Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions - Scale Up Quality of Construction

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    The significant use of advanced scaffolding and formwork products need not to be overemphasized to the construction practitioners. The system does not only alleviate and ease the complex construction processes but also results in the cost effectiveness of this economy of construction industry.

    The entry of several scaffolding and formwork multinationals into Indian market in the recent past, has revolutionized the way we used to construct few years ago. Few Indian manufacturers have also introduced innovative products and systems which are affordable and one stop solution provider for all construction related problems. But it is vital to select the appropriate and right formwork solutions and their service provider. These days, most of them are offering best of their services and cost effective scaffolding and formwork solutions.

    In today's competitive market, contractors and builders are facing tough competitions which necessitates most economic formwork and scaffolding solutions and also offer speed, safety of workers and most importantly quality to keep them a step ahead in business.

    An ideal service provider would be a one stop shop for all requirements to provide solution-oriented services. They should deliver complete construction items, formworks, and scaffolding products as per budget and needs. Most important criteria while selecting a service provider, should be simplicity and efficiency of the product which allows to beat the contract schedule, maintain lower labor costs and simultaneously provide high quality finish to the project. Safety is another feature of these systems which should be kept in mind while finalizing.

    Maria R has tried to get some vital issues addressed in the interactions and responses from the companies dealing with such products and services are presented here.

    Over the years spectacular innovations have taken place in the development of new materials and techniques in Scaffolding, formwork and related systems and solutions. As one of the leading players in this segment, what is your overview of such developments and how these developments have been an integral part of your ongoing product development exercise?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Mr. Jim Robinson Managing Director, MFE Formwork Technology
    Innovations in any industry doesn't happen overnight, it takes time, to understand a product and desire to take it to the next level of excellence.

    Monolithic concreting was seen as an important new concept for the housing market and with the development of lightweight, handheld aluminium formwork, monolithic concreting became a huge success.

    We entered into the aluminium formwork business in 1991 and have taken our products to new heights, with an experience of over 20 years both in manufacturing and site operations. Coming from a contracting background, Mivan, we were able to develop on site work cycles to achieve a speed of construction (4 days per floor) unheard of in the industry before and by introducing new innovations into our manufacturing processes, we have developed a standard that is the benchmark for our industry.

    Apart from superior technical attributes of the products, what are the related technical services and professional expertise essential to facilitate effective implementation of scaffolding, formwork systems? Please describe in brief services being provided at your end.

    "You are only as good as your last Project", that is the MFE philosophy. Supplying formwork for a project and then walking away, fingers crossed, hoping the contractor will make it work, is not our way.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    As soon as our material arrives onto the site, our experienced MFE team of supervisors arrived too, to ensure the smooth start up of our operations. Our procedure is simple and straight forward, pass on our experience and knowledge to make the formwork achieve the speed of construction and quality of finish that is expected from the market leader in our niche industry.

    From the proper handling of our equipment, to getting the labour force into teams to undertake the necessary processes within given timeframes, to meet the agreed work cycles MFE can achieve.

    When we entered into the Indian market in 2002, the normal construction time to complete one floor was 14–15 days. MFE brought that timeframe down to 5–6 days per floor and still achieving a quality of the formed surface that was unthinkable in shear wall construction methods, before we entered into the market.

    The MFE supervisors are the main reason behind getting the repeat business ensuring our last project was a successful one.

    What are the inherent techno-economic benefits of modern scaffolding and formwork solutions over the conventional solutions and as a pioneers in these systems, how would you like to sensitize these benefits to percolate down the line in construction projects , which are not fully aware of these benefits?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    Striking MFE formwork within our timeframes, has been the biggest hurdle we have had to overcome in all new markets. We strip our wall forms 12 hours after pouring concrete and slab formwork after 36 hours. Getting this across to engineers is sometimes difficult as it is almost impossible to strike conventional formwork in the same timing. Changing people's mind set by proposing new solutions or suggesting new possibilities is so important to move to the next level of excellence.

    Being able to strike so early allows us to construct floors in a 4 day work cycle which at one time people thought was impossible to achieve.

    A word about your company, its product range, and distribution network.

