Leading South African fire, security and transformer door producer, Bitcon Industries’ export programme into Africa has continued with the landing of a major contract for the provision of fire doors for the new Ecobank head office premises in Accra, Ghana.

Bitcon Rubidor fire doors specified for Ecobank HQ in Ghana Bitcon Industries is supplying the fire doors for the new Ecobank head offices in Ghana, designed by leading South African architects, arc Architects.

With EnergoProjekt Ghana as main contractor, and Pretoria-based arc Architects handling the design, the 18 000m2 prestige building will be fitted with Bitcon Rubidor fire doors valued at over R1 million.

Bob Vollmer, director of Bitcon based in Jet Park, says the company is supplying Class A and B Rubidor fire doors for the project. The doors – which meet the requirements of SANS 1253:2003 – are constructed from a magnesium-oxychloride, monolithic-reinforced insulating material with exceptional fire resistance and strength. “The doors’ compliance with the national quality standard followed stringent tests for stability, integrity, insulation and impact resistance. Bitcon shipped sample Rubidors to Ghana which were approved by the contractors and professional team,” Vollmer added.

This is the second major export Ghanaian export order Bitcon Industries has secured. Rubidor fire doors were also installed at the Ahafo mine in Ghana’s Brong-Ahafo region. The mine is the largest gold mine in Ghana and one of the largest in the world.

arc Architects, designers of the new Ecobank Ghana head offices, are also making inroads into the Ghanaian property development market having last year designed the award-winning West Hills Mall in Accra. The Mall, which has several SA companies as tenants, won the 2015 SAPOA Excellence in Property Development Award in the International Developments category. Among other prestige projects designed by arc are the Engineering 3 building at the University of Pretoria, the Musaion Theatre also at the University of Pretoria, and 66 Grayston office block in Sandton.

Main contractor, EnergoProjekt Ghana, is a Ghanaian subsidiary of EnergoProjekt, Serbia’s largest construction company, based in Belgrade.

In another export contract, Bitcon Industries is also supplying Rubidor fire doors for Namibia’s R111 million Rundu abattoir and meat processing facility, expected to be completed early in 2017.

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