Billionaire steel magnate, Sikander Lalani, celebrated his 79th birthday by announcing the commencement of the construction of a 150,000-tonne-per-annum cold rolling plant in Uganda. The project, part of Roofings Group’s phase 4 expansion, is located at the Kampala Industrial Business Park (KIBP) in Namanve, on the outskirts of Kampala City.
This marks the fourth expansion phase for Roofings Group, following their initial USD 2 million investment in an iron sheets plant in Lubowa back in 2010. Subsequent expansions included a wire galvanizing plant, melt shop, and a plastic pipes plant under the Roofings Polypipes subsidiary, all in Lubowa. In the third phase, the group invested in a 150,000-tonne-per-year cold rolling mill. By the end of the third phase, the company claimed to have invested over USD 350 million in Uganda and provided employment to more than 2,000 people.
The exact cost of the fourth expansion phase has not been disclosed to the public.
Construction for this project is being carried out by China Communications Construction Company Ltd. The architectural design is being handled by Space and Places Ltd, while Roman Consult Ltd serves as the project’s civil and structural engineers. Construction Cost Associates are responsible for quantity surveying, and L&S Company Ltd is in charge of electrical and mechanical engineering.
The new cold rolling mill is expected to become operational by mid-2024, making Roofings Group the largest and most modern cold-strip complex in East and Central Africa.
In December 2022, Roofings entered into a contract with Danieli Group, an Italian metal industry equipment supplier, to provide a cold-rolling mill, hot-dip galvanizing, color-coating, and side-trimming line. According to Danieli Group’s earlier release, this line is scheduled to be ready for installation by mid-2024.
The contract was signed by Sikander Lalani, Roofings Group Chairman and Founder, and Giacomo Mareschi, Danieli Group Chief Executive Officer.
This investment will enable Roofings to produce an additional 100,000 tonnes per year of galvanized coils and 50,000 tonnes per year of painted coils in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner, as stated by the Danieli Group.
Danieli will supply all the necessary mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, and automation equipment. The cold-reversing mill will feature advanced automation, ensuring impressive thickness tolerances, and the hot-dip galvanizing line will offer excellent coating uniformity at 160 meters per minute.
Furthermore, the high-production color-coating line will utilize state-of-the-art technology to deliver high-quality coating and visual results. Danieli Automation will provide full electric and automation systems, streamlining production and maintenance processes.