Lafarge Roofing expands product portfolio in India

7 January 2004

Bangalore / Oberursel (Germany), 7 January 2004

Lafarge Roofing is continuing its growth in South-East Asia and is opening up its first concrete roof tile plant in India at a site in Bangalore on 7 January 2004. This new concrete tile produced there will compliment the existing high quality glazed clay tile currently produced in Calicut.

The first roof tile to be made in the new Bangalore plant will be the Elabana™ - the most popular profile in most South East Asian countries - and will be produced in two sizes, the normal at 10 tiles/sqm and a mini Elabana at 30 tiles/sqm.

With long experience in South-East Asian countries Lafarge Roofing is well acquainted with the production and durability of concrete tiles in tropical climates and will produce its “Colour Coat Tile”. The characteristics of this product that make it new to the Indian market is a highly durable pigmented cementitious coating that is applied to the surface and provides long lasting colour. This coating, along with the dense roof tile body, gives a produce with a low water absorption and this means that a relatively low weight change occurs in the tile during the monsoon period. The new tile is very dense and therefore has an initial slightly higher weight per sqm than a typical Indian tile, however in the saturated condition its weight/sqm becomes similar or lower than the clay tile.

“Our new concrete roof tiles have an extremely long life and the technology we use delays the growth of moss and lichen, compared to more porous products” describes TT Paul, CEO of Lafarge Roofing (Calicut) PVT Ltd. He continues, “The new small format mini Elabana is also a new product in the Indian roof market and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of Indian buildings for use on sun shades, porches and small roof scapes. “

Due to rising levels of income and population growth in the Bangalore region the need for high quality roofing materials is expected to increase. The new factory will start with a production capacity of more than 5 million tiles per year but is capable of major expansion. Lafarge Roofing also has plans in place for additional concrete roof tile plants in other economic regions of India. However in Southern India and particularly in Bangalore the company can now offer a complete portfolio of high quality concrete and glazed clay tiles.

The pitched roof tile market in India is currently estimated at 90mn sqm and is predominantly in the south of the country in those areas of heavy monsoon rain. By locating its new factory in Bangalore Lafarge Roofing has chosen a buoyant economic area with considerable growth potential and in a central location where it is relatively easy to service the growth regions of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Bangalore and the surrounding region are inhabited by over 16 million people, some 6.5 million of which live in the city itself. It is benefiting from India's flourishing IT industry which is driving the city's prevailing construction boom where the project developers have shown a preference for high-grade buildings with pitched roofs.

Lafarge Roofing is the roofing systems division of the Lafarge Group. With more than 200 production sites in 38 countries across 4 continents, Lafarge Roofing is the leading global supplier of pitched-roofing products, roof system components and chimney systems. In 2002, Lafarge Roofing employed more than 12,100 people, generating sales of EUR 1.5bn.

Lafarge is the world leader in building materials and employs 77,000 people in 75 countries. The Group holds top-ranking positions in all four of its Divisions: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete, Roofing and Gypsum. Lafarge posted sales of €14.6 billion in 2002. The Lafarge Group is also represented in India in the cement business. Lafarge operates two cement plants and a grinding plant.

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