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Expert says payment delays challenging MEP sector

Lack of manpower and delay in payments are some of the challenges facing the local MEP sector, Brayan Group's chief tells MEP Middle East

Praveen Sarapure, group director and CEO of Brayan Group.
Praveen Sarapure, group director and CEO of Brayan Group.

Lack of manpower and delay in payments are some of the challenges facing the MEP sector, an industry expert said. 

Praveen Sarapure, group director and CEO of Brayan Group, told MEP Middle East: "Good quality manpower and payments are still the major challenges.

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"There is no security for an MEP contractor." 

Sarapure said that in the construction lifecycle, MEP works tend to be carried out towards the end, but the lack of precaution could hurt developers. 

He added: "But that’s how we are picking clients; if there is no bank finance, we will not even touch that project. So the challenge is getting payment at the right time."

Sarapure said that his company employs around 1,500 people, adding that this is not an easy task: "Additionally, we have manpower contractors to put together on-site works, so close to 3,000 people may work with us at any given time.

"Good quality is a big issue." 

"Price is still a concern and competition is tough, but now I think there no more big players are operating. This competition might reduce in 2018, and margins will definitely improve." 

To read the entire interview with Sarapure, check out the issue #1211 of MEP Middle East, which will be published in the first week of November 2017. 

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