CCMA: Focuses on Maintaining High Business Standards
"The formation of Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Association (CCMA) has been hailed as a positive development. It would provide a forum for Construction Chemicals Manufacturers to promote the interest of its members in commerce and industry in India. In addition, it would also identify and discuss common problems faced by the Construction Chemicals Industry and evolve solutions, including exchange of information amongst its members. As a body, CCMA is to stand out to continuously raise awareness amongst construction chemicals manufacturers to maintain high standards and business ethics in manufacturing and also in services provided to the end users. With these developments, CCMA is set to become the voice of the Construction Chemicals Industry," says Mr. Samir Surlaker, Managing Director, MC-Bauchemie (India) Pvt. Ltd. and President- CCMA in an interview with S.K.Khanna.

It is quite heartening to know about the formation of CCMA, theidea of which was in the air for quite some time but now has become a reality. Why has it taken so long to come into the picture? Is there any significance of its coming to a reality in the current context?
Today is the age of fast track construction in India. Construction both residential/commercial and infrastructural has seen an immense growth spurt. Keeping pace with this growth, quality and durability is the need of the hour in the construction industry and can only be achieved by efficient use of construction chemicals.

According to FICCI, the construction chemical Industry which now stands at around Rs.1800 crores has potential to cross Rs.5000 crores in next five years. The growth in the construction industry, combined with the increasing demand for faster and safer construction, will certainly propel the growth of the construction chemicals industry.

CCMA: Focuses on Maintaining High Business Standards

The key objective of the association will be to promote the growth of the construction chemicals industry by raising awareness and quality standards and to communicate with the government, chambers of commerce, regulatory bodies and other forums, both at the local and international. FICCI organized a National Seminar on construction chemicals.

The response from construction chemical manufacturers is positive with leading companies willing to join to form a strong Apex Body. Raw material suppliers to the industry, local as well as transnational companies have shown keen interest in joining the association in the capacity of associate members. With this development, CCMA is set to become the voice of the Construction Chemicals Industry.

CCMA: Focuses on Maintaining High Business Standards

All in all, construction chemicals positively contribute to concrete durability and sustainability. Construction chemical industry in our country has been a combination of organized and unorganized sector. In the present context, to propel the industry forward, and to raise awareness & technical know-how, the leading manufacturers of Construction Chemicals have announced the formation of their representative body, Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Asso- ciation (CCMA).

What are the aims and objectives of the CCMA?
CCMA’s Aiims and objectives are:
  • To provide a forum for Construction Chemicals Manufacturers to promote the interest of its members in relation to commerce and industry in India, and in particular, to identify and discuss common problems faced by the chemicals industry to arrive at solutions, including exchange of information amongst its members.
  • To educate the members through seminars, meetings, get-together, exhibitions, etc. on provisions of various central and state enactments and their amendments.
  • To promote and accelerate the growth of the construction chemicals Industry in India by collecting and disseminating statistical and technical infor- mation and creating awareness to maintain high standards among users.
  • To be a constructive forum to communicate with Governmental bodies / Associations, Chambers of Commerce and other commercial, industrial and public bodies within or outside India to promote the objectives of the association.
  • To present itself as a body to continuously raise awareness amongst construction chemicals manufacturers to maintain high standards and business ethics in manufacturing and in the services provided for the benefit of end users, through continuous education programme by means of training and upgrading the skills of personnel by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures, seminars, disseminating information through periodicals or journals, books, institution of scholarships, fellowships, awards, and encouraging research studies, in the field of construction chemicals.
  • To subscribe, to become a member of or otherwise affiliate or cooperate with any other body in India or elsewhere for which the association has common interest to establish, cooperate with, or receive into the association or otherwise assist any association or accept affiliation of any other association having objective similar to those of the association.
  • To establish just and equitable standards and principles in construction chemicals manufacture, trade and commerce and to regulate the conduct and practice of construction chemicals trade and manufacture.
  • To do all such acts, deeds and things as may be necessary and conducive to manufacture, and development of trade and commerce in relation to or incidental to the construction chemicals industry, in the promotion or attainment, or in the overall interest of the objectives of the association.
What are the important issues CCMA proposes to take up with Government policy making and implementation bodiesfor the well being & progress and development of the construction chemical business in the country?
CCMA has formed a commercial committee to deal with issues related to construction chemicals industry. The data is being collected from all states on VAT/ST rates as it differs from state to state. Further there are different rates for different construction chemicals which create non level playing ground. The committee will approach the government to rationalize these differentiated rates. Further as this is new and growing industry, we are intending to request for some concessions in import/excise duties. We plan to involve FICCI/CII etc to this effect.

