Technology Modernizes Warehousing Industry

One of the leaders in Pre-Engineered Buildings with a supreme legacy of over 35 years is none other than Interarch Buildings Products Pvt Ltd. Equipped with in-house resources at par with international qualities standards and technology know-how; Interarch aids to shape a better, green and modern India.

To orate about their new benchmarks and the future plans, we have with us
ARVIND NANDA, CEO & FOUNDER DIRECTOR, Interarch Building Products Pvt Ltd


What is your take on the current state of Pre-Engineered Buildings in India?
The usage of Pre-Engineered Buildings across several applications has broadened the scope of its market in India. The demand for less time-consuming and cost-effective construction with high aesthetic values has helped the market for pre-engineered buildings to grow in all major Commercial, Industrial and Infrastructure sectors. Also, due to various government policies, the number of SEZs in India is increasing significantly, which will drive the demand for the Pre-Engineered Buildings in the region.

The factors leading to increased awareness about PEBs are the ease of installation, faster completion, design flexibility, expandability, workshop fabrication, a recyclable material, and energy efficiency. Forthcoming trends such as the development of smart cities in India are gaining popularity as they are highly innovative in sustainable Real Estate, Infrastructure, Communication Technology, and Market Viability. Furthermore, in these cities, IT, automated sensor networks, and data centers will establish the central infrastructure to offer the residents all the vital services. The government has announced 98 cities as smart cities, which comprise of 24 capital cities, 18 cultural and tourist cities, 24 business and industrial centers, three education and healthcare hubs and five port cities.

What role does Pre-Engineered Buildings play in aiding steel as a prime material of construction?
Pre-Engineered Buildings is getting its due credit as a favorable alternative construction methodology in India today as more sectors are realizing the benefits of steel over brick and mortar. The scope of steel buildings is very vast for the Indian market. PEB proves to be relevant and beneficial to several construction verticals. The advantages of having a steel structure or building over traditional concrete are far too many. Primarily, speed and quality of construction are the top two benefits. Steel buildings are fire, quake, and cyclone-resistant – hence from a safety and longevity perspective, these buildings are long-lasting.

Steel, the basic material of PEBs, being very eco-friendly, allows any project high scores on Greenfield compliancy. Design optimization ensures the quantity of steel is controlled, and the high tensile strength of the material makes the structure light. Consequently, the foundation is more sustainable. Timesaving, clean construction sites, recyclability with low maintenance and extended life cycle of the building are taken. Further, PEBs allow dismantling, relocating and expansion if the need arises.

According to you how has the PEB technology in the warehousing domain evolved over the past few years?
In earlier days, warehouses were constructed with traditional brick and mortar construction which was followed by steel building with trusses and other types of sections. But, with the advent of sustainable construction, Pre-Engineered Buildings (PEB) technology came into limelight in the warehousing segment. Due to the number of advantages it offers, PEB technology has become one of the most preferred modes of construction for warehouses being set up across India.

The benefits demonstrated by the PEB industry has attracted many users who use to earlier think RCC and conventional steel building as the only source are being amended by putting their preferences on PEB as a better solution. There is almost no risk of error on the steel frame members that are manufactured and controlled at the factory and that can be assembled very easily. By using structural steel in the loadbearing system, various geometrical forms can be designed, which is not possible with other materials.

With PEB technology warehouse buildings can be customized to meet the unique demands of the customers. Today, warehousing companies’ demands are multifaceted. Including state-of-the-art construction, next-generation technology, a structure with zero maintenance, fast construction with ease in future expansion, etc. to name a few. Hence PEB techniques are most preferred as compared to the conventional mode of construction.

PEB comes in virtually any size with options for exterior features and is customized to suit specific clients, i.e. an end-user, size, and geographical location. Most of the warehouses are standard box type buildings with higher storage space because of no intermediate columns as the design and infrastructure for any warehouse depends on the storage requirements. The warehousing facility requires customization, which is led by factors like insulation, PUF panel walls, and requirement fueled by the demand for partition wall within the warehouse.

What advantages does Interarch’s Pre-Engineered Buildings Solutions offer to its warehousing customers?
We can provide a customized solution to any shape or size with clear height up to 50m and clean span up to 120m possible. We provide cost-efficient, well-ventilated structures with skylights for daylighting that reduces power consumption. We are equipped with global construction technologies at par with international quality standards. We are helping to shape a better, green and modern India.

Which are the grey areas that need to be addressed immediately by the industry?
The inability of the industry to get good workable prices due to the severe intra-industry competition has completely ruined the profitability and consequently, not only driven many good companies to bankruptcies but also stopped the industry from innovating and improving their quality and safety standards.

The lack of availability of efficient and productive engineers for design and project execution, lack of skilled and trained manpower is and will become a major handicap as well as lack of competition among steel suppliers and lack of service attitude has hampered our industry badly. New suppliers who will adopt a service attitude and not act as a cartel are necessary for the future growth of the steel construction industry in India.

The GST input credit for buildings not being available to the user /owner/factory owner is a big handicap in formalizing the Steel building industry. Since GST is 18 percent but credit not available, many small and medium industries go for informal construction companies to save GST. The government must amend this anomaly at the earliest.

What is Interarch’s plan of action for the next 5 years for the warehousing industry and PEB in general?
The whole Industry is very hopeful that there will be a huge growth in demands for all types of Industrial and non-Industrial buildings in steel in the coming years. India needs infrastructure and industry at a very large scale and steel pre-engineered buildings and structures are the only way to achieve it. The whole World has achieved growth only through Steel and we will also it the same way. India’s per capita consumption of Steel is among the lowest in the World and to become a USD 5 Trillion economy by 2024 we will have to build with Steel. We have very high expectations from India in the coming years.

What message would you like to give our readers?
To give our customers world-class products and experiences. To set new benchmarks and be the most preferred brand in PEB. We aspire to acquire more expertise and technical know-how along with shaping a greener, better and modern India.