    MFE Formwork Technology, formerly known as Mivan, has been in the aluminium formwork business since 1991 and has worked in over 20 countries.

    We have offices in Kuala Lumpur Mumbai, and Dubai, with over 750 employees worldwide. Our production plant in Malaysia has a capacity to produce 35,000m2 of formwork per month.

    Our bespoke design software developed over 20 years is a major advantage over other systems and our experienced formwork designers ensure we use the most economical assortment of panel sizes, while guaranteeing the most efficient construction process, optimizing assembly procedures and keeping capital and operational costs to a minimum.

    As our formwork can be reused over 300 times, we redesign our Clients existing formwork to suit their next project, maximizing the number of reuses our formwork can achieve.

    Safety and sustainability are of utmost importance in Scaffolding and formwork systems; how do you look at these issues while developing new products? In all our R&D, safety for the site operative and the integrity of the formwork system is always paramount. The construction industry, once renowned for its lack of safety, has come along way to improve its image.

    However, all new innovations developed by our engineers undertake stringent site trails to ensure safety standards are maintained and improved.

    Working platforms surrounding the structure are key to the overall safety of operatives and together with our site supervisors and MFE Safety Manuals, we ensure all aspects of safety are conformed to during all our processes of site management.

    The market for application of scaffolding and formwork solutions is set to grow. As per your assessment, what is the market size for these products and services in India and your company projected market share in the next 3-4 years?

    Aluminium formwork in India is expected to increase its market share from 9.2% in 2010 to 13.5% in 2012 and with an estimated shortage of 2.4 million housing units, we foresee continuing growth in this niche sector of the Industry.

    MFE Formwork Technology currently hold a 50% market share in India's aluminium formwork market and as we are seen as the market leader. Our India business is set to expand in line with demand.

    Over the years spectacular innovations have taken place in the development of new materials and techniques in Scaffolding, formwork and related systems and solutions. As one of the leading players in this segment, what is your overview of such developments and how these developments have been an integral part of your ongoing product development exercise?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Mr. Surajit Ray Country Head, Ulma Formwork Systems India Pvt. Ltd.
    Over the past decade, construction industry in India experienced a throughout sustainable growth fuelled by projects initiated by Govt, Private & PPP authorities. To keep pace with this growth, development of system formwork for construction purpose was mainly guided by factors like fast & timely construction of projects, less dependency on manpower, increased quality and safety. At Ulma, these have been the guiding factors for development of system formwork for infrastructure and building projects e.g. panel formwork system for horizontal and vertical concrete structure which can be handled very easily yet modular in nature, crane or automatic climbing formwork system for construction of highrise core walls and shear walls etc.

    Apart from superior technical attributes of the products, what are the related technical services and professional expertise essential to facilitate effective implementation of scaffolding, formwork systems? Please describe in brief services being provided at your end.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    When it comes to effective implementation  of Formwork system at the project site, Ulma's accountability starts from their technical department getting to understand the project and  construction sequence in details, assessing of facilities available or limitations of site and then proposing the most effective system available within the range of our products. Thereafter, Ulma's responsibility continues from delivery of  materials to the site up to the total execution of project by being with the customer during assembly, dis-assembly and handling of the Formwork system. Going a step further, we can always expect a deviation of the structure at the project site whether structural or architectural. Under such circumstances, Ulma's support is there for the client for revision of drawing  or for modification of the delivered materials as the case may be.

    What are the inherent techno-economic benefits of modern scaffolding and formwork solutions over the conventional ones and as a pioneers in these systems, how would you like to sensitize these benefits to percolate down the line in construction projects, which are not fully aware of these benefits?

    As a matter of fact, Formwork system used in India at present mostly comprises of conventional system modular in nature or customized fabrication taken up at site. The concept is to utilize the system for the specific project and duration. Whereas the cost of system formwork though higher from initial investment point of view; but ultimately it gets amortized when used for couple of projects. With this, the customer can avail of the technical benefits which make shuttering job easy at site apart from the safety benefits. The high quality of the components help increase the durability of the materials which facilitates repeated usage for similar kinds of projects over the years incurring minimum maintenance. This proposition helps Ulma to reach construction companies and induce the concept of system formworks.