An apex body can be as effective as its members would like it to be, what are the parameters governing membership to CCMA so that itremains a proactive and an effective forum?
CCMA: Focuses on Maintaining High Business Standards

In today’s industrial environs, product lines encompass construction chemicals are admixtures and additives for concrete, Prebagged cementitious mortars for application in construction (e.g. grouts, tile adhesives, wall putty, concrete repair mortar etc.), Injection materials for concrete and soil stabilization, Chemical systems for waterp- roofing/ weatherproofing, Polymeric/ resinous products for improving and/or protecting concrete (e.g. Liquid applied resin flooring, polymers for mortar modification, adhesives for concrete and mortars etc.), Sealants for expansion and construction joints, fibres for use in concrete, cement grinding aids and performance enhancers, Auxiliary products for concrete works (e.g. curing compounds, mould release agents), etc.

The parameters governing membership in CCMA based on the product lines include:

For ordinary member
  • Essentially a construction chemicals manufacturer in India
  • Experience of >5 years in India or abroad
  • Net worth in India > Rs.10 Mio
  • Presence in at least four categories
For associate members
  • Manufacturers but not qualifying in any of the above criteria
  • Suppliers, distributors, applicators and all other trades incidental to construction chemical industry
The various membership categories are:
  • Patron Member
  • Honorary Member
  • Ordinary Member
  • Associate Member
  • Profession Associate Member
  • Affiliate Member
What are CCMA’sorganizational plans to make it an all India body, covering all regions in the country?
CCMA which is formed very recently, can boast membership of over 25 companies from all over India. To strengthen the organization and develop regional memberships, we plan to open regional centres initially in Gujarat, Chennai and Delhi headed by active local members. In Gujarat, we have already arranged a regional meeting of manufacturers to appraise them about benefits of joining CCMA in next 3/4 months. We shall have similar regional meeting in Chennai for South India and Delhi for North India. We are confident that our membership will reach 50 in next 3 months which would be quite an achievement for CCMA.

CCMA has plans to have an international seminar on construction chemicals during November this year. How would this event help CCMA to achieve its objectives, particularly in promoting knowledge and exposure to further the cause of civil engineering professional in general and promoting the best technical and business practices in particular for the construction chemical sector compatible with changing domestic and global business environment?
CCMA: Focuses on Maintaining High Business Standards
As indicated one of the main aims of CCMA is to increase awareness of end users in benefits they can derive by usage of Construction Chemicals. Seminar will focus on this cause. The participants would be end users, specifiers, govern- ment decision makers etc. The seminar will focus on problems faced by decision makers to specify these products with confidence. International speakers will also be invited who can instill confidence in local civil engineering fraternity about benefits of using construction chemicals. In this direction, we have also offered honorary membership to two international luminaries who are active in the field of concrete technology viz. Professor Ravindra K Dhir OBE, Emeritus Professor of Concrete Technology at University of Dundee UK and Mr. Willie Kay, past president of Singapore, Concrete Institute Singapore as both of them are actively involved in interaction between their countries of Residence and India. This is our main aim.

One of the main objectives of this seminar is to create trust among end users by creating standard- ization and transparency. Training programs would be held all over India for applicators because application is a very important aspect of the very success of waterproofing and repair systems. A further idea was to get a marking on construction chemicals to increase the confidence of the end users. The CCMA has requested support from the entire industry fraternity and associations to help the body in achieving its aims and objectives for the betterment of durability of structures.
Moteurs Baudouin
We are fully geared up with the technological advancements required to meet the CPCB IV+norms with our flexible and dependable power solutions. Gurunath Kulkarni. For over 100 years, Baudouin has been designing the highest quality diesel and gas engines for

Read more ...

Builders Association of India: Bridging the Gaps
Nimesh Patel, President, BAI & Managing Director, Maruti Infrastructure Limited, discusses the challenges and issues faced by the construction and real estate industries of India; why BAI is propagating a Unified Standard Contract Document, and how the

Read more ...

Volvo CE India: Designing Machines to Give Power & Precision
Volvo machines are 10-15% more fuel efficient, they comply with CEV IV emission norms, and can run on alternative eco-friendly fuels such as biodiesel. We lay strong emphasis on operator training for efficient use of every machine that we sell, avers Dimitrov

Read more ...

Tata Hitachi India: Developing Indigenous High-Tech Machines
To serve the Indian infra development sector more industriously, we will continue to undertake extensive R&D and introduce machines with high-tech features, cost-effective solutions, high performance, and fuel efficiency, avers Sandeep Singh, Managing

Read more ...

