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Creating a one-stop shop The facility has factories that will cover a wide range of services and sectors for the construction industry.

completed in 15 months. Both projects were developed in Bangalore, just two and a half hours from the Krishnagiri site. In the wake of all these achievements, Big Project ME was invited to tour the 42-acre flagship facility along with a select group of journalists from the GCC and India. “We are at an exciting crossroads today, as we see a global wave of technology-led innovation that is changing the way we do business. Our operations underpin this ambition to disrupt sectors through the use of world-class technology that can deliver value more than ever before,” says Faizal E Kottikollon, founder and chairman of KEF Infra and KEF Holdings, during a presentation to the invited media. “In the short span of three years, KEF Infra has demonstrated our ability to bring world-class proficiency in design, engineering, manufacturing, assembly and project management all under one roof, thereby transforming the traditional construction industry by significantly reducing costs and increasing efficiencies.” Operations have already begun on the construction of India’s first prefabricated mall in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Know as The Lulu Mall, the project will cover 185,806sqm and is part of a $150 million investment by the UAE-based Lulu Group. Over the course of the coming year, KEF

Infra will manufacture hotels, homes and schools, along with additional manufacturing facilities in Lucknow, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to help deliver projects all over the country. The firm is currently executing a 92,903sqm college hospital for KMCH in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Kottikollon adds. Also in the works is Phase 2 of manufacturing for 262 Indira Canteens and Kitchens across Karnataka. Furthermore, the firm has signed on GKNM Hospitals in Coimbatore as a client. Among the other projects in the pipeline, Kottikollon says there is considerable interest from both state and central

government bodies in using offsite manufacturing technologies to improve and upgrade existing infrastructure facilities, from schools to sewage treatment plants, all over the country. KEF Infra is also delivering a number of specialised projects in bathroom pods, MEP, joinery, aluminium and glazing for a variety of clients, including Sands Infra, Malabar Gold, Brigade, Mahindra and Leela. Kottikollon explains that the Krishnagiri factory has specialised individual factory units for these projects, with technology, machinery and systems imported from around

the world to help deliver them. KEF Infra will be expanding its offering into the hospitality, retail and other commercial sectors through these new units. “The year 2017 was monumental for us at KEF Infra, during which we have gained the trust of numerous top companies. This has helped us to cement our position as industry leaders in the off-site construction space and fuel our drive to create sustainable and inclusive development,” he asserts, adding that the company has an aggressive growth plan in place, targeting revenues of $1 billion by 2020. With an investment of more than $100 million, the KEF Infra One Industrial Park covers a total area of more than 92,900sqm and features a diverse range of high-end technology and machinery that aims to transform the manufacturing and delivery processes in the construction industry. To do so, the facility integrates automation and data exchange with manufacturing technologies, creating a network of smart factories driven by human enterprise and cyber-physical

Hiring local talent KEF Infra says it will look to hire young talent and train them as it looks to open several facilities around India.

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