    A word about your company, its product range, and distribution network.

    Situated in Northern Spain, Ulma Construction is one of the eight companies of Ulma group dealing with Formwork system over last 50 years. It offers industrialized services and solution for Formwork, Shoring & Scaffolding to the construction sector. Ulma Construction has a highly qualified team which keeps up to date with building techniques and advancement, offering better services and improved quality to the client following global and efficient solutions. It has a wide range of product that resolves in each case the execution of specific building, civil and rehabilitation work.

    Ulma's accelerated internationalization process have helped them reach 22 Countries in Europe, America, Africa & Asia, where they operate with their own subsidiaries. We have also official distributor in Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, and Turkey.

    Safety and sustainability are of utmost importance in Scaffolding and formwork systems; how do you look at these issues while developing new products?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    As mentioned before in point No. 3, safety and sustainability of Scaffolding and Formwork system makes it different from the conventional system used throughout India. Having all safety standards and certification in place,  Ulma assigns prime importance to this factor while upgrading an existing product or development of new product. The quality of the component and technology of the system are finalized keeping in mind the cost amortization of the material over sustainable usage for a period of 10 years or more.

    The market for application of scaffolding and formwork solutions is set to grow. As per your assessment, what is the market size for these products and services in India and your company projected market share in the next 3-4 years?

    Currently, System Formwork enjoy not more than 10-12% of the total Formwork market in India. However , this is definitely growing at a rapid pace. We can expect the share of improvised Formwork system to grow up to 30% in next 5 years. In this market of technologically advanced Formwork system, Ulma targets to achieve 25% share by 2016.

    Over the years spectacular innovations have taken place in the development of new materials and techniques in formwork and related systems and solutions. As one of the leading players in this segment, what is your overview of such developments and how these developments have been an integral part of your ongoing product development exercise?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Mr. K.V Srikanth Sr. Sales Manager–Key Account, DOKA India Pvt. LTd.
    Doka strongly believes in continuous research and development of its system and components to deliver the customer good quality and long lasting products, so that the formwork costing is economical considering the long repetition.

    We can proudly say we are the World leaders in terms of System Formwork Technology and services and in this field for over 50 years. We constantly endeavour ourselves to understand the market requirements and develop products in such a way that it adds value to the end-user. Our top priority when developing new, state of the art products is to make these safe and easy to handle, extremely cost efficient and very fast to assemble and dissemble.

    One e.g is the development of H-20 top beam which has got integrated shock absorber which increases life span by 3 times, Fast and safe assembly due to markings at the beam-flange etc (refer .pic).

    With over 145 patents and trend –setting product innovations to our name, we are formwork sector's undisputed innovation leader.

    Apart from time to time requirement of the market, we also make a point to innovate and introduce new products in every BAUMA fair.

    Apart from superior technical attributes of the products, what are the related technical services and professional expertise essential to facilitate effective implementation of, formwork systems? Please describe in brief services being provided at your end.

    Doka's formwork services like consulting, planning and ancillary services helps the customer to achieve effective implementation of their formwork assignment with the products commencing from Project Development, Tendering, Operation Scheduling, Execution and Completion of shell construction. We provide our support services during project execution for safe and proper usage of systems, Formwork planning & engineering support like formwork schemes, implementation assistance at site and as well as user information for even storing, stacking and further handlings makes the components life longer and to achieve more repetitions. So, usage of system formwork will give the users high quality surface finish, flexibility and safety during construction.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Robo-Manufacturing facility for H beam top–End Protection (Integrated Shock Absorber)

    When Doka formwork engineers are brought in at an early stage of the planning process, made-to-measure formwork solutions for any such construction work can be developed jointly with the customer and these solutions match project requirements 100% contributing significantly to end-to-end process optimisation.

    What are the inherent techno-economic benefits of modern and formwork solutions over the conventional solutions and as a pioneers in these systems, how would you like to sensitize these benefits to percolate down the line in construction projects, which are not fully aware of these benefits?

