On May 11, 2021, Raina Industries Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai/India, was awarded the National Award 2021 in India in category 1 "National Award for Successful Commercialization of an Indigenous Technology". Raina Industries, an ITA Aachen University (Germany) spin-off produces and sells textile-reinforced precast concrete elements for the construction sector. These are eminently resource-saving, because they reduce the concrete consumption, the production energy and the end-of-life-waste by 80%.
The environmentally friendly material textile-reinforced concrete is suitable for both new construction and renovations. The textile reinforcement structures must be specially designed to absorb the tensile stresses that arise in the component.
Applications of textile-reinforced concrete include façade elements and design structures for smart cities, as well as marine and coastal infra-structure.
Every year, on the occasion of National Technology Day on May 11, the Technology Development Board (TVB), a statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), awards a series of prizes to industrial companies that successfully commercialize an indigenous technology in India. They each receive prize money of around €28,000 and a trophy presented by the President of India.