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Building with innovation

Nikunj-Dave1Nikunj H Dave,
Managing Director,
Aarya Precast India (API).

Raj-LakhaniRaj Lakhani,
Managing Director,
PERI (India) Pvt Ltd.

SR-PrasadVSR Prasad DGM,
Sales and Marketing,
Nikitha Build-Tech Pvt Ltd

Mr.-Sudeep-KolteSudeep Kolte,
VP, Sales and Marketing,
Gyproc India.

“Empower people by vocational training”
As a company Aarya Precast India (API) is people orient organisation focusing on Research and development on a routine basis. API was founded in 2012 with a mission to provide all three attributes namely time, cost and quality in favour of customer. “We invest our everyday in R&D to stay industry leader in concrete manufacturing. We deal with the customer to solve their issues. We have team of architects, designers and admin at out head office. We have 2 workshops located at Sanand, Ahmedabad where we have team of mould makers, production, finishing and supply chain. We have all in house team for concept to commissioning of small product development to big project execution. Our team has all enough knowledge to better serve our customers,” informs Nikunj H Dave, Managing Director, Aarya Precast India (API).

He adds, “We are manufacturer of precast concrete and we make various types and grades of concrete like FRC, GRC, SFRC, PFRC, pervious concrete, pigmented concrete, decorative concrete etc. We make concrete products ranging from landscape articles to building components, decorative facades to building allures, interior articles to utility elements.”

Detailing about the employee generation he says, “Number of direct employment generated by our organisation is 55. Women employment is around 35 per cent of total employment. We also have vendors and installation team. (Indirect employment is 50 plus).”

The company organises training workshops not only for its employees, but also for future generations learning at institutions like NID, INDUS, CEPT. Till Date it has officially trained more than 100 engineers, more than 20 architects, 50 plus designers and more than 150 workers.

Shelters for workers with LPG connections
Sharing on how the company does its CSR activities he says, “As all know, charity begins at home, we have provided shelters to our workers with LPG connections. We also empowered people by providing proper vocational training with real time projects hands on experiences. We are also paying incetives to people under training.”
We celebrated 2000 days of Aarya Precast on 28th March 2018. During this tenure, our team has developed more than 1000 products of concrete. We are now planning to patent few of them as they are bringing good business for us and they all are seasoned in realtime world.

We feel proud to share that, we have developed thinnest structural concrete system using composite concrete which is very innovative and new to market in terms of technology and Product.
Green technologies and Modular systems are game changer, but we still believe that “Speed is the KEY”. The company is working on Pre-Fabricated Modular house solutions by providing design, manufacturing and installation services to their clients. They produce cost effective, light weight building modules quickly and efficiently at our production facility near Sanand, Ahmedabad and then deliver to customers.

“We have grown 80 per cent in terms of manpower strength”
With rapid growth of urbanisation, high rise structures will be seen everywhere across India. Modern construction demands technologies, which are faster, safe and innovative. For nearly 50 years, PERI products and systems have successfully proved themselves in the market globally. PERI has developed ground breaking formwork and scaffolding technologies which continues to set standards in the industry.

2017, PERI India celebrate its 10th anniversary, a journey with its continuous endeavor to build a strong customer relationship by offering distinct solutions for every construction need. Innovation supported by adequate R&D is a key driver for our growth. “PERI India has been growing its footprints in real estate and infrastructure sector in India. With landmark projects such as MahatmaMandir, World One, Statue of Unity, Agra-Lucknow Expressway, Hyderabad Metro using our state-of-art formwork and scaffolding system, we have proved our mettle in delivering customized solutions for every complex need in a cost effective manner,” informs Raj Lakhani, Managing Director, PERI (India) Pvt Ltd.

Employment generation
Briefing on the employee generation Lakhani says, “PERI India has demonstrate robust growth in formwork and scaffolding industry. From 2016, we have grown almost 80 per cent in terms of our manpower strength. We will continue to grow and generate employment in the construction industry in coming years.”
He adds, “At PERI, we believe in gender diversity. 10 per cent of our overall manpower strength are women, which is rare in construction industry.”

