- Nohara India team at Acetech Delhi 2017
Traditionally walls are built using AAC Blocks or bricks. Structures are often criticised by users for being heavy because of higher dead weights, or inability of walls to insulate residents from sound and fire. The most common concern being occupying larger space to build upon and leaving a lesser area for actual use. Consumers complain that the developers curtail quality against rising costs and seldom deliver projects on time. Users have also often complained about the loading of available space, leaving lesser carpet area for its end users and this has been one of the talking points when analysing transparency of the real estate developers. But what is the solution to these challenges?
At the Acetech Delhi, 2017, a premier exhibition for Architects, Constructors and Structural Engineers, Nohara India showcased a lightweight, yet stronger, durable and more insulated way to build walls. Traditional walls /dry walls are in for a transformation. A newer technology that replaces AAC Blocks and plain brick walls now offers a faster way to construct walls while consuming lesser space and providing better specifications of utility. One among the oldest companies in the world, 419+-year-old Japanese firm Nohara entered the Indian market in 2016 with an innovative wall product named the Samurai Panel, which consists of calcium silicate boards as outer skin and cement, sand & EPS as core manufactured using cutting edge technology. Fire rated EPS insulation provides a high quality and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional walls.
Samurai Panels offer better fire resistance, sound insulation and more importantly, gives the end user more usable space and the Realty Developers a larger carpet area. Introduced by a premier Japanese company, Nohara, the Samurai Panel is a lightweight solid EPS wall panel that is made using Cement, Sand, Expandable Polystyrene Styrofoam (EPS) and Calcium Silicate Board thus replacing the conventional AAC Blocks and bricks used to build structural or interior walls.
Nohara’s Director & Executive VP Kosuke Nohara said, “We have taken a conscious call to expand globally. The Government of India and the honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a range of initiatives towards Make in India and housing for all. Thus, we look at India as one of the rapidly developing countries with a rapid demand for construction and an increased focus on quality building materials, hence the move to enter the Indian market and offer a new technologically robust product.”
Acetech witnessed a range of construction and interiors’ industry professionals, architects, and builders, scouting for innovative products, technological advances, International trends, new supplier base, and more importantly a chance to enhance their business network to collaborate and explore more unique opportunities. Speaking at the event, Pawan Mehra, CEO & India Head at Nohara, beamingly excited at the response, talked about the timeliness of the their newer and innovative endeavour, “Currently the real estate market in India is seeing transformational changes with introduction of RERA and higher consumer awareness in general, as people now travel and witness global trends. The urge to get the same quality back home is more vocal than ever. Builders, on the other hand, are looking to strengthen their reputations regarding quality and delivery to the end consumers. Transactions in real estate are now limited to products offering better value, vis-à-vis the last decade. This has been the time for introspection within the industry.”
We, at Nohara, are doing our bit by contributing quality products at competitive pricing, thus offering a win-win for both- the developers, on the one hand, seeking quality at reasonable costs, and consumers on the other, seeking value for their investment. The endeavour of Nohara to introduce “Dry solid walls” by the name of Samurai Panels offers quality and value, which are evident in its features and specs offered,” said Pawan Mehra.
Samurai Panels offer value for all the stakeholders, and its advantages include:
- Extra usable space between walls
- Faster Construction, thus saving time and money. Typically, the average productivity per person for a traditional brick wall is 8 square meters per day whereas productivity using Samurai Panel is 30 square meters per day, which is four times faster compared to the conventional AAC Blocks.
- Easy Installation, offering value concerning time, quality & consistency
- Better Sound Insulation for the end user
- Better Fire rating for similar cross-sectioned walls, thus providing safety
- Stronger walls that can take a single point load of 40 kgs
- Light-weight walls that reduce deadweight on structure thereby decreasing structure cost
- Reduced total Cost for the Developer
- Green Product offers value in being Eco-friendly
- Samurai EPS Wall Panels is used in walls of Commercial, institutional and residential buildings including in modern high-rise structures.
The EPS wall panels have already been used to create quality walls in China, and Indonesia and other countries in South East Asia before making their way into India. Reputed buildings constructed using these types Panels include Guangzhou International Finance Centre and Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou National Library, and CCTV Television Station and Headquarter in China besides 88 Avenue Surabaya in Indonesia. So the real estate construction, as we see it today, is expected to transform. For consumers looking for faster development and delivery times, this may well be the well-needed solution.
About Nohara Group
Nohara as a commercial entity was founded in Japan in 1598. With an aim to expand globally, Nohara started its operations and moved to overseas market in 2013. The group turnover as established in 2016 was USD 1.15 billion dollars with a product range of approximately 50,000 SKUs. Nohara Japan currently holds 18 types of licenses for planning, manufacturing, installation and after-sales services in Japan. Nohara maintains strategic partnerships in five countries which include China, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India. Some of the business activities of Nohara in India involve providing sourcing services, roof-top solar solutions, and Samurai Panels. For details please refer to www.nohara.in
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