Beiersdorf AG, parent company of Nivea is one of the world’s leading international skin care companies. With more than 130 years of experience in skin care and with one of the world’s most modern skin research centers, Beiersdorf stands for innovative and high-quality cosmetic products.
Nivea India wanted to set up its first manufacturing plant in India for a range of creams and lotions at Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation at Sanand.
Nivea India awarded the contract for design, manufacture, supply and erection of the 10,397 sq. mt. industrial buildings to Tata BlueScope Building Solutions with performance based bonus. The project was scheduled in the monsoon season and required to be completed in the mutually agreed time frame.
Key Project Requirements
Out of the many requirements, some of the crucial necessities of the client were as mentioned below:
- 10 years leak-proof warranty was desired
- 48.0 meter clear span to facilitate process requirements
- On-time project completion without compromising on quality, safety and most importantly – leak-proof performance
The most important and crucial challenges revolved around the roof system and the strict timeline. The most vital task was to ensure a long term leak-proof roof performance with 80 nos. of openings in the roof for fixing of turbo vents and with skylights resulting in 4 per cent of the total area. The timeline provided was to complete the project in a mutually agreed schedule during the monsoon season.
Leak-proof Roof System
Considering all the project requirements stated above, the team of Tata BlueScope Building Solutions proposed a BUTLER® Building System with MR-24® roof system, which is the best leak-proof solution available for critical industrial applications like these. The Building Solutions team made the customer aware about the advantages of the exceptional features of MR-24® roof system which are never equaled, and never surpassed in its history of 45 years.
The roof involves 360 degree double lock seaming of side lap out of which 180 degree is seamed at site by Roof Runner® to achieve a greater leak-proof assurance. Using the pre-punched purlins for fixing of roof clips helps in better alignment of side laps, faster installation and superior aesthetics.
Use of 32.5 mm clip movement in both the directions abolishes roof expansion joint till 250 feet of panel length. The centering arrangement in roof clip ensures a thermal movement in both the directions. A triangular bar with thin cadmium coating in clip assembly helps in reducing friction and provides greater sensitivity to thermal movement.
End Lap Design
The pre-punched panels ensures tighter and neater end laps. Also the splice position exactly above purlin ensures that the joint does not weaken due to foot traffic. Only two MR-24® panels are joined at end laps and staggered end lap splices helps in reducing chances of leakages.
The internal flange design of curb conceals fasteners with curb that helps in eliminating the possibility of leaks. Diverter flashings at roof curbs prevents ponding on the high side of the roof curbs. These curbs are secured to roof sheet and not to purlins, as this ensures uninhibited thermal movement of entire roof system.
Valley Gutter and Header Pipe System: Stainless steel valley gutter and fully engineered M.S. header down take pipe system ensures effective drainage of rain water from the roof.
Quality Assurance at Site: 100 per cent supervision by a dedicated MR-24® roofing team ensured consistency in the quality of workmanship at site.
The Nivea project was classified as a White glove project, a well-established Tata BlueScope Building Solutions process which involves double checking methodology to eliminate errors at any stage. The White Glove Methodology ensured ‘delivery in full and on-time’ without any errors at any stage.
The entire project was completed without any site claims or urgent material request. At an early stage of the project, Tata BlueScope team requested the customer to provide PCC floor and 4,000 sq. mt. of elevated laydown area with compacted soil to facilitate safe equipment movement, which helped the team work continuously even in the monsoon season.
Project Milestones & Performance
Roof sheeting was completed in 125 days from start date of project
No leakages were observed in the MR-24® roof system
MR-24® Roof installed at site has no leakages and is thus enabling Nivea to work continuously without any work stoppages and achieve their set production targets to meet their business goals. The safe and on-time completion of our engineered steel buildings in the first phase of the project has helped Nivea to start this factory extremely quickly, it is the fastest in the history of Beiersdorf. The elaborate product design and the impeccable installation of the MR-24® Roof System has resulted in a leak-proof building.
The leak-proof performance is providing greater assurance to Nivea that their state of art machinery and property is well protected and their operations team is able to work continuously to achieve productivity goals. Nivea India Project Team was impressed with Tata BlueScope’s project planning and execution capabilities. The project was handed over on-time and with no compromise on the quality and service. The management of Nivea India has announced to pay Tata BlueScope the bonus of 10 lakh rupees for its superior performance in completing the project on-time and meeting the commitments given to them.