Demtech India is taking shape

Published 16/9, 2019 at 15:26

The agenda for India’s first demolition conference, Demtech, is taking shape. 13th of November at Hotel Sahara Star in Bombay is the place to be if working with demolition, recycling, remediation or concrete cutting in India.



Demtech India 2019, India's first conference dealing with demolition, recycling, remediation and concrete drilling, etc is starting to fall into place. The conference will be held on November 13 in Bombay at the Hotel Sahara Star, which is right next to Bombay International Airport. In conjunction with the conference, India's first trade association for demolition, recycling, remediation and concrete drilling will be founded with a grand ceremony on the evening of November 13.

In practice, the association, called IDA Demolition Association, is already active and several local meetings with entrepreneurs have been held at various locations around India. Mohan Ramanathan, with many years in the industry, is one of the initiators. “We have met great interest from entrepreneurs around the country, both to the Demtech conference and to the association itself. Already today we expect up to 100 members of the association. There has long been a great pent-up need for this, both the conference and the association. In addition, India is growing so it is cracking right now and the outlook is very good, ”says Ramanathan.

IDA is the main organizer with the support of the company Riverbends Publishing and the global demolition journal PDi Magazine.


Heavy sponsors

A number of large well-known players in the market have chosen to sponsor the event and the fact is that it is a large proportion of technology from all over the world. The main sponsor is Volvo CE. Associate sponsors are Epiroc and Hilti. The next sponsor stage is Affiliate sponsors, which lines up Husqvarna Construction Products, Edifice (an Indian demolition company), Pentruder, Shearcore with the brand Fortress, Brokk and Aquajet Systems. However, Mohan Ramanathan expects more sponsors to emerge until November 13.


Table Top Exhibition

This time, which is the first Demtech event, there will only be a smaller exhibition section directly adjacent to the conference and more of table top booths where exhibitors have the opportunity to tell about their products. However, the space is limited and there are a total of 20 so-called “Table Top exhibitor seats”. “We have deliberately kept a fairly low profile in terms of the trade fair, but the idea is that Demtech will be held every year and we hope to make a bigger trade fair in the future. This year, the conference and trade fair will be an important place for "net-working", says Ramanathan.


Interesting lectures

India is one of the most expansive countries in the world right now and is the seventh largest country in the world. The population is approximately 1.339 Billion people. BMP is growing by about 7% right now and in the country there are about 200 really big and 120,000 medium and small entrepreneurs working on demolition, recycling, decontamination and concrete drilling. Demand for these services is high, with more professional equipment needed to work with. This is where Demtech comes in as an important part of the process. As Demtech is a one-day conference, it will be a packed program and the project team working with the conference is now working intensively to complete the program. However, there is already a preliminary program. The day begins at 10am with an inauguration ceremony, which will be chaired by a minister of the Indian Parliament. This will be followed by Mohan Ramanathan who will hold a brief welcome speech closely followed by a speech from PDi Magazine's editor-in-chief, Jan Hermansson. Dr Gaurav Bhatiani, who is, among other things, chief economist at the company IL&FS, Ltd, will present the current situation and prospects in the Indian economy with a focus on the construction and civil engineering industry. There will be a number of presentations from the sponsors as well as accounts of different methods. A number of Indian cases stories will be presented as the extension of Bombay's subway, which is undergoing extensive expansion. Here Brokk demolition robots has played an important role in the work. The extensive demolition and dismantling of the Mahatma Ganhdi Sethu Bridge, which crosses the Ganges River in Bihar will be presented by the Indian contractor Edifice. The length of the bridge was 5750 m. There will also be presentations by the International Association of Concrete Sawers & Drillers, IACDS’s president Michael Findeis and European Demolition Association secretary José Blanco. The day continues with a presentation of an advanced "decommissioning" of a nuclear power plant in Romania where different types of demolition methods were used such as wire sawing and remote controlled demolition robots. Youssef Hallak from LT Diamond Drilling will be presenting the case. Dr Vimal Kumar will present the work at India's largest recycling plant C-Farm. Time will also be given to visit the exhibition area, partly through regular breaks, at lunch and during an hour in the afternoon. The conference day ends with a panel discussion. IDA will then hold its first committe meeting before the festivities in the evening begin with a gala dinner and the dedication of the association. A more detailed programme can be found close by.


