A pioneer organization which was the first one to introduce the concept of Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings (PEB) in India is Kirby Building Systems India Pvt. Ltd. The company was incepted in 1999 and has been the market leader in the Indian PEB industry for more than eighteen years. Kirby India is specialized in accomplishing many large and complex projects across diverse applications such as factories, warehouses, cold storages, showrooms, workshops, offices, supermarkets, shopping malls, and high rise buildings – commercial & residential. The company is also specialized in the applications of shipyards, metro stations, aircraft hangars, sports stadiums, auditorium, power plants, steel plants, heavy industrial structures, etc. spread across different industry segments & sub-segments.
Kirby Building Systems (Kirby India) is a part of the multinational billion-dollar business conglomerate – Alghanim Industries based in Kuwait. The company is one of the world’s largest producers of quality steel buildings with five state-of-the-art facilities located in Kuwait, Ras-al-Khaimah (UAE), Vietnam and Hyderabad & Haridwar (India).
The company has a wide range of renowned as well as diverse clientele such as ABB India, Phoenix Group, Kansai Nerolac, Berger Paints, Cipla Ltd, BASF, Oppo India, Nokia, Kia Motors, Skoda, Tata Group, Reliance Industries, Bisleri, Bata India, Hindustan Unilever, Godrej & Boyce, Colgate Palmolive, Indospace Logistics, UNICEF, Tube Products, BMW, Renault-Nissan, Royal Enfield, JCB India, Danfoss Industries, Meenakshi Energy, Trident Ltd, Cargill India, Danieli India, Dr. Reddy’s, Aurobindo Pharma, Mankind Pharma, Suzlon Group, Birla Tyres, Apollo Tyres, MRF Ltd, JK Tyre, Bridgestone, Pipavav Shipyard, L&T, Toshiba-JSW, Pepsico, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Dabur India, ITC Ltd, Delhi Metro, Bangalore Metro, Hyderabad Metro, Essar Steel, JSW Steel, JSPL, Gati, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, Honda Motors, Asian Paints, Hindusthan National Glass, Shimizu Corporation, Soma Enterprise, Siemens Ltd, Sterlite Industries, Alstom Bharat Forge, POSCO, Madhucon Projects, Ruchi Group, BRG Group, Base Corporation, SEL Manufacturing, PRP Exports, Kohler, NCC, ABB, Jain Irrigation, Ministry of Defense, DRDO, MIDHANI, IMTMA, Flash Electronics, Cheyyer SEZ, Amazon, Writer Business Services, Iron Mountain, Future Supply Chain, Hindustan Coca-Cola, etc.
An Avid Leader
D Raju is the Managing Director at Kirby Building Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. He is the key person of the company who is a Civil Engineer as well as a Management professional. He has a result-driven experience of over three decades with various reputed MNC’s in India as well as international markets. He holds a proven track record in customer relations, project management, strategic marketing, and new business development.
Delivering Economical and Safe Building Practices
PEB industry as a whole maintains world-class safety standards as it involves working at very high heights sometimes reaching over 30 meters. Kirby India has implemented many innovative approaches for safe practices across all its job sites. These approaches are implemented through a network of Certified Builders by training all the manpower on safe erection practices over these years of operations and continues to do so to have zero accidents at sites. This has enabled the company to get ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications besides continuously bagging ‘British Safety Council’ award for the last four years which is well known for its stringent safety standards and practices.
All the buildings completed by Kirby till date are economical and efficient in nature which has resulted in the company to attain the sheer annual capacity of 200,000 MT along with the two plants located at Hyderabad & Haridwar. The company also possesses a large network of more than twenty-three offices across India, 100+ certified builders to cater to installation services and execution of more than 18,000 different types of buildings spread over 30 million sq. m. of area for various industry segments. This huge achievement of Kirby has increased the popularity of PEB industry as a whole and has enabled the industry to grow by creating an entry for many players across India. This has also generated employment which has elevated the visibility of these buildings thereby reaching to different target respondents.
Unlocking Opportunities by Surpassing Every Challenge
Kirby India introduced this concept in the year 1999 and faced many challenges during the initial phase. The major challenge was the lack of acceptability of steel as a building material as the Indian construction industry had not evolved and most of the construction was done with regular brick and mortar or other traditional construction. Also, steel construction was completely new and most of them were not aware of PEB construction technology. Moreover, Indian economy was opening up to the international market thereby leading to the entry of various MNCs which gave preference to PEB for setting up their facility as this concept was much more prevalent in the developed countries.
Kirby India took this as an opportunity despite many hurdles and aggressively promoted the concept to consultants, architects, contractors, etc. through seminars, conferences, advertisements, etc. This led to an increase in awareness about PEB industry. Since then, the industry has overcome many challenges at each and every stage of its project cycle until the final handover of the building to the customer. Kirby India introduced this innovative concept by challenging the conventional steel construction and ventured into many new industry segments such as Metro Rail, Shipyard, Power Plant, Steel Plant, Heavy Industrial Structures, etc. where PEB was never heard of.
A Sight of PEB Segment and Kirby’s Remarkable Contribution
India has world’s fastest growing economy and its rapidly growing younger population is driving the domestic consumption to evolve the ways of sustainable growth including construction. PEB is one of the first choices when it comes to sustainable and eco-friendly construction. These buildings are also referred to as green buildings which have caught the attention of many builders, developers, etc. across India and are making inroads across all types of construction.
Kirby is leading the path through its new and innovative designs, systems & processes and construction techniques thereby making the industry well equipped. This approach overcomes the limitations to handle any complex project across different industry segments which will reduce the overall project completion time and generate faster return on investment. Kirby India is at the forefront of this innovation and is leading the revolution of green construction in the country through its PEB technology thereby contributing to the green building movement.
Kirby’s Imminent Projects
There are many projects that are under execution at different stages of the project cycle such as design, drafting, fabrication, construction, etc. One of these unique project is currently under construction stage is for ABB India Ltd. This project consists of different buildings at two project locations for power transmission from one location to another location being executed for Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL). Valve Hall Supporting Structure is the main building which is being constructed at a height of 25 m with 40 m clear span. It consists of very heavy loadings in the form of valves which are directly hanging from the rafters. Each valve is further having two mono-rails which are resting on the rafter with each rafter weighing approximately 25 MT and designed with very stringent deflection criteria. This structure is a completely dust free and air tight and is provided with 2-hour fire rated wall panels.
Visualizing an Outstanding Future with Unceasing Advancements
Kirby India has already ventured into construction of residential and commercial buildings either completely in steel or composite form which is slowly being accepted by builders & developers as being witnessed in major cities across India. The company has already executed many high-rise buildings for commercial & residential segments and is currently executing over G+20 floors commercial office buildings and many more are in the pipeline. This will definitely lead to increase in demand for steel structures in coming years and Kirby India being a leader will continue to achieve excellence and create new benchmarks for the industry as a whole. Thus, a huge opportunity awaits this industry especially in segments such as high rises, power, steel, etc. besides regular industrial infrastructure and this growth story is poised to continue in coming years to the next level of growth trajectory.
The company also continues to promote the industry by continuous knowledge sharing across seminars, conference, industry forums, colleges, education curriculum, etc. to the target audience and younger generation thereby increasing the popularity of PEB to bring more advancement for the industry.