Experts for modern tech for brick units

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Mar 11 2011, 06:09am hrs
Viswajeet Khanna, secretary, science and technology and environment, Punjab emphasised on the need to focus on introducing modern techniques in mechanisation in brick industry which contributes 15% of the GDP of the country.

These were the inaugural remarks of Khanna after inaugurating a one-day international conference on mechanisation in the brick industry on Thursday. He has called upon the brick fraternity of the sate to achieve better quality of bricks and introduction of value added products.

The conference was organised by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology in collaboration with the Energy Resources Institute, New Delhi.

In all twenty delegates from various countries like China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, European Ceramic Technology Suppliers (ECTS) shared their experiences and gave presentations on the immediate need of mechanisation in brick industry and to opt for resource efficient bricks in place of conventional ones.

Dr. Neelima Jerath, Executive Director, Punjab State Council for Science and Technology in her welcome address drew attention of Brick alliances towards energy saving and the need to reduce carbon footprints through technological advancements in the trade.

Alessandro Colucci, representative of European

Ceramic Technology Suppliers (ECTS ) shared details of various technologies developed by member countries of ECTS. He highlighted the specific features of the technologies which could be adopted by the local brick industry.

More than 400 brick klin owners from across the nation attended the conference.