Skilling activities
“People are one of the core pillar of PERI. We train our internal employees and build their skill set to support complex requirements at jobsite for our customers,” informs Lakhani while sharing information on skilling.
He adds, “We also have site-supervising team who not only support projects but also provide training at site to improve labour productivity of our contracting partners. Time to time we also conduct workshop at our academy, customer office and construction site to disseminate knowledge related to formwork and scaffolding technologies.”

How are you returning to society?
As part of the company’s campus connect programme, it is providing training opportunities to students from various construction institutes. “These initiatives not only helps in creating awareness about the futuristic formwork and scaffolding technology but also helps students to gain hands on experience on our systems,” he says.

Technologies adoption
“We have introduced innovative shoring and scaffolding technology PERI UP MI in India, he informs. He adds, “PERI UP MI is an innovative solution among the steel shoring and scaffolding systems and stands for quick and simple assembly.”

PERI UP MI has unique gravity lock technology. Ledger of this system have a connection in the form of a wedge, which is hooked into the rosette opening. Thereby, the gravity lock drops into the rosette opening due to its own weight and locks self-actuating. This feature makes simple and safe assembly of the system and offer huge savings in time and cost.

What are the changing trends in the formwork industry in India?
According to Lakhani, “PERI DUO another universal application formwork system (Single system for walls, foundations, columns and slabs) was launched in India. The product has been a big hit since then as it is seen as a potential replacement for the conventional formwork. PERI DUO was also awarded as the “Best Innovation Machine Award” during bC India 2016. It is ergonomic in all aspects. Time, labor cost saving along with high flexibility is the major advantage the end users have. The system ensures high productivity and reduces the requirement of skilled labor on site. Being a light weight formwork system it is crane independent and has intuitive application. With a formwork manufactured from robust techno polymer, virtually tool free assembly and possible applications for walls, foundations, columns and slabs. Techno polymers are shrink-free, develop no moisture expansion and do not rust. This makes their application in formwork system so advantageous as compared to wood and steel hence enhancing the life of the product and ensures maximum repetitions.”

“We have about 110 people working with us”
At the outset, the company has the pleasure to introduce itself as one of the major in the field of PEB manufacturing- since 2 decades having manufactured and installed over 1500 buildings in India and overseas.
It has state-of- art manufacturing facility at Tumkur near Bangalore with a capacity of 24000 MTPA. The facility is equipped with HD plate processing and other machining capabilities.

Sharing views on the number of employment generation VSR Prasad DGM – Sales and Marketing, Nikitha Build-Tech Pvt Ltd said, “We have 15 to 20 people working.” 15 to 20 peopleand have 110 on direct and 200 on indirect basis. The company provides shop floor as well as onsite training to each supervisor/engineer, said Prasad.
Explaining on how are you returning back to the society he said, “In CSR activities we do blood donation camp, helping poor and government school children with books/uniform etc.”

Brief on use of unique technology for projects Prasad informs, “We use Plate Processor, which can cut and drill the small parts simultaneously to enhance the speed, quality/accuracy and thereby on time delivery.”

What are the changing trends in PEB?
Briefing on the changing trends he says, “PEB uses tapered building sections, cold formed sections and high strength sheeting to optimise the steel consumption with a nut and bolt configuration yielding overall weight, cost and time savings compared to conventional buildings. Also, as the entire PEB system components are getting fabricated in factory controlled conditions, it is possible to deliver quality tested materials on time in erectable sequence to project location without requiring any site welding compared to conventional construction. Superior fabrication quality and ease in site handling with lesser wastage are other major advantages over conventional construction. PEB Buildings can be adapted to suit a wide variety of structural applications like manufacturing plants, warehouses, workshops, hangers, showrooms, exhibition centres, schools and railway stations.”

“There is an increased demand for skilled manpower in the industry”
Gyproc India has been a major company in the building construction space in India for more than two decades. The company specialises in gypsum-based high performance interior solutions for designer ceilings, drywall partitions and gypsum plastering solutions. This includes gypsum-based offerings for all habitat spaces such as residential, offices, hotels, hospitals, education, etc.

