This is what they said …

Opening session

Mr Gbolahan Lawal
Honourable Commissioner at Lagos State, Ministry of Housing

Lack of affordable housing affects particularly the low income citizens as they pay a disproportionate share of income for housing or live in inadequate housing that is cut-off from employment and access to health and other social services. Lagos State has always been challenged by the arduous task of providing affordable and decent accommodation for the people of the State in view of its ever growing population. This is reflected in the various housing schemes developed by different administrations over the years.

The present administration in response to the yearnings of the people and in accordance with the inclusive policy of the administration is determined to build 200,000 housing units in Lagos State alone over a very short period of time. 
Mrs Olubunmi Adekoje
Director General, FOCI-Federation of Construction Industry Nigeria

It is a pleasure that I present this Goodwill Message at this precious occasion.The Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) formally known as Federation of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (FOBACEC) was established in 1954 as the umbrella body for Construction Companies in Nigeria. With over one hundred members, FOCI has become the reference point for sustained excellence in the construction industry. Interactions within Member Companies have resulted in the maintenance of sound practices, respect for ethics and stability.

FOCI provides a platform for its members to pursue common interests within the law, regulate the minimum conditions of service for employees in the construction industry and liaise with relevant government agencies in matters of common interest. FOCI members are building and civil contractors, sub-contractros in the construction industry, manufacturers, agents and suppliers of building materials, plants of equipment to the construction industry and those who provide services to the building and civil contractors. 

We invite exhibitors who are into construction and related businesses to consider joining the Federation of Construction Industry to expand their business network. We are delighted to be one of the Institutional Partners of AfricaBuild Lagos 2017. We welcome all exhibitors and participants and wish you a successful trade fair. 
Mr Martin März
Managing Director - fairtrade

Welcome to Nigeria’s leading international building and interiors exhibition. AfricaBuild Lagos brings together Nigeria’s key building and construction professionals with international manufacturers and suppliers from around the world.

We are delighted to announce a very honorable participation featuring sixty top international players from twelve countries, namely from Austria, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Nigeria, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Mr Darryl Pawsey,
Regional Industry Director - ITE

Along with new government policies and an expanding middle class the Nigerian building industry sees massive investments. Currently in its infant stage the market remains relatively unsaturated by international suppliers and despite the push for the full spectrum of infrastructure, commercial, industrial and residential structures there is a lack of local machinery and equipment to meet demand, providing significant opportunities for international suppliers looking to corner the market.

It is on this background and responding to the growth, demand and vitality of Nigeria’s building and construction industry, that we at fairtrade and ITE organise AfricaBuild Lagos 2017. 

Exhibitors at AfricaBuild

Mrs Carolina Fernández
ICEX Spain Trade and Investment - Build and Design Sector Manager

We represent different companies, some of them have experience in the Nigerian market and some of them are just starting. The Nigerian market has a huge potential for all of these companies and this is why we are all here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017.

We can provide high quality technology for construction as well as high quality materials. We believe this is exactly what Nigeria needs at the moment in order to modernize their building techniques and be able to face all the construction projects that the country needs.

Our main target here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 is to build a solid relationship with Nigeria. We know the country is experiencing some difficulties but we are confident that recovery is around the corner and we would like to be here to witness that and take part in the future development of Nigeria.
Mr Said Atalik
dogansu - Foreign Trade Manager

We entered the market here three years ago. This market is hungry for every variety of products from bottom to top quality. Also Nigeria represents one of the biggest markets in Africa with a high population reaching nearly to 200 million people.

Nigerian people want high quality products at a reasonable price like every other market. We have really good quality products with competitive prices.

Our main target here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 is to find distributors or wholesalers who will spread our products in the market.

We are really satisfied with the quality of our professional visitors.
Mr Samy Ahmed
extruflex- Sales Representative - France & Export

Extruflex is the world leader in flexible PVC strips and a well-known manufacturer of sheets. We are already active in Senegal and now it is the beginning of developing the Nigerian market. Our products are suitable for the Nigerian market because they are high quality, very profitable and have a lot of application possibilities.Our products are used for Strips doors / Roll up doors / Swing doors, ...

We participate at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to find a partner/distributor which will be able to provide our products to doors manufacturers.

We are satisfied with our visitors, there is a huge diversity of clients.
Mr Fabio Camatel
MARAZZI / Cambielli NIgeria Limited- Sales Manager

We are active here in Nigeria since 2016. It is important to be here because the market is really big and offers a lot of opportunities. Nigeria is one of the biggest, if not the biggest market place in Africa.

Our products are suitable for any market: We are leaders here and our range of products can cover any need/requirement of the clients.

We participate at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to have visibility and to make the public aware that we are now on the market and ready for business.

Yes, I’m satisfied with the quality of our visitors. I have very good contacts. 
Mr Daniele Pivetti
Gamma Meccanica S.p.A. - Area Sales Manager

Gamma Meccanica S.p.A. was established in 1977 and we are active in Nigeria since 25 years. We manufacturer lines and machinery for the production of mineral wool (panels, rolls, pipe sections) and XPS panels. The plastic division is specialized in lines for recycling of plastic materials.

Our main target here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 is to find potential investors and agents.

Yes, we are satisfied with the quality of our professional visitors.
Mr Luca Pedrolli
Progress Maschinen & Automation AG - Area Sales Manager

The Progress Group provides complete solutions for the precast and rebar industry. The machines and plants are designed for the production of precast walls and floors, hollow core slabs, constructive and prestressed elements as well as wire reinforcement.

