Australia is faced with a number of challenges, including the aftermath of the pandemic. Vik Bansal, CEO of Infrabuild believes that Australia’s manufacturing sector can thrive post-pandemic. In this interview he discusses what steps are being taken to ensure that happens.
Infrabuild is the largest builder of commercial buildings in Australia, including many primary production properties. Vik Bansal CEO has for a long time promoted the concept of building new facilities for primary production. He is very passionate about agriculture and believes it is the way forward.
“Agriculture is not just about feeding people anymore,” he said. “There are so many other aspects that have developed over the years, including high value products, biofuels – ethanol being one of them – laboratory-grown medicine, biological monitoring systems in banks using protein technology to detect counterfeiting of currency. There are many, many different aspects to it.”
Bansal is also an advocate for the use of traditional building materials in the construction process. “I personally prefer older technologies rather than modern ones,” he said. “The modern ones are more efficient but they are not good for the environment. It’s a balance between conservation and usage.
He grew up in India where his father was a contractor. He gained the knowledge he needed to become successful in the construction industry one brick at a time.
“We literally started from zero,” he said. “Our first project was an apartment building, which we constructed out of brick and mortar.”
Bansal came to Australia in 1984. The following year he established Infrabuild. The company now has thousands of employees and is committed to building facilities that will meet the needs of Australia’s post-pandemic future.
“We are looking forward to the coming pandemic,” said Bansal. “Yes, it wasn’t unexpected so there is some time to prepare but we can say that we are fairly well prepared for it. I pretty much lead the company in the direction of identifying what facilities will be needed, who is going to need them and where they need to go. We have some good information on that because our commercial focus has been on agriculture.”