Construction chemicals are pivotal for sustainable infrastructure in the construction Industry. Some of the important building materials that have been used in the construction of buildings and infrastructures since the beginning of the 20th century are the cement concrete and cement mortar based ordinary Portland due to the ease, speed, and strength offered by the materials. However, the ordinary Portland cement possessed initial drawbacks that include shrinkage cracks and leakages. Therefore, this product required some modifications to get over its inherent weaknesses, which were achieved by the use of some chemicals.
Owing to the surge in demand for bigger, higher, and stronger structures in disparate environmental conditions, the ordinary concrete required further modifications in order to perform according to the expectations and deliver the end strengths in the varying climatic and critical conditions.
Again, this was achieved by addingnewer chemicals to change the behavior of cement concrete with an aim to deliver the desired end results. However, with time the performance demands on concrete increased. And due to this R&D of chemicals for modification of concrete became a regular industry, which is now known as Construction Chemicals Industry.
To keep with the pace of developments, the construction chemicals industry started developing new products, one of them is the admixtures that helps in improving workability and develop high early strength. Not just that, it also increases ultimate strength, compensates for temperature fluctuations, and improves resistance to corrosion, shrinkage or freezing.
Hence, today a concrete admixture is one of the most essential ingredients of concrete, and construction and completion of a new structure cannot be imagined without the use of construction chemicals at various stages of construction. Beginning from waterproofing compounds, construction chemicals have expanded the range of products intending to ease the workmanship in demanding situations at various stages of construction.
One such company that excels in offering high-performance chemicals for the infrastructure and construction industry is Faridabad based Kunal ConChem Private Limited (KCPL). Established in 1974, KCPL is one of the largest Speciality Construction chemical company in India and has been rated the best performer in the 100 plus crore category over last 3 years.
With over 4 decades of excellence and immense experience in this sector, Kunal ConChem has been creating valuable chemistry for quality infrastructure development in the country with huge focus on R&D and delivery. The company offers innovative product designs, formulations, on-site technical support, and end-to-end solutions for the construction industry.
“We believe in making available the value-added solutions to diverse sectors of infrastructure development by using innovative product mixes and sustainable development solutions. Our continuous endeavor for research, helps us in providing a wide range of construction chemicals cost-efficient products to our clients,” says Kunal Prasad, Director, Kunal ConChem Private Limited.
The products offered by Kunal ConChem facilitate faster completion of construction projects. The company provides complete construction solutions on the site including delivery, application, and on-site technical training.
Tailor-Made Construction Solutions
Kunal ConChem’s tailor-made construction solutions are a result of the company’s extensive Research & Development processes, the immense experience of KCPL in this sector, and best-in-class human capital and these are the major factors that differentiate the company from the other players in this landscape.
KCPL offers a wide range of products such as BIS certified Admixtures, Concrete repairs, Waterproofing solutions, Industrial flooring, Surface Improvement, Bonding Agents, Protective and decorative coatings, Adhesives, Accelerators, Grouts & anchors, and Cement Grinding Aids & Performance Enhancers, which cater to diverse needs of the construction industry.
A few of the other products offered by the company include the various grade of super-plasticizers-(Naphthalene base and PC base), water-proofing compounds, Tile adhesives, curing compounds, shuttering oil (Mould release agent), anti- carbonation coatings, Floor hardeners, epoxy floorings, Grouts resin capsules/cement capsules, sodium silicate base accelerators and aluminium sulphate base accelerators for shotcreting, dry shotCrete powder.
Kunal ConChem offers various options for the clients to choose from, in terms of pricing, the efficacy of a particular system. The company follows a problem-solving approach in offering solutions to clients.
“A Construction Chemical Manufacturer is similar to a doctor. There may be numerous doctors who follow different approaches while treating a patient. However, a patient would appreciate the doctor who would be able to diagnose the patient’s problem fast and give the right treatment to help him recover quickly. Similarly, as a Construction Chemical Manufacturer, we listen to the client's requirements and specifications, understand them completely and then provide the solutions that meet their requirements,” explains Kunal.
Kunal Conchem is extremely strong in the concrete business units related to concrete manufacturing. Kunal ConChem specializes in manufacturing products such as Super plasticizers, concrete ad-mixtures, concrete accelerators, and surface improvement compounds for freshly made concrete. Furthermore, the company accounts for almost 40 percent of the market share in the Indian market for these products across the country.
The development phase of an infrastructure project comprises the pre-construction and post-construction stages. In the pre-construction stage, the Chemical Construction manufacturing company must understand the requirements of the clients completely. For instance, if the client is looking for a concrete admixture solution, the company should understand the concrete design mix, nature, and design the client wants. So that the company can understand what kind of products would perfectly suit the clients’ needs.
We believe in making available the value-added solutions to diverse sectors of infrastructure development by using innovative product mixes and sustainable development solutions
Multiple parameters define the concrete mix design and Kunal ConChem with its unique formulation and the chemists and Research & Development team, helps the client to achieve the right concrete mixed aligned at an optimum cost.
“We have unique formulations and our service levels are distinguished in the industry. Clients can procure the materials within 48 hours of placing an order with us, which is exceptional,” affirms Kunal.
KCPL’s robust team comprises 62 civil engineers, working across India, which facilitates the company to provide on-site ground support to clients without any hassle. The clients of KCPL include L&T, GMR Group, Hindustan Construction Company, GR Infra projects, Ashoka Buildcon, Oriental Structures, Aqua Infra Tech, Mega Engineering, and many others.
Working On More Than 400 Infrastructure Projects Across India
The infrastructure sector continues to be a key driver of India’s economic progress. Having carved a niche for itself in the Construction Chemical landscape, Kunal ConChemhas completed77 NHAI projects, with the highest market share in construction chemicals for the Road sector in India.
KCPL is a strong believer of the MAKE IN INDIA project. The company is currently working with all major government bodies such as CPWD, PWD, NHAI, metros, RVNL, DFCC, NBCC and many others. We have successfully completed 31 lines of metros (Viaduct & Underground) across India. KCPL has been approved by various government organizations such as DMRC, EIL, MES, MCD, CPWD, NHAI and many others all across India and it is the only Construction Chemical Company to receive Performance Certificates from DMRC.
Not just that, Kunal ConChem was the first company in India to provide ad-mixtures for PPC based rigid pavement roads and develop concrete ad-mixtures for U-Shaped girders in the Delhi metro projects. “We were the first company who developed concrete ad-mixtures for roof slab and base slab concrete in underground metro constructions. We are not only supplying our products to Phase 4 DMRC Projects and Phase 1 NCRTC projects but we are working for almost 400 projects in India across geographies, across our product lines, whether the projects are in railways, metros, residential projects, irrigation projects, power projects, hydropower projects,” says Kunal.
Being one of the 100 percent debt-free company KCPL is currently working on projects for obtaining the highest Return on margins, the highest Return on Capital employed. Moreover, KCPL has generated the highest Ebidta margins, ROCE and ROI and CAGR growth over the last five years in the industry.
Moving ahead, Kunal ConChem is in the process of developing and launching Mr. Proof - a retail brand in April 2021. The company is also doing a joint venture with a Japanese company, for manufacturing high-breed sealants, used in joining and sealing operations that will be mainly implemented in railways, construction industry, and automobile industry. The company recently started manufacturing resin capsules and cement capsules, which are bolt anchoring products, used especially in tunnel construction and hydropower projects.
Currently, Kunal ConChem is exporting its products to countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. However, the company is also planning to export its products to other countries in the future.
ISO certified Manufacturing Facilities
Mr. Narendra Prasad, the Chairman and Managing Director of Kunal ConChem, founded the company in the year 1974. He was one of the earliest scientists who developed construction chemicals in the country. Narendra Prasad is a qualified chemical engineer from IIT Roorkee, and one of the first Indian scientist to develop chemicals for underground constructions.
Today, with over 46 years of experience in serving construction chemical industry with the entire top management from IITs and NITs, Kunal ConChem offers a wide range of construction chemicals that are used at preconstruction and post-construction stages. These include concrete add mixtures, surface improvement compounds such as mold release agents, curing compounds, waterproofing products, waterproofing surfaces, concrete repair products, structural strengthening products, concrete accelerators, and flooring products.
Kunal ConChem has 2,00,000ISO Certified manufacturing facilities located across three locations in India and the 4th manufacturing facility will be coming up in Chittor by 2022, which will the largest construction chemical facility in India. The three fully integrated construction chemical complexes of KCPL are located at Faridabad, Sarigam and Kolkata have an installed capacity of 50,000 MT of powder and liquid products used at various stages of pre- and post-construction activity.