Zak World of Façades India,

1st Mar 2013, ITC Grand Maratha, Mumbai

About the Event

Zak World Of Facades successfully completes 4th edition of its dedicated conference of Facades & Building Envelopes in Mumbai. Record turnout of 521 delegates from the Industry. The Indian Facade Industry unites for sustainable growth and development.

We are approaching a fast lane of industrial growth and as we speak today we still miss the fundamentals of the building façade, which is a complex subject for most of us.

The 4th edition of Zak World of Facades held on the 1st March at the ITC Maratha in Mumbai addressed the complex issues involved in a façade. A record 521 delegates attended which made it the largest ever conference dedicated to façades to have been held in India. The full day event, which ended by 11 pm, was a tribute to this ailing façade industry. The resounding presence of 521 architects, builders, façade consultants, contractors and other representatives from the façade & fenestration industry; present throughout the day, was a true testament on the commitment shown by the industry to discuss, connect, network and engage with the who’s who of the fraternity.

The first session on Design & Testing commenced by a presentation on “Designing the façade using 3D modelling & simulation” by Mr Vijay from CAD Plan. Presenting next was Mr Simon Chin from Winwall Technology who stressed upon “The need for a façade performance test”. The session ended with an interactive group discussion moderated by Mr Bhisham Vaswani from Halfen on “Best design practices for façades” which included panelists Ar Chris Laack from Burt Hill, Mr KR Suresh from Axis Facades, Mr Selvam from Geotrix & Mr Simon Chin from Winwall.

The second session on Procurement & Production began with a presentation by Mr Senthil from Asahi on “Selecting the right choice of glass” to be followed by Mr Indrajit Roy on “Choosing the right quality of extrusion”. Next to present was Mr Uday Shetty on “Adopting European hardware for façades”. Mr Satish Kumar from Elumatec highlighted the need for “Automating & optimizing façade production”. He concluded the session by moderating an enlightening group discussion on “Challenges faced in P3 – planning, procurement & production”. The above speakers were joined on the panel discussion by Mr Sharanjit Singh from GSC Glass, Mr Dev Chandwani from Innovators & Mr Rahul Rajgaria from Pentagon Tapes.

The third session on Quality Control, Installation & New Innovations started with Mr Bhisham Vaswani from Halfen presenting on “Quality installations using cast-in-anchor channels” to be followed by Mr William Zhou from Guibao on “Silicone sealants for façades”. Ms Suhag Khemlani from Clean India imparted the techniques of “Façade maintenance & cleaning”. Next to present was Mr Lakshman from Aluform on “Solid aluminum cladding for façades”. Mr Shrikrishna Ginde from Belgium Aluminium appraised on “Reflection on precision for facades”

The last part of the third session showcased two first-of-its-kind presentations in India on “Façade lighting using integrated LED” by Mr CY Lim from PTP Singapore and “Media façade – How to use a façade as a profit center” by Mr Pankaj Gohil from Panin Hitech Products.

The second half of this event featured two interactive and engaging group discussions. The first group discussion moderated by Mr Selvam from Geotrix was on “Design safeguards, product choice & warranties” featuring panelists Ar Narin from L&T, Mr VS Ravi from Façade India Testing, Mr Kamlesh from Glass Wall Systems, Ar Anupam De from Anupam De & Associates, Mr Sharanjit Singh from GSC Glass, Mr Senthil from Asahi & Mr Ashok Gupta from Akzonobel.

The final session ended with yet another fiery group discussion on “The current scenario of the façade industry in India” with key emphasis on L1 projects, cash flow & manpower crisis. The session was once again moderated by Mr Selvam from Geotrix and had Ar Kiran Uchil from RSP, Mr Moorthy from L&T, Ar Sandeep Shikre from SSA Architects, Mr Mahesh from Meinhardt Façade, Mr Pankaj Keswani from Alufit & Mr Jawahar from Glass Wall Systems as the panelists.

The exhibition showcased 13 exclusive components for façades, which included Glass from Asahi, Aluminium Extrusions from Sapa Profiles & Global Aluminium, Anchor Channels from Halfen, Glazing Tapes from Pentagon, Hardware from Cotswold & Lavaal, Sealant from Guibo, Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) from DA Surya Shakti, Cladding from Aluform & Saray, Cradle from Clean India Group. Panin Hitech Solutions showcased a live display of a media façade. Glass Wall Systems along with Belgium Aluminium & Glass showcased their solutions for façade contracting.

March 1, 2013 will definitely be a day to remember with many key discussions on critical topics that have never been discussed before in public and boldly address core issues to every person involved in the Indian Façade and Fenestration industry.

