Technology Conference on Industrial / Commercial Floorings Trends and Technologies
Flooring is one area in the construction industry that has been witnessing rapid changes over the past two decades. The advent of several new technologies and the increasing use of specialized machinery have meant that the field has changed beyond recognition, especially with reference to the industrial and commercial flooring sectors Today industrial floorings plays a very vital role in productivity, safety & housekeeping which has gradually with time changed from the conventional cement flooring, tiles etc., to dust free monolithic floors.
In recent years, the safety of concrete floors has been an essential component especially in Industrial buildings. The main purpose to provide protection to the slab from deterioration or contamination, and also not to overlook, to provide some added benefit such as, wear and tear, antiskid, chemical resistance, easy maintenance, physical performance, aesthetics etc. It is quite obvious that no other surface in a building takes more abuse than floors, regardless of the type of building, be it industrial or commercial or public.
Though there have been lots of technological advancements in Construction Industry, since late last century, flooring caught it with rest of construction industry little late and it is witnessing rapid changes over the past two decades. With the introduction of newer flooring technologies supported by the increasing use of specialized machinery have meant that the field has changed beyond recognition, especially with reference to the industrial and commercial flooring sectors. The industrial and commercial flooring segments have been maintaining a healthy pace of growth in the recent few years, with India emerging as a key market for newer technologies.
The Inside Story
Concrete flooring is not given much importance in terms of its design, durability and cost of maintenance and always neglected a lot. The delay that happens during the construction has its impact on flooring schedules and chances are there that, this pressure to complete the flooring within shorter time has its own impact on quality of flooring which in turn proves to be nightmare for maintenance department.
However, with changing economic scenario, more information flow and awareness among the various stake holders in the field, India has been witnessing the silent but sure revolution in the area of commercial and industrial flooring. The pressure increase the industrial growth, focus of lowering maintenance breakdowns, increased cost of maintenance to increase the overall productivity, are all responsible for industry to also focus on flooring and its importance.
The Outdoor Factor
At the same time, in any industry, the external flooring consisting of Roads, Walkways, and Pavements within the factory premises is another nightmare since it has direct impact on look and movement of vehicles. Though traditionally bitumen was the most common material used for external roads, the use of concrete for external applications is increasing due to its durability and lower maintenance cost. Another material which is gaining popularity for external road / walkway is paver blocks, which can be used both roads as well as walkways within factory premises and has advantage of providing varied designs while being laid.
The Demand Factor
Due to increase in competition and cost of finances, project scheduled are very tight at the same time there is rising emphasis on quality, strict project completion deadlines, adhering to budgets led to increased focus on technology. Project sizes getting bigger with shorter time frames which demand the higher flooring rates, without affecting the quality of floor. The demand of flowing rate can be as high as 2000sqm per day.
- Cement Manufacturers
- RMC Companies
- Reinforcement and Alternate Materials
- Concrete Flooring Machine manufacturers
- Testing Labs
- Flooring Contractors
- Resin flooring material manufacturer
- Pavement Block manufacturers
- Specific Software development companies in sector
- Testing & Measuring equipment manufacturers
Civil Engineering personnel from Manufacturing, Steel, Cement, Power, Sugar and other core sector industries
The Conference & Exposition
Though there is lot of development in Flooring industry, the designers, developers and users are still not fully aware of the available technology. There is need provide a common platform for stakeholders of flooring industry to discuss technology, methodology, new materials and testing procedures on various issues related to industry.
Limited shell type stalls would be available for companies interested to exhibit their products.
As an initiative, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Western Region, will provide a common platform for flooring industry and its stakeholders to come together and discuss about the issues faced, latest technology on offer and its application by organizing a 2-Day Technology Conference on Concrete Flooring – Trends and Technologies at Chennai in September 2015.
Limited shell type stalls would be available for companies who are interested to exhibit their products.
Objectives of Technology Conference
The conference is being organized with following objectives.
- To bring the stake holders of Construction Industry on common platform
- To discuss the standards and regulations in flooring industry
- Latest Cement, Concrete and mixing technologies
- Mechanization of Flooring
- Alternate materials for reinforcement
- Various Floor Coatings and their applications
- Hygienic Flooring
- Polishing and Hardening of concrete as a alternate for stones, marbles etc as flooring material
- Pavements – technology and materials
- Repair and Rejuvenation of existing floorings
- Resin Flooring Technologies
- Green Technology
- Surface Preparation equipment’s/methodology
Since the conference will be focusing on technology of Flooring and Pavement, the target delegates would be from the following segments.
- Structural & Civil Designers
- Architects and their project managers
- Project Management Companies
- CPWD and PWD and local government bodies
- Airport Authority, Railways
- Logistics/ Warehouse Companies
- Construction Companies
- Developers of large infrastructure projects like Airports, Ports, Large Commercial Complexes, SEZs
- Contractor/Applicators/civil Maintenance Professionals