In a first for the company, the Cosira Group has supplied fabricated steel to Zillion Air, who is acting on behalf of Camo Trading to build a new shopping complex in Cameroon. This landmark contract award is synergistic with Cosira’s strategic plans to expand its pan-African footprint.
John da Silva, chief executive officer for the Cosira Group, explains that the contract award was based on capabilities and quality which entailed the manufacturing and delivery of 140 tons of steel columns and trusses to Camo Trading in Cameroon.
The contract, which was awarded in September 2011, was extremely fast-tracked, with a required delivery period of only eight weeks. “Fortunately we have gained extensive experience on similar projects for a wide and diverse portfolio of our other clients. Combined with our pool of highly skilled engineers and artisans, this allowed us to tackle the project with confidence,” says Da Silva.
The Cosira Group sub-contracted a portion of the work to B&T Steel and delivered all the specified steel items to site on time and in budget. “We were responsible for transporting the completed sections to Cameroon, where it was offloaded by employees of the main contractor,” says Da Silva.
Da Silva points out that, in addition to the time requirements, the client also specified that items should be packed into the transportation containers in a specific order. “Following this procedure allowed the offloading crew to remove items in the order required by the assembly team on the project. The feedback we have received from the client with regard to the quality of our work, our attitude towards the project requirements and our service levels has been very good,” he adds.
Da Silva is enthusiastic about the opportunity to establish client relationships in Cameroon. “As part of our pan-African strategy, we have extended projects in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Algeria. Cameroon is a further feather in our cap as we continue to establish our presence in both East and West Africa.”
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