21 November 2018

Post Event Report- CII Industrial Floorings

‘Make in India’ foundation of Floorings’ Conference


CII’s International Conference on Industrial Floorings: “Challenges and Opportunities”


The  International Summit on industrial floorings organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), at The Lalit hotel in Mumbai last month was a resounding success. The need for Indian flooring industry to work as per global Best Practices as well as standardized specifications was underscored at the inaugural session of the summit.


For the ‘Make in India’ initiative to be successful, India needs a ‘firm floor’ to work on. Industrial flooring in India needs to move – and fast - towards Global Best Standards, given that industrial flooring is the base which once upgraded to world class, will support the manufacturing initiative.


“Industrial Flooring plays important role in economic and industrial growth, and it is high time it is given due attention,” said Subhash Desai, Minister for Industries, Government of Maharashtra. He stressed upon the importance of modern technology for industrial growth, specifically mentioning industrial flooring as being important to the construction of high-tech industrial units.


The Indian Government has launched various initiatives, including ‘Make in India’ as also ‘100 Smart Cities’, which aim to take the Indian economy to global standards. “These require Indian industry to catch up to world standards of productivity, for which state of the art ones facilities which can provide consistently high quality products are a must. Flooring in industries is that element which needs to be world class, to support the objective. With automation increasingly being a part of industry, the tolerance to which the floor is levelled, finished, hardened, made moisture resistant and dust proof are issues which have taken centre-stage. When it comes to industrial flooring in India,  It is not just about ‘may’ but ‘must’ – when we speak about the need for Standardization of norms through multiple stakeholders. Keeping in mind global trends and how they will impact Indian flooring is important, ensuring that these are sustainable solutions for the future,” said Dr Raman Ramachandran, Chairman and Managing Director, BASF India & Head BASF South Asia,.


Earlier, A P Mull, Chairman, CII’s International Conference on Industrial Flooring,  and former CEO & MD, TCE Consulting Engineers,  said in two quarters ending March and June 2017, India had witnessed over 1000 projects being announced, valued at $ 51,060 million; of these, the manufacturing sector accounts for $ 18,082 million. “These will create a huge demand for quality flooring,” he said.


Bad flooring causes losses, be it in terms of time losses or damage to materials and machines. “Who pays for a bad floor, who will take the onus of performance,” was the question posed by Arijit Basu, Managing Director, Sika India. He mentioned IIT Madras was working on creating a list of Standards and norms for industrial flooring in India.


In a positive response to this, in the next session, Dr Sunitha Nayar, Scientist, IIT, Madras, spoke about an initiative taken up as a result of the first CII Summit on Flooring which had been held in Chennai last year, which was the first attempt to create flooring guidelines.


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