    Doka is the world's most capable supplier for formwork systems, reliable offering its worldwide customers safe, good quality formwork systems and components and total solutions. Manufacturing high-grade systems and formwork components is one of our core competencies and has been over 50 years. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, choice of high quality raw materials, highly qualified production team and rigorous quality control all help and make our formwork products for exceptionally long-living. We are high quality conscious in insisting on certified suppliers and externally audited Quality Management Systems in all our production operations. Doka's support services during project execution for safe and proper usage of systems and as well as user information for even storing, stacking and further handlings makes the components last longer. Just to give an example, our Frami X-life system, a paneled formwork system for Columns & Walls uses as Hot dip galvanized steel frames with Xlife plywood sheet which gives very high number of re-use cycles. The core plywood is sandwiched between 2 polypropylene sheets, which makes sheathing to lasts for 200 repetitions and also constantly delivers a good quality surface finish and appearances. Most of the Doka's steel products are Hot-dip galvanized so that the components will last for more than 12 to 15 years. We try to evaluate the cost savings using our formwork and explains the client in terms of tangible and intangible benefits of our system formwork like longevity, repetitions, less cost per use, savings in skilled labour, savings for repairing of concrete, safety aspects etc., We will give our formwork proposal with probable cycle time savings, resource leveling by proper formwork movement etc. so that client is actually benefitted by using our formwork. Sometimes we arrange for a site visit and also the customers can get a experience sharing from the already user of our formwork system.

    Even though the initial investment is less in conventional formwork, considering the less repetition, replacing the materials for many times with newer ones, repetitive making cost and writing off the cost in the project itself without taking into another project makes the conventional formwork ultimately costlier. Also the selection of materials for conventional formwork depends on the experience and skill of the person deciding and also identification of conventional formwork in large scale projects is a tedious and an uphill task for continuous usage. Doka as a formwork expert was involved in the supply & providing formwork solutions for more than 400 highrise structures, many dam projects (30 to 40 nos), pylons, airports, metros etc., worldwide. Our presence in India will certainly help to increase awareness as well as the usage of system formwork.

    A word about your company, its product range, and distribution network.

    The Doka Group's headquartered in Amstetten (Austria) and with 150-plus sales and logistics centres in more than 65 countries, the company is one of the world's leading single-source suppliers of modern system formwork technology. Doka was founded in 1958 and since then the company has been supplying the high-performance, high-quality formwork systems that enable construction companies the world over to undertake CIP concreting work faster and more efficiently. Doka also offers the comprehensive range of services that combine with its products to make high-end complete solutions for every formwork project.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Frami Xlife Column

    With subsidiaries located in India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, China, Singapore etc., Doka has an efficient sales and support network in place in Asia to ensure speedy availability of materials and technical support. Doka considers on-time delivery and handshake quality as vitally important.

    Doka India has its head quarters in Mumbai and 10,000 sq.m well maintained stock yard in Taloja, Mumbai and offices in New Delhi & Chennai. Doka India also got plans to expand its Sales network for reaching and responding to its customer's requirements.

    As explained earlier, Doka will be focussing on rendering "Total Formwork Solutions" to the customers and will focus on the demand in Highrise construction, Power, Infrastructure projects apart from general civil engineering. Well-structured procedures and speedy progress take top priority on every highrise project. Building on the experience amassed from 400-plus successful automatic climbing projects all over the world, the Doka formwork specialists develop made-to-measure complete solutions for each highrise build and every set of requirements. Along with the preparation of detailed deployment plans for the high-performance SKE 50 and Xclimb 60 automatic climbers, the Doka range of services also includes drawing up overall concepts that take all the relevant influencing factors duly into account to ensure optimisation of cycle times and the entire construction process. Xclimb 60 is the automatic climbing protection shield that maximises safety for forming and concreting work on floor slabs and walls. The shield fully encloses and secures the four topmost levels as the building rises. The Dokamatic tables are preassembled and ready to work for speedy slabbing and together with the innovative (TLS) Table Lifting System they free up crane capacity on site.

