designed to provide accurate measurement of sand, water and cement for concrete mixing using its in-built ready-mix solution to totally control the concrete from hardening.
According to the Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Claude Lasserre, the company checked for the humidity of Ghana to programme the machine to the required measurement for specific and quality mixing during construction works for easy use and a hundred percent guaranteed effectiveness.
He said “The key element in reality of using the product today is that, For example, when you mix tile fixing, you never know the reality of the recipe. You keep making a try and error for a good solution and it can easily harden during the process however with the mortar plant, it is a ready-mix solution which is totally controlled because we have a laboratory and the recipe that is validated into same products all over the planet”.
Mr. Lassere added that the machine is quicker and it protects the environment because there is less dust and less sand on the construction site.
On his part, Managing Director, Ramy Taleb, noted that Saint Gobain Weber Ghana limited has, over the past 354 years, been famous for glass manufacturing however, in Ghana, the company focuses on concrete mixers because “we want to improve concrete characteristics and for long lasting workability of the concrete. We can transport concrete for three to four without hardening.”
He added that the tile adhesives range from ceramic property, waterproof property and large tiles adding that all the products are produced by the company with certification from European standards authority.
Even though the company has been in existence since 1665, it has been in Ghana since 2015 and has improved the concrete specifications, better durability and sustainability of the concrete industry in Ghana.
He said even though this type of product is new in Ghana, it is very common in the Western Countries and therefore there was the need to penetrate the African market as well to create employment and promote quality concrete for operations.
Also present was the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah, who commended the Board and management of the company for the feat chalked within the past four years of operations in Ghana.
He said since the establishment of the Saint Gobain Weber Ghana Limited, the company has contributed to the growth of the construction industry through the production of high-quality concrete products for both the real estate and road construction industry.
The Minister revealed that government is currently inversing in the rail, road and housing projects across the country amid strong demand created by an expanding urban service economy.
He said industry contribution to GDP, of which construction is a major composition, has increased from 30.6 percent to 34 percent adding that construction contributed 13.7 percent to GDP in 2017 and employs at least 3% of the labour force.
The Minister assured that government is committed to working with the private sector to promote the growth and development of the country.