hen one thinks of hubs of construction innovation and technology, India may not immediately spring to mind as a leader and pioneer in the field. After all, a visitor to a construction site anywhere in the country can spot a plethora of health and safety violations and inefficiencies within minutes. If the general impression of construction is that it is a traditional and change-resistant industry, the way it operates in India takes that cliché to extremes. Not only is manual labour the primary driver of the
building process, but the use of technology and systems remains fairly limited, especially beyond the major cities and metro areas. However, this could be about to change, following the launch of KEF Infra One Industrial Park, an integrated off-site manufacturing park in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu. Since it opened its doors in December 2016, the facility has become a benchmark for India’s construction industry, delivering a number of high-profile projects across India and highlighting how technology can be used to meet the country’s massive demands. This is borne out by the announcement that KEF Infra, a division of KEF Holdings, a multinational diversified group with operations in strategic investments, infrastructure manufacturing and healthcare development across India, the UAE and Singapore, had revenue
PROJECT DETAILS Total Site Area: 92,900sqm on a 42acre campus Total Investment: $100 million Service Area: Within a 300km radius of Krishnagiri Accessibility: Railway station – Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu Seaport – Chennai Port (264km) and Pondicherry Harbour (188km) Airport – Kempe Gowda International Airport (75km)
of $150 million in 2017. This was due to robust growth in the company’s order book since the launch of the park, the world’s largest and first-ever fully integrated facility of its kind. Of the projects delivered last year, the company highlights the 37,161sqm Meitra Hospital (500 beds in two phases; 209 completed) in Kerala as a particular highlight, given that it was completed within a record time of 18 months. Furthermore, the company also manufactured and delivered 175 public canteens and 20 kitchens as part of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s Indira Cantreen Project in Karnataka. KEF Infra also handed over the Embassy 7B project, a 157,935sqm commercial building for the Embassy Group which was completed in 13.5 months, and Infosys Building Phase 2, a 46,451sqm building
Setting the standard Since its launch in 2016, the KEF infra One Industrial Park in Krishnagiri has delivered a number of high-profile projects and highlighted how technology can be used to meet construction demands.
“Time is money. Normally, what happens is that in conventional construction, you have to deal with consultants [which eats up a lot of time]. Here, we’re eliminating all of that” 28 February 2018