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                                 RMC Concrete Opportunities


Concrete is the most vital material in modern construction. Ready-mix concrete is a type of concrete that improves durability and sustainability. It is also an easier alternative as purchasing the raw materials individually and experimenting every time with handling and proportioning, is not involved. The latest developments in concrete technology have made it possible to use it in intricate and architecturally complex structures, requiring high degree of performance and aesthetic appearance. With companies’ innovative offerings at play, ready-mix concrete will continue to build consumers’ trust on strength, durability, affordability and eco-consciousness, writes Prerna Sharma.


The ready-mix concrete is widely being accepted for the construction of manufacturing facilities, residential and commercial buildings, power generation facilities, and road construction. Manufacturing ready-mix concrete and delivering through a transit mixer enables the implementation of precise concrete in the construction project, making it sturdy, strong and long lasting. Ready-mix concrete is particularly advantageous when small quantities of concrete or intermittent placing of concrete are required. Ready-mixed concrete is also ideal for large jobs where space is limited and there is little room for a mixing plant and aggregate stockpiles. In RMC, all the ingredients are proportioned in accordance with the standard codes of practice to get the targeted strength and durability. The quality of concrete depends on the way it is mixed, placed, compacted, finished, cured and protected. RMC is preferred over normal concrete owing to ease of use, convenience, and better quality.


Fast Facts
  • The market is expected to progress with the backing of 8.02 % CAGR by the year 2023.
  • Government reforms to develop the road infrastructure in India in order to flourish the industrial development in the region is anticipated to positively impact the industry.
  • The enhanced level of convenience offered by ready mix concrete is expected to tip a favorable growth trend in the ready mix concrete market.
  • The commercial and residential sectors are likely to show a soaring level of potential in the coming years.


Development in infrastructure segments across the globe coupled with rapid urbanization is the primary factor driving the growth of the segment. The product is widely being used as a substitute for traditional concrete on account of greater convenience, ease of use, and enhanced quality. Moreover, low inventory cost, wastage reduction and efficient utilization are likely to lower the overall project cost. Thus, is likely to impact the demand on positive note. Central Government’s plan to invest heavily in infrastructural development for 100 smart cities has already created growth opportunities for the ready-mix concrete market and the market is only poised to grow with infrastructure at the center of the growth agenda. Further, establishment of manufacturing facilities and power plants to keep up with the growing demand for energy, is further anticipated to stimulate the demand for RMC.


According to ACC, the use of RMX is an environmental-friendly practice as well that ensures a cleaner workplace and causes minimal disturbance to its surroundings. This makes its utility more significant in crowded cities and sensitive localities. In contrast to this, conventional methods of making, transporting and placing concrete at most construction sites are somewhat labor-intensive and suffer from practices which may be erratic.




We have launched a very portable solution of doing concrete named RDC Bagcrete which is quite unique in itself. Just imagine the concrete which can be transported without transit mixer, you only have to add water and mix with hand trowel at site. It is going to be game changer in the area where site accessibility is an issue. Also, with this product we have planned to penetrate into repair solution market in the form of high strength grouts and repair mortars. ANIL BANCHHOR, MD & CEO,    RDC CONCRETE (INDIA) PVT LTD






It has been our endeavor to always listen to customer feedback and launch products and services which fulfill their requirements. Be it the 10 and 12 Cubic Meter Truck Mixers for high volume concrete transport or 3 Cubic Meter Truck mixers for the tunneling applications or batching plants that do not require a foundation to be constructed, bigger capacity recycling plants like RA 20, etc. have all been developed keeping customer feedback in mind. V.G. SAKTHIKUMAR, MD, SCHWING STETTER INDIA





Driving prospects


If you look at the performance of the RMC over the last year, residential construction was the largest application segment in 2019 and accounted for 34.3% of the global revenue share. If the recent research is to go by, the segment is likely to witness higher growth on account of ascending demand for single-family houses in Asia Pacific and European countries. Rapidly growing population and ascending disposable income levels in India and China are expected to drive the demand for residential structures over the coming years. This, in turn, is likely to affect the market positively, for ready-mix concrete. Industrial development in Asia Pacific coupled with favorable government policies has attracted several manufacturers to establish their plants in the region, which in turn, is anticipated to upscale the demand for ready-mix concrete.


