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How to benefit from India’s construction boom

How to benefit from India’s construction boom

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India’s construction needs are no secret, nor are the forecasts for impressive growth across the country’s construction industry. When investing in India it makes sense to capitalise on growth markets within the country. Right now, there options for businesses and investors both, to become a part of a construction industry that’s set to be the third largest in the world, just a few years from now.

With India’s general election on the way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are working hard to re-iterate their promise on housing and infrastructure development across the country. Even if the ambitious targets aren’t quite met, achieving a high percentage of them still requires a significant amount of investment and construction. That’s something that appeals to many investors and companies who wish to grab their part of the potential activity, business and return on investment that’s available.

Looking at the potential for India’s construction sector, according to KPMG, India’s construction sector will be third largest in the world by 2025, behind only China and the US, with a valuation over $1 trillion.

Meanwhile, international construction consultancy Mace Group, estimates that by 2050, India’s urban population will be around 814 million, almost double the 449 million people living in urbanised areas today.

Doing business in India

These forecasts all stem from India’s huge construction, urbanisation, smart city and industrial corridor plans. With so much construction required to achieve even part of those targets, India has also made changes to make it easier for foreign-owned businesses to work and operate in the country.

According to World Bank rankings, India has climbed up its ease of doing business rankings, to 77th, from 100th and 133rd, prior to that. Of course, improvements could still be made, but its certainly moving in the right direction.

Improvements include:

  • Tougher and more standardised regulatory oversight.
  • New foreign direct investment rules that overseas investors can own 100% of an Indian-based business.
  • A clearer tax code.

But, its not all plain sailing, particularly for businesses with no links to, or knowledge of the way business works in India. That remains the case for the construction sector, despite the huge building needs across the sub-continent.

With the potential for growth and profits as high as the country’s needs for every kind of construction specialist, many small Indian businesses, including startups, are working towards securing their own piece of the investment returns that are available.

That means winning those contracts and operating in a way that will secure a future across India, won’t be easy – if you go it alone.

Collaboration and investment

One way for foreign-owned businesses and investors to become part of the construction boom and benefit from the huge government and private investment across the country, is through collaboration with existing Indian-based companies.

Of course, forming a relationship and building enough trust to encourage both parties to make a significant investment and work together, doesn’t come easy. But the end rewards will certainly make the effort of doing this correctly, worthwhile.

If that doesn’t appeal, there is another option: to invest in an existing construction-sector related business. One that has all the connections and capabilities in place to expand in response to the ongoing needs of India’s planned construction and infrastructure projects.

One that not only has a management team experienced in doing business in India and the UK, but has also been created with sustainability at its core.

Modulex is one such prospect. Construction of the first Modulex factory is already underway and set for completion in December 2019.

Providing a modular construction facility in Indapure, Pune District, 250 Kms from Mumbai, Modulex will have an annual capacity to create 200,000 square metres of steel commercial and residential buildings, off-site. And that’s just the beginning.

Demand for modular construction in India is growing and Modulex will become an intrinsic part of fulfilling the demand for every type of building, to support India’s ongoing urbanisation. Why? Because modular construction provides a cost and time-effective answer to India’s huge construction needs.

Modulex can help India achieve its goal of housing for all and the creation of modernising existing cities, while also building new ones. What’s more, it can do so in a sustainable way that doesn’t diminish the natural capital of the country.

Red Ribbon CEO, Suchit Punnose said:

India’s construction goals are no secret and the forecasts for growth across the industry in the next 5 – 15 years are of real interest to investors and business around the world. Doing business in India is easier than its ever been, but for the uninitiated, challenges remain.

Investing in Modulex is something that brings many benefits beyond the potential for a strong return on investment. Modulex is managed by experienced asset managers, with expert knowledge of India and the UK investment and business markets.

Its sustainable and scalable and has been developed to remain a feature of India’s construction industry now, at its hour of need and also well beyond.

Government continues to support technological innovation in construction

Government continues to support technological innovation in construction

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The Government continues to strive to achieve its target to house every inhabitant of India by 2022. A new initiative to encourage technological innovation in the construction sector was launched earlier this year and modular construction could benefit from this new push to solve India’s domestic construction needs and also, lift the country’s reputation in the industry.

Ever since Narendra Modi’s Government announced plans to house every inhabitant of India and build millions of new, affordable homes across the country by 2022, there has been a real push to approve and build those properties. As in most countries around the world where more housing is required, a combination of construction techniques are being employed to create an adequate amount of housing.

In recognition of the sheer size of the challenge, some Governments, including India’s, are increasingly supportive of new technologies that can impact on the delivery of those homes:

  • Faster.
  • In a cost-effective manner.
  • With eco-friendly techniques.
  • In a way that can also provide a long-term boost to the economy.

India’s latest push to encourage more technology and efficiency in construction, is the Global Housing Technology Challenge. The idea is to instil new and innovative ideas that can be used to propel India’s construction industry forward, both in the short-term to help achieve its domestic construction targets and in the long-term as an industry on a global scale.

How technology can improve construction methods

Technology is something that now plays a part in most industries, that for many years relied on traditional methods, systems and processes. However, the construction industry is one that has lagged behind in the development and encouragement of change and innovations.

However, there remains a real and still growing need for homes across many countries, not just India. New innovations are urgently required from builders and construction companies. Without that, they will struggle to deliver cost-effective, quickly built but still safe and longstanding, residential and commercial buildings.

