Well-known producer of grain-based staple foods, Sasko, is developing a greenfield site at Umhlali on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Sasko required the main contractor for the project, Group Five, to create an impressive signage feature at the site entrance. The contractor was familiar with the use of Lafarge South Africa's innovative self-compacting concrete Agilia® Vertical and approached the company to provide a solution.
Lafarge South Africa is the local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. The Group recently repositioned its global brand to highlight its commitment to use its technical strength to help provide solutions for building better cities. This commitment reflects the huge trend to urbanisation in the world and the need to develop better connected cities that have more housing, are more compact, more durable and more beautiful, to create desirable environments for everyone to live in.
Lafarge partnered with the specialist scaffolding and formwork company, Peri, to build moulds for a 3,6 m wide by 4 m high entrance signage wall. This was achieved by using a rubber foam template glued to Vario formwork. Agilia® Vertical concrete was chosen because its exceptional fluidity enables it to fill all corners and areas in complex formwork or moulds effortlessly, without the need for vibration. Agilia® also remains homogeneous and produces excellent, durable off-shutter finishes, a key requirement of this project.
"The advantage of using Agilia® Vertical was that we were able to fill the formwork successfully, using bottom-up pumping technology in one lift. It avoids the tonal variations that inevitably occur in multiple lifts," says Shabir Ebrahim, Lafarge South Africa's Key Accounts Manager - Durban. "With our long-standing relationship with Group Five, we were pleased to be able to help them with a solution for the signage task. It was a demonstration of the value we place on our relationships with all players in the construction chain. The outcome was a client that is extremely satisfied with the impressive signage end result."
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Located in 64 countries with 65 000 employees, Lafarge is the world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses. In 2012, the Group posted sales of 15,8 billion Euros.
Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity to help build better cities around the world: more beautiful cities that are better connected, have more housing, and are more compact and durable. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better rural towns and villages.
Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province. The Group has for many years been a leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide ‘Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International.
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