Specifier – April 2015

Bitcon Industries leading producer of fire doors in South Africa, has secured one of its biggest export orders to sub-Saharan Africa in its 48-year history.

Bob Vollmer, director of Boksburg-based Bitcon Industries, says the company is providing all the fire doors and security doors, as well as transformer room doors, for Nigeria’s new prime retail destination, Jabi Lake Mall, in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. Abuja – located in the centre of Nigeria – was built in the 1980s. It officially became Nigeria’s capital in December 1991, replacing Lagos, although Lagos remains the countries most populous city.

Comprising of 25 000m2  of A-grade retail space, Jabi Lake Mall is set to become Nigeria’s prime retail destination with a wide selection of national and international tenants including South Africa’s Shoprite and Game. Scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015, the new mal is the first leg in what will be a 35 hectare mixed-use development, drawing on a target market of almost 2.5m people.

The Bitcon order was placed by the main contractor for the Jabi Lake Mall project, Bouygues Construction, part of the large French global corporation, Bouygues Batiment International. Bouygues Construction operates worldwide and designs, builds and operates public and private buildings, transport infrastructures and energy and communications networks. The French group over 52 000 people and is active in over 80 countries.

Bitcon is supplying Bouygues Construction with their Rubidor® Class A and B single and double fire doors, as well as Anti-Bandit security doors and single and double door transformer doors for the upmarket shopping mall. “Bitcon has already shipped sample doors to Abuja and will now complete the order in six containers for which Mega Freight Services is handling the consignment,” Vollmer stated.

He says the company is experiencing constantly increasing demand for its fire, security, transformer room and anti-radiation doors from neighbouring states and also the Northern African market. Among the African orders recently secured for Bitcon doors are the African Barrak Gold mine in Tanzania, Church of Latter Day Saints in Uganda, Gateway Mall in Malawi, Lady Pohamba Hospital in Windhoek, Maru-a-Pala School in Botswana, and the Lesotho Communal Authority in Lesotho.