India Cements enters into strategic collaboration with deep-tech startup Tvasta
Chennai/IBNS: Cement manufacturing major India Cements Ltd and Chennai-based deep-tech startup Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions forged a strategic collaboration, marking the beginning of an ‘Age of Sustainability’ in the Indian Construction Industry.
India Cements and Tvasta will engage in research & development and synergetic exchange of technology-centric efforts to develop new raw material formulations used in 3D printing applications and offering mutual strategic support for key projects that offer cost and time-effective solutions.
It is also well-aligned with the ‘Nation Building Initiative’ for India advocated by India Cements’ Managing Director N. Srinivasan.
Founded in 2016 by IIT Madras Alumni, Tvasta developed a ‘Made in India’ technology focusing on leveraging automation and robotics in 3D printing platforms for sustainable construction methods compared to conventional technologies.
India, third largest energy consuming country globally, has a heavy reliance on fossil-based energy sources, therefore, triggering the need for sustainable technologies.
Under this backdrop, Tvasta’s technology's construction 3D printing has demonstrated its viability as an energy-efficient construction method for various applications such as housing, sanitation, infrastructure and defense, among other areas, the company release said.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on May 25 by Whole-time Director for India Cements Ltd Rupa Gurunath and Co-founder and CEO at Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions Vidyashankar C.
Highlighting the unique aspects of this collaboration, Rupa Gurunath said, “Sustainability’ is a new phenomenon for the construction industry, and we are privileged that this partnership is just about to bring it within the easy reach of the common man in our country."
Speaking about this strategic partnership, Vidyashankar C said, “Not only will this lead to an expedited unification between technology, sustainability and construction in India, but with the support of India Cements, this will pave the way for such a unification in the global markets as well.”
The partnership between India Cements and Tvasta assumes high significance considering the 3D method of construction uses 30 percent less water and sand.