The Accra-based plant, which started manufacturing concrete admixtures in April 2016, has now expanded to produce fine mortars all ranges, mainly tile adhesives, under the Weber brand. The objective of the new production line is to increase the company’s capacity and production flexibility.
The line was formally inaugurated at an event attended by government officials, including Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, Ghana’s Deputy Minister, Trade and Industry; the French Ambassador, Her Excellency Mrs. Anne-Sophie Ave, representatives from the Green Building Council and Ghana Institute of Architects, and partners, distributors, and representatives of major construction firms in Ghana.
According to Saint-Gobain’s Africa CEO Jean-Claude Lasserre, the plant’s new line is a significant milestone for the global construction materials group in the region. It drives investment into Ghana while providing the construction industry with high-quality materials.
West Africa is seeing a significant increase in urbanisation which has resulted in a booming property market. This, in turn, has brought about an increase in the demand for construction materials. Saint-Gobain is ideally placed to meet this need as our materials are energy efficient, which is becoming increasingly important the world over. They have the added benefits of providing thermal and acoustic comfort to residential and commercial developments,” he says.
The line was newly built on the existing premises of the Saint-Gobain Ghana plant. The sand treatment plant (for mortar production use) requires different logistical management and therefore outside Accra.
Quality controls are critical, and an on-site lab technician ensures that the products comply with strict European standards. All products include a CE marking indicating complete conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products designed to be sold in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Lasserre concludes: “Our decision to start producing another line was based on the high demand for mortar products. Ghana’s construction market is expanding and we need to increase our product offering and provide innovative materials and solutions to the construction sector.”