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The precast concrete industry and its concrete solutions

The precast concrete industry is the collective noun given to all enterprises that manufacture precast concrete products at specially equipped plants with a permanent location. The products are delivered to the construction sector ready to be put in place at building and road construction sites, civil engineering works etc. The industry does not deliver concrete, but provides finished products with specific applications.

Precast concrete products


Three main categories of products can be identified, following their intended use:

A. Building products

Bricks and blocks Floor and roofing elements Faade and wall elements Beams and columns Other structural elements Structural openings Other building products

B. Civil engineering
Street products

Paving units Slabs and flags Other paving elements Kerbs Other linear street elements Noise barriers Ancillaries

Infrastructure products

Pipes Manholes Channels Culverts Cable pits Shouldering walls and bank protection

Ancillaries

C. Products for specific applications


Garden products

Fences Banisters and bollards Furniture Other products

Tanks and vessels Water-treatment elements Agricultural elements Slabs for industrial flooring Monolithic modules

Garages Cellars Other

Masts and poles

What do precast concrete solutions provide?


highly energy-efficient commercial, residential, educational and healthcare facilities drinking water, drainage and sanitation systems communication and transport infrastructure shelter and protection against the forces of nature clean energy supply systems

1. Precast concrete is COMFORTABLE

The material has intrinsic properties of thermal inertia (allowing a more constant temperature both in cold and hot regions) and acoustic insulation.

Real Club de Golf El Prat (Barcelona, Spain) Photographer: Aleix Bagu - Architect: Carlos Ferrater (Office of Architecture in Barcelona) - Material: White concrete brick 2nd prize winner Building concrete block architecture Awards 2008. NORMABLOC (Spanish Concrete Block Association)

2. Precast concrete is SAFE

Everybody knows that concrete does not burn! Not only is the structural stability maintained for longer periods, but concrete construction prevents the spread of the fire from one building to another. It is sufficiently strong to resist impacts, blasts and natural catastrophes like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods.

3. Precast concrete is VERSATILE

Factory production allows a wide choice of surface finishing, colour range and special shapes. Precast concrete has another advantage: its mouldability which entails designers to copy classical details like keystones and capitals or match the finish of materials like weathered stones. The precast concrete industry can source a wide range of aggregates locally and offer a tremendous variety of colours and visual effects.

Courtesy of FEBE, Belgium

4. Precast concrete is HEALTHY

Indoor air quality is a concern for all of us. Precast concrete is stable throughout its life and does not need chemical treatment to protect it against rot and insect attack: this means that there are no emissions in the internal environment.

5. Precast concrete is OPTIMISED

Advanced technologies used in the precasting plants create an improved quality product (i.e. reduced tolerances, thinner sections, engineered solutions) compared with cast-on-site concrete. Additionally this quality can be checked before a unit is inserted into the structure or site work!

6. Precast concrete is DURABLE

Concrete lasts for years. Egyptian and Chinese people used an ancient form of concrete for buildings and structures that still exist today. Concrete is used where the structural stability has to be maintained for long periods. Effective design detailing helps to lengthen the life of a concrete building; precast manufacturers can offer guidance on designing for durability.

7. Precast concrete is ECOLOGICAL

Made of natural raw materials (stones, gravels, sand, cement), locally available almost everywhere and in an enormous quantity, precast concrete minimises the whole life cycle impact on the environment when compared with other construction materials. Precast concrete units can entirely be re-used or recycled (almost 100% of a concrete building can be recycled, no matter how heavily reinforced).

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8. Precast concrete is FAST

The top floor of a skyscraper can be cast in the factory

when the foundations have not yet started. But the project requirements of a modern construction prefer a just-in-time delivery! On-site construction using precast concrete is not only faster, but also safer as secure working platforms are quickly established.

9. Precast concrete is AFFORDABLE

Precast concrete combines the excellent quality of factory production with a relatively inexpensive material. The costs to repair and maintain a concrete structures are highly limited. There is therefore no need to compromise on quality to reduce costs, simply choose the best way to use locally available resources.

Photographer: Fin Serck-Hansen

What is concrete?
Concrete is an essential material. With a worldwide estimated consumption of between 21 and 31 billion tonnes of concrete in 2006, concrete is the second most consumed substance on Earth after water*! A world without concrete is almost inconceivable!

Concrete is a mixture of sand, gravel and/or other aggregates (the matrix), bound together by a water-based binder, cement. Admixtures (modifying agents) and additives (fine mineral powders) are sometimes introduced to improve the characteristics of the fresh concrete, of the mixing process and/or of the final hardened material. *World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Concrete Recycling - A contribution to Sustainability, 2008.

What is a precast concrete product?

A precast concrete product is a factory-made piece manufactured with concrete and which, later, together with other pieces, will become part of a larger structure. Precast concrete elements are prepared, cast and hardened at specially equipped plants with a permanent location. Once a precast concrete product is produced and all the undertaken quality controls satisfactory, the unit is stored until delivery. It is then transported for use at another site.

