Vagisha Kaushik|Jul 6, 2022
IIT Madras alumni’s startup Tvasta, India Cements forge strategic collaboration
India Cements and Tvasta will engage in dedicated R&D and technologies to develop new raw material formulations used in 3D Printing applications.
NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras alumni’s deep tech startup Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions and India Cements Ltd are forging a strategic collaboration, marking the beginning of an ‘Age of Sustainability’ in the Indian Construction Industry.
The collaboration will see India Cements and Tvasta engaging in dedicated R&D 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, dwelling solutions to the diverse strata of society.
“This pioneering partnership between the legacy organization and the spirited start-up is a first-of-its-kind for the construction industry in India. It is also well-aligned with the ‘Nation Building Initiative’ for India advocated by India Cements’ Managing Director N Srinivasan,” said an official statement.
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 faster, economical and sustainable construction methods compared to conventional technologies. The start-up is currently based out of Chennai and Bengaluru.
Highlighting the unique aspects of this collaboration, Rupa Gurunath, Whole-time Director, India Cements, said, “With India having developed a vibrant start-up eco-system, we are delighted to forge partnership with Tvasta, a fast-paced 3D printing firm founded by IIT Madras Alumni. We are excited that this technology delivers a cost-effective construction method that offers quicker turn arounds as compared to conventional methods.”
“But what we are particularly enthusiastic about is that this methodology is more eco-friendly, with lesser consumption of water and sand, two of our most precious resources provided by Mother Nature. ‘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,” he said.
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