Being the second largest economic activity after agriculture, there's a certain responsibility on the Civil Industry to enable the progress of the nation. Its importance can be gauged from the fact that investment in construction accounts for nearly 11 per cent of India's Gross Domestic Product (GOP). Rs 15,099.84 billion is likely to be invested in the infrastructure sector over the next five to ten years - in power, roads, bridges, city infrastructure, ports, airports, telecommunications, which would provide a huge boost to the construction industry as a whole.
The role of organisations supporting the construction industry has become more prominent and critical. Exposure to world-class expertise and advent of global players has led to infusion of new materials, equipment and technologies in the construction practices in India. However, quality along with cost-effectiveness remains a serious challenge. Moreover, the gap between the requirements of the construction industry and solutions available remains unfulfilled.
The Supreme Industries, founded in 1942, pioneered many path-breaking products in the country and became trendsetters in plastic products by introducing many advanced solutions for various applications and industries.
Ajay Mohta, General Manager, Construction Accessories Division, the Supreme Industries said, "The Construction Accessories Division of Supreme has developed customised solutions specifically for the construction requirements of various segments. All our products have been developed after continuous research and understanding the needs of the changing demands of the new generation constructions. Many of these products have been pioneered by Supreme."
"A case in point is the creation of a low compression set filler board (DURAboardHD100) especially for expansion joints application, to replace less effective bitumen board based solutions" he said.
He further added, "The Division offers new generation, better alternative products to conventional materials like rubber, metals, and wood, thus being cost effective. The 'DURA' range of products is manufactured from virgin raw material and we do not use any CFC I HCFC gases. At every stage of the manufacturing process, a stringent quality check methodology assures the reliability of the products". An expansion joint is an assembly designed to safely absorb the heat-induced expansion and contraction of various construction materials, to absorb vibration, to hold certain parts together, or to allow movement due to ground settlement or earthquakes. Throughout the year, building faces, concrete slabs, and pipelines expand and contract due to the warming and cooling through seasonal variation, or due to other heat sources. If expansion joints were not implemented in bridges, building, highways etc the intense heat in the summer would expand the metal, brick, or concrete materials in a structure and the structure would have cracks and breaks in it. Also, in the winter the harsh cold temperatures would make the materials to contract (come together) and this would also result in disastrous circumstances. DURAboardHD100 (formerly SILFLEX/ CAPCELL HD100) is an exclusive compressible filler board especially designed to be used as an expansion joint filler in concrete brick, block work and isolation joint, where a readily compressible low load transfer joint filler is required. Its excel lent recovery property makes it the most suitable product for this application. DURAboardHD100 is a high performance, premoulded compressible filler board, closed cell joint filler material available in the board I sheets form. It is very light weight. This makes it very easy to handle and install. Being polymer based, it is rot proof & bacteria resistant.
The striking features of DURAboardHD100 are:
• Bitumen free -can be cut in any size with a normal knife
• Excellent recovery of 95 per cent after compression up to 50 per cent
• Polymer based - hence it won't deteriorate also over a long period
• Resilient and does not distort under normal load from wet concrete
DURAboardHD100 can be used in:
• Expansion joints in building, concrete structure
• Expansion joints in concrete roads, parking areas, industrial flooring etc
• Joints in bridges, decks, water retaining and water excluding structures etc
• Isolation joints in machine foundation.
It is massively used in PQC & various structures for NHAI, AAI, Real Estate and British Specification and specification for highways works clause 1015.
"Some Government organisations still hesitate to use the new generation products and follow old specification of using bitumen based boards and cork sheets which disintegrate over a period of time. Bitumen board absorbs water and hardly recovers once compressed - it defeats the purpose of application. It absorbs water and oozes bitumen thereby staining the structure. Supreme has a number of satisfied customers (government, semi- government and private) who have stopped using and recommending bitumen boards/ corks sheets after understanding the benefits of DURAboardHD100" concludes Ajay Mohta.
For more Info:
The Supreme Industries
Ajay Mohta, GM, Construction Accessories Division,
Tel: +91-9831020808/ 9810495550