Flooring industry is going through an innovation as whole and each of the service providers is working towards attaining efficiency. Flooring solution nowadays has become completely standardised and now provides high quality services. One such group of expert is Kasturi Metal Composites Pvt Ltd,
Masterbuilder had one one chat with Akash Singhai, Managing Director, Durafloor Concrete Solutions LLP, wherein he highlighted on company’s services and an overview of the market as a whole.
Here are few excerpts of the interview.
Discuss the range of flooring services done by the company?
Durafloor Concrete Solutions LLP With over 10 years of experience in helping our clients and our fellow contractors in laying Durafloor Duraflex™ Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Floors”, Durafloor Concrete Solutions LLP is a turnkey Solution Providing vertical of Kasturi Metal Composites Pvt Ltd, with a vision to provide our clients integrated end to end concrete flooring solutions.
Our Services Include
- Designing of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete floors as per TR-34 Standards
- Leveling and Finishing of Super Flat Concrete Floors with the most advanced laser screed machines with international quality standards along with state of the art equipments
- VNA ( Very Narrow Aisle) Floors / High Tolerance Concrete Floors in Warehouses / Hyper markets / Stadiums
- Jointless Steel Fiber Reinforced concrete Floors* with Duraflex™ Ultra High Tensile Steel Fibers.
- Concrete Densification and Polishing
- Supply of First in class products for concrete floorings like Duraflex™ Ultra High Tensile Glued Hook End Steel Fibers
- Supply of High End Plate Dowel Systems. Armour Joints for Construction Day Joints
What does Durfloor Delivers
Durafloor Maximises your Profit !!!!
We are the ONLY Indian origin company with capability of manufacturing high end steel fibers and at the same time designing the floor and executing it as per the as per international standards. Our strength lies in gathering in depth understanding of client’s requirements since inception of the project, design the concrete floor accordingly and provide the most optimum, cost effective flooring solution. Durafloor is passionate that all of its clients should get high quality, high performance concrete floors with the minimum maintenance cost. Our complete range of Duraflex™ Ultra High Tensile Steel Fibers along with various load transfer systems and various customised solutions helps us to deliver high quality floors for every budget.
Kasturi Metal Composites Pvt Ltd, is the largest manufacture of Steel Fibers in India (Glued Hook End Steel Fibers and Loose Steel Fibers) and their brand Duraflex™ Steel Fibers and Durocrete™- Macro and Micro Synthetic Polypropylene Fibers is very renowned and the most preferred product in Tunnel Shotcreting and Industrial floorings. The company is the first manufacturer for Glued Hook End Steel Fibers in India. It is well known for their technical expertise, design solutions and on site quality assurance services. It has been recently awarded “Best Industry Award” from Govt. of Maharashtra. It also exports to various continents like Australia, EU, Middle East and North America.
Customer delightness and sustainable business relations are the highest priority for the company, and hence to serve its clients with world class services and products. Under such strategic vision the company has bagged not only major orders from the construction giants like Gammon India, L&T ECC, HCC, Coastal Projects, Lanco Infrastructures, Abir Infrastructures, SEW Constructions, Afcons, etc, but also has earned a reputation and respect for its quality products and services.
Glued Hook End Steel Fibers, Loose Hook End Steel Fibers, Flat Steel Fibers, Macro Synthetic Polypropylene Fibers and Micro Polypropylene Fiber, Crimped Flat Steel Fibers for Refractories. Steel Wool Fibers for Friction Materials and Brake Linings.
How is the processing of jointless steel fiber reinforced concrete floors done?
Most maintenance problems associated with industrial concrete floors result from the joints. Industrial flooring is moving towards jointless applications. The conventional method of jointed slabs is based on controlling stresses by dividing the slab into smaller segments. This method does not, however, allow for long term performance predictionsof joints. As the focus is moving towards long term cost effectiveness, innovative solutions must be found to meet these requirements.