Among the construction technology, or ConTech, techniques that could support India’s construction needs are:

  • Drones – which can be used to improve precision and accuracy on building sites.
  • Construction software platforms – supporting real-time collaboration on construction developments of all types and sizes.
  • Robotics – something that can be utilised both in traditional and modular construction sites and factories.
  • Modular construction – where materials and time can be used more effectively, lowering costs and construction time and creating more energy efficient projects.

This represents just a handful of the types of technology and innovation that could become widespread across India’s construction industry, in a matter of just a few years. What’s more, the prefabricated construction industry has already been slowly gaining support in India for some time, making now the perfect time to develop it more vigorously.

Modular construction in India

The modular construction industry is already growing across India and being utilised in different ways. Of course, where housing construction increases, so do thoughts towards luxury homes and higher profit margins.

While there’s no doubt that prefabricated homes can produce unique and beautiful homes – for a price – the industry is also perfectly placed to provide the low-cost, quickly built properties that India so desperately needs.

By encouraging fresh technological innovations to support India’s construction needs, its likely PM Modi is attempting to ensure that the momentum in the low-cost homes market isn’t lost. The timing is poignant, given the March 2019 construction targets don’t appear to have been met. Indeed, it could be considered an inventive ploy to help drive India’s construction industry to become one that gains global recognition.

That’s something that could have a lasting, positive effect on the country’s economy, while also delivering the required homes and buildings across India, right now.

Suchit Punnose, CEO of Red Ribbon said:

The modular construction industry is one that answers many of the requirements of India’s housing needs, including the desire for sustainability and economic benefit, not to mention speed and cost-effectiveness. That why we identified Modulex as the right investment opportunity for us and our clients.

Modulex is India’s first steel modular building factory, which delivers on all three pillars of sustainability – Planet, People and Profit. Modulex is perfectly poised to help answer India’s construction needs and is already an innovative solution within the industry.

Red Ribbon is proud to support the growth of innovative, modular construction across India. Not only because it can be a part of a broader construction solution, it can help deliver a reputation for innovative industry developments and a sustainable economic growth.

India’s urban challenge and Modular Construction - Red Ribbon Asset Management Plc

India’s urban challenge and Modular Construction

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We must run as fast as we can just to stay in one place… and if you want to go anywhere we must run twice as fast as that.” (Alice in Wonderland).

As well as having an engaging smile, indeed sometimes only an engaging smile, the Cheshire Cat’s advice to Alice demonstrated wisdom beyond his nine lives. We would be well advised to remember it when considering the real estate challenge facing India’s economy as it comes to terms not only with the fastest growing population on the planet but also a radically increased urban population. Mumbai and the New Delhi Conurbation are already creaking at the seams, so staying in one place is no longer an option: now we need to run twice as fast to get anywhere.

And as we have commented previously on this site, when it comes to sheer speed of delivery Modular Construction will always have the upper hand over traditional construction techniques, making it singularly well suited to meeting the demands of India’s rapidly expanding population. Modular units are pre-built offsite in a controlled environment where the weather matters less and logistical barriers barely matter at all: think about building anything from scratch on site in Downtown Mumbai in the middle of summer and you’ll get some idea of the problem. Just in time supply chain efficiencies, including progressive stacking of modules on site, also then ensure maximum speed of final delivery without any of the “dead time” delays frequently associated with traditional construction methods.

But how does that all work out on complex construction projects? Using Modular Construction to create a small block of flats is one thing, but what about a 100-room Hotel?

Well, as it happens, that’s not a problem either.

The Marriott Hotel Group decided last year to adopt modular construction technology on some of their newest hotels and other major and mid sector hotel chains have been following suit with projects ranging from four star hotels through to boutique eco hotels. Marriott kicked off its initiative with a commitment to build 50 hotels using prefabricated guestrooms and bathrooms as well as a 97 room signature hotel entirely constructed with modular technology (and, take note, completed two months ahead of schedule). As their International Chief Development Officer, Eric Jacobs put it: “Construction is the next frontier for innovation and modular technology is leading the wayBy working with our modular partners we can open hotels faster, put associates to work earlier and generate revenues sooner”.

Quite so…

And its not just hotels either: modular construction is currently being used across the subcontinent to deliver student housing, hospitals and public buildings of all shapes and sizes. Getting just where India needs to be… by running twice as fast.

Red Ribbon played a key role in setting up Modulex Modular Buildings, recognising the company’s outstanding potential to deliver above market rate returns for investors through its ability to tap into high demand levels in Indian real estate markets. The company provides an exciting opportunity for investors to take advantage of this key trend in the fastest growing large economy on the planet.

Red Ribbon CEO, Suchit Punnose said:

I was interested to read about the Marriott Hotel initiative because it deals with a misapprehension that I sometimes come across, that modular construction is appropriate only for smaller scale projects. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. From my own work on behalf of Modulex on the subcontinent, I know that this fascinating and innovative technology is equally at home on major construction projects as well including, as the Article says, Hospitals and Schools. I’m convinced the technology has a major part of play in meeting the huge challenges currently facing India’s real estate markets.

And as a matter of interest, Marriott certainly wasn’t the first company to enter the market with a modular construction hotel: Red Ribbon’s own Eco Hotels have been doing that since the company’s inception and I’m very proud of the part we’ve played in its growth: because at Red Ribbon we don’t just believe in the theoretical value of modular technology, we’ve been using it for years.

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