Quantcast
Back to news
29 Nov 2019 | News

Incubation centre established for R&D of the brick sector in Nepal

Brick entrepreneurs in Nepal can now test soil properties and the calorific value of coal, thereby enabling energy and resource efficient brick production. This has been made possible through the establishment in October 2019 of a brick sector incubation centre and laboratory in Lalitpur. The Federation of Nepal Brick Industries (FNBI) invested in the physical infrastructure and ICIMOD supported procurement of the equipment for testing and research and development (R&D).

1 min Read

70% Complete
Representatives of all four FABKA countries with ICIMOD DDG Eklabya Sharma inaugurate the first brick incubation center to be established in Nepal. Photo credit: ICIMOD

The incubation centre will strengthen FNBI’s Technical Resource Development Committee (TRDC), and enable R&D for the continuous refinement of brick production in Nepal. The centre is also expected to catalyze innovation and production of industry related marketable equipment. A core aspect of the incubation centre is a laboratory equipped with facilities to test coal, soil, brick strength, and to measure emissions. The centre is equipped with bomb calorimeter, muffle furnace, thermocouples, stack monitoring equipment and burners for gas firing, among others. FNBI has hired a technician to operate the laboratory and two support staff. The technician received training at the Department of Mines and Geology in Kathmandu.

Eklabya Sharma, Deputy Director General, ICIMOD highlighted how the establishment of the incubation centre is a major milestone in the brick industry and provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the region to make informed decisions that can ultimately enable them to produce better quality bricks.

FNBI President Mahendra Chitrakar appreciated ICIMOD support not only on behalf of Nepal’s brick entrepreneurs but also on behalf of FABKA. He reiterated how by reducing fuel, the industry can reduce air pollution across Nepal, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He called for all the countries to work together for this, as well as towards better working conditions for workers across the region. This initiative has been supported by UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

The incubation centre is a major milestone in the brick industry and provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the region to make informed decisions that can ultimately enable them to produce better 2
Representatives of all four FABKA countries with ICIMOD DDG Eklabya Sharma inaugurate the first brick incubation center to be established in Nepal. Photo credit: ICIMOD 3
1. The incubation centre strengthens FNBI’s Technical Resource Development Committee (TRDC), and enables R&D for the continuous refinement of brick production in Nepal. Photo credit: ICIMOD 2. The incubation centre is a major milestone in the brick industry and provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs in the region to make informed decisions that can ultimately enable them to produce better 3. Representatives of all four FABKA countries with ICIMOD DDG Eklabya Sharma inaugurate the first brick incubation center to be established in Nepal. Photo credit: ICIMOD

Stay current

Stay up to date on what’s happening around the HKH with our most recent publications and find out how you can help by subscribing to our mailing list.

RELATED CONTENTS

Continue exploring this topic

9 Apr 2019 News
Air pollution research into use

ICIMOD responds to key research questions at the local to regional level, generating highly technical air pollution-related data in a ...

6 Jul 2015 News
Convergence in the understanding of water challenges crucial, say experts

The special session on ‘Water and Mountains’ convened by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and theHimalayan Adaptation, ...

26 Feb 2016 News
Sustainable Management of Local Varieties in Kailash

[caption id="attachment_8590" align="aligncenter" width="560"] A women’s group displays their crop diversity during the ...

3 Jun 2016 News
International Day for Biological Diversity

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) programme highlighted the importance of biological diversity in sustainable development and enhancement in local livelihoods ...