15 November 2019

Company Profile- Elematic

Prefab partnership

Equipment from Elematic has helped firms like B G Shirke in their building projects

 

One of the oldest construction companies in India, B G Shirke Construction Technology Pvt Ltd (BGSCTPL) is well known for its pioneering efforts in introducing prefab building technology in India way back in 1972. With its history deeply rooted in civil engineering and high quality housing projects, the company has been in operations for over seventy years.

Very early in the company’s journey, its founder Chairman, Padmashri B.G. Shirke decided to focus on quality and modern ways of industrialising civil engineering construction by manufacturing standardised precast components for building construction - an ethos that still carries through to this day.

“The company’s key to success has been its ability to adopt new construction technologies early,” declares VG Jana, Senior Chief Executive at B G Shirke Construction Technology Pvt Ltd.

BGSCTPL was the first company to develop prefab construction called 3S Prefab Technology (3S standing for Speed, Strength, Safety and Sustainability) in India. Till date no other construction agency has been able to match the company’s feat - prefab residential construction amounting to over 50 million sq. ft. built-up area, comprising over 200,000 tenements belonging to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) category.

 

All of the efforts come against a background of a chronic national shortage of housing with an estimated 20 million houses needed to be built. Admittedly mitigating the housing shortfall is a monumental task which, even with collective efforts from companies like Shirke, would take several years.

Very obviously ambitious mass housing projects need time tested and proven prefab technology to be able to succeed in a timely and efficient manner. To produce 3S Prefab elements as per Shirke’s own design on a mass scale, customised equipment from Elematic have successfully been put into use for executing mass housing projects.

“Shirke wanted customised precast molds and equipment for casting precast components and the company had therefore special technical requirements which we delivered for them,” recalls Tarmo Sahala, Area Sales Director, Elematic.

 

TECHNOLOGY APPLICATION 

BGSCTPL has recently set up three production lines at Delhi for precast products from Elematic – these includes circulation lines for room size floor slab, special walls and ‘3-S’ columns.

The ‘3S’ column is a very unique product of ‘Shirke’ having hollow cores and relatively new technology for Elematic. The molds for B.G Shirke were developed based on a previous machine model for a similar hollow core product. These columns are not too heavy to handle and install. The hollows are filled with concrete and necessary design reinforcement as per Shirke’s design.

Presently, BGSCTPL is executing prestigious mega housing projects comprising over 50 thousand tenements for Delhi Development Authority (DDA), as well as dozens of other projects across the country. Quality and speed are basic principles for constructing enormous housing projects across the country. This means prompt project schedules, little room for delays and no compromise on quality.

The ‘3S’ Prefab technology provides crucial information such as stability of the structure incorporating earthquake resistance, safety, adaptability to various climatic conditions, thermal insulation, acoustic insulation and conformity to the codal provisions that form the backbone of 3-S technology. Add to the list an ability to increase production capacity, create higher quality finishing, material savings and less waste, and this Indian group really has a winning formula from 3S pre-cast technology.

Water saving created by using pre-cast technology can make a real difference to construction projects in India, where resources are scarce – almost no water is needed at a building site and overall water consumption is much less compared to traditional way as per this technology.

 

CONSTRUCTIVE ENGAGEMENT

With the levels of understanding and co-operation already existing between the two companies the bond can only be expected to grow stronger in the years ahead.

“We delivered a floor slab production line to them a few years ago. Everything went well and they were happy with us. They also trust us the way we handle after sales and services in addition to our workmanship which is of high quality.

Because they have special demands, it allows us to make new innovations and applications. This means that the entire industry benefits,” Sahala concludes.

 




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