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2013-08-22

SMEs in building and construction sector witness improved business conditions: Survey

India is pegged to become the world\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s third largest construction market by 2025, adding 11.5 million homes a year to become a $1 trillion a year market, says a recent study by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics.

India is pegged to become the world's third largest construction market by 2025, adding 11.5 million homes a year to become a $1 trillion a year market, says a recent study by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics.

 

The future looks optimistic while the current economic conditions are yet to instil confidence in the players. Consisting of a fair share of SMEs, the sector dynamics are also defined by their performance.

 

A survey conducted by online B2B marketplace, IndiaMART.com among SMEs in the building and construction sector to understand the current business scenario and outlook revealed that more than 60 per cent of the SMEs in the sector witnessed improved business conditions last year, despite a grim economic scenario.

 

Also, over 46.9 per cent of SMEs are optimistic for future too and expect improved sales between 0-20 per cent led by regular inflow of demand.
 

Dinesh Agarwal, Founder & CEO, IndiaMART.com, said, “Being a contributor of almost 8.6 per cent to country's GDP, growth of building and construction sector is important from the viewpoint of economic development. Several factors have given fillip to the construction sector in recent times of which the most significant is the one by SMEs. The survey is a reflection of their opinion. It is interesting to note that the SMEs have high business confidence despite experiencing the grim economic conditions.”
 

Key findings of IndiaMART Knowledge Services (IKS) survey include:

Business operations: Around 46.1% hired more employees, 56.1% witnessed an increase in sales and about 51.5% increased their production capacity. However, business expansion in terms of number of offices did not show any change for 60.8% SMEs

Orders: 44.6% respondents received orders worth over Rs. 25 lakhs

Exports: Exports remained same for 44.6% of SMEs in 2012. These improved for over 27.7% SMEs while similar percentage saw decline in the demand

Challenges: Over 40% SMEs faced limited availability of finance as a major challenge. Around 27.7% felt rising steel and cement prices as a hurdle to their growth and about 16.9% find lack of trained manpower as an area of concern. Only 12.3% found improper infrastructure as a bigger challenge that they faced in the past 1 year

Computers & internet: 78.8% find computers helpful for business & 72.3% also feel internet is quite useful tool for their business and they use it regularly

 

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