“Owing to the government’s budget allocation of Rs 5.97 trillion to the infrastructure sector, there is an increased demand for skilled manpower in the industry,” states Sudeep Kolte, VP, Sales and Marketing, Gyproc India. He adds, “Gyproc India having identified this opportunity early, is working towards bridging the gap of the current availability of skilled human resources.”

By building the first and one of a kind false-ceiling and drywall training institute in India, Gyproc India aims to provide skill training to fresh candidates and to help the attendees take up employment in the fast-growing gypsum-based construction industry. The institutes not only help create jobs, but also create livelihood for all sections of society, especially for under privileged people and those who are educationally backward. A skilled labour force also ensures that the quality of craftsmanship is of the highest order and in turn helps the contracting partners fulfill their delivery commitments to their clients.

Till date, Gyproc India has established academies and training institutes in Lucknow, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Chhattisgarh.

“Gyproc India has always been ahead of the curve in the construction and infrastructure segments, specifically with regard to its expertise in alternative construction solutions,” says Kolte. Due to rising demand for more sustainable construction materials, the company has also been launching innovative offerings and solutions such as Habito. Habito, are volutionary gypsum board is creating new benchmarks in Drywall solution by offering enhanced performance in load fixing strength, robustness and acoustics. This innovation is designed to give customers greater flexibility with their space and ease the process of loading on drywall. A variant in the drywall space, it is installed like any other gypsum board, but allows users to fix items, such as TV brackets, cabinets, white board, lacquered glass, wall hanging instruments or any other heavy items.

Master Elevators

Amit-GossainAmit Gossain,
Managing Director,
Kone India.

PINTOVincent Pinto,
Sr. Vice President, New Installation Business,
Schindler India Pvt Ltd.

Bharat-VishnaniBharat Vishnani,
Managing Director,
Thyssenkrupp Elevator (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Encouraging high-potential women employees
KONE’s presence in India dates back to 1984 and today it is the largest elevator company in India. Based in Chennai, KONE India serves customers all over the country through its 40 plus branches and provides sustainable People Flow solutions for India’s rapidly growing cities. It employs 4,500 plus people in the country.
KONE’s production unit in Chennai produces elevators for the Indian market as well as for Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Chennai also has a training centre where KONE’s installation engineers and field mechanics are trained to meet KONE India’s strong reputation for high quality and uncompromised safety, as well as the expectations of Indian customers, when installing and maintaining elevators and escalators. KONE’s global technology and engineering centre, ITEC in Chennai, is a testing and a research hub that has been playing a key role in supporting KONE India’s market development by taking its world class globally designed products and making modifications to the design to suit Indian conditions and customer needs.

The solutions from KONE cater to all segments of the real estate market – residential, retail, hospitality and commercial. KONE is a pioneer in developing Eco-efficient, sustainable solutions for urban development that offer energy savings in buildings and deliver the best user experience. Moreover, its customers look for reliable and safe solutions, which are easy to use, and of course, updated with the latest technologies. KONE focuses in understanding and delivering this, right from the day of its inception
in India.

Women employment
“One of the focus areas of our diversity initiatives is to foster a culture of inclusion in our workplace,” states Amit Gossain, Managing Director, KONE India.
KONE is proud of its talented pool of women employees and credits its success to them, for their perseverance and contribution. The company actively promotes initiatives that encourage gender diversity and women’s safety at workplace, removing any impediment that comes in their way to progress and perform.
Briefing on how women employment Gossain says, “KONE ranked among the top 100 Best Companies for Women in India in the 2016 and 2017 study by Working Mother and Avtar foundation to honour employers who are successful in helping women have sustainable careers. The company fared particularly well when it came to employee benefits and women’s recruitment, retention, and advancement. In terms of overall company culture, KONE ranked well when it came to employee surveys and grievance processes, manager training, accountability and supplier diversity.”
Adds on women employment, “Gender diversity continues to be one of the priorities of 2018. We encourage hiring of female candidates and give preference to females based on merit. Preference given to female candidates for critical roles based on the talents. We have shortlisted female candidates till final round even for branch manager positions and have hired few female managers in support functions and also in FL positions like sales manager.”