Speakers and Panelists

Conference Agenda

4th Edition - Zak World of Façade India, 1st Mar 2013, ITC Grand Maratha, Mumbai

Session - 1(09.30 - 10.35)

11.00 - 11.10-

Welcome Address

Arvind Kumar, Vice President, Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions

11.10 - 11.30-

Designing the façade at ease

Tamilvaanam Raamalingam, Executive Director, CAD Plan India & ME

11.30 - 11.50-

Why a performance test ?

Simon Chin, Managing Director, Winwall Technology India

11.50 - 13.00-

PANEL DISCUSSION: Best design partices

  • Analyzing the importance of using technology in façade design
  • Identifying the different types of façades, materials and structural systems
  • Considering the use of alternative cladding materials for better efficiencies


Bhisham Vaswani, Country Head, Halfen India


Ar Chris Laack, Director - Design, Burt Hill Selvam R, CEO, Geotrix Building Envelope KR Suresh, Regional Director, Axis Façades Simon Chin, Managing Director, Winwall Technology India

13.00 - 14.00-

Lunch Break

Session - 2(11.00 - 13.00)

14.00 - 14.20-

Choosing the right glass

Senthil Kumar, National Sales Head, Asahi India

14.20 - 14.40-

European hardwares for windows & curtain walls

Uday Shetty, Managing Partner, Archintex

14.40 - 15.00-

Automation & optmisation of façade production

Satish Kumar,Director, Elumatec India

15.00 - 16.00-

PANEL DISCUSSION: Challenges faced in "P3" (Planning, Procurement & Production)

  • Forecasting and pre-planning - is it possible in the Indian fenestration industry
  • Glass or overall system?
  • Is the Indian extrusion industry geared up for close tolerance profiles ?


Satish Kumar, Director, Elumatec India


Sharanjit Singh, Chairman, GSC Glass Dev Chandwani, Associate Director, Innovators Rajan Govind, Director, BES Consultants Kshemendra Nath, Managing Director, Sapa Profiles India

16.00 - 16.30-

Tea/Coffee Break

Session - 3(13.50 - 15.40)

16.30 - 16.50-

Quality installations using cast-in anchor channels

Bhisham Vaswani, Country Head, Halfen India

16.50 - 17.00-

Façade cleaning & maintenance

Suhag Khemlani, Dy. Managing Director, Clean India Group

17.00 - 17.20-

Quality checks of facade deliverables

Esha Sharma, GM - Technical, Urban Dorz

17.20 - 17.40-

One stop silicone sealant solution for building facade

William Zhou, Vice President, Guibao Science and Technology

17.40 - 18.00-

Reflections of precision for facades

Patrice Couret, Technical Director, Belgium Aluminium and Glass

18.00 - 18.20-

Façade integrated LED lighting

C.Y. Lim, Technical Manager, Pacific Technical Products, Singapore

18.20 - 18.40-

Media façade - Using the façade as a profit center

Pankaj Gohil, CMD, Panin Hitech Solutions

18.40 - 19.00-

Networking Break

Session - 4(16.00 - 17.45)

19.00 - 20.00-

PANEL DISCUSSION: Do It Right The First Time Everytime

  • Design safeguards
  • Product choice / Warranties / Liabilities


Selvam R, CEO, Geotrix Building Envelope


Ar Narin Gobindranauth, Chief Architect, Larsen & Toubro Construction Ar Anupam De, Principal Architect, Anupam De & Associates VS Ravi, President, Façade India Testing Kamlesh Choudhari, Director, Glass Wall Systems Ashok Gupta, Business Development Manager, Akzonobel India

20.00 - 20.15-

Networking Break

Session - 5(18.00 - 19.45)

20.15 - 20.30-

Ar Hafeez Contractor will share his experience on façades

20.30 - 21.30-

PANEL DISCUSSION: Façade in India - Present & Future

    • Clients prespective of a façade
    • Challenges currently faced and where we are ?
    • Present available skill level and the way forward


Selvam R, CEO, Geotrix Building Envelope


Ar Kiran Uchil, Director, RSP Architects Mahesh Arumugam, Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Ar Sandeep Shikre, President & CEO, SSA Architects Jawahar Hemrajani, Director, Glass Wall Systems Sharanjit Singh, Chairman, GSC Glass V Moorthy, Cluster Project Manager, Larsen & Toubro Construction Pankaj Keswani, Managing Director, Alufit India

21.30 - 23.00-

Networking & Dinner

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