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CCMA Post Event Report

Chemical hit



The recently conducted Construction Chemicals International Seminar in Chennai has not only proved to be an outstanding success but served as a confidence generator for the construction chemicals sector.


The third edition of the Construction Chemicals International Seminar was held in Chennai on 21st and 22nd March, 2014. Dubbed C3, the seminar on the effective use of construction chemicals for enduring structures was held at the Chennai Trade Centre and was attended by about 550 delegates. It was inaugurated by Prof. Dr Nagesh Iyer Director, CSIR – the Chief Guest for the event – while Dr Prabhat Kumar, CMD, Bhavini was Guest of Honour.


Samir Surlaker, President CCMA-Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Association, welcomed the guests at a glittering inaugural session and invited delegates to play an interactive role while Dr Nagesh Iyer dilated on the tremendous growth of the construction chemicals sector in India in his inaugural address. Dr Prabhat Kumar, in his speech explained the usage of construction chemicals in nuclear structures and invited CCMA to participate actively in the technological development. Upen Patel of BASF introduced CCMA activities while G Manari, Convenor and CMD, Cerachem proposed a vote of thanks.

The sessions were chaired by eminent Professionals like Shivathan Pillai, IGCAR, Dr. M Kalgal, Ultratech, K P Pradeep, Master Builder, Dr.  Willie Kay from Singapore and Dr R.N Krishna  whose opinions and suggestions were well received. The concludingsession of the Seminar was moderated by Subu Venkataraman, MD, Sika India Pvt Ltd.


The big boost comes from the fact that Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Association (CCMA) has become a 50 member strong association representing 80 per cent of the industry’s revenues in a very short time. Construction chemicals manufacturers are now collaborating to spreading awareness and to focus on the correct use of the right chemicals. CCMA has also taken up as its objective the standardisation and marking of construction chemicals products to give confidence to end users and the construction sector. On the basis of feedback from end users it has been decided to introduce training programmes to build up skills of applicators, which is a key to success of any waterproofing and protection systems. Four regional seminars are also being planned.


Furthermore, CCMA is planning seminars all over India. A Hand Book on Admixtures on their right usage is also on the cards in collaboration with the Indian Concrete Institute. Attempts are already under way to introduce technical topics in the academic syllabi while training programmes are at advance stages of design.On the basis of these, and other measures, the industry is confident of growing from its present revenue of about Rs 3000 crore to Rs 5000 crore over the next two to three years. The possibility of such dynamic growth exists on account of the large gap in demand and supply.


Industry leaders aver that the growth, of course, would be incumbent upon the Centre recognising construction chemicals as an industry and backing it with incentives and rationalisation of government taxes, duties and levies. A big takeaway of the seminar was that some headway in that direction is now being made.  Ergo, based on the feedback of the participants C3, the platform for the construction chemicals sector, has been declared a grand success.


The next edition of C3 is slated for February 2015 in Kolkata.                                 




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