GKV-0517Developing talent
Mentoring and Coaching for High Potential Women: To foster accelerated career development for the company’s female talent, mentoring and coaching programs have been developed. High Potential (Hi-Po) women employees in mid-level management and above are eligible to access the development programs. “We foresee this initiative will lead to lower attrition and higher engagement among Hi-Po women and build diverse talent at leadership level,” says Gossain.

Continuous Education Program: As an organisation, the company has designed this policy to facilitate employees enhance their professional/ knowledge or technical skills in line with their current role or envisaged career progression in the organisation based on IDP and Competence survey.More than 4000 people employed
Briefing on the payroll and employment Gossain says, “In India, we currently have more than 4000 people employed in permanent direct jobs. We have created indirect jobs through many suppliers supplying to KONE as well as through subcontractors who work on various sites in India.”

Make them future-ready
Informing about the skilling activities Gossain says, “We have set-up three state-of-the-art KONE owned training centers in Chennai, Pune and Gurugram, equipped to train teams of sales and service engineers and technicians at all levels and regions to make them future ready. Our programs are designed to ensure our people acquire necessary skills required for quality installation and build strong competence to support escalator growth in infra segment. There are also various competency development programs for the service engineers and technicians to ensure that the elevators are regularly maintained with no interruption to the customer and end users. In 2017, approximately 4000 participants were trained in as many as 442 programs across technical and non-technical roles.”

How are you returning to the society.
KONE is a core member and thought leader of UNICEF-CSO, coa­liti­on for the protection of child rights.
KONE India aspires to create more livelihood opportunities and uplift the marginalised communities. “Keeping stakeholder’s interests in mind, as per KONE CSR policy, we ensure breeding a culture of giving back to the society. KONE CSR initiatives focus on education, community development and healthcare for the people in and around rural Sriperumbedur near Chennai,” informs Gossain.

He adds, “Despite the progress our country has made, children from rural and under-privileged background do not have access to quality education for various reasons. To help these children, KONE India and Kone Centennial Foundation associates with Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society for the project Single Teachers Schools ensuring development of education to the rural children in 20 villages in Sriperumbedur by providing quality, supplementary after school education. Kone India and KCF serves nearly 600 students (on an average of 30 Children, in 20 villages), along with Single Teacher School. These children have are supported through this initiative to attain a greater competence, knowledge and help them to develop and improve literacy skills. In addition to education, our focus in 2018 is to supplement for Health, Community development and Infrastructure development in these villages.”

EcoDisc machines
“KONE’s Machine Room-less technology with EcoDisc machines has made the greatest impact in the elevator industry in the last two decades,” states Gossain. He adds, ‘It has changed the way buildings are built across the world. In India, we have significantly ramped up gearless technology with EcoDisc machines. These gearless machines are highly energy efficient and could save up to 50 per cent power compared to conventional technology.”

What are the changing trends in the elevators segment in India?
“Market has transitioned from geared towards gearless technology and customers understand the value of machine room-less concept as it provides significant savings in space and also cut-down total construction time. Today, elevators are aesthetically designed to suit the interiors of the building. Various options in terms of finishes can be blended in the elevator car. Other features like lighting and elevator accessories usually enhance the ambience and comfort in the elevator car. As buildings get taller, there is a need for ultra-high speed elevators and efficient People Flow solutions,” informs Gossain.

“Current employee strength of over 2,900”

Founded in 1874 in Switzerland, Schindler is a global provider of leading mobility solutions. Each day, its elevators and escalators transport over one billion people to their destinations safely and efficiently – serving the most diverse needs. Behind the company’s success are over 58,000 employees in more than 100 countries.
Schindler India is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Schindler Group. “Leadership through Customer Service” is the cornerstone of Schindler India`s growth strategy and which is evident with our service presence across 50 major cities which include our branch offices in 13 major cities in the country and is head-quartered in Mumbai.
Vincent Pinto, Sr. Vice President, New Installation Business, Schindler India Pvt Ltd says, “Schindler India has over the years, gained the trust of leading builders and developers across the country. The reason they have chosen Schindler as their partners in large infrastructure or high-rise projects is because of the organisation’s expertise in managing such projects, through dedicated project management teams. Schindler customers are aware that their elevators are in safe and capable hands. Schindler has been a partner in several prestigious infrastructure projects in India, like the new Mumbai International Airport – Terminal 2, the Chennai International Airport, the Delhi Metro, the Delhi Airport Metro, the Mumbai Monorail, the Kolkata International Airport, as well as the Mumbai, Bengaluru and Greater Noida metros. Schindler has also been a preferred partner for landmark projects like World One, Omkar 1973 Worli, Antilia, Wave One, Amazon, Flipkart, World Trade Centre Mumbai, Imperial Towers and The President House, Delhi.”

