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Formwork Eliminates Huge Labour Force

In an interaction with Built Constructions , Mr. Ketan Shah, Managing Director, MFE Formwork Technology (I) Pvt. Ltd., says that efficient design of formwork can reduce cost and labour requirement.

MFE Formwork Technology that specializes in aluminium formwork construction system has been successfully used and developed over 20 years, for forming cast in place reinforced concrete building structures. For the past 12 years, formwork industry has transformed to greater extent. Earlier for any kind of project whether residential or commercial only traditional formwork system was used. Currently many solutions are available depending upon type of structure or speed of construction required.

Example is Make to Order Aluminium Formwork is extensively used on any project that offers more than 60 uses. One can see use of Table Formwork or Cuplock System for commercial buildings. Climbing Formwork is used for core of 60+ storey towers.

Formwork technology conventionally includes film coated plywood, plastic, special alloys, steel and processed timber. But we are market leader in “Make to Order Aluminium Formwork”. We were the first mover in this segment and so established that erstwhile company name has become product name. Aluminium Formwork is called “Mivan Formwork”

There are several advantages of modern formwork systems over conventional systems and one of the biggest advantages is that they cater to specific need of project. Some of them are very easy to handle, some are automated eliminating need of huge labour force which is in short supply, some give very good speed of construction, and some provide high accuracy.

Any good Formwork System has to incorporate safety as a critical element. Apart from materials, machinery and manpower safety during construction is a one of the governing criteria. Formwork industry is a promising sector in India. Going ahead, if buildings are designed keeping formwork in mind, it can help in cost reduction. Many buildings have complex elevation, which gives aesthetic look but cost of formwork as well as cost in general also goes up. Whereas Simple looking buildings are most cost effective. Geometry of building can also reduce the cost. Square building will need lot less formwork as compare to say “H Shape” building. Efficient design of formwork can reduce the cost. Sturdy Formwork can be used over longer duration. Initial cost in such case may be high but there is huge long term benefit.

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