    An accepted standard for cost efficiency in high-rise construction, the powerful Doka SKE 50 and SKE 100 automatic climbers also perform to maximum effect in the construction of bridge towers, significantly accelerating CIP concreting work while at the same time ensuring totally safe conditions for working at lofty heights. Doka's modular and rentable composite forming carriages and the newly developed free cantilever traveller designed for maximum cost efficiency are high-performance all-inclusive solutions for optimised progress on all bridge superstructure builds.

    The fully mechanised SK175 cooling-tower formwork can achieve and maintain a one-day cycle per concreting section on specialised cooling-tower builds. Precision adjustment of the cooling-tower formwork and the extremely robust steel formwork sheeting combine to ensure dimensional accuracy without sacrificing speed as the structure rises. And for the construction of liquefied natural gas tanks Doka's crane-lift MF240 and 150F climbing formwork systems offer two efficient solutions for short cycle times combined with a very high standard of safety.

    Doka also offers the comprehensive range of services that combine with its products to make high-end complete solutions for every formwork project.
    • Doka Wall / Column System
      • Panelled system like Framax Xlife, Frami Xlife etc.,
      • Large Area Top-50
    • Doka Floor System
      • Dokamatic Table
      • Doka Flex 1-2-4
      • DokaFlex Table
      • Doka Load bearing towers such as Staxo
    • Doka Climbing System
      • Platform SCP,
      • Automatic Climbing formwork SKE
      • Dam Formwork
      • Cooling tower formwork
      • Climbing formwork Xclimb 60, MF 240
    • Working and Protection platforms
      • Bracket Platforms
      • Floor protection system
    Safety and sustainability are of utmost importance in and formwork systems; how do you look at these issues while developing new products?

    Safety on the site is a great responsibility for all those involved. Reducing accident risk, a professional approach to safety also delivers a number of other significant benefits which pay off your company in terms of higher efficiency due to faster workflows, legal certainty and the motivational boost given to employees and also to your corporate image.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    We know formwork plays a major and top most construction activity on building of any concrete structures. Nowadays, most of the projects are time bound, this formwork activity will be a critical for achieving faster construction. Apart from this, formwork is supposed to take care of heavier loadings from concrete, high concrete pressure, high tolerances, wind loads and so it is to be strong & sturdier, so it is subjected to high risk. Adding to this different trades likes rebar, MEP, concreting etc., needs to work on these temporary supports. They are not aware of the danger of working and all this needs to be taken into account in formwork. Keeping into account of this, Doka has developed various systems which are inbuilt safety features as well as separate safety systems / components for simple construction to highrise structures.

    Working and Protection Platforms
    Bracket Platform M
    Folding Platform K
    Platform system Xsafe plus

    Guardrail Systems
    Handrail posts & Clamps
    Side guard system XP

    Protection Screens
    Protection Screen Xclimb 60

    Access Systems
    Stair tower
    Ladder system XS

    The market for application of formwork solutions is set to grow. As per your assessment, what is the market size for these products and services in India and your company projected market share in the next 3-4 years?

    Huge increase in Highrise structures and also there is good growth in infrastructure projects such as Airports, Highways, Power, etc, it is imperative for the project owners and investors to complete the projects ahead or on time to generate revenues. The modernization & mechanization taking place in these projects has a vital role to play to achieve speed, increase productivity and utilise economy of scale in bringing down the unit cost to meet the rising demand. One of the Key factors "Formwork", has to face the challenges for the Completion of Fast track projects. By going in for a System / Engineered Formwork, substantial savings are possible by faster return on investments.

    As you know, there is no specific monitoring body to assess the demand / supply of formwork as well as total shuttering done in India. For example, take in the case of cement, the production and consumption can be taken from Cement Manufacturers Association as well details are also available for Ready mix concrete etc., to a good extent. Usually a estimation can be done from cement consumption and factoring for cement used for finishing, Plain concrete for floors, etc., After finding out the total shuttering area using thumb rules and making certain assumption further on the approx. quantum of formwork can be assessed. As well as formwork can also be approximately estimated from Ready Mix Concrete consumption.

