ICC to set up 'Durra' building panel manufacturing plant here
THE International Construction Consortium (ICC) of Sri Lanka and
Ortech Industries (Pty) Ltd of Australia signed a technology transfer
agreement recently for the setting up of a plant in Sri Lanka to
manufacture and sell Durra Building Panels. The total project cost is
estimated at Rs. 312 Mn.
ICC, the promoter of the project was established in 1979, and is
currently a market leader in the construction sector with ICTAD M1
rating. ICC possesses multi sector capabilities in infrastructure
development and housing.
The Durra Building Systems Technology is patented and promoted by
Ortech Industries (Pty) Ltd, Australia and is a technology with a proven
track record of over 40 years with manufacturing operations currently
running in Australia, United States and the Philippines.
The panels are also marketed and used in New Zealand and Indonesia.
The manufacturing process involves converting abundantly available
rice straw into durable building panels through a continuous dry
extrusion process. The manufacturing process is totally chemical free
making the end product an environmentally friendly application.
The Durra Panel can be used as cladding material for internal walls
and external walls, ceilings and internal office partitioning.
The Durra panels are 1187 mm wide (designed for 1200mm grid) and has
the flexibility to be cut to the customer's specific length
Managing Director of ICC Harsha de Saram said the construction
industry has been continuously looking for an effective alternative to
traditional forms of construction using cement blocks, brick and mortar.
This form of construction is facing major limitations in the current
context given the high cost as well as shortage of skilled labour and
material such as sand."
The main raw material, paddy straw is currently treated as an
agricultural waste and is burnt by the farmers on the paddy field after
harvesting the paddy.
Hence, the project is seen as an effective eco networking arrangement
which converts an agricultural waste into a useful commercial product.
The framer will earn an additional income by supplying the straw to the
The factory will be located in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa in close
proximity to the paddy growing catchment from where the paddy straw will