Recently, the management of Axion Global Engineering Limited., a subsidiary of Axion Canada, unveiled a number of civil engineering products based on new technology in the construction industry.
According to them, Nigeria is a country that daily grapples with high cost of building and construction, noting that the challenge is always on how to reduces cost, build houses that are affordable for the people using cost-effective materials.
The company’s managing director, Okey Eze, speaking at Bolton White Hotel, Abuja, where the new products were unveiled, said the products would help mitigate cost of building and construction in the country.
This, according to him, is because less cement would be used after adding the product to the mortar mixture.
“This is for Axion Tuffcrete powder/polymer and oxide, which appears to be the flagship product of the company though there are many other products for different purposes in the building industry; t is a waterproof and fireproof product that is used as additive to cement”, he said.
The managing director said when using cement for concrete, one only needs to apply 20 percent of Axion Tuffcrete powder and 20 percent of the already diluted Axion polymer liquid for concrete mixture, adding that this reduces the need for cement by about 50 to 60 percent, he said.
He said it eliminates cracks on the walls that one sees in some buildings, noting that most times, cracks are caused by the soil on which the building is erected.
In addition, he said another way this technology reduces the cost of building is that it makes tiling and screening unnecessary for anyone who cannot afford such luxury.
He said the product comes in different colours, a reason why it is possible to have coloured POP and at the same time have POP outside rather than inside the building because of its waterproof nature.