Grand success of CCMA's C3 Seminar

Excerpt: CONSTRUCTION Chemicals International Seminar branded C3 was held in Bengaluru on 2nd and 3rd June 2016 at Grand Venue NIMHANS and was well attended by about four hundred delegates.

CONSTRUCTION Chemicals International Seminar branded C3 was held in Bengaluru on 2nd and 3rd June 2016 at Grand Venue NIMHANS and was well attended by about four hundred delegates. C3 - an unique seminar covering Effectiveuse of Construction Chemicals for enduring structures in the field of Construction Chemicals was inaugurated by distinguished Chief Guest Prof. B.R. Srinivasa Murthy, Chairman, Taskforce, Quality Assurance in Public works, Govt of Karnataka and Mr. Raj Pillai, Executive Director of Sobha Group was keynote speaker.

   In a glittering inaugural session Mr. Samir Surlaker, President CCMA- Construction Chemicals Manufacturers Association, welcomed all and invited delegates to play an interactive role. Prof. B.R. Srinivasa Murthy in his Inaugural Address exposed the audience as well as CCMA members to tremendous growth of Construction Chemicals in India. He stressed that prevention was better than cure. He expressed need for more interaction of Construction Chemicals Manufacturers with other professionals to solve problem in Civil Engineering. Mr. Raj Pillai, explained the usage of Construction Chemicals in Precast structures and invited CCMA to participate actively in the Technological Development. Mr. Nilotpol Kar BASF introduced CCMA activities and three decades journey of Construction Chemicals and convenors Mr. Jaswanth Sobhana of BASF and Mr. Soumendra Mishra of Sika, proposed vote of thanks.

C3 was addressed by many international speakers from Sika, BASF, MC-Bauchemie, CHRYSO, Elkem etc. Construction Chemicals experts from National companies like Cerachem, STP, Apple Chemie, McCoy Soudal, Ardex Endura etc made excellent presentations. Dr. Radhakrishna from IIT Chennai covered Corrosion Inhibitors. The sessions were chaired by industry experts like Dr. Manmohan Kalgal- Chairman, Mr. A.T. Samuel, Mr. Umesh B. Rao, Dr. Ramaprakash, Mr. Ramesh Kulkarni, and Mr. Chandramouleeswar. In all twenty six papers were presented which really benefitted the participants.

   Mr. K.P. Pradeep, Editor-in-chief, The Masterbuilder, Convenor with Mr. Jaswant from BASF and Mr. Soumendra from Sika were the cause of excellent management of seminar and technical contents. The seminar was in association with Indian Concrete Institute and Association of Consulting Civil Engineers (India). Four guests of Honour were honoured for their support viz Dr. Manmohan Kalgal- President of ICI, Mr. Ajit Sabnis- President of ACCE, Mr. Jayasankar- VP (South) ICI and Mr. Umesh Rao - General Secretary of ACCE. Their unstinted support made the seminar a grand success.

CCMA is now over Sixty members strong association representing 80% of revenue in a very short time Construction Chemicals Manufacturers collaborating jointly to promote cause of spreading awareness and to focus on right use of right chemicals. CCMA aims at standardizing and marking Construction Chemicals products to give confidence to end users and Construction Industry. As per feed backs from end users- we shall introduce Training programmes to build up skills of Applicators, which is a key to success of any waterproofing and protection systems. Five Regional Seminars C3R are planned next year.

 

Lighting of Lamp: From Left to Right - Mr. Arijit Basu from Sika, Mr. Nilotpol Kar from BASF, Dr. B.R.S .Murthy- Chief Guest of the event, Mr. K. P. Pradeep- Editor-The Masterbuilder, Dr. B.L. Maheshwari from Aquaproof Construction Chemicals and Mr. Raj Pillai -Executive Director of Sobha Group

 Releasing of Souvenir: From Left to Right - Mr. Arijit Basu from Sika, Mr. Nilotpol Kar from BASF, Mr. Raj Pillai -Executive Director of Sobha Group, Dr. B.R.S .Murthy- Chief Guest of the event, Mr. Samir Surlaker President of CCMA, Dr. B.L. Maheshwari from Aquaproof Construction Chemicals and Mr. K. P. Pradeep- Editor- The Masterbuilder.

Not resting on laurels. CCMA plans further seminars all over India. An Hand Book on Admixtures is in final stages on the Right usage in collaboration with Indian Concrete Institute. Attempts are already on way to introduce the technical topics in the academic syllabi. Training programmes are in advance stages of design. With all this holistic approach, the industry is confident of growing from present revenue of about Rs. 5000 crores to Rs. 9000 crores in next Five years. This is absolutely possible considering the large gap in demand and supply. This growth is totally depended on Government accepting Construction Chemicals as recognized industry and backs us with incentives and rationalization of Government taxes, duties and levies. Construction Chemicals industry has arrived. C3 was a grand success as per feedback from participants. Next C3 is scheduled in February 2017.

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