    Keeping in view of the thrust on infrastructure, housing, highrise, power etc., and also entry of global players in the formwork market, the general awareness of system formwork is growing exponentially. At present, we feel that present share of system formwork is less than 10% in infra projects and this will go up to 20 to 25% in the next 3 years. For Government thrust on power sector is on the rise and Thermal, Hydro and nuclear projects constitutes more than 85% in power sector and these have structures such as dams, power houses, water carrying tunnels & channels, containment tanks, TG deck, cooling towers etc., requires good system formwork for faster and safe completion. We feel in the next 3 to 4 years, the system formwork potential will be in the range of Rs.1600 cr to Rs.1800 crs and are targeting approx. 25% of market share.

    Over the years, spectacular innovations have taken place in the development of new materials and techniques in Scaffolding, formwork and related systems and solutions. As one of the leading players in this segment, what is your overview of such developments and how these developments have been an integral part of your ongoing product development exercise?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Mr. Raj Lakhani Managing Director, PERI India
    We orientate ourselves towards the rationalization potential on the construction site and constantly develop new systems to ensure fast and safe working conditions. This results in tried and tested products for the hard daily operations on the jobsite with simple handling and highest level of flexibility leading to a reduction in the costs. We therefore take into consideration construction methods adapted or completely new products and systems accordingly.

    PERI, a world leader and component partner for all applications in the area of formwork and scaffolding technology launched LIWA lightweight panel formwork and UNO Modular formwork along with LICO systems which is light weight column formwork for square and rectangular cross-sections. To reduce the panel height for working without a crane characterizes the new UNO room formwork. UNO is a monolithic housing formwork for concrete walls, props, beams and slabs in one pour.

    Apart from superior technical attributes of the products, what are the related technical services and professional expertise essential to facilitate effective implementation of scaffolding, formwork systems? Please describe in brief services being provided at your end.

    With our wide range of formwork and scaffolding systems as well as extensive, supplementary services, we help our customers to carry out their construction tasks both effectively and safely, thereby increasing the cost-effectiveness. Our services and performances are very project-specifically complied overall concepts which bring our customers decisive competitive advantages.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    Consistent orientation on the needs of our customers is one of our important success factors. Requirements are analyzed on a project-related basis, solution proposals are created and the price-performance ratio is carefully considered. An optimized and most economical formwork and scaffolding solution is developed during the implementation of which, we provide constant support for our customers. With our experience from projects around the world and our diverse product portfolio, we help our customers to work even more efficiently in their market segment and in addition, create new business opportunities.

    What are the inherent techno-economic benefits of modern scaffolding and formwork solutions over the conventional solutions and as a pioneers in these systems, how would you like to sensitize these benefits to percolate down the line in construction projects, which are not fully aware of these benefits?

    The idea of system formwork is to utilize standard reusable components that can be adapted to the specific requirements of different projects. It is termed as a 'construction kit'. Even though the initial investment is higher than the traditional formwork the repletion cost ultimately is very attractive and cost effective due to the durability and flexibility of the system. Secondly, Cycle times and labour productivity are drastically improved with the preassembly of units, which are then used repeatedly during shuttering and de-shuttering. This savings in time and productivity significantly reduces construction time which leads to significant project savings.

    A word about your company, its product range, and distribution network.

    PERI with head office in Weissenhorn (Germany) is the largest manufacturer and Supplier of formwork and scaffolding systems in the world and is a skilled partner of construction companies. We started our operations in Mumbai in April 2007 and we expanded to other cities in India. The range of equipment and systems includes: formwork girders, panel and wall formwork, column formwork, slab formwork, platform systems, self-climbing formwork, shoring, slab props, brace frames for single-face concreting as well anchoring systems. We also have a yard in Mumbai, where we stock and exhibit the range of systems we offer.

    Safety and sustainability are of utmost importance in Scaffolding and formwork systems; how do you look at these issues while developing new products?

    We develop and produce formwork and scaffolding systems which rationalize working procedures and increase safety standards during the realization. PERI formwork systems are designed with durability in mind, and manufactured to International standards. The sustainability of our formwork systems is longer than traditional systems.

    The market for application of scaffolding and formwork solutions is set to grow. As per your assessment, what is the market size for these products and services in India and your company projected market share in the next 3-4 years?

