Sochem Construction Chemicals will be exhibiting its latest products at The Big 5 Construct Nigeria in September. We spoke to its Director, Venkateswaran Arunachalam; here's what he told us as he prepares to participate in the largest construction event in Nigeria.
What products will you be showcasing at the event?
At The Big 5 Construct Nigeria, we will showcase selected products in the range of the construction chemicals that we manufacture.
What value do these products bring to Nigeria’s construction industry?
Our products ensure quality construction. Mandatory requirements like strength and flow of concrete are met by our admixtures / non shrink grouts. During the construction stage, aids like form work release oil and curing compound will provide immense value. Post construction problems like water seepage, cracks and voids, can be treated with our extensive range of water proofing chemicals and repair mortars, among others.
Can you share your outlook on the local construction industry?
The quality of the local construction is fairly behind international standards. Building in water logged areas without precaution takes its toll too soon. Even the finish of walls by plastering is too uneven due to the lack of good construction practices, just to quote a simple example.
What are the latest solutions to overcome the challenges you pointed out?
The usage of proper damp proofing materials, and water proofing compounds, among other things, should avoid the problems attendant with building in water logged areas. The application of coatings and suitable micro-concrete should avoid the spalling of concrete and the corrosion of rebars in coastal areas. The unevenness of the plastered surface and the low productivity can be overcome by employing plastering machines.
Is there something you are really looking forward to in the pipeline?
We are in the process of constantly innovating our products to address the problems faced by the local construction industry.
How will it benefit customers to see you at the event?
The customers will be able to have face to face meetings with our team at the event. We can understand their problems and requirements first hand, and we shall be able to provide a lasting solution for a mutually fruitful long term relationship between us and the customer.
About Sochem Construction Chemicals -
SOCHEM group manufactures construction chemicals in three countries, in West Africa - Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast. We are supported by our “Product Development Centre” based in India. The quality systems followed across our facilities ensures consistency in our products.
Our product gamut includes: concrete admixtures, waterproofing, nonshrink grouts, floor hardeners, sealants, mold release agents, curing compounds, concrete repair mortar, etc.
The group’s clientele include prestigious projects like Dangote Refinery in Nigeria and Volta River Authority in Ghana, among other renowned builders and developers. We also export to neighboring countries like Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso.