Feasibility of launching mechanical couples in steel fixtures


Master of Business Administration Executive

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)

Year of Award

Spring 2018

Project Type

MBA Executive Research Project

Access Type

Restricted Access


Steel fixtures, Stress corrosion, Mechanical splices

Executive Summary

The topic Feasibility of launching Mechanical Couplers in steel fixtures, has been selected to present to IBA as my 2nd research report. The purpose of this report is to establish the understanding of mechanical couplers instead of traditional lap splices in concrete reinforcement for all stake holders so they can specify and use this product in their steel fixture to get required strength in low cost. Since there has been use of lap splicing in steel fixture for so long, but the new century has outdated the use of lap splicing in steel fixture for so long, but the new century has outdated the use of lap splice in developed country and the use of mechanical couplers have become common to provide steel the required length with standard strength without losing the concrete ratio. Therefore, it is necessary and need of the time that country like Pakistan who is in its developing stage must adopt this product as has been adopted internationally. For my research I am going through different processes to design the report like, secondary research includes industry publications, news articles, and analyst reports, company’s websites. While the primary research includes the interviews with industry experts who belong to the consultancy of steel rebars, dealing with steel rebar like contractors, builders retailers. Meeting with focused group that includes consultants and contractors and a survey with 100 participants like (10% Steel rebar distributors, 30% Builders, 30% Contractors, 30% dealers/retailers were selected for survey of questionnaire who belonged to steel business. Interviews with industry experts and meeting with focused group helped me designing my research questions and my survey with 100 participants as described above helped me to get the answer of my research questions. The main point of my research is that this is first time launching recommendations as there are still alternative ways under practice that have been outdated in developed countries. Therefore, the problem I realized during composing this research that no secondary data is access for Pakistani market that can be used as reference, therefore I. had to gone under deep research to get the ground realities of the scope of this product. Based on the research done to find the scope of mechanical couplers in Pakistan, it was found that people prefer lap splicing as apparently it seems cost effective but they generally don't estimate the cost of extra length that is used for overlapping the steel bar, wastage, binding wire cost and labor cost. However, while I talked to civil consultants and structural engineers so they appreciated this idea with a view to provide their structure a required strength without losing the space for concrete. In my research, I have worked out that, what mode to be selected of providing mechanical coupler to market in initial stage that is more viable and less risky (either to produce it locally and supply to market or import to be made in first face and supplies would be made to market). The viability of the project suggests that in its initial stage it is good to import the product to know the market size and actual requirement of the product, especially in mega projects like CPEC, dams, hydro and coal power projects, and Karachi Circular railway KCR, ML-1 project, Keti bandar project and projects in Gwadar.

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