French Ceilings, an Indo-French joint venture company,
is setting up a Rs 7-crore facility in Pondicherry to
make false-ceiling accessories.
company is a 60:40 joint venture between Extenzo Advanced
French Ceiling SAS (the makers of the Extenzo brand
of stretch ceilings and cladding systems) and the city-based
the second phase (March 2004) we will manufacture the
false-ceiling sheets. The planned capacity is 50,000
square metres and 50 per cent of that will be exported
to the Middle East and South East Asian regions,"
says French Ceilings managing director D B Radja.
says the stretch ceiling (the product looks like a cloth)
has several advantages (removable, washable, innovative
colours and images) over gypsum board and other false
ceiling materials while the high price is the one inhibiting
Extenzo stretch ceiling sheets costs Rs 200 per square
feet. "But when we start manufacturing in Pondicherry
the price will come down to Rs 50/sq ft," says