Aug 08, 2010 News
-$75,000 portable A/C a hot seller for Gafoor
The country’s first ever International Building Expo, a three-day event which was launched Friday and set to conclude today, was an eye-opening experience for many as competing hardware suppliers and key stakeholders sought to display their products and services. It would be the first time that consumers, homeowners and potential homeowners would have had the opportunity to literally make comparisons of prices on the spot with banks also capitalising.
From air-conditioning, models of homes, reintroduction of the clay bricks, and different types of windows and zincs, the array would have been tantalising with the option.
Hardware giant, Gafoors, alone had ten booths with one of the major highlights being a solar powered electrical system capable of pushing homes without maintenance for up to 15 years.
According to Manager of the Solar Department, Eon Lovell, while selling for $1.5M, the system overtime would save homeowners thousands of dollars, with no dependency on external power and no blackouts. The batteries are capable of storing up to two days of power.
“This is a newly designed system we now rolling out that is of European standards.”
As a matter of fact, the entire Gafoors’ booths were powered by the solar electrical system.
The company is also selling low cost water heater systems that again calls for little maintenance.
The hardware company is also promoting its new curve sheet which is ideal for canopy and steel decking that is a cost-effective way to casting concrete floors.
Another crucial introduction would have many contractors smiling is the 5”-6” stirrup which is used in tying steel for foundation, among other things. This will speed up construction time since no more will workers have to waste valuable time bending steel, workers at Gafoor explained.
Another attraction is the porcelain wood-finish tile that could be fitted to look like polished floor.
The company also disclosed that it will be pushing its curtain wall which is now being highly favoured by the corporate offices, including banks and insurance companies.
These tinted plain glasses are a heavy seller and are being popular, Gafoor officials said.
In the air-condition department, a $75,000 portable unit has become highly popular as many homeowners prefer not to have any fixtures on the walls.
“All you have to get is a hole in the wall to push out the hot air and water and you can carry it to your bedroom or living room…whatever the need is.”
But it was not Gafoors alone that is bringing out new ideas.
Unicom, a relatively new company is also importing the red claybricks and Trowel Tex, a rough/attractive looking finish that is fast becoming popular.
In the electricity section also, the Guyana Power and Light Inc. was not to be left out and the company yesterday said it will be marketing heavily, its prepaid meter.
“We will be engaging as many consumers we can at this expo to promote this meter since it has huge benefits,” a company official explained.
At Toolsie Persaud Limited, the company is heavily pushing its new steel pipes and stones which it said to be of high quality.
BK International, which is also heavily in quarrying, is pushing its coloured hollow blocks which is due to be launched shortly, workers at their exhibition spot said.
At the TCL booth, representatives of the company were convinced Friday night that their brand of “Pozzolan” cement, mixed with volcanic ash, is the best option to reduce cracks in homes.
With security for homes a key aspect, the Neal and Massey’s CCS $115,000 basic system is a steal for any homeowner interested in keeping out unwanted intruders.
A.H.&L Kissoon is known for its furniture and mattresses and also its quality of sponges.
These were prominently on display and there is a variety of the very best quality being produced by the company, a worker said.
Meanwhile, Torginal Guyana said it is also getting ready to introduce its Tex-Coat, a textured paint-like coating that is a growing passion.
These should be introduced within weeks, it was disclosed.
Another highlight that had many admiring was the wooden windows by the Guyana Furniture Manufacturing Limited which sells as low as $11,000 compared to the average price aluminum windows of $14,000.
On Friday, President Bharrat Jagdeo had blasted hardware supplies for putting too much of a mark-up on their products and warned that the expo could be an eye-opening experience for home-owners.
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