Trianon

Sector of activity: Construction
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Folly Koussawo
Employees: 25
Country: Gabon
A propos:

Trianon BTP Gabon is a construction company created in 2012 by a young team of Gabonese professionals who studied and trained in France.

Trianon has boldly positioned itself to fill a gap in the local construction market: as a small-sized company it has the agility to tailor medium-size jobs to its clients while providing high service standards that rival those of the largest contractors. This ambitious model was proved right and efficient after a single year of activity. As of today, Trianon is viewed as a major actor on the market for highly demanding private and public clients (National Real Estate Company, French Ministry of Defense, French Foreign Ministry…

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Folly Koussawo is a 37-year old Gabonese entrepreneur. He graduated from the IPAG (Nice) and from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (top-leading French school and world oldest civil engineering university) in Real Estate Management. He was Program Manager at Kaufman & Board, one of the greatest French Real Estate promoters and managed the construction of near 4000 houses within a local state housing program.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside with Trianon

• To finance the company’s capacities growth (pre-construction site, joinery and carpentry unit, storage)

• To mentor and support the company’s commercial strategy and deployment in international operations

 

IMPACTS

• Enhancing local value-added

• Structuring of te sector

• Raising the industry standards

 

In portfolio since: 2014
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Sofamac

Sector of activity: Construction
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: Moussa Dia, Waddah Saab, Julio et Jose-Luis Aguilar
Employees: 4
Country: Senegal
A propos:

Sofamac is engaged in the production of clay construction, such as tiles and clay bricks, intended for local use.

Clay production, which was quite common until the end of the 1970s, now offers a real market opportunity. The products show great thermic and time resistance and match an unsatisfied local demand for construction and equipment.

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Moussa Dia is a civil engineer entrepreneur who ran for more than twenty years an engineering and metallic construction business (sheds, water towers…) in Saint-Louis, Northern Senegal. His passion for terracotta and the opportunity of the market led him to found SOFAMAC a small terracotta handcrafted production unit.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside with Sofamac

• To undertake a market study for terracotta bricks

• To carry out a feasibility study for the project

 

KEY IMPACTS

• Production of a construction material more adapted to local demand with a better energetic balance and entirely recyclable items

• Enhance local production, in substitution to foreign imports

• Lower consumer prices

 

In portfolio since: 2012

Carrières du Moungo

Sector of activity: Construction
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPAE 1
Entrepreneur: André Ngalaho & Laure Djoukam
Employees: 50
Country: Cameroon
A propos:

Created in 2005, Carrières du Moungo (CDM) is a company located in Cameroon which has developed sand quarry activities for BTP construction.

The company rapidly developed to meet a growing need for high-quality construction in Cameroon. CDM currently operates on 3 sites and has diversified its activities (crushed gravel, ready-mix concrete...).

 

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

André Ngalaho first worked within the sport community before investing in sand quarry and gravel pit. He created CDM with the financial support from his friends.

His wife Laure Djoukam started to work full-time in the company in 2009. She manages day-to-day operations while M. Ngalaho is responsible for the business development

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P is committed alongside CDM to:

• Renew the company’s equipment and improve its profitability

• Bring Technical assistance to reinforce the financial, technical and operational management of CDM and to set up an social and environmental plan 

 

IMPACTS

• 70 full time employees, out of which more than 30 high-skilled and medium skilled jobs

• Salary is twice higher than other extraction companies

• CDM satisfies a strong local demand and its production subsidies itself to importations

• A large part of CDM’s output is produced and consumed locally

• All the suppliers of the company are local

 

In portfolio since: 2013
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Carotech Bénin

Sector of activity: Construction
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Yves Modeste Agbo
Employees: 10
Country: Benin
A propos:

CAROTECH Benin produces outside tiles, pavement blocks and other construction cement-based inputs. These are processed without any thermal energy. Carotech’s sector of activity is lifted by a swelling urban expansion in Benin and various state programs to renovate public infrastructures. The products are addressed to a diversified clientele: individuals, public collectivities, private companies…

 

THE ENTREPRENEUR

Yves Modest Agbo is a young Beninese entrepreneur who, once having finished his economics studies in France at Montpellier University has immediately made the choice to create an economic activity in his country, in the industrial sector with a strong local added value. 

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

I&P committed alongside Carotech Benin to:

• Enable a rapid establishment of the production

• Provide a technical assistance for organization and formalization of the financial and accounting management. 

• Provide support of an expertise in term of commercial organization policy

 

IMPACTS

• Creation of a local industry of construction materials, in substitution of Chinese and European importations.

• Energy saving with cold-process production

• 5 national suppliers

 

 

In portfolio since: 2009

Bhélix

Sector of activity: Construction
Status: Investissement en capital
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Narcisse Zolla
Employees: 26
Country: Benin
A propos:

Bhelix is the first SME in Benin to produce norm-adjusted gravel responding to laboratory set quality standards.

So far, construction firms had to produce their own gravel because of the broadly artisanal and informal nature of the market. Bhélix aims at the normalization of a formal offer for inputs destined to construction companies.

 

L'ENTREPRENEUR

Narcisse Zolla is a civil works engineer and former consultant for the Dutch cooperation. He also graduated in management from the University of Bordeaux.  

 

PARTENARIAT AVEC I&P

• Financed its investment plan (equipments, transport machine and management system)

• Realized a technical audit of BHELIX's production plant

• Advised BHELIX to find high-quality resources and improved management operations

 

IMPACTS

• Setting up of a norm-based material production chain in Benin

• More than 20,000 tons of granite sold in 2015

• 7 local suppliers

 

In portfolio since: 2009

Carotech Mali

Sector of activity: Construction
Status: Sortie
Associed fund: IPDEV1
Entrepreneur: Malick SY et Aïcha SY
Employees: 21
Country: Mali
A propos:

CAROTECH Mali produces cement-based cover and pavement tiles in Bamako. The process, unique in Mali, does not use any oven, which is a great asset in a country where power is very expensive. CAROTECH Mali project is supported by a particularly buoyant market, driven by the very significant and rapid urban growth in the major cities of the country, especially in Bamako.

 

THE ENTREPRENEURS

Malick Sy, is a doctor of pharmacy and created CAMED, a leading pharmaceutical distributor of which I&P has long been a shareholder. He partnered with I&P to create CAROTECH Mali, adopting the technology used by a Nigerian company.

The company is headed since its inception by Aisha Sy, Malick’s wife. Aisha has a degree in management science and previously worked in the microfinance sector. Her rigorous management, her acute business sense and her natural authority allowed her to lead a successful development of the company.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH I&P

Beyond financial investment, I&P is committed alongside CAROTECH Mali:

• Bringing technology franchised by International Carotech

• By strengthening its structures through several technical assistance missions

• By providing the company with a strong management information system (GIS)

 

MAIN IMPACTS

• 21 direct jobs were created between 2007 and 2011.

• Contribution to the development of local industry as a substitute for imported products

• Energy efficient technology

 

In portfolio since: 2005 (exit in 2013)