Pragasan Chetty, managing director of MIBT takes IMIESA’s Hot Seat to discuss his unique product – Mi Panels – an innovative, green building material with a plethora of applications for the African market.

Can you please describe the origins of the Mi Panel?

PC  The Mi Panel is a structurally insulated, lightweight concrete panel that was first developed, in 1971, in partnership between India-based Hyderabad Industries Limited and James Hardy, a major construction company based in Australia.

What was the intention behind developing this particular type of building material?

The most important consideration at that time was to find a rapid construction solution for outlying areas where accessibility was a problem. Conventional construction would not easily work in inaccessible areas, so…

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