    In the Indian market, trends show a greater willingness to use formwork technology which will create more employment opportunities for the high technically skilled sector, a better trained unskilled labour workforce and use of superiorly designed engineering system. The present share of system formwork, which is currently less than 10 percent in infra projects, will increase to 20-25% in the next 3-4 years.

    Over the years spectacular innovations have taken place in the development of new materials and techniques in formwork systems and solutions. As one of the leading players in this segment, what is your overview of such developments and how these developments have been an integral part of your ongoing product development exercise?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Mr. Bharat Patel (Manager - Sales & Marketing) Nav Nirman Beam Technics
    The Formwork Industry in India is still at its nascent stage.

    But the development of the formwork is fast picking up in many places across India. Many Construction companies are now willing to adopt newer technologies to differentiate themselves as well as to ensure scheduled completion of the projects.

    Many Formwork Companies are bringing different developments in the Formwork activity which has enabled the construction companies to go for the change in the civil work.

    We, at, being the leading brand in the manufacturing of Formwork H-Beams are committed towards developing value added products.

    We have been into the Manufacturing of H-Beam for the past 4 years and since then have moved up in the value chain by regularly developing the Product and acquired impressive Clients.

    We offer Value to our Clients by providing the product matching International Standards at lesser price.

    We have state-of-the-art infrastructure facility equipped with modern technology and are adopting the latest Technological changes so as to provide quality products to our esteemed Client.

    Apart from superior technical attributes of the products, what are the related technical services and professional expertise essential to facilitate effective implementation of formwork H-Beam?  Please describe in brief services being provided at your end.

    We are committed to provide the best quality product matching international standard to the Construction Company in India.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    We also produce H-Beam based on the different requirement of the Client thus providing customization when required.

    Apart from this, we are planning to introduce the "after sales service" whereby we will be sending our Technical team to the sites and attend the problem or issues faced during the usage of product.

    What are the inherent techno-economic benefits of formwork H-Beam over the conventional solutions and as a pioneers in these systems, how would you like to sensitize these benefits to percolate down the line in construction projects, which are not fully aware of these benefits?

    Below are the Economical benefits of using Formwork H-Beam:
    • Reduces formwork cost by 15%–20%.
    • Section of concrete support ‘H’ shaped, making it a structurally strong and economical section.
    • Repetition in operational use up to 10 to 13 times as compared to normal good conventional timber
    • High load bearing capacity at low weight.
    • Reduces the cost of Formwork making, as it does not require planning, sawing and cutting.
    • Gives a perfect form finish, free from bulging and distortion
    • No skilled supervision required monitoring the making of the formwork against the conventional timber formwork.
    Many Project Managers are reluctant to adopt the change unless shown the benefits of the system.

    So, we are continuously making efforts to fill in this gap by giving them the awareness of these systems.

    A word about your company, its product range, and Quality system in places.

    We, Nav Nirman Beam Technics introduce ourselves as the leading Manufacturers & Exporters of Timber H-beam (H16 & H20) in India.

    Nav Nirman was started in 2003 with a vision of providing the best engineering wood and Project Wood Consultancy to the growing Construction Industry in India.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    Nav Nirman executed a number of L&T projects in the area of Project Wood Consultancy over the years garnering good reputation of completing the project in time and Quality conscious.

    Simultaneously, Nav Nirman also became the leading brand in the manufacturing of Timber H-Beam in the year 2010-11.

    H-Beam is a unique introduction to overcome the cumbersome and costly procurement of timber. (It has been designed to withstand multiple loads during construction activities.

    The members are made of seasoned ply by making the web and flange section of seasoned Pinewood imported from Europe so as to make Timber H-Beam stronger and denser.

    Both the flange and web are hot processed by the wedge technology making it a composite versatile section.

    Our Quality Policy is to achieve excellence in the quality of Design, Manufacture to attain total customer satisfaction.

    We have a dedicated R&D team that continuously integrates the advanced technological changes and modifications to match International standards.

    The company has state-of-the- art-infrastructure facility equipped with modern technologies so as to provide quality products to its esteemed clients. Our in-house R&D unit and a manufacturing unit ensure that the products are made in compliance with international standards.

    The company has its own Quality control team that looks after the Quality aspect by inspecting the material at every stage of the Production and ensures that the best Quality product reaches to its Clients.

