02 June 2020

Interaction- Dr. Sandeep Gupta, MD, Richa Industries

PEB is surpassing conventional mode of construction

With immense potential in the Indian market, PEB structures and buildings are finding its foothold in the construction sector. In an exclusive interview  to Construction Opportunities, Dr. Sandeep Gupta, MD, Richa Industries Ltd, sheds light on his company’s USPs and future plans.



Tell us about your company’s offerings and solutions in the PEB space.

Richa Industries Ltd, a leading manufacturing company operational in Pre-Engineered Buildings (PEB), and EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) sectors, is known for its dedication towards high quality and safety standards, firmly committed to deliver projects on time. We have a 100 per cent in house customization “Steel2Build” ERP system for comprehensive project management. We are equipped with a team of highly qualified professionals committed to design, manufacture, and installation, of pre-engineered steel buildings, which are custom built and designed with the use of latest technologies. We offer hi-tech solutions to our customers by utilizing MBS (Metal Building Software), Staad Pro (3D Structural analysis and design software) and Tekla (Model-based software) with highest precision to meet structural requirements of pre-engineered steel buildings with wholly automated detailing with zero defects.

Armed to fulfill the growing need for pre-engineered buildings in the market, the company provides turnkey project solutions for pre-engineered buildings on a single source basis that enables the customer to off-load the entire responsibility to Richa Industries in order to complete the project in a time-bound manner. We provide smooth and rapid execution of large, capital-intensive projects right from the conceptual stage to final delivery.



What are the growth drivers in PEB segment.

There is an increasing scope for using steel in construction sector in India. Steel plays a major role in industrial and infrastructure segments in developing and modernizing public facilities like airports, railway stations, stadiums, auditoriums and even the commercial segment including office buildings, hyper marts, shopping malls etc. Apart from PEB, roofing and cladding systems will have great demand from public facilities. PEBs will find higher usage in the commercial and industrial segment and gradually move towards Residential sectors as well. There is a huge scope to play aggressive role in many other unexplored sectors as PEBs are in much demand. More than 80 per cent warehouses and industrial buildings are being built in the country with the use of pre-engineered building technique. Due to its enormous advantages, PEB technique is speedily gaining popularity surpassing conventional mode of construction. Steel construction has become popular because of its speed of construction, and after successful applications into Industrial and Commercial sectors, it is gradually moving towards Infrastructural and Residential sectors.



What is your company’s approach towards R&D, sustainability, and innovation.

We have done many in-house modifications on our current product to enhance its life cycle and aesthetics, and this is an ongoing process. Our R&D team works steadfastly towards introducing innovative technologies and enhancing current features of existing technology. As stated, E- TAB was also one of the latest technology Richa introduced in the past one year.

It helps generate 3D model plans and elevations. It provides accuracy in dimensions, fast object creation and it is the most important, paramount tool for multi-story designing considering seismic and load factors. Lucknow Metro Depot is a project that showcases our exemplary design expertise, where the roof is curved puff panel designed and installed accurately. This project was honored by TEKLA BIM award as well.



Tell us about your production facilities and capacities.

Richa Industries has one of India’s largest PEB manufacturing unit located in the industrial belt of Uttarakhand at Kashipur, and it is spread over more than 8 lakh sqft area. Its annual production capacity is 72,000 mt.

This state-of-the-art unit is equipped with the latest range of machineries to fabricate diverse range of projects including warehouses, multistory structures, RDSO girder, open web structures, and many more. Its capability helps us to deliver quick and finest quality buildings with utmost customer satisfaction. We always look for innovations and adopt latest technologies to design the best steel structure buildings. We have successfully supplied more than 600 buildings in a record time since the company’s inception. All our projects, quality, and delivery, are ISO 9001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified. We supply PEB building/structure throughout India.



What is the USP of your products.

Richa Industries Ltd is one of the fastest growing companies in India and capable of supplying turnkey solutions for an array of building requirements, while maintaining the finest standards. As consultants, we adopt simple strategy of delivering the best of customized solutions to our customers as per their requirement. We offer one stop solution for all types of requirements be it a PEB, medium-rise, high-rise, multi-storey or a turnkey (civil +PEB) building project. The company provides turnkey project solutions for pre-engineered buildings on a single source basis that enables the customer to off-load the entire responsibility to Richa Industries in order to complete projects based on time sensitivity. We provide rapid execution of large, capital-intensive projects through smooth processes, from concept to final delivery of projects. Our pre-engineered building systems offer various advantages and offers immense benefits over conventional methods in terms of speed, quality and cost.

Steel is recyclable and is considered a green building material. Its high strength reduces over all consumption of material.

PEBs are completely factory manufactured in a controlled environment with superior quality.

  • Steel’s high strength in tension and compression offers lot of choices to architects.
  • Multiple shapes that happen to be inconceivable in RCC can be conceived in steel.
  • Cost overruns are minimised as cost factors are regulated at design stage itself.
  • Modifications in steel building are much easier than RCC building. Welding extra plate or an  additional member can easily enhance structural strength of a steel beam. Column strength can be enhanced by adding additional plates on its surfaces.
  • PEB is more earthquake resistant compared to RCC.
  • PEB’s use of skylights and solar panels on rooftop for daylight and captive power requirements help in reducing emissions and gain carbon credits. These skylights are used for natural lighting.

Use of advanced software in manufacturing PEBs help to customize products according to the requirements and reduce wastage of raw materials and natural resources.



Your company’s plans for 2017 - 18?

The year 2017 will be very crucial for the company as we are looking forward to achieve new milestones by completing some of our major projects. We are also planning to explore new segments, which will lay a strong foundation for the future growth of the company. Changing economic conditions and various new government development initiatives like Make in India, Smart Cities Mission, and introduction of GST will play major role giving various opportunities and creating huge demand of PEB in coming years. Major sectors have been hit by demonetization and we need to look out on our expected business projections for the year 2017, which will impact our business in future as well. But despite this, the company is expecting some major orders from the government and corporate sectors. We are also looking forward to commence work on our second PEB plant by the end of 2017, to cater to the East, West and South markets.

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