We Try To Support The Customers With Cost Optimised And Sustainable Solutions For Project Execution
Mr. Sunil Bajaj
Bajaj Reinforcements LLP
Civil Engineering & Construction Review: Which latest innovative products and technologies were introduced in 2019? What was the role of your organization in this regard?
Sunil Bajaj: We introduce ourselves as manufacturers of Bajaj Fiber Tuff Macro Structural Synthetic Fibres for shotcrete/sprayed concrete, and Bajaj Fibre Guard Fibrillated Polypropylene Fibres for fire spalling and arresting shrinkage cracks. Bajaj Reinforcements always tries to support the customers with cost optimised and sustainable solutions for project execution. One of our recently launched products is Macro Synthetic Structural Fibre Brand, Fibre Tuff in Wet Shotcreting, for UG Tunnel Support System. It has replaced steel fibre in many large tunnel projects, due to its specific advantage for use at project site (no corrosion and easy to handle) and a substantial cost reduction (@15% against steel fibre as dosage is only 6 to7 kg against 40 kg steel fibre) per cubic metre of wet shotcrete without compromising on the properties of hardened shotcrete. Many tunnel builders and owners now prefer use of Fibre Tuff than any steel fibre. Further, fibre-reinforced concrete achieves greater ductility, which allows it to deform under tensile stress, as well as greater energy absorption capacity despite cracking, which gives RCC Frame enhanced seismic performance and serviceability in high rise structures. Such use of PP Fibre in RCC Frame is definitely an innovative idea to make an earthquake resistant building.
To achieve the above, as well as for laboratory and field testing to establish our claim, Bajaj’s Sales and Technical Team had to work hard with the project specifier, owner and constructors. The primary aim was to build a durable structure and direct cost optimisation for overall tunnel construction.
CE&CR: Please give us a practical example of a case study or a project wherein innovative capabilities of your organization helped deal with a challenging situation?
Sunil Bajaj: In India, Bajaj Fibre Tuff is being used in many tunnel projects, not only for wet shotcrete, but even with precast concrete to minimise shrinkage cracks and enhanced ductility. RVNL decided to use Bajaj fibre Tuff in their Kadappa Rly Tunnel Project. Now, it is being used in Rishikesh –Karnaprayag project and Mumbai –Nagpur Samriddhi Highway tunnel. It aligns with the ‘Make in India’ initiative and has specific advantage over procurement and inventory control of imported PP Fibre.
CE&CR: Please brief us on your organization’s efforts towards R&D for technological advancements in construction and related sectors.
Sunil Bajaj: The technical team of Bajaj Reinforcement LLP always thinks for their customers and how to add value to their construction process. Cost-optimised wet shotcrete solution is offered after long studies by our R&D, and technical team involving testing institution, owners and specifiers. Our factory R&D laboratory is well-equipped with the latest testing equipment as per global standards and the R&D team is deeply involved with the process of production in factory, to ensure right quality of the finished product. Further, Bajaj’s technical team is highly knowledgeable on the subject matter and supports all customers in their project for successful use of FibreTuff.
CE&CR: What are the probable opportunities in your sector in the near future?
Sunil Bajaj: Our opportunity in India is now becoming big with the Government planning for construction of large tunnels, highway (rigid pavement) and other infrastructures. Even PP Fibre is recommended to be used for building construction, to make it earthquake resistant. So, we expect to have good opportunity in future for Bajaj PP Fibre, even though the present market situation in construction sector is very dull and causing our business negative growth.
CE&CR: Please introduce us to the new sustainable designs and methods adopted in your sector.
Sunil Bajaj: The cost optimised solution for PP Fibre reinforced wet shotcrete solution is highly sustainable. Even making RCC Frame earthquake resistant is sustainable and cost-effective. It has been tested in both laboratory and the field. Moreover, the use of PP Fibre in structural concrete will also help in reducing the volume of concrete in RCC structures due to its enhanced physical parameters and ductility.
CE&CR: How would you rate the performance of your organization in 2019 vis-à-vis 2018? Please mention as: (a) same (b) marginally better (c) marginally lower (d) significantly better (e) significantly lower
Sunil Bajaj: Our performance of 2019 in the 1st half was marginally better than that of 2018. But in 2nd half of 2019, it is becoming marginally lower as compared to 2nd half of 2018.
CE&CR: What is your view about growth and development of construction and related sectors in the next five years?
Sunil Bajaj: As stated earlier, present construction market is very dull and most of the constructors are suffering and debt laden; the fund flow is less in both Private sector and Government sector. Unless the Government is able to bring a major thrust in the construction sector with major investment, the entire Indian economy will remain affected, as this sector contributes to 7% GDP; the unskilled to semi-skilled employees, and highly educated engineers create opportunity for cement, steel and other manufacturers. As a result, in India, we need huge investment in construction of infrastructure and thus, the market has to open sooner or later; it depends on both Government and Private investment.
CE&CR: What is your organization’s plan for 2020?
Sunil Bajaj: Our main aim is to provide 100% virgin products to ensure the safety of the structure. Further, we endeavour to provide PP fibre to each and every project possible, and contribute to economic growth of our nation.
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