Started with just 20 employees
Schindler India started off as a greenfield project with a total strength of just 20 employees in 1998. Schindler India completed 20 years in India in February 2018. “With current employee strength of over 2,900, the Schindler family has seen a significant growth,” says Pinto.

Briefing on the employment pay role Pinto says, “The entire strength of over 2,900 employees in the Schindler family is on the company rolls. We have contractual employees for the installation jobs at the various sites where we operate.”

Schindler University
Schindler in line with the governments Skill India Mission launched the Schindler University, a facility to train engineering pass outs to become techno commercial executives enabled to handle major projects, communication and project management. “The university will be enabled to train about 300 people at a time and will improve the overall installation capabilities, customer interaction and support,” informs Pinto.
An elevator is not a plug-and-play kind of product unlike other building equipment. Just as important is the design and quality of the elevator, it is equally important that it is installed and serviced by trained experts. Recognising the importance of highly skilled manpower, Schindler has invested in the world class university in Pune and four full-fledged, state-of-the-art training centres – one each at Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Noida. These training centres are equipped with elevator shafts and electronic control simulators which ensure that each of Schindler engineers and service technicians is trained and certified to work on the equipment, so that the elevators have the same world-class quality, reliability and safety which the Swiss company is known for.
Pinto said, “This world class University aimed at providing the most skilled project manager and engineers to execute elevators and escalators installations at key projects. The customers therefore have the unique advantage of not only having the best equipment installed by the trained engineer, but also a round the clock access to trained, certified professionals for timely and efficient execution of the projects. This exceptional value is making Schindler, a first choice of major developers and builders in India.”

Outstanding contribution towards education
Schindler supports the education of children living on construction sites, provides scholarships to ITI students and runs a hostel program to support the higher education of children coming from migrant construction workers families and certificate courses for migrant construction workers.
In line with this, Schindler India was awarded for their “Outstanding contribution towards the cause of Education”. Emerging as a winner for their contribution through ‘Fulfill Futures’ projects for the cause of education that included their flagship project ‘Schindler Igniting Minds’ a scholarship program and educational initiatives under ‘Sustainable Communities’ educational projects in urban and rural communities.

Schindler Ahead platform
Informing about the technology Pinto says, “Schindler is successfully launching the Schindler Ahead platform partnering with GE and Huawei. Schindler Holding and GE have formed an alliance where Schindler will leverage GE’s Predix Platform and GE’s proven digital industrial expertise in advanced analytics. Also, the partnership with Huawei Technologies is for the development of smart Internet-of-Things (IoT) components for a seamless connectivity of elevators and escalators.”

He adds, “More than one billion users across the globe, rely on Schindler’s mobility solutions every day. Timely and efficient management of these assets is critical for safety and customer satisfaction. The Predix based digital platform will enable Schindler to predictively identify, analyse and resolve possible service issues before they happen, reducing and eliminating downtime.”
The new IoT connectivity solution is a crucial element of Schindler’s digital platform and will enable Schindler to better monitor, analyse and leverage data generated from its elevators and escalators.

The platform will provide the following breakthroughs:
• Analytics and expert services
• Emergency and monitoring services
• Active communication and powerful insights via action board
• Ready for future digital products and services.

What are the changing trends in the elevators in India?
Today, around 7 out of 10 elevators are sold in Asia-Pacific region. India is the second-largest elevator market in the world after China, with more than 50,000 elevators being sold every year. “The current growth rate of the elevator and escalator market is expected to be about 5-6 per cent with the growing urbanisation in the country,” informs Pinto.