We are active in Nigeria since 2016. We are here because the country has a huge potential in the housing sector and we offer turnkey solutions for the housing market using precast walls & floorings which are suitable for the Nigerian market.

We are here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to get new contacts and to develop our business. 
Mr Florian Batik
Lisec - Head of Sales

The Lisce Group is the world leading all-from-one supplier of sustainable complete projects for flat glass processing, insulating glass production and safety glass manufacturing.

We are active in Nigeria since 1994 because the market has a good potential. Our products are environmental friendly for the construction market here.

We participate at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to meet potential customers and to exposure the market.
Mr Tocky Liu
Jiangsu Hanbao - Sales Manager

Started from two plywood production lines in last mid-90s, Hanbao has become dedicated panel solution provider in the building material sector.

The Nigerian/West African market is really big and has a huge requirement on our products and we are active here since 2000. As a developing country Nigeria needs a lot of infrastructure.

We participate at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to learn more about the local market and to meet our customers. Also we are looking for new and potential customers. 
Mr Mehmet Serdar Sari
ELKON - Sales and Marketing Representative

ELKON is a 41year-old international company which is specialized in manufacturing of all types of concrete block making machines. With an innovative approach, ELKON has developed its technology and production facilities since its foundation in 1975 and today ELKON serves to the industry.

ELKON has been active in Nigeria since 2009. Considering Nigeria's growing and promising economy, we are aware of the importance of the market and that’s why we have long term interest in Nigeria.

As we are working with several leading companies and supplied more than 70 units of equipment in Nigeria, we have a deep knowledge about the requirements of our clients and presenting most suitable solutions to them.

We are here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to show presence of the company to the existing clients, to get new contacts and to see the current situation of the market.

We are satisfied to see visitors from the sector here. 
Mr Sameh Abboud
ACROW MISR - Nigeria Sales Manager

For 40 years ACROW MISR has been desiging, developing, manufacturing and installing of formwork, faslework, scaffolding and steel structure, ACROW MISR covers many international construction markets even in Asia, Africa or Europe.

Actually we are new in Nigeria. The Nigerian economy is one of the biggest economies in Africa so we decided to invest in it.

We see that there will be a big benefit for construction companies by using our products in order to achieve safe, economic & best quality standards.

Our main target here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 is to introduce ACROW to the construction industries.

So far we are satisfied with our visitors. 
Mr Erhan Eralp
Cuhadaroglu Metal San. - Export Executive (Aluminium Profile Systems)

It is the first time we come here to Nigeria, Lagos. We try to expand our market store in all African countries. Therefore, Nigeria is an important country for us.

We do market research and try to get good connections here. At the moment our aluminium  system is not so much suitable for the Nigerian market, but in the near future we will make some adaptions.

We are here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to understand the market better and to see what they really need.

We hope to have good results after the exhibition.
Mr S. Gladston
Esquire Machines Pvt. Ltd. - Managing Director

Esquire Machines Pvt. Ltd. is Indias' leading manufacturer of construction equipment like Concrete Mixers, Mini Batching Plants, PAN Mixers, Man & Material Handling Equipments etc.

Esquire Machines Ltd. India is well established and well known in the African countries for more than two decades. We are proud to mention that we are the market leader in many African countries.

The potential for construction equipments are very high here in Nigeria. The Nigerian construction industry is perised for faster growth, as it comes out of its present economic situation. Nigeria is one of the biggest markets, which we cannot afford to ignore. We are here to establish our construction equipments.

We participate at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to establish the market, also channel partners and to meet various potential customers.

Yes, we are satisfied with the quality of customers. 
Mr Arc. Olayiwola A. Olayinka (right)
Jafep - Exclusive Distributor (Nigeria)

Our main activity is the design and production of decorative and building paints. We are specialized in decorative effect paints, exterior coatings and interior decoration. With 50 years of experience in the paint sector, we have more than 40.000 sq facilities and the most high-technology.

We are active in Nigeria since 2016 but planned to be there since 2012. The Nigerian market is important because of the customer base (population).

Our main target here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 is to meet people of the Nigerian building and construction market.

We are satisfied with the visitors here. 
Mr Kevork Kedikian
doka - Business Development Coordinator

Doka had ex-works business in the Nigerian market since many years. The company was incorporated in Nigeria, October 2011. The West African market especially Nigeria has a big potential for our industry.

We produce formwork for all the markets around the world. Our products, solutions and services help the builders and contractors to construct the structures with a better finish, fast and safe. Our formwork is re-usable and can be adapted to many projects.

We are here to maintain our relation with exsisting clients and to provide a single-source for products, services, planning, project management and logistics.

Yes, this year we have a better attendance from more direct professionals from the construction industry. 
Mr Ismo Kallio
Elematic - Area Sales Director

We just started here in Nigeria and we think that Africa will be the next continent where building construction will be booming. Here is a huge backlock of affordable housing and precast will be the best solution for that.

With precast you can have quality houses and you can save material (steel/cement). Also you can build much faster than in the traditional way.

We are here at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to meet construction companies and developers who are interested in our products. Also we want to share knowledge of modern precast technology. We are also looking for an agent in this region. 
Mr Darius Kaskelis
Bandai Namco - Export Sales Representative

Bandai Namco is the world's largest family entertainment centers' operator & manufacturer of amusement equipment. Since 1995 we offer professional services for your family entertainment centers.

We are active here in Nigeria because the family entertainment sector is undeveloped and in a high demand. This is a great opportunity for local and international investors.

Our products are suitable for the Nigerian market because there are very little family entertainment centers.

We participate at AfricaBuild Lagos 2017 to find investors who wants to start business in Nigeria and to find distributors for our products.