Dr Vimal Kumar

Keynote speaker 

Dr. Vimal Kumar, a Mechanical Engineer with distinction from Delhi University (1975), MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India (1977) and Ph.D in "Commercialization of New Technologies” from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (2001).

As the founder Mission Director, Fly Ash, Department of Science & Technology (DST) he conceived and implemented the Fly Ash Mission and turned around the image of fly ash from “a polluting industrial waste” to “a resource material”.  Now, country is utilizing 160 MnT fly ash per annum that results in reduction in 75 MnT CO2 generation by cement and brick industry and generation of business worth Rs. 10,000 crore a year and an employment over 15 lac people. 

The expertise and technologies of Fly Ash Mission have been requisitioned by Russia and Dr. Vimal Kumar has led the Joint Working Group of Indian side.

Dr. Vimal Kumar is also National expert for C&D waste management, reuse, processing and manufacture of downstream products as well as for new construction technologies for mass housing and high rise buildings. 

Dr. Vimal Kumar has developed National Guideline for Re-use and Recycling of C&D Waste including indicative feasibility report for 8 cities and DPRs for 2 cities for Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India.  3 National Seminars have also been organized on the subject, 2 with Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India and one in Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. He has also been associated with Municipal Corporations of Surat, Greater Hyderabad and Greater Mumbai for setting up of C&D waste processing and re-use facilities. 

Further, he has spearheaded the development of mobile plant for in-situ processing of C&D waste and emphasis on deconstruction than demolition in association with BMTPC, MoHUA, Government of India and industry. 

Other areas of work of Dr. Vimal Kumar include Waste Management, Environment Protection, development and commercialization of new technologies, technology forecasting & assessment and New Construction Technologies. 

He has traveled widely across the globe, published/presented more than 150 papers, been a visiting faculty to renowned management and technology institutes, member of Governing Councils & Research Bodies of a number of R&D institutes and on the Board of Editors of International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialization (IJTTC), United Kingdom. He has co-ownership to six patents.


Gaurav Bhatiani

Key Note Speaker 

Gaurav Bhatiani has over 22 years of specialized experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, demonstrating excellent management and leadership abilities. Mr. Bhatiani has worked in research, consulting, development, and corporate environments, and successfully delivered on complex and challenging assignments. He has wide exposure in infrastructure space spanning power sector reform; regulation; energy efficiency; renewable energy; urban infrastructure; roads and highways. 

In his current role as Chief Operating Officer at IL&FS Limited (India’s leading infrastructure and financial services company), Mr. Bhatiani is involved in policy analysis, planning and business strategy, commercial transactions in various infrastructure verticals including energy, urban infrastructure, roads and ports. 

From 2010-2015, Mr. Bhatiani worked as Director for Market Strategy and Regulation at the India country office of Statkraft AS (Norway), Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. 

As Principal Energy Specialist at USAID/India (2003-10), Mr. Bhatiani managed large and complex programs in power sector reform, electricity distribution, energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Prior to joining USAID, Dr. Bhatiani worked at the Tata Energy Research Institute (now The Energy and Resources Institute - TERI) and was involved with several innovative projects on power sector reform and regulation, working closely with policy makers, utility leaders and regulators. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Energy Economics and Masters in Business Economics from the University of Delhi and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He is a featured speakers in leading conferences in energy, steel and related sectors.

Youssef Hallak

Nuclear Decommissioning

Demolition and concrete drilling contractor Youssef Hallak from LT Diamond Drilling will lecture on demolition and concrete drilling at a nuclear power plant in Romanian Cernavodă, which is adjacent to the Black Sea. The nuclear power plant consists of two reactors, which produce about 20% of Romania's electricity needs annually. One reactor is now undergoing a thorough modernization and for this reason it was necessary to remove about 400t of concrete under highly controlled conditions and strict safety procedures. The contractor used, among other things, equipment from Brokk and Tyrolit.


Joakim Furtenback 

Safe and efficient demolition using remote controlled robots

Joakim Furtenback, from Brokk AB, will make a presentation about how Brokk, the maker of remote controlled demolition robots, went from being a small family based company to become the ‘standard setter’ for equipment used on demolition or tunnelling sites throughout the world. The unique remote control of the robots ensures that the operator is located away from noise, dust and vibrations. Additionally the robots are purpose built for demolition, providing performance superior to any conventional excavator, resulting in Brokk demolition robots being successfully used today in the city of Mumbai. Joakim Furtenback has been sales director of Brokk since 2011, before that he was managing director of Brokk Asia Pacific based in Singapore, and prior to that area manager for the same region.  Altogether he has been employed by Brokk for some 16 years. 

