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Fundermax’s MD Dr Prashanth Reddy has worked methodically to make popular the concept of high pressure laminates in the Indian market. By Jayashree mendes FunderMax has completed 10 years in India. Could you tell us how the company has evolved over the years? FunderMax entered the Indian market with a clear vision of being a trendsetter in design and aesthetics for cladding industry through high quality inn ...

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A sense of equity

Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, group CEO of KBW Investments, discusses the strategy behind the company’s acquisition of Raimondi Cranes and its recent synergistic partnership with France’s Ascorel Group The last three years have seen HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, founder of KBW Investments, acquire —in short succession— an eclectic portfolio of investments in construction and technology companies from acros ...

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All’s well that ends Honeywell

Dilip Sinha is the GM of Honeywell Middle East, looking after the Environmental & Combustion Controls business unit. He shares his experience. BY ROBERT WILLOCK   What excites you about working in this region? I’ve been travelling around the Middle East since 1990. It is growing rapidly. In the UAE, growth over the next five to six years will be driven by Expo 2020; Qatar is driven by investments f ...

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Keeping it real

Gaurav Shah, director, sales and marketing, Ravi Group, believes that relatively affordable houses will find buyers. INTERVIEWED BY JAYASHREE MENDES   You have been a strong proponent of the affordable luxury housing. Could you expound on what it would mean to residents and prospective buyers? Everyone dreams of owning a house in Mumbai. We build houses for those who seek a luxury home at a relatively ...

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Building townships

Pradeep Jain, chairman, Parsvnath Developers, prefers to build communities.     At a time when the real estate segment is reeling under low sales, you have had a good quarter last year. On hindsight, what are some of the things you did right? We focused on offering possession in maximum possible projects before bringing in new projects from the vast land holdings across India to further service th ...

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Highway to prosperity

Mukund G Sapre, executive director, IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd (ITNL) on how he has made a success of ‘risky’ projects BY TEAM CW Considering that you work with BOT projects, what are some of the factors that insulate you from risk? Mukund G Sapre: In the recent past, the current Public Private Partnership (PPP) model has been widely debated, even though PPPs have significantly reduced the demand ...

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Swish switches

You are a leading manufacturer of switches and home automation. How has this concept evolved over the years? Till a decade ago, the industry was quite stagnant with the biggest innovation in the sector being a slight change in design of the switch or cover plate. But the past decade, especially the last few years, have seen some dramatic changes. There’s been a flood of new designs, technology-driven usage ...

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Switching gears

The switchgear market is blossoming thanks largely to an increase in technological capability, but also the realisation that shoddy electrical work isn’t acceptable in a modern world. Perhaps more pertinent though is the fact that power interruptions result in huge economic losses of up to US $150 billion annually, according to a recent Frost & Sullivan report. Distribution automation presents a viable ...

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Build it up

Fly-ash bricks are increasingly gaining acceptance in construction. There are several reasons for this. To begin with, these bricks are fire and moisture resistant, while being eco-friendly and aesthetically appealing. And one of the biggest reasons they are popular is because they are durable. What is little known about the use of fly-ash bricks is that they facilitate speedy construction and enhance the v ...

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Visions of ecopolis

You are known for your construction quality. What are some of the construction technologies adopted to assure superior construction? We use L&T Doka formwork systems to achieve greater shuttering speed. This advanced system helps us reduce the number days required for RCC work by around 10 days. The concrete used in all our construction is made in our in-house RMC plant. This helps us supervise each and ...

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