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Materials Science

Sarat Chandak, CEO, RAK Ceramics, on how the company has grown steadily with new range of products and emerging novel materials and designs. By Jayashree Mendes You have a vast footprint around the world. Could you tell us about that? We have two kinds of operations: manufacturing and commercial. With nearly 33 offices across the world, we have a presence in Europe, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, and other GCC ...

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Covering All Bases

Ashok Kumar Bhaiya, CMD, Aludecor, speaks about their latest offerings such as affordable fire-retardant ACPs that are helping them stand apart. What are Aludecor’s latest product innovations and solutions in line with the emerging trends? One of the latest trends in Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs) today is avoiding silicone sealants for filling up the grooves. Aludecor’s latest product innovation consist ...

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Smart Moves

Sunil Khatwani, VPresident & business head, system airconditioning division, LG Electronics India, on how the company is leading in technology. LG Electronics has designed HVAC products that reduce energy consumption. Could you expound? In 2018, LG has embarked on the journey of GREENOVATION i.e. green, innovative products in the commercial air conditioning space. The latest introductions are: *High ene ...

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Bite the Bullet

India’s need for a high-speed rail network is apparent, and the Government is spearheading the initiative, despite the many challenges that stand in the way of implementation. BY Mitalee Kurdekar Considering the huge capital commitment that High-speed Rail (HSR) projects call for, it is natural for anyone to question the need for such a high-cost mode of travel in a developing economy like India. In fact, s ...

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Tunnel Tactics

Besides tunnel engineering, there are myriad kinds of systems created only for these marvels. Ventilation systems are just one. By Bindu Gopal Rao Tunnel ventilation is critical across various verticals. Infrastructure players who build tunnels are required to ensure an adequate air quality, control the spread of smoke in case of fire, or reduce temperatures to acceptable limits. The function of the ventila ...

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The Right Load

With a view to improve operational efficiency & safety, modern wheel & backhoe loaders come equipped with technological advances that are further aiding their popularity and numbers. By Mitalee Kurdekar The market for wheel & backhoe loaders is seeing a spurt in its growth rates. Being a common construction equipment for many decades, the market in India for these products is increasing to meet ...

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Building Ecotopia

Most developers understand that green buildings are the way forward. They have a checklist of what constitutes a green building and ways to make one. By Jayashree Kini Mendes There’s a general tendency among Indian companies to remind everyone about the green building they live or work in. The reason. Green buildings, though popular as an idea, are not actually constructed by the book in its totality. Howev ...

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The Patient Crusader

Yudhvir Singh Malik, chairman, NHAI, and secretary, MoRTH, has championed several causes across the portfolios he has held. His current task is to ensure that India gets her infrastructure. By Jayashree Kini Mendes Civil servants in India are being pressed to think big. The idea is that if the bureaucracy works better, bringing in change is that much faster. With their erudite background, they are required ...

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What Lies Beneath

Ashim Sharma outlines the trends that lie in store for the real estate and construction equipment industry. Infrastructure spending increased 1.6 times from Rs 23.77 lakh crore in 11th Five Year Plan to 37.24 lakh crore in 12th Five Year Plan. Union budget 2017-18 allocated Rs 3.96 lakh crore to the sector, including Rs 1.31 lakh crore for Railways and Rs 64,000 crore for highways. With the Government targe ...

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HCL to spend Rs 5,500 crore on expansion plans

Hindustan Copper (HCL) will spend Rs 5,500 crore over 6 years to expand its production capacity by six times to up to 20 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). HCL has very ambitious expansion plans, the company’s CMD Santosh Sharma said. “We have been working till date with a target of expanding to 12.4 million tonnes of copper ore production per annum. Now we have set our revised target at 20 million tonnes (mt ...

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