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Kirby Building Systems to set up second plant at Gurgaon 

R Ravichandran  
Hyderabad, Dec 7 : Encouraged by the good response from MNCs, domestic companies and the defence sector, Kirby Building Systems India Ltd, the pre-engineered buildings concept major in India, is setting up a second plant in Gurgaon, Harayana with an investment of Rs 50 crore to cater to markets in northern India.

The company has bagged fresh orders including those from Pepsi (Rs 5 crore), Bridgestone ACC (Rs 3 crore) Hero Honda, (Rs 2.5 crore), L&T (Rs 1 crore) and Sai Lakshmi Textile mills (Rs 5 crore) for pre-engineered buildings.Talkijg to The Financial Express, Dr VR Rajan, chief executive officer, Kirby Building Systems, said the company is keenly looking at orders from Reliance Industries Ltd for its proposed petrol bunks/stations across Maharashtra and Gujarat.

He said the company has developed new modules made of steel, suitable for gas stations, together with the back-office-cum-mini super market. The new concept is based on models in Europe and Japan, where the customer can buy essentials and have refreshments while filling the gas tank.

He said Reliance is interested in setting up over 10,000 petrol bunk outlets in Maharashtra and Gujarat for dispensing gas/petrol.

"We are offering the concept in different versions to the petrochemical major, keeping in mind the space constraints in Mumbai and we are working on prototypes too," he added.

"The concept of integrated steel construction with colourful outer walls for supermarkets is a great promise. We are confident of selling the concept and bagging orders from Reliance," Mr Rajan added.

The company is also introducing composite construction concept, combining steel with concrete, which is suitable for multi-storied commercial complexes, office complexes, R&D centres and business schools. Kirby has received a Rs 1-crore order from L&T for this, he said.

In order to grab the increasing demand for low-cost functional houses, the company has introduced cost-effective, self-sufficient smaller dwelling units which will provide solar energy for two light points, one fan point and water heating, which is suitable for remote areas, he said.

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