Multi-plant manufacturer Nezone has added another feather to its cap by introducing galvanised steel tubular and octagonal poles in the region.
The Rs 200-crore group, that started its journey in Guwahati in 1983 with the manufacture of electric resistance welded black and galvanised pipes, has set up two additional plants at Byrnihat in Meghalaya recently for manufacturing the galvanised steel poles.
“We are introducing galvanised steel tubular, octagonal poles, high mast towers and galvanised steel structures (for electrical sub-stations) for the first time in the region, to contribute, from our part, to development in the field of street lighting and allied road infrastructure,” Nezone group director Subhash Agarwala told The Telegraph.
“For our new products we have set up two state-of-the-art steel galvanising plants at Byrnihat recently. That’s in addition to the one established in 2004, and two plants at Paschim Boragaon in Guwahati, from where we started operating in 1983,” he said.
Nezone has invested close to Rs 30 crore in the new plants at Byrnihat for the new projects.
“We have invested about Rs 30 crore to set up these plants that are equipped with advanced technology. Our endeavour is to come up with quality and reliable products that are in sync with the changes taking place in the infrastructure and real estate sectors in the country. Galvanisation of steel poles and tubes will increase their operational span and reduce their maintenance to almost nil,” Agarwala said.
The group comprises companies such as North Eastern Tubes Ltd, Nezone Industries Ltd, Nezone Poles & Towers, Nezone Strips Ltd, Nezone Pipes and Structures and NTL Steels.
“We have also started production of scaffolding (tubular, tube and fitting), which will be an alternative to bamboo, used as temporary structures to support people and material in the construction or repair of buildings. This is an eco-friendly move as it will reduce use of bamboo during construction. Given the real estate boom in the Northeast, use of scaffolding has become imperative for construction of multistoreyed buildings,” he said.
The company plans to diversify to plastics as well and cater to households and the agriculture sector.
“We are planning to manufacture PVC pipes towards the end of 2013. The products will cater to the agriculture sector as well as households. The necessary research is being done in this regard and the prospects look bright,” the director said.