Monday, June 21, 2021

Interaction - Nilotpol Kar, MD, Master Builders Solutions India Pvt. Ltd.

We have recently introduced a Surface-applied corrosion inhibitor for steel-reinforced concrete


Master Builders Solutions offers advanced chemical solutions for the construction, maintenance, repair and renovation of structures. The brand is built on more than 100 years of experience in the construction industry. The company’s comprehensive portfolio encompasses concrete admixtures, cement additives, chemical solutions for underground construction, waterproofing systems, sealants, concrete repair & protection systems, performance grouts, and performance flooring system.

In an interview to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES, NILOTPOL KAR, MANAGING DIRECTOR, MASTER BUILDERS SOLUTIONS INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED gives an overview on the industry, latest trends, his company’s new launches and a lot more


Give us an overview of the CC & Waterproofing chemicals market in India, latest trends and sector challenges.

The road ahead looks optimistic for construction chemicals market in India. The demand is coming back to normal. We can gauge a business recovery in making. The construction projects that witnessed a hit mainly due to manpower challenges during the lockdown phase are returning to normalcy. Moreover, the business sentiment is positive with a couple of good news coming from India perspective, first with the IMF projecting an impressive 11.5% growth rate for India in 2021 and earlier in Feb we witnessing a big boost for the Infrastructure development with some key government interventions that formed part of the Budget 2021 for the sector. This is a positive indicator for construction and allied industries like ours. The construction chemicals business has been a derived demand of the quantum of infra projects underway alongside consumption in the building sector and poised to grow.  


Detail us on the range of CC& Waterproofing chemicals and its applications offered by your company. What are the USP’s of your products/solutions Vis-à-vis competition. Advantages of using your CC & Waterproofing chemicals in terms of savings on construction cost, time, and labour. 

Our waterproofing product range offers customers increased longevity of their building structures by reducing water ingress and leakages and is the choice of many architectural masterpieces in India. We supply innovative, fast-curing hand and spray-applied waterproofing technologies, whose versatility addresses the refurbishment and protection of a variety of structures. This is a good period for the waterproofing segment, and we see a good uptake of our waterproofing portfolio as the environment is ideal for construction work before the monsoons hit. We are optimistic about the demand going up in the coming season and have good forecasts. Waterproofing segment is also witnessing an up gradation of specifications due to higher performance requirements in most of the projects. Pre-applied fully bonded HDPE membrane has become a more preferred solution for basement waterproofing in a short period of time and super structure waterproofing has started finding rapid growth in usage of two component PU/PUA technologies.


Have you launched any new products or launching new products in the near future.

We have recently introduced a Surface-applied corrosion inhibitor for steel-reinforced concrete. MasterProtect 8500 CI is a one-component liquid which is sprayed, rolled or brushed onto new or aged concrete to mitigate corrosion of the reinforcing steel. It can be used for both internal and external applications on to Steel-reinforced concrete, including cast-in-place, precast, pre-stressed and post-tensioned, building facades, balconies, parking structures, pedestrian walks, bridge decks, beams, columns, docks and piers. Water repellence property of the product prevents ingress of moisture and chlorides to attack the reinforcing steel. It has a higher flash point, which makes it safer to ship, store and handle. It saves time and cost of removal if additional coatings are to be applied later.


Future outlook on the industry and from a company perspective.

As mentioned earlier, waterproofing of structures with Pre-applied fully bonded HDPE membrane and two component PU/PUA membrane is a segment which is expected to have a rapid growth. Also, the polyurethane concrete flooring is getting traction from many new industries and up gradation from traditional epoxy flooring is expected to gather momentum in the coming time. We also see a shift from the traditional cement mortar usage with the growing demands of Tile fixing solutions as it minimises the water exposure of natural stones and agglomerates tiles from the screed, adhesive & grout, to avoid curling, discoloration and efflorescence and at the same time providing an excellent bond between substrate and tile. Concrete Admixtures are expected grow with the market and ancillary products like curing compounds, shrinkage reducing admixtures, mould release agents and corrosion inhibitors are expected to grow.

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