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wnm limited and Dura Composites, “An informal presentation on Composite Products” (2)

The aim of the seminar was to highlight the benefits of Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) and Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) over the traditional alternatives used in construction. WPC and FRP are the technologies used by Dura Composites in the production of these Composite Products. The Wood Plastic Composites include Dura decking, tiles, cladding and pontoons while the Fibreglass Reinforced Plastic includes Dura gratings, slabs and profiles. The presentations which were handled by Andy Buckingham, Marine Key Account Manager, and Paul Fletcher, International Sales Manager, Dura Composites (UK), dwelt on alternative building and construction materials, which are a departure from traditional steel, wood and concrete:

  • When it is saturated in water it loses strength and becomes more slippery. However the WPC Decking is made from a mix of recycled plastics and reclaimed hardwood with various bespoke additives, meaning that it gives you a similar appearance to natural wood decking with the benefit of being impervious to issues such as rot, mould and splintering. Furthermore, these composite products are anti-slip and have the added advantage of being maintenance free and aesthetically pleasing.
  • The main drawback of concrete in certain applications such as the use of concrete covers for trenches and gutters is that such application can lead to the use of significant manpower and heavy machinery which increases the cost of construction and maintenance. The Dura Fibreglass slabs however, are lightweight and can support loads of up to 40 tonnes. In situations where Fibreglass passes its load limit it will deflect rather than crack before returning to its original form.
  • Steel is heavy and when exposed to the elements can lead to corrosion. Unlike steel, FRP has an anti-slip surface, can easily be cut in various sizes unlike steel which requires special equipment and individuals trained in metal work. The Dura Profiles are easy to assemble, fire resistant and are more light weight than steel.
From far left, Type 295 Dura Deck (Teak), Type 225 Dura Deck (Charcoal),  Dura Grating Standard 25mm

From far left, Type 295 Dura Deck (Teak), Type 225 Dura Deck (Charcoal), Dura Grating Standard 25mm

From far left; Composite manhole covers C250 clear opening (600 x 600mm), D400 clear opening 550mm and D400 clear opening 600mm. From far right; Composite drainage gratings D400 (340 x 500 x 63mm), C250 (475 x 475 x 80mm), C250 (496 x 450 x 100mm) and D400 (597 x 500 x 130mm).

From far left; Composite manhole covers C250 clear opening (600 x 600mm), D400 clear opening 550mm and D400 clear opening 600mm. From far right; Composite drainage gratings D400 (340 x 500 x 63mm), C250 (475 x 475 x 80mm), C250 (496 x 450 x 100mm) and D400 (597 x 500 x 130mm).

Sample ladder made up of box profile and ladder rung.

Sample ladder made up of box profile and ladder rung.

Samples of Dura slab

Samples of Dura slab

wnm limited and Dura Composites, “An informal presentation on Composite Products” (1).

During the 11th to the 15th of January, 2015, wnm limited embarked on a week-long introductory campaign, on the advantages of using composite products in construction. On the 14th of January there was a seminar at the Radisson blu Anchorage hotel, Lagos on Dura Composites suite of composite products. Paul Fletcher and Andy Buckingham from Dura Composites UK, facilitated the seminar which was attended by developers, contractors and architects.

Akin Akinola, Chief Executive Officer, wnm limited, gave the opening remarks, highlighting wnm’s history and its vision to be the number one provider of customer centric and innovative business solutions across multiple industries. He also mentioned the projects wnm limited had completed for Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC) and Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to install composite manhole covers and gully gratings in various parts of the state.

wnm limited and Dura Composites have been working together since 2014 to introduce Dura’s wide range of composite products into the local market. These composite products can be used in different sectors of the economy including; construction, rail, marine, manufacturing industries.

CEO wnm limited, Mr. Akin Akinola giving the opening remarks.

CEO wnm limited, Mr. Akin Akinola giving the opening remarks.

Paul Fletcher and Andy Buckingham from Dura Composites addressing guests at the event

Paul Fletcher and Andy Buckingham from Dura Composites addressing guests at the event

A cross section of guests

A cross section of participants

From left, Associate partner at CCP, Mr. Uduak Udoh; Partner at CCP and President of Association of Consulting Architects in Nigeria, Mr. Tayo Babalakin.

From left, Associate partner at CCP, Uduak Udoh; Partner at CCP and President of Association of Consulting Architects of Nigeria, Tayo Babalakin.

Cross section of guests

Cross section of guests

From left to right; Chief Operations Officer wnm limted, Mr. Lanre Sonuga; (sitting) Human Resources/ Admin. Officer wnm limited, Ms. Brenda Paul; MD SystemsTech, Mr. Tijani Ogueyi and CEO wnm limited, Mr. Akin Akinola

From left to right; Chief Operations Officer wnm limted, Mr. Lanre Sonuga; (sitting) Human Resources/ Admin. Officer wnm limited, Ms. Brenda Paul; MD SystemsTech, Mr. Tijani Ogueyi and CEO wnm limited, Mr. Akin Akinola

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