He adds, “The elevator and escalator market growth is mainly driven by the residential segment and also the activity and initiatives in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. It is likely to get even stronger in the near future, with the focus on initiatives like “housing for all”, development of smart cities and new infrastructure projects. This creates a need for taller buildings with even more efficient and innovative mobility solutions.”
Elevator is literally the lifeline of a building and the breakthroughs in elevator technology have made it possible for the buildings to grow tall. The important part here is to plan for the correct number and specifications of elevators, considering the type of building, it’s tenancy, population etc. “The reason why this is so crucial is because once the elevators are installed, it is extremely difficult to change, or add more elevators without making substantial changes to the building structure,” he notes.

Pinto states, “With Schindler’s advanced traffic analysis tool based on real-time simulation, Schindler adds a lot of value on this front, by helping its customers to plan for the optimum elevator configuration while designing their buildings.”

Schindler’s advanced Digital Planning tool adds key value on this front, by helping architects and customers alike to plan for the optimum elevator configuration while designing their buildings. It helps not only in planning, but this dynamic tool also enables architects to create elevator layouts, elevator traffic study and tender documents in customised manner for their projects. Moreover, the tool will help architects and designers in all kinds of facilities planning based on its type and usage, be it residential, commercial, hotel, hospitals etc.
Schindler Digital Plan uses the latest visualisation technology and data analytics to give designers and customers comprehensive product specifications and detailed layout drawings which are invaluable. Architects using Schindler Digital Plan will be provided with two options that is Guided Planning where the designers will navigate through the portal and enter building design details and the second option will be Fast Track that allows the architect to filter the Schindler product catalogue to find the desired planning data which includes determining the minimum elevator requirements through a simple Traffic Study and Schindler product recommendations.

“Women employed is 5 per cent of the workforce”
Thyssenkrupp Elevator India, a part of Fortune 500 listed Thyssenkrupp Group, specialises in providing advanced solutions for moving people from one place to the next; vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Thyssenkrupp Elevator India essentially operates in all market segments by providing products and services, which are fit-for-purpose to the respective customers.

Whether it is a new installation, modernisation or carrying out routine maintenance, Thyssenkrupp Elevator (India) is committed to delivering professional, dependable and timely responses to customer requests at all times. Having established a base of over 2200 employees across an extensive network of 6 Zone offices, 25 Branches and 74 Service and Response Centres, the company is determined to serve all its’ customers 24/7/365 days even at the remotest locations. With new multi-purpose factory at Chakan, Pune, tkE India is all set to tap the growing elevator market of India.

“Our mobility products match the best in industry in terms of engineering and technology. Our portfolio comprises of a wide range of passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks,” says Bharat Vishnani, Managing Director, Thyssenkrupp Elevator (India) Pvt. Ltd.
The highly trained and dedicated work force of over 950 service team members maintains over 22000 units across India.

Employment generation
Briefing on the employee generation Vishnani, “For now, we have planned to generate 2 per cent employment considering our head count numbers on the close of BY 2016-17. The women employment is 5 per cent as on April 31, 2018. Also the employees are on direct pay role basis.

SEED Campus
Thyssenkrupp Elevator India has set up SEED Campus at its Multi-Purpose Facility, Chakan Pune, for centralised training. Training activities are also conducted at zonal level in 6 major cities of India. Briefing about the training session Vishnani says, “SEED integrates into Thyssenkrupp Elevator’s global network of 17 seed campus locations. Apart from the usual classroom and AV training, this centre is well equipped with the latest digital technologies and simulators to deliver quality learning to not only the management and office staff, but also to the field technicians who are responsible to install and maintain our elevators.”
SEED Campus AP India trains 2000 plus employees and the annual training target is of 48 hrs of training per employee.

SEED offers systematic learning programs for employees and contractors in key functions specific to Thyssenkrupp Elevator.
He adds, “The skills taught at the campus includes general skills, leadership skills and functional skills on functions such as R&D, manufacturing, sales and marketing, new installation, project management, quality, service, health and safety, human resources, controlling accounting reporting and IT.”

Improving the quality of people’s lives
“At tkE India, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our way of life,” states Vishnani. He adds, “We are committed towards improving the people’s quality of lives in the communities in which we operate by actively adhering to corporate philosophy of living and working together for common good. We dedicate resources and time towards various social causes, and take pride in whatever little change we bring in the community. Whilst aligning with the mandate of Central Govt. on CSR guidelines requiring companies to support social development programs, we have taken forward our commitment towards protecting our environment and supporting the disadvantaged, marginalised, and underprivileged sections of the society, by undertaking various CSR activities.”