The main advantages of such a process are:

the intrinsic quality of an industrial product, manufactured in a controlled environment and with accurate methods; advanced quality control, which goes far beyond the checking of the fresh concrete, can be introduced. Dimensional accuracy, properties of the hardened concrete and position of reinforcement can all be checked before inclusion of an element in the final work; factory-made products are independent of weather conditions and can be proceeded separately from construction work on site.

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Traditional material, modern construction


Precast concrete is a reliable combination of a traditional material with constant innovation.

The advantages of a traditional material are the well-known characteristics and behaviour (for example, fire resistance, thermal mass, acoustics properties) that have been proved by years of in-use experience.

But this material undergoes constant improvement both in its composition and in the production process.

By ESCOFET, Spain

Precast concrete has the prime advantage of being economical in the four main phases of a products life:

Production: raw materials are easily available and economical; Construction: reduced on-site construction time; Use: durable material; Disposal: concrete can be 100% recycled.

Indian Pipe Industry


Credit Analysis & Research Limited, March 2010, Pages: 98

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India has become the global pipe manufacturing hub especially of SAW pipes primarily due to its lower cost, high quality and geographical advantages. Additionally, Indian companies have acquired global accreditations and certifications which make them preferred suppliers to most of the worlds top oil and gas companies in the Middle East, North America and Europe. CARE Research believes that once the global economy returns to sustained growth, the domestic pipe industry is expected to accelerate into high growth trajectory. As per CARE Research, Indian pipe manufacturers will be greatly benefited when Exploration & Production (E&P) projects for oil and gas companies which were previously stalled or revoked because of the global financial crisis recommence their operations. This new spurt in demand will be positive for future growth. CARE Researchs report on Indian Pipe Industry gives valuable insight of the industry on global and domestic capacities, demand-supply gap analysis of domestic market, export market for domestic companies, replacement demand, competition and commentary on top industry players. We have reported demand break-up within each segment of steel pipes like SAW, ERW and Seamless pipes. For SAW pipes, our demand forecasting is derived from several upcoming pipeline projects expected in India and globally coupled with the replacement demand. For ERW pipes, which are primarily used for City Gas Distribution network, we have calculated our demand based on several ongoing natural gas pipeline projects in India. For Seamless pipes which are extensively used for E&P projects; our demand is based on onshore and offshore metreage drilled. Additionally, we have detailed analysis on PVC and HDPE pipes which have become preferred material in the construction industry and several government projects. The cost analysis and pricing information presented in the report will help the reader identify the critical cost items and their trends. The company overview section in the report provides detailed profiles of the top seven players in the industry, including their financial and operational data and product range. The report also provides manufacturing process and technical aspects in the industry overview section. The report provides CARE Researchs outlook and challenges on Indian pipe industry for the next 3-5 years along with a detailed demand break-up within each sub-segment of steel pipes. CARE Research has developed a robust methodology for forecasting domestic demand. It takes into account several initiatives taken by the Indian government to provide basic water supply and sanitation and also emphasizes on oil and gas sector which serves as a backbone to the pipe industry as a whole.

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Human Resource

RMC Readymix (I) Pvt. Ltd. strongly believes in providing a congenial working environment that value and respects the dignity of employees and associates. Philosophy & Commitments RMC-Indias philosophy is based on following values and principles: Respect for individuals. Employee/associate of an organization creates its success. Employee/associate must be supported by the organization to nurture success. All jobs have inherent dignity and contribute to self-worth. Our primary job is

to provide quality service. Honesty and fairness are cornerstones in all interactions and decisions.

RMC-India is committed to: Hire, develop and retain talented people. Aid and encourage employees/associates in realizing their full potential Support a balance between family and work life. Recognize and reward individual and team achievement. Provide appropriate working conditions and resources to enable people to do their work. Respect and be sensitive to the needs of individuals when the employment relationship ends. Career One of the greatest strengths of RMC India is its people. The Company boasts of personnel who are not only highly qualified, but also richly experienced in all kinds of situations. Whether engineer, office assistant or transit mixer operator, they bring to their work a passion for quality and service that is in harmony with the Company's commitment to excellence. RMC-India encourages innovations, creativity, teamwork and learning amongst its people. The Company recognizes the merits of its people, encourages them to perform their best and rewards them appropriately. The employees and associates of the Company therefore enjoy their work.Current Vacancies Training RMC-India gives considerable emphasis on training and education of its employees. The key personnel of the Company undergo preliminary and advanced courses conducted in-house as well as by external agencies. Since ready-mixed concrete is the thrust area of operations of the Company, training in concrete technology is accorded high priority. Over the past decade, a large number of Companys employees have scored distinction or credit in the prestigious City & Guilds of London Institutes (CGLIs) certificate courses in concrete technology. In fact, successful completion of CGLI courses has now become mandatory for all technical and sales personnel of

the Company. Certain key members of the staff also receive training abroad. Further, RMC-India's experts are invited to participate in the activities of Bureau of Indian Standards committee on concrete. This speaks volumes about the technical expertise available with the Company. Be a Proud Member of RMC-India RMC-India invites individuals to join their team of dedicated professionals. Those who have the required technical competencies, and can demonstrate value-based behaviour, are most welcome to join the Company. You just need to fill up the attached Application Form and e-mail it to info@rmcindia.com.

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