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"Remco Afrique is a construction company that is specialized in building industrial halls on the African continent. Remco Afrique is a division of Remco Ruimtebouw (Dutch company) that has been operating on the market since 1972. We are specialized in designing, building and delivering industrial halls on an own innovative steel construction concept. Based on the involvement in millions of square meters in Europe, we have achieved a vast experience in a wide range of industries such as production, transportation, logistics, storage, distribution service and in the wholesale - and retail trade. Remco Afrique is a very interesting partner for companies that are planning to expand their business with new industrial premises.
At Remco Ruimtebouw I am responsible for the marketing of our new division Remco Afrique. Based on the vast experience of the company on other emerging markets we have made a very detailed business plan for Africa for the period 2011 – 2014 and I am almost involved on a “24/7” basis to execute our plans."
Please kindly tell us the reason for opting to work on the African continent?"The reason to operate on the African continent is because of the new and positive developments on the African market. The African economy is, despite of the financial crisis, still on the move. Today, Africa ranks among the fastest-growing economic regions in the world. The progress, resilience and potential of African economies have convinced us to follow the road of expansion towards the Lions market. In such environment the need for professional industrial buildings for a wide range of production – and logistic activities is imminent, hence our marketing efforts to make the market aware of the availability of our
solutions. No experiments but repeated application of proven designs so no risk for the investors. Therefore Remco Afrique has been created to solely operate in Africa."
What are your experiences in setting up in Africa?
"From the beginning of Remco Afrique to the whole process of reaching a prominent position in the African construction industry, is an impressive journey by itself. It very exciting! Especially because it is not based on a “trial and error” attempt on “copy paste” application of proven strategies in the past in other parts of the world. It is very rewarding to see the enthusiastic feedback we are getting in such a short time and to see the incoming flow of enquiries. We all are getting a lot of energy from this."
How do you see the future of your company in Africa?
"Remco Afrique will have reached a prominent position in the African construction industry in the next 5 years. We aim to be the main partner for African companies or companies operating in Africa that are planning to expand their business with new industrial premises. In short, entrepreneurs who wants to make the best of any opportunity and wants to ensure higher level of general prosperity are Remco Afrique’s target."
How is productions ?
"Towards the end of the last century many Western companies moved their production from Western Europe to the much cheaper central and eastern parts of Europe. The production halls that were first made there were relatively simple construction. At a later stage, storage and production facilities were added. Currently, we see similar development in Africa. Remco Afrique can serve the African market with buildings that suit each of the economic development. Steel construction has proven to be a better alternative to traditional halls constructed from wood, brick or other materials."
What is the latest news?
"Currently we are working on putting our footprint in West and Central Africa. We are in contact with Nigerian, Gabonese, Ghanaian, Tunisian, Zambian and Algerian companies. We are talking about enquiries in excess of 200.000 m². The other regions have also our attention. We expect to add further new projects to our African portfolio in the foreseeable future."
This interview is the seventh in a series on setting up business in Africa. This interview series is powered by Africa Business Communities and VC4Africa.