With the launch of “MULTI” Thyssenkrupp’s latest offering, the era of rope-dependent elevator is now over 160 years after its invention, representing a landmark revolution in the elevator industry.
MULTI – unveiled to the public in June 2017 at Thyssenkrupp’s 800-foot, state-of-the-art test tower in Rottweil, Germany – requires no cables, and uses a multi-level brake system and inductive power transfers between shaft and cabin. This allows the elevator to occupy smaller shafts than conventional elevators, which can increase a building’s usable area by up to 25 per cent.
“There is growing demand for high-speed, high-capacity, smart elevators that can carry many passengers at once, safely and comfortably, particularly in high-rise residential and office buildings, commercial complexes, and other large-scale facilities,” he concludes.

“Facades are going to be necessity”

Dr-Prashanth-ReddyDr Prashanth Reddy,
FunderMax India.

Vikram-KhannaVikram Khanna,
(COO – Consumer Glass, COO – Architectural Institutional Business, CMO, CIO),
Asahi India Glass.

“FunderMax provides indirect employment to close to 500 people”
A production facility, service partners and design laboratory FunderMax is all of these. Synonymous with sustainability, the company hails from Austria, with the business operations in seventy-six countries. Currently in India FunderMax is having its presence in 60 cities with 48 business partners’ network. The company also has gone beyond India and set up partnership in Srilanka and Nepal. We have worked with all leading architects and builders and corporate community. Delivered more than 10,000 projects covering major industry segments like government. Infrastructure, retail, hospitality, residential, commercial and corporate buildings in last 10 years of operation.
FunderMax offers exterior applications like Max Exterior F quality, lap siding, sun shading applications, perforated panels with different surfaces like glossy, matte, textures, individual and customised digital prints, etc. For interior applications in India, FunderMax currently offers Max Resistance2—highly chemical-resistant HPL panels for laboratory table tops. “Our new collection has over 30,000 SKUs for Architects offering High design freedom and the entire collection is available completely in India,” says Dr. Prashanth Reddy MD India FunderMax

Generating employment
Briefing on the employee strength Reddy says, “FunderMax India’s strength itself is a team of 40. Out 25 per cent is female employees and globally, we are a team of 1000 people. In additional to this our 48 authorised business partners take care of the installation and pre-post service activity. They also provide employment. Indirectly FunderMax India gives employment of close 500 people.”

Skilling and training
“For the product training, to understand the production facilities and the quality systems what we have, we do industrial tours to Austria,” informs Reddy. He adds, “This also helps our customers to see the product manufacturing and the level of quality of our products. Rest; in terms of the installation techniques, hands down approach is followed in India. We have a training centre at our Bangalore office and it is mandatory that all our partners undergo the induction training.”

Adding value to people’s lives
FunderMax has always believed in adding value to the life of everyone through its activities under the umbrella of CSR. The company has undertaken several events this year for the underprivileged students, offering school uniforms, school bags, and shoes which would encourage them to attend the school regularly and bring in the feeling of unity. It is also collaborated with industry bodies like IIID Bangalore and Rotary Bangalore for the tree plantation activity and to provide basic infrastructures including rest rooms.

FunderMax Austrian brand stands “for people who create”, offering very High design freedom to the architects and designers. FunderMax’s “Versatility” is its USP. FunderMax uses NT technology (patented) which is unique and offers sustainability for Exterior conditions and most suitable for Indian weather conditions. The FunderMax panels are adorned with attributes like Optimal light fastness, double hardening, Heat resistant, scratch resistant. “Moreover, we do not consider ourselves as only a manufacturer and supplier of high pressure laminates but a complete one-stop solution provider. This makes us command the position we are in and we continuously strive to remain in a leading position. FunderMax from its rich international experience believes in educating the Indian market about the latest technologies in façade cladding such as rear ventilated façade cladding system that we have intensively promoted amongst the architect and other construction industry fraternity in India,” says Reddy.

