UltraTech Concrete, the ready mix concrete (RMC) business of UltraTech Cement, recently won the ‘Innovation for Sustainability’ award at the Economic Times Innovation Awards held in Mumbai. UltraTech won this award for one of its value added concrete brands ‘Litecon’. Mr. K. K. Maheshwari, Managing Director, and Mr. Sanjay Mathur, Chief Special Initiatives Officer, received the prestigious award on behalf of UltraTech Cement from Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog.
The ET Innovation Awards seeks to identify and reward out-of-the-box thinking and innovation in corporate India. The final winners for the awards were selected by an eminent nine-member jury comprising top business leaders of the industry.
UltraTech Litecon, a concrete product from the UltraTech Concrete portfolio, is a useful lightweight construction material with both non-structural as well as structural versions. While non-structural version of Litecon is often used as a smart filler material for sunken and roof slabs, Litecon (structural) provides the structural designer with an ability to design structural elements with much lesser dead loads, eventually saving costs and improving the feasibility of the structure. Litecon (structural) is produced using sustainable lightweight aggregates and is quite often used in composite steel decking slabs and building extension projects, without a threat of major increase in loading. Buildings using Litecon would be greener as compared to other buildings because this product enables superior energy conservation and fire safety.
UltraTech Cement has innovation and sustainability ingrained as part of its work culture, and the Concrete business has been at the forefront of coming up with creative and sustainable solutions. The product was developed and piloted by the RMC technical team in Maharashtra.