Thursday, October 22, 2020

Interaction- Wilfried Theissen, MD, PUTZMEISTER INDIA



Our products are designed to deliver performance and efficiency in very tough conditions



Putzmeister, with its high quality and high reliability machines has set a formidable example in the world of construction. With over 20 subsidiaries worldwide and manufacturing units across the globe, it is a combination of German engineering, technology, expertise and high manufacturing standards. WILFRIED THEISSEN, MD, PUTZMEISTER INDIA in an exclusive interview with CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES, speaks about his company’s shotcreting equipment and a lot more.





Tell us about the range of shotcreting equipment offered by you, in terms of types, capacities and applications.


Putzmeister has 30+ years of experience in offering specialized shotcreting equipment for tunnelling and mining applications. We offer shotcrete spraying equipment including the SPM 500 Wetkret suited for tunnels and medium and large galleries and slopes, and the SPM 4210 Wetkret suited for underground mining in galleries and small and medium tunnels, a special batching plant for mining applications the Batchkret 20 and low-profile concrete mixers. We also offer integrated secondary concrete lining solutions for tunnels, Formkret.



Tell us more about your shotcrete spraying equipment.


The SPM 500 Wetkret and SPM 4210 Wetkret are designed to deliver performance and efficiency in very tough conditions. Thanks to its articulated and telescopic design, the spraying arm can be deployed in a minimum section. Equipped with an automatic system for high precision synchronization between the concrete pump and the additive dosing unit, these machines can handle liquid additives of all kinds. With a heavy-duty chassis and state of the art axle, you also get excellent manoeuvrability in difficult driving situations. Most importantly, this equipment can be customized to the requirement of individual jobsites.




How much experience do these machines have in the Indian market? How do you support your customers?


Putzmeister Shotcreting solutions have been deployed on tunnelling and hydro-electric projects for over 10 years. Equipment including the SPM 4210 Wetkret and SPM 500 Wetkret have helped complete several such projects in Jammu and Kashmir,Sikkim, Assam, Uttrakhand. These solutions have also worked on projects for the Konkan Railways and the Mumbai Metro. Currently we have equipment working on rail tunnel and hydro-electric projects in Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, Sikkim and Manipur.


We offer specialized simulator-based training for the operators. This helps prepare the operator to handle the equipment efficiently and saves valuable time and resources. For the more challenging projects, we station service specialists at the jobsite to ensure smooth operations and ongoing maintenance. We also have tie-ups with financers for this equipment.



How would you rate the market in India for these products?


These products have applications in a niche market. That said, given India’s ambitious infrastructure targets, the size of the market will be bigger in the medium to long term.


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