What are the changing trends in facades industry segment?
“The Indian façade industry is growing as well as evolving in terms of the materials and technology. There is a growing acceptability about premium quality sustainable products in façade application. Facades are going to be necessity and would be integral part of every building in times to come not only for addressing civil construction defects but also for sustainability of the building,” says Reddy.

Technological innovations have given rise to more robust, energy-efficient, innovative and adaptable façade systems such as back ventilated, double skin, louvers and energy-efficient façade cladding systems. These advancements have led to innovative new cladding materials such as exterior grade HPL compact laminates (as per EN438) ,Glass fibre-reinforced concrete (GRC), metal cladding (zinc, copper, aluminium and steel), polycarbonate panels, fibreglass-reinforced plastics, clay tiles, etc. Of the materials, available, compact laminate offers high flexibility and multiple options in terms of the finishes and decors available. Moreover, the panels can be customised via CNC cutting into any motifs the architect wants. They can be customised for each building for different wind loads, dead loads, thermal loads, etc., protect the building from weather extremes.

“Number of employees in AIS is around 7000”
Established in 1984, AIS is India’s one of largest integrated glass manufacturer of all types of glass and a dominant player in the automotive and architectural glass value chains. The company’s origin can be traced to the JV agreement between Labroo family, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., Japan, Indo-Asahi Glass Company Ltd. (its equity stake subsequently transferred to Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., Japan) and Maruti Udyog Ltd, in 1984. Later AIS was incorporated as public limited company.Briefing about the company Vikram Khanna (COO – Consumer Glass, COO – Architectural Institutional Business, CMO, CIO),Asahi India Glass Ltd (AIS) says, “AIS has always encouraged innovation be it in terms of glass products and solutions or marketing initiatives. We continue to leverage technology to provide a unique experience in our interactions with the customers. Today AIS is India’s one of largest glass manufacturing company. As one of the leading glass manufacturing company in the country, AIS enjoys 77 per cent market share in the passenger car segment and caters to all major automotive brands and 20 per cent of the total market share of Indian float glass industry.”

The company indigenously manufactures and processes world class products through 13 plants /sub-assembly units. AIS has manufacturing plants at Bawal, Taloja, Chennai, Kadi, Roorkee and a UPVC doors and windows plant in Faridabad. It has its sub assembly units in Halol, Pune, Bidadi and offices in Gurgaon (HO), Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.As an environmentally conscious organisation seeking to deliver sustainable growth, AIS is constantly introducing new and more energy efficient products.
In addition, informing about the employee strength he said, “The total number of employees in AIS is around 7000.”

A major player in architectural glass
AIS is driven by market-leading innovations that provide the right blend of energy saving and daylight, technology and sensitivity, visual and thermal comfort, along with the state-of-art-glass manufacturing facilities. AIS products support sustainable future and also facilitate the age of green buildings. Befitting its status as one of the leading glass manufacturing companies in India, AIS, due to its technology, manufacturing scale, people, and skill is synonymous with best in service and high quality in the Indian glass industry. Some of AIS’s significant projects are:
• ITC Green Centre, Bangalore Ecosense Exceed – Clear Radiance Plus
• Reliance Jio, Mumbai Clear Essence, Enhance Nectar and Snow
• Google Headquarters, Gurgaon AIS Ecosense Exceed – Green Radiance
• Raheja, Hyderabad Ecosense Enhance – Cove
• Cummins, Pune– AIS Ecosense Enhance — Spring, Snow, AuraHCL Office, Noida AIS Ecosense Exceed – Green vision
• HCL Office, Noida AIS Ecosense Exceed – Green vision

Skilling activities
Every year, themes are identified for the development of the top and senior management. Some of the trainings conducted includes: project management, corporate governance, coaching and mentoring, finance for non-finance, customer relationship management, strategic IT, and
Industry X.0.

Corporate Social Responsibility
As a responsible corporate citizen, AIS continues to earmark considerable resources for the common cause. AIS has always believed that true corporate performance does not only mean delivering growth, but addressing larger social issues like protection of the environment, education of the underprivileged, health and sanitation upgradation. To that effect, over a period of years, they have
undertaken a number of community development initiatives around its manufacturing units.

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