AHI Roofing Ltd made the original stone coated metal roof tiles in New Zealand in 1957, but it was only in the last 40 years that AHI became active in promoting products overseas. Before then, we supplied products on a project basis, to contractors or architects that had stumbled upon our products in the travels. Some of the first projects supplied were in the Middle East and soon afterwards in Africa. In Qatar and Dubai there are building standing with Gerard roofs over 40 years and in Kenya, the first Gerard roof was supplied in Nakuru over in the 1970’s.
Over the next decades Gerard was supplied to South Africa, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Gambia, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 when a dedicated Africa office was established. Since then, Africa has be a key focus for growth, where partnerships and distribution has been established in 25 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, where a variety of colours and profiles are supplied to the local markets directly from stock.