Increasing spending in commercial construction including shopping malls, office buildings, hotels, restaurants, institutional buildings, hospitals, medical centers, supermarkets, and departmental stores is likely to aid the market for ready-mix concrete. The commercial construction requires large and speedy construction components, thus supports the demand for ready-mix concrete.Infrastructure construction is expected to witness the fastest growth at a revenue-based CAGR of 8.4% over the next few years owing to the development in road construction, dams, water conservation systems, and expansion of airports. Expanding the budget allocations for infrastructure development by local governments is likely to provide additional impetus to the growth of the market for ready-mix concrete.




There is a growing demand in concreting segment with a strong emphasis on indigenization, AJAX has strategically aligned its product portfolio in line with the Indian government’s ‘Make in India, Sell Global’ programme by indigenizing its product portfolio. AJAX offers state-of-the-art machines equipped with top-class technology manufactured at its Bangalore plant for the complete bandwidth of construction infrastructure segments. AJAY ANEJA, CMO, AJAX ENGINEERING








Are the challenges surmounting?


The ready-mix concrete market is still in an early stage of its development in India but offers strong growth and value creation potential. The Indian construction market is developing to witness significant demand for new housing, urbanization and infrastructure. There is intense competition among the well-established players in the construction market. Besides, the ready mix concrete needs specialized vehicles that transport the concrete from mixing plant to the construction site, thus, impose higher transportation cost. However, the installation of mixing plants at the construction site can reduce the transportation cost as well as the total time taken for the construction process.


RMC has grown modestly during the last decade. One of the reasons for the stagnation of RMC in countries such as India, are the construction practice followed in the country that are traditionally labor-intensive. Even today, a substantial proportion of concrete produced in the country is volumetrically-batched and site-mixed, involving a large number of unskilled laborers in various operations. The situation is however, slowly changing and a trend in favor of mechanization/semi mechanization in construction is clearly discernible in the urban centers. It is, therefore, logical that most of the RMC plants are concentrated in these centers.



Innovative offerings


The advent of commercial RMC in India is about a decade old, but in recent years it has become the preferred choice of architects, engineers, and consumers. In line with this, UltraTech Concrete is committed to providing customized high-quality RMC, which has versatile properties such as easy mouldability, high compressive strength, and long-lasting durability for ensuring speedy construction. UltraTech Freeflow is a special concrete, produced by using high-quality ingredients including the latest 4thgeneration acrylic based super plasticizers and viscosity modifying agents that lend it a unique self-compacting feature, which in turn allows complicated, intricate and elegant designs without leaving any voids. It is highly effective for RCC members with intricate and complicated shapes and sizes. It avoids defects such as segregation and honeycombing. It has superior surface finish enabling faster construction and lower manpower requirement and better degree of compaction, hence better impermeability & durability.


ACC- Supercrete is high strength concrete, which offers significantly higher strength than traditional concrete and finds applications in structures such as columns, beams, slabs, bridges. Generally with specified strength of above 60 MPa, it allows significant reduction of structural component sizes and therefore the amount of concrete used is also significantly less. Hence, it is economical for use in high-rise buildings.


RDC has developed selfCrete to make construction process easy, fast and efficient. It is a special concrete having self-flowing and self-leveling properties. It is developed using new generation admixtures technology, allowing it to be self-flowing properties while maintaining low viscosity and yield stress of the mix without any segregation or bleeding. It is also one of the solutions towards noise-free placement of concrete with challenging task of placing concrete into heavily reinforced structure sections and for night concreting in residential area to reduce eliminate noise of vibrators.