A method to eliminate saw-cut joints in slabs-on-grade by the use of steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC). Jointless floors are usually reinforced with steel fiber reinforcement and have construction joints to provide boundaries to panels and to allow for concrete shrinkage. The performance of the composite material is directly linked with the choice of a specific concrete mix design and an improved technique to uniformly mix a high dosage of steel fibers. Tests and experience have shown that high level post-cracking ductility of the SFRC can control micro-cracking caused by flexural and shear stresses combined with restrained shrinkage. The proposed design approach, based on the yield-line theory, gives an objective view of the safety factor in relation to the ultimate state. Studies demonstrate that typical areas of 2500 m², without saw-cut joints, are regularly achieved by experienced contractors with relevant site quality control. Practical site aspects such as armored contraction joints, slab details, aspect ratio, installation techniques etc., are an integral part of the study as well. When making jointless floors the fields are limited and shaped using factory produced special profiles for dilatation joints with dowels installed and integrated protection of the edges of the joint. The dowels contribute to the load transfer between the two neighboring fields and allow opening of the joint due of shrinkage or temperature differences up to 30 mm.
The advantages of making jointless floors can be summarized as follows:
- Less floor thickness compared with that of floors with conventional reinforcement due to the ability of fiber to accept plastic loads;
- Reducing the length of joints up to 75%;
Reducing the opportunities for compromise joints and related activities for repairing which means lower maintenance costs on the floor;
- Decreased curling of the floor, which means:
- lower maintenance costs of servicing warehouse equipment (forklift trucks, reach tracks, VNA machines, etc.).
- higher speed of service equipment
- higher productivity of the warehouse activities
- Reduced health complaints from drivers of the servicing warehouse equipment
- Aesthetic appearance on the floor;
- Increased dynamic strength and impact resistance;
- Less damage to edges and corners.
What’s boosting the flooring industry in India?
Considering the warehousing flooring industry, The Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is now ready to give a boost to the growth of the warehousing and logistics industry in India. New warehousing hubs are set to establish better facilities and better transportation and logistics services across the nation. The implementation of GST has played a key role in the development of e-commerce giants and they will be able to choose a wide range of services across the country. It will undoubtedly benefit the logistics corner and offer cost saving on the consumer end. The GST bill has been implemented from 1st July 2017 and the government will facilitate E-filing of GST through online portals for filing procedures. With the advent of goods and services tax, it is also the support of e-commerce industry to further take the industry more worthy. As the scenario has changed a lot, the online shopping demands a firm supply chain to cater the needs of the general public.
In the recent study done, the World Bank, India has successfully jumped 19 positions in the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) just after the implementation of Goods and services tax. Now, the country stands at 35th rank, while it stood at the 54th position back in 2014. A lower investment opportunity in the warehousing sector also offers a better investment return and lead to the growth of the business. As per the reports and data available, The warehouse industry in India is worth INR 560 billion and is growing at a rate of 10 percent every year. Many of the ambitious individuals are eying upon a better opportunity and growth in the logistics and warehousing sector. The logistics and warehousing are also capable of boosting the economy and will be increasing the share of GDP which is in current phase about 13 percent.
The growth in Indian warehouse industry is driven by the domestic consumption, increase in international trade, increase in private and foreign investments in infrastructure. Apart from storage facilities, the warehousing firms in India now offer an array of value-added services such as packaging, cargo, reverse logistics, bar coding, etc. in order to provide best services to the consumers. some of the important points for the GST impact on the logistics industry, “GST will bring a lot of alignment of value-added services in the logistics sector. This will make way for cutting-edge investments and mergers and one will see a phenomenal increase in asset utilization and increase operational efficiency. There will be new investment opportunities for technology-enabled mini warehouses along the highways and the sector will witness a fresh wave of technology enabled startups.”
What’s boosting the flooring industry in India?
For warehousing industry, As per my research and data available from various sources, A dozen new warehousing hubs are likely to emerge in the country . Warehousing stock is expected to increase by 18 per cent to touch 132.5 million sq ft and likely to see investment to the tune of Rs.4,500 crore to Rs.4,700 crore.
Major impact on cities such as Delhi-NCR, which had the maximum warehousing stock in 2016 (29.3 million sq ft), followed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region (20.5 million sq ft). Bengaluru (17.5 million sq ft), Pune (12.8 million sq ft) and Chennai (10.4 million sq ft) come next, followed by Kolkata, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
While the existing eight cities are expected to retain their leading positions after GST rollout, India will also witness the emergence of at least 12 new feeder/ warehousing spoke locations.
Pune and Chennai lead the way due to proximity to manufacturing hubs and local market dynamics. These two cities are followed by the bigger metros of Mumbai and Delhi-NCR.