L&T: Industry Leading Initiatives & Achievements
Arvind K Garg, Senior Vice President and Head, L&T Construction & Mining Machinery, enumerates the technologies and products introduced by Komatsu and L&T, the company’s extensive customer service programs, and proactive skill development initiatives which

Read more ...

ACE: Electrifying the Industry
Sorab Agarwal, Executive Director, informs that the company is set to become India’s first ‘swadeshi’ manufacturer of electric construction equipment with the launch of a fully electric mobile crane, whose technology has been developed indigenously at their

Read more ...

Terex: Strengthening Foothold Across India
Jaideep Shekhar, Managing Director, Asia & EMEAR, informs that the company will continue to strengthen its foothold in the Indian market by bringing in new technologies, expanding its product portfolio, and entering new construction territories. Its aim is to

Read more ...

Schwing Stetter India: Formulating Plans to Adapt to Demand Trends
V.G.Sakthikumar, Managing Director, informs that since sustainability is an integral part of the company, they are pursuing collaborations and R&D to bring innovative solutions, increase usage of green energy in its facilities, and reduce carbon

Read more ...

Escorts Kubota: Prioritizing Customer Benefits
Sanjeev Bajaj, Chief Executive, Escorts Kubota Limited, is confident that 2023-24 will be a great year for the CE business and demand may be more than the current capacity, largely led by domestic consumption due to the infra push by the Government before the

Read more ...

Puzzolana Group: Increasing Operational Efficiencies
Abhijeet Pai, President, informs that the company’s wide ranging value-added services for its customers has positioned it as a total solution provider in the Crushing & Screening Industry. The focus at bauma this year will be on M-sand, aggregates, railway

Read more ...

Sany India: In Sync With Changing Trends
Dheeraj Panda, Chief Operating Officer - Sales, Marketing & Customer Support, Sany India, informs that the company has taken a significant step forward towards sustainability with its B-V biodiesel machines, and is also testing electric technologies for

Read more ...

CRCHI: Making Tunnel Construction Smarter & Safer
CRCHI is positioned in world markets as a large enterprise with a strong focus on research, design, and manufacturing of customized underground engineering and rail transit equipment, informs Song Shuang, Vice Managing Director, Overseas

Read more ...

Manitou South Asia: Widening Industrial Footprint in India
Hafeez Khan, Managing Director, informs that the company is well-equipped to meet the higher anticipated demand in FY23-24 with its versatile material handling solutions, value-based services, and strategic partnerships with rental companies. Bauma is the perfect

Read more ...

KYB Conmat India: Focus on India-Centric Equipment
Premraj Kashyap, MD, informs that the company is fully geared up to meet upcoming demand in FY23-24 and has added a lot of innovative products to their Concrete Equipment portfolio, including a new range of Self-Loading Concrete Mixers. The government intends

Read more ...

JCB India: Committed to India’s Growth Story
Sales of construction equipment, a barometer of economic activity, is expected to increase in double digits in the ongoing financial year on the back of increased government spending on infrastructure projects, especially in rural areas, observes Deepak

Read more ...

Wirtgen India: Enabling Sustainable Construction
The Wirtgen Group and John Deere are working on various smart technologies, including electric machines, and on sustainable construction through its recycling business, informs Ramesh Palagiri, Managing Director & CEO. Wirtgen’s production systems are

Read more ...

Ammann India: Forging Ahead
Anand Sundaresan, Managing Director, discusses the grey areas in the construction equipment industry of India and how the company’s technologically advanced systems and processes can help meet many of the challenges; and factors that are differentiating

Read more ...

CDE Asia: Sourcing Sand Ethically for the Construction Industry
With the advanced recycling solutions now available, it is possible to achieve a self-reliant, circular economy where different waste streams can be recycled and converted into high-quality sand and aggregates for use in construction, informs Manish

Read more ...

Etrack: Offering the most Advanced & Green mobile Crusher & Scalpers in India
Keestrack is introducing the most advanced and innovative technology for crushers and scalpers through its manufacturing facility in Neemrana, Rajasthan. Swaminathan Dhandapani, CEO, discusses the company’s strategies to drive business in India

Read more ...

LiuGong India: Committed to Make in India
Nischal Mehrotra, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, informs that the company has expanded its product offerings with large tonnage excavators, mini excavators, dozers, electric wheel loaders and trucks, and is geared up to meet the anticipated higher

Read more ...

×
Sign-up for Free Subscription
'India Construction Week'
Weekly e-Newsletter on Construction Industry
Get the latest news, product launches, projects announced / awarded, government policies, investments, and expert views.
Click here to subscribe.
×