InstaMix Microne is a one-of-a-kind, free-flowing, non-shrink, high-strength pre-mix wet micro-concrete produced in Nuvoco’s ready mix concrete plants and supplied in 35 kg HDPE bags. InstaMix Microne is blended with microfibres and a special admixture that provides a perfect bond with the host concrete for a strong and durable structure. One of the major reasons to choose InstaMix Microne is that since it is a non-shrink product, it guarantees excellent plastic and hardening properties. Also, there is no need to add water and aggregates at the construction site, thereby saving additional labor cost and requirement of clean water. Being a free-flowing mix, it can be used to fill all kinds of difficult areas and boasts of 30% to 40% more chloride resistance, which makes it ideal for all kinds of aggressive environments.


Prism RMC’s Envirocrete® is a truly High Performance and high quality sustainable concrete designed to offer current and future environmental objectives, which are high durability and low environmental impact. Its applications include PCC; Mass Foundations; Concrete Pavements; Underground Structures, etc. Envirocrete® is sustainable and durable. It has low heat of hydration; as well as possesses continued strength gain up to later ages; mitigates cracking; and offers better workability.


ThermoTuff from the house of Godrej Construction is a chilled concrete, which delivers superior performance in mass structures where thermal gradient within concrete becomes significant for durability. The temperature of concrete is controlled as per customer specification. It is produced using chilled water/ice flakes and other ingredients that bring down the temperature of concrete at the time of placing. Core temperature is controlled to avoid thermal tensile crack formation. Application areas include big columns, footings and raft slabs, bridge pliers and girders, raft, foundations, etc. It is useful in extreme weather conditions; and mass concreting.




We are rolling out our 60 m3 Batching Plants (SUN MIX60) that will be offered in multiple variants with distinct features. At the beginning of the year, we introduced Our 8cbm Transit Mixer, 41 Mtr Boom Pump(In Cooperation with KCP-Korea), Diesel Driven Mixer Pump and an improved version of our SS50 Hi-Pressure Trailer Pump. All these have been done keeping in mind in meeting the expectations of our Indian Customer. S.MADHAN MURALI,  NATIONAL HEAD – SALES & AFTER SALES MKT,  SUNBEAM INFRA EQUIPMENTS






Market trends


The growing popularity of geopolymers in concrete manufacturing will be one of the critical ready-mix concrete market trends. According to Technavio research, the use of geopolymers is increasing in cement because of its superior properties such as acid resistance, high-temperature control, and the ability to impart high strength to buildings. Geopolymer cement concretes (GPCCs) are inorganic polymer composites that have a low carbon footprint, high durability, superior strength, and several ecological advantages. Hence, GPCCs are being preferred over conventional Portland cement concrete for the construction of pavements, buildings, and water tanks. Such factors will boost the demand for ready-mix concrete driving market growth.


The high preference for ready-mix concrete will also be a significant factor fueling the growth of this market. Carefully chosen raw materials, low waste generation, limited workforce requirement, and low noise and water pollution during production are some of the factors boosting the popularity of ready-mix concrete.


Moreover, ready-mix concrete can be manufactured within a limited time and eliminate the need for storage. These benefits of ready-mix concrete are fueling its adoption in the construction industry. With increasing residential projects and infrastructural developments, especially in regions, such as APAC and the MEA, the demand for ready-mix concrete will also grow. These factors are expected to drive ready-mix concrete market growth at a CAGR of over 4% in times to come.









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India scenario:


The Indian concrete equipment market is projected to cross $1,300 million by 2024, exhibiting a CAGR of 13% on account of anticipated growth in construction industry, increasing foreign investments, and rising number of smart city projects in the country. As per the Research & Markets’ report, batching plant segment is the largest segment in the Indian concrete equipment market. The growth of the segment is led by growing customer preference for high capacity and technologically advanced batching plant. Moreover, factors such as increasing number of construction projects, shorter completion time, and the demand for customized solutions by end-users are further fueling growth of this segment.


Government initiatives towards infrastructure development is further boosting the demand for concrