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Definition and scale of sector

  • Commodity materials (cement, timber, etc),
  • Commodity manufactured products (tiles, bricks, sanitary ceramics),
  • Sub assemblies (fire alarms, other safety, mechanical lifting and handling equipment, electronic sensors),
  • Equipment/tooling manufacture/hire,
  • Design/professional services,
  • Construction services

Why the sector was chosen in the West Midlands

  • Significant concentrations of activity especially in north of the region associated with commodity materials and low value added metal goods and ceramics.
  • Need for modernisation.
  • Shift from low value added commodities to higher value added systems, with scope to build on developments in materials such as polymers and recycling.
  • Significant force for change in relation to urban regeneration and the transformation of the image of this region.

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Real Estate Sector In India - August 2012

While India continues to be one of the fastest growing economies, this pace of growth is unlikely to sustain unless it is supported by an equally robust development of its infrastructure. Key requirements in order to achieve a GDP growth rate exceeding 8-9% include roads, power, ports as well as urban infrastructure. The last couple of budgets have taken steps in the right direction for growth of the sector. An allocation of Rs. 200 billion towards infrastructure projects under the 2011 budget is an attempt to achieve the Governments target for growth of infrastructure under the Eleventh Plan.


India will have around 27 to 30 million shortage of housing units by 2013 and for this; huge amount is required to carry on the development. Slowdown in the global economy along with consistent increase in policy rates by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) finally seems to be impacting the domestic economy with the GDP growth cooling down since past few quarters. The GDP growth recorded during first quarter of financial year 2012 has slowed down to 7.7 per cent as against 9.3 per cent during first quarter of financial year 2011. Even the projected GDP growth for financial year 2012 has been revised downward to 7.9 per cent from 8.2 per cent by the RBI.


The real estate sector in India is being recognised as an infrastructure service that is driving the economic growth engine of the country. In fact, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the sector is expected to increase to US$ 25 billion in the next 10 years, from present US$ 4 billion.

Source: Corporate Catalyst India (CCI)

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India Report Infrastructure & Construction Sector - May 2012

Greaves Cotton plans to expand its construction equipment products range. The company has signed a pact with Samil of South Korea. The technical know-how for products such as stationary concrete pumps and boom pumps will be shared by Samil. Greaves currently manufactures compaction and concreting equipment at its facilities in Gummidipoondi, near Chennai. The range includes transit concrete mixers, concrete pumps, batching plants and vibratory soil compactors, heavy tandem rollers and light tandem rollers. These are mainly used in construction of roads, bridges and buildings. The Samil tie-up is expected to help Greaves Cotton better its products range. The introduction of the new product range in the construction equipment division's will help the company's turnover to go up 17 per cent in the next three to four years from the current 12 per cent. The company plans to embark on other revenue streams such as rentals, to re-construct its business model.


Kajaria Ceramics (KCL) has formed a joint venture with Vennar Ceramics, a subsidiary of Anjani Portland Cement, to manufacture wall tiles. KCL is investing a capital worth € 2.1 million (Rs 13.65 crore) for expansion. Through this KCL has now acquired 51 per cent stake in Vennar Ceramics. The joint venture is setting up a unit at Kaikalur near Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh with a production capacity of 2.30 million sq metre per annum of high-end ceramic wall tiles. This will also mark the foray of Kajaria in South India. Vennar is putting up a new plant which would start commercial production in June 2012. The plants will help the company to cater to the southern markets by reducing the transit time for the delivery of goods and savings in transportation costs.


Leading cement manufacturer ACC announced an investment of € 507.69 million (Rs 3,300 crore) by 2015 to set up three grinding units and a clinker facility. Companie’s grinding unit will come up at Sindri in Jharkhand and Kharagpur in West Bengal. The third grinding plant and the clinker facility will be set up at Jamul in Chhattisgarh. The existing clinker and grinding facilities at Jamul will be phased out and adding the new clinker unit will have a capacity of 2.79 mtpa. The new grinding facilities in Jharkhand and Bengal will use the clinker produced at Jamul. The expansion plan will be implemented in a phased manner and completed by 2015.

Source: VDMA Liaison Office

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 India Report Infrastructure construction II - July 2012


Sanghi Industries Ltd, a cement manufacturing company has outlined plans to increase its Sanghipuram facility in Gujarat by one million tonne, taking the total capacity to 3.6 million tonne. The company will invest around € 18.46 million (Rs120 crore) for the proposed expansion. In its process, the company will be debottlenecking some of the equipment for addition of one million tonne. The company proposes to commission the project in 18 months. Besides manufacturing OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) and CPC (Calcium Phosphate Cement) grades of cement, the company is projecting for a special grade of cement in the near future.

WMI Konecranes India Ltd, a flagship of Finnish Konecranes Plc has bagged an order for manufacture and supply of 21 heavy duty industrial cranes worth € 9 million to Torranagallu plant of JSW Steel Ltd. Konecranes will supply cranes ranging from 15-60 tonnes lifting capacity to the Torranagallu plant in Karnataka by end of 2012. The cranes will be used in the coil handling at cold rolling mill. The fully automated cranes will be integrated into the plant’s stateof-the-art, automated coil yard management system. For Konecranes, the order is one of the biggest single orders in terms of numbers.

Hindusthan National Glass & Industries Limited (HNGIL) has planned to establish a container glass and float glass manufacturing base in Naidupet of Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh at a cost of € 153.84 million (Rs 1000 crore).The proposed glass manufacturing complex will be set up with an initial investment of € 73.84 million (Rs 480 crore). The construction of the float glass plant with a capacity of 600 tonnes a day will likely to be completed by 2014. In the first phase, the container glass plant will produce 450 tonnes a day, providing direct and indirect employment to about 1,500 people. Phase II was under planning stage.

Source: VDMA Liaison Office

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Steel Sector Report - January 2011

India became the fourth largest producer of crude steel in the world in 2010 as against the eighth position in 2003 and is expected to become the second largest producer of crude steel in the world by 2015. India also maintained its lead position as the world’s largest producer of direct reduced iron (DRI) or sponge iron.
Led by strong demand for autos and engineering services, the domestic steel demand in India remains robust, as per Moody's sectoral analysis on Asia's steel sector. According to the analysis, the outlook for the domestic operating environment is positive, driven by robust growth in infrastructure, autos and construction and constrains on additional supply by 2011.
As per provisional data released by World Steel Association (WSA), India was the fourth largest producer of crude steel during January–September 2010. India produced 50.1 million tonnes (MT) crude steel during the period under review.
Capacity for crude steel production expanded from 51.17 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) in 2005-06 to 72.96 mtpa in 2009-10. Crude steel production grew at 8.4 per cent annually from 46.46 MT in 2005-06 to 64.88 MT in 2009-10.
As per the latest estimates, the crude steel capacity in the country is likely to reach 120 MT by 2012 from 72.9 MT in the 2009-10.

Source: India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF)

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Cement Sector Report - December 2010

India is the world's second largest producer of cement according to the Cement Manufacturers’ Association.
During September 2010, the cement production touched 12.54 million tonnes (MT), while the cement despatches quantity was 12.56 MT during the month. The total cement production during April-September 2010-11 reached 81.54 MT as compared to 77.22 MT over the corresponding period last fiscal. Further, cement despatches also witnessed an upsurge from 76.50 MT during April-September 2009-10 to 81.10 MT during April-September 2010-11.
Moreover, the government's continued thrust on infrastructure will help the key building material to maintain an annual growth of 9-10 per cent in 2010, according to India's largest cement company, ACC.
In January 2010, rating agency Fitch predicted that the country will add about 50 million tonne cement capacity in 2010, taking the total to around 300 million tonne.
Further, speaking at the Green Cementech 2010, a seminar jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Cement Manufacturer's Association in Hyderabad in May 2010, G Jayaraman, Executive President, Birla Corporation Ltd, said that in 2009, 40 MT of capacity was added and he expects a similar trend to follow this year.

Source: India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF)

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Real Estate Sector - December 2010

The real estate sector in India is of great importance. According to the report of the Technical Group on Estimation of Housing Shortage, an estimated shortage of 26.53 million houses during the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) provides a big investment opportunity.
According to a report ‘Emerging trends in Real Estate in Asia Pacific 2011', released by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Urban Land Institute (ULI), India is the most viable investment destination in real estate. The report, which provides an outlook on Asia-Pacific real estate investment and development trends, points out that India, in particular Mumbai and Delhi, are good real estate investment options for 2011. Residential properties maintain their growth momentum and hence are viewed as more promising than other sectors. ULI is a global non-profit education and research institute.
Further, real estate companies are coming up with various residential and commercial projects to fulfill the demand for residential and office properties in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. For instance, Ansal Properties has several residential projects in cities such as Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Panipat, Kundli and Agra. Omaxe has also planned around 40 residential and integrated township projects in Tier-II and Tier-III cities, majority of them being in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana. The growth in real estate in Tier-II and Tier-III cities is mainly due to increase in demand for organized realty and availability of land at affordable prices in these cities.

Source: India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF)

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Construction Opportunities in India - November 2010

The construction industry in India is worth over US$ 55 billion (£37 billion) and accounts for more than 20% of GDP. It is also the largest employer in the country after agriculture, employing approximately 31 million people.
India is the second most populous country in the world with 1.17 billion people and constitutes 16% of the world’s population. There has been significant growth of the urban population over the past decade. There are 6 metropolitan cities with a total population of over 75 million
The organised real estate business in India is estimated at around £ 30 billion and is currently ranked 12th in the world, but is growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30%. Consistent high economic growth, a shortage of residential and commercial space, a booming retail industry and strong growth in industrial output have all contributed to record levels of activity and investment in this thriving sector.
The decision by the Government to allow 100% FDI in real estate in 2005 has led to significant additional interest and growth, both in the real estate and construction sectors. Major international real estate companies are now looking to India to help drive their business growth.

Source: UK Trade and Invetment (UKTI)

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Sports Infrastructure Opportunities in India - August 2010

Located in South Asia, India is the seventh largest, and the second most populous country in the world. The structure of the Indian economy has undergone considerable change in the last decade. The Indian Economic Survey 2009-10 states that the economy has bounced back from the global economic slowdown and is on its way to the growth path of 9%.
India has a tradition of sports and physical fitness. On 13 November 2003, Delhi won the right to stage the 2010 Commonwealth Games. India is only the second Asian country and the third developing country after Jamaica in 1996 and Malaysia in 1998 to host the games. The previous games were held in Manchester in 2002 and Melbourne hosted the games in March 2006.

Source: UK Trade and Invetment (UKTI)

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Construction Sector Report - September 2009

The construction industry in India is worth over USD 51 billion (£28 billion) and accounts for more than 20% of GDP.  It is also the largest employer in the country after agriculture, employing approximately 31 million people. (Source: Construction Industry Development Council - CIDC).
India is the second most populous country in the world with 1.17 billion people and constitutes 16% of the world's population. There has been significant growth of the urban population over the past decade.
The organised real estate business in India is estimated at around £ 30 billion and is currently ranked 12th in the world, but is growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30%.  (Source: India Brand Equity Foundation - www.ibef.org).  Consistent high economic growth, a shortage of residential and commercial space, a booming retail industry and strong growth in industrial output have all contributed to record levels of activity and investment in this thriving sector.
The decision by the Government to allow 100% FDI in real estate in 2005 has led to significant additional interest and growth, both in the real estate and construction sectors.  Major international real estate companies are now looking to India to help drive their business growth.

Source: UK Trade and Invetment (UKTI)

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Cement sector update - February 2009

The government has announced new structure for excise duty on bulk cement segment. As per the new proposed structure the excised duty on bulk cement has been reduced to 8% of MRP or 230/tones (from 10% of MRP or Rs290/tones), whichever is higher. We believe this move will bring down the bulk cement price by Rs. 80-92/tones.
Bulk cement constitutes around 10%-12% of total cement sales for large cement producers. Thus reduction in excise duty for bulk cement would reduce the bulk cement price by Rs. 80-92/tones but decline in average cement price for the company would be around Rs 8-9/tones. We believe the industry would pass on the benefit of reduction in excise duty to consumers. Hence this move would not impact the profitability of the company. However it will provide the positive sentiment for the industry. Even If the industry would not pass on the benefit to consumers the increase in realization would be around Rs. 8-9/tone which would marginally improve the profitability.

Source: Karvy Stock Broking Limited 

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Infrastructure Spending to Boost Steel Demand - January 2009

After experiencing the harsh recessionary wave in last year, Indian steel industry, the world's 5th largest steel producer, is looking forward for new beginning. In 2008, the steel industry along with its end-user sectors- construction, automotive and consumer durable- were among the most affected. The slowdown in those sectors ultimately pulled down steel demand all over the globe.
Construction industry is the largest consumer of steel; it accounts about 50 percent consumption of steel. But construction industry faced the worst period in 2008 after enjoying heydays for about a decade, and its consequences hit the steel industry too. Still India is considered as a prospective market for real estate and infrastructure sectors.

Source: Steelworld Research Team 

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Construction Report From UKTI - July 2008

The construction industry in India is worth over USD 51 billion (£28 billion) and accounts for more than 20% of GDP.

Source: UK Trade and Invetment (UKTI)

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India Report Infrastructure & Construction Sector - May 2008

The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, which aims to promise to cut travel time between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai on the mainland by more than an hour and a half, has finally cleared a major hurdle. A consortium led by the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and Hyundai Group of South Korea have won the Rs 6,000-crore (Euro 1200 million) project for constructing the 22-km long sea link.

Source: VDMA Liaison Office

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Overview of the Construction Industry in India - April 2008

Today, India is the second fastest growing economy in the world. The Indian construction industry is an integral part of the economy and a conduit for a substantial part of its development investment, is poised for growth on account of industrialization, urbanization, economic development and people's rising expectations for improved quality of living.

Source: INDO-ITALIAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry 

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Performance of Indian Cement Industry: The Competitive Landscape - April 2008

The cement industry is experiencing a boom on account of the overall growth of the Indian economy primarily because of increased industrial activity, flourishing real estate business, growing construction activity, and expanding investment in the infrastructure sector. The performance of the industry, under different policy regimes, truly establishes that decontrol of the industry and liberalization of the economy has led to remarkable improvement in the indicators such as installed capacity, capacity utilization, per capita consumption and exports. The industry experienced a complete shift in the technology of production, from wet process to dry process.
The competitiveness among the firms in Indian cement industry has also been evaluated. For the year 2006-07, out of the sample of seventeen firms (90.21% of the total market share), about 47% have recorded above industry average performance in the overall competitiveness index. The marginal difference between the competitiveness of different firms reveals the tough competition in the industry.

Source: University of Mumbai - Department of Economics 

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Steel Sector Report from IBEF - April 2008

Riding high on the resurgent economy and rising demand, the Indian steel industry has entered into a new development stage from 2005-06, with an average growth rate of 12 per cent per annum in steel output, for the last two years.

Source: India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF)

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Cement Sector Report from IBEF - April 2008

For India, the world's second largest producer of cement, the recent boom in infrastructure and the housing market has only boosted its cement industry. Add to that an increasing global demand and a flurry of activity in infrastructure projects - highways roads, bridges, ports and houses - has sparked off a spate of mergers and acquisitions in the sector. Furthermore, the country's finance minister, P. Chidambaram, has stated that India would double spending on infrastructure over the next five years to sustain its record economic growth and modernise its infrastructure.

Cement companies are fast developing plants to provide for a rapidly expanding economy. The cement industry is therefore poised to add 111 million tonne (mt) of annual capacity by the end of 2009-10 (FY10), riding on the back of approximately 141 outstanding cement projects. According to a report by the ICRA Industry Monitor, the installed capacity is expected to increase to 186 mt per annum (mtpa) by FY08-end, and 219 mtpa by end of FY09, and further up to 241 mtpa by FY10-end. As a result, India's cement industry will record an annual growth at 10 per cent in the coming years with higher domestic demand resulting in increased capacity utilisation.

Source: India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF)

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Construction Report  - November 2007

The construction industry in India is worth over USD 51 billion  (£28 billion) and accounts for more than 20% of GDP.  It is also the largest employer in the country after agriculture, employing approximately 31 million people. (Source: Construction Industry Development Council - CIDC).

India is the second most populous country in the world with over 1 billion people and constitutes 16% of the world's population. There has been significant growth of the urban population over the past decade. For example, there are:

- 6 cities with over 4 million (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad);
- 23 metro cities with over 1million;
- 300 towns with up to 0.1 million.

Source: UK Trade & Investment 

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