    Safety and sustainability are of utmost importance in Scaffolding and formwork systems; how do you look at these issues while developing new products?

    Our R&D unit has been regularly working to look after the problems and issues relating to the safety and security of the Formwork H-Beam.

    To counter this problem, we have planned to use cap protection in the edges of the beam, the protection being with rubber material, so as to ensure there is no larceny of the material and also to improve the lifespan of the H-Beam.

    Over the years, spectacular innovations have taken place in the development of new materials and technology in formwork systems and solutions. As one of the leading players in this segment, what is your overview of such developments and how these developments have been an integral part of your ongoing product development exercise?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Mr. S.S. Dhawan Director, Fedders Lloyd Corporation Ltd.
    We at Fedders Lloyd Corporation Ltd believes in leadership through innovation, as being one of the leading players in the scaffolding and formwork sectors, our highest priority is to provide quality products and best engineering solutions to our customers for which we have a dedicated team of R&D who are continuously working to provide value engineering solutions. We have launched a slab formwork composite recovery system and recently joined hands with Outinord Saint Amand, A French steel formwork company to provide modern methods of construction to the industry.

    Apart from superior technical attributes of the products, what are the related technical services and professional expertise essential to facilitate effective implementation of, formwork systems? Please describe in brief services being provided at your end.

    Selecting the right formwork and proper use can have a major impact on the profitability, efficiency and safety of a construction project. As such, Fedders Lloyd with its global experience in designing and manufacturing formwork solutions, offers onsite training by providing an experienced site Engineer to supervise the effective implementation of the formwork. We, Fedders Lloyd Group believe that correct handling and proper utilization of formwork systems save a great deal of time and help in achieving speed, economy and quality beyond imagination.

    What are the inherent techno-economic benefits of modern and formwork solutions over the conventional solutions and as a pioneers in these systems, how would you like to sensitize these benefits to percolate down the line in construction projects, which are not fully aware of these benefits?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    Today, more than ever construction projects need to be carried out with utmost efficiency, modernization and continuous innovations is essential to provide techno-economic benefits. Tailor made solutions based on the requirement of the project has to become a part and parcel for successful implementation of the formwork, when compared with conventional system, the benefits of modern formwork are immense, for example:
    • Speed of construction.
    • Providing economical solutions
    • Quality
    • Dimensional accuracy
    • Sustainability
    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    We at Fedders Lloyd will partner with organizations to create custom training sessions to choose from a variety of topics including safety, general forming, concrete pressure, slab/wall forming, climbing systems, cleaning and maintenance of formwork systems, how safety boosts efficiency, proper storage and transport of equipment etc.

    A word about your company, its product range, and Quality system placed.

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction

    Fedders Lloyd Corporation Ltd is an Engineering Organization with a priority to provide quality products and best engineering solutions to its customers. We have very strong presence in India and also in 40 other countries, we are diversified into various sectors like:
    • Scaffolding and formwork division
    • Structural Steel Division
    • Power Division.
    • Air Conditioning Division, etc.
    Safety and sustainability are of utmost importance in Scaffolding and formwork systems; how do you look at these issues while developing new products?

    Advanced Scaffolding and Formwork Solutions Scale Up Quality of Construction
    Fedders Lloyd Corporation has maintained its reputation in the formwork industry by investing in continuous innovation which is the need of our country in general and our industry in particular. Our strength is providing safe and sustainable solution to our end clients with new developed products. For which we believe in integrated project organization, optimize the use of resources in the projects, reduce wastage and save our planet, We at FLCL believes, every little helps.

    The market for application of scaffolding and formwork solutions is set to grow. As per your assessment, what is the market size for these products and services in India and your company projected market share in the next 3-4 years?

    Scaffolding and formwork is no doubt a major requirement in modern construction industry and various international firms are entering into the market with innovative ideas, We have joined hands with Outinord Saint Amand, a French steel formwork company, a leader in steel formwork. Together we are hoping to be leaders in the Indian formwork sector in the next 3-4 years. Our aim is crystal clear, "To be no. 1 formwork company in India."

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