December 02, 2019
Wienerberger AG has invested Rs 30 crore in its Kunigal, Karnataka factory for enhancing production capacity by 25%, said Christof Domenig, CEO (Wienerberger Building Solutions) the company.
The investment will also be used for its expansion plans including implementation of new equipment, converting to natural gas and launch of new building solutions.
Globally, the 200 years old company boasts of building over 1.8 lakh houses, covering 2.90 lakh roofs, laying 7.45 lakh km pipes, and paving 17,000,000 m2 surfaces in 2018 alone.
The Kunigal factory uses technology like robotics and has energy-efficient manufacturing processes. The factory is also equipped with a full-fledged in-house laboratory and product development facilities. Currently Wienerberger has about 250 employees in India. The company is also strongly associated with several CSR activities like providing primary healthcare facilities and affordable housing in the vicinity of the factory.
Christof Domenig, said: “The investment in our Kunigal factory operations will include converting from solid fuel to a cleaner and sustainable energy source - that is natural gas. When it comes to using electrical energy in the factory, 95 per cent of the factory requirement is met through renewable energy sources of solar and wind.”
The company is also constantly looking at new growth opportunities in the Indian market including the launch of new sustainable and future-ready solutions for construction. Monnanda Appaiah, Managing Director, Wienerberger India, adds, “In the last 10 years, despite volatility in the real estate market, our plant has always run full capacity. That itself is a proof of the value that our solutions bring to our customers. With the Rs 30 crore investment, we will also be upgrading our machinery and installing new equipment with latest technology that will enable us to scale up the production by up to 25 per cent.” The products manufactured in Kunigal offer significant technical advantages over conventional walling materials apart from being environmentally-friendly and cost-effective.
Bengaluru, 20 August 2019
As part of its strategic focus on developing sustainable and innovative processes in building construction, Wienerberger India has come up with a simple yet innovative solution through its Porotherm Dryfix. System that can help radically reduce water consumption during the construction phase of a building. The solution also enables the enhanced speed of construction resulting in faster delivery of building projects.
The unique properties of Porotherm Dryfix. System eliminates the need of wet mortar and drastically reduces the requirement of water for any type of wall construction including infill masonry or partition walls, as well as external walls. It comes along with Porotherm Grinded clay hollow bricks or Smart Bricks as a total solution. The bricks are a hallmark in precision technology, resulting in exceptional dimensional uniformity that can also reduce plaster thickness leading to huge plaster mortar savings for the builder.
The ever-increasing population in cities like Bangalore and Chennai has understandably resulted in rapid urban growth and restructuring. According to a recent study by Down To Earth, a publication of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)*, the number of water bodies in Bengaluru has contracted by 79% in the past four decades. The study attributes the reason behind the fall in the number of water bodies due to unplanned urbanization and encroachment. In addition, findings by Wienerberger India shows that construction activities consume an average of 350 litres of water for every single meter of wall construction. As a consequence, government regulations have started restricting usage of natural resources mainly water and sand in greater urban areas.
Monnanda Appaiah, MD, Wienerberger India, adds, “Urban planners are already looking at reformulating their strategies to manage urban sprawl and growth on a more sustainable basis. Wienerberger is empowering these efforts through continuous innovation and development of smart and future-ready solutions for the building and construction industry. Our product Porotherm Dryfix. System, a dry mortar system, can entirely replace the conventional mortar and help build walls without the need for curing. Thus, saving precious natural resources like water and sand. The product is mason friendly, hugely time-saving through faster speed of construction and enhances thermal protection. It is a revolutionary world class system to build the perfect wall for your house.”
Porotherm Dryfix. System is a new-age innovative masonry system that caters to the requirements of environmentally conscious builders, architects and responsible citizens. It is a technologically advanced wall building system that improves productivity, saves cost, ensures faster construction of walls through minimum resource utilization and zero wastage, while maintaining a cleaner and healthier working environment.
*Ref Link: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/bengaluru-has-lost-79-of-its-water-bodies-in-the-past-four-decades/articleshow/63425049.cms?from=mdr&utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
Wienerberger AG, is the world’s largest producer of clay bricks and a leading supplier of clay roof tiles and infrastructure solutions globally. It is number 1 in clay roof tiles in Europe. Founded in 1819, the company brings forth to its customers a rich heritage of 200 years and an unmatched expertise of developing smart and sustainable solutions for building construction and for the infrastructure of tomorrow.
Having its headquarters in Vienna, the organization has always been committed towards promoting the concept of natural and green building materials which will help improve people’s quality of life and shape the future of construction. Wienerberger Group has a global presence in 30 countries and operates through 195 production sites spread across the globe.
About Wienerberger India
Wienerberger, started its operation in India since 2009. In its decade long story in the country, the organization has remained market leader in delivering high-quality clay building materials for modern living. Its sustainable, future-ready solutions are setting trends in new-age constructions while improving people’s quality of life. Wienerberger has its own state-of-the-art production facility in Karnataka which is also its first Asian plant. The facility is highly automated and engages robots for material handling, while adopting efficient use of locally available raw materials and energy to produce green and sustainable bricks for the Indian market. In continuation with its rich legacy of 200 years, the goal of Wienerberger India is to meet the design requirements of architects, developers and builders while creating natural and healthy living spaces for the Indian consumers.