Welcome addresses from IDA and PDi

Mohan Ramanathan, initiator of IDA Demolition Association and the Demtech India conference, will hold a short welcome speech at the beginning of the conference on 13 of November in Mumbai. The international demolition journal, PDi Magazine is official media partner and promotor internationally of Demtech India 2019. Jan Hermansson, Editor-in-Chief for PDi Magazine, will also hold a short welcoming speech at the conference.

High ranking Indian politician to open Demtech India

The Demtech India conference 2019 will be opened by a high ranking politician from the Indian parliament. At this moment a few different names are being discussed, meaning that PDi is not able to reveal who will open the event at this stage. More information can be found at shortly.

Presidents of EDA and IACDS to speak at Demtech India EDA, European Demolition Association’s president Francisco Cobo and IACDS’s (International Association for Concrete Cutters & Sawers) president Michael Findeis will participate at the Demtech India conference 13 November. Both will hold lectures in their fileds respectively.

Controlled demolition using advanced diamond technology

Dr. Martin Göedickemeir, the head of Diamond Service Contractor Segment, Business Unit Diamond Systems at Hilti in Liechtenstein, and Mr. Sheikh Kaamil, Heavy Diamond manager at Hilti India Pvt. Ltd. have announced they are to hold a joint lecture. The subject will be: ‘Controlled demolition using advanced diamond technology’. Further information is available on request.


Demtech India Agenda
Date: 13th November, 2019 Venue: Hotel Sahara Star

10:00 AM    Inauguration By Indian Politician - Chief guest

10:30 AM    Welcome Address IDA        Speaker: Mr.Mohan Ramanathan

10:40 AM    Welcome Address PDI        Speaker: Mr. Jan Hermansson, Editor-in-Chief PDI Magazine

10:50 AM     Key Note Speaker:             Indian Economy in construction industry Speaker: Dr.Gaurav Bhatiani – Chief operating officer - IL & FS Ltd.

11:20 AM    Tea break 

11:35 AM    Volvo CE Headline sponsor presentation    Speaker: Volvo CE India

11:45 AM    Epiroc Associate sponsor presentation    Speaker: Epiroc India

11:55 AM    Hilti Associate sponsor presentation     Subject: Controlled Demolition using advanced Diamond technology Speaker: Mr. Sheikh Kaamil, Hili India Pvt. Ltd Dr. Martin Goedickmeier, Hilti Liechtenstein

12:05 PM    Brokk Associate sponsor presentations
Subject: Making cross passages in Mumbai Metro Line 3 Speaker: Mr. Sunilkumar Vishwakarma, Head Planning, CEC-ITD Cem TPL JV Company 
Subject: Safe and efficient demolition using remote controlled demolition robots 
Speaker: Mr. Joakim Furtenback
Aquajet System Affiliate sponsor presentations        Speaker: Mr. Bjarne Axelsson

12:30 PM    Sponsor Presentations         Vacant

12:40 PM    Indian Projects Case study #1:         Dismantling of MG Sethu Bridge Edifice Engineering 

12:50 PM    Indian Projects Case study #2        To be decided 

01:00 PM    Indian Projects Case study #3         To be decided

01:10 PM    Press Conference with Indian Press:     International speakers, National speakers to be part of this 

01:30 PM    Lunch 

02:30 PM    European Demolition Association - Speaker: Mr. José Blanco, secretary

02:45 PM    International Association of Concrete Sawing & Drilling Contractors - Speaker: Mr. Michael Findeis, President

03:00 PM    Presentation of case story:         Nuclear decommissioning - Speaker: Mr. Youssef Hallak – LT Diamond Drilling

03:20 PM    Presentation of case story:         Recycling C&D waste, C-FARM - Speaker: Dr. Vimal Kumar

03:30 PM    Exhibition Networking 

04:00 PM     Tea will be served

4:30 PM    Panel discussion - Exhibition networking will continue

5:00 PM    IDA committee meeting Artist rehearsal and set up

7:00 PM    Entertainment - Official launch of IDA Demolition Association

8:00 PM    Cocktail and Networking with Music

9:00 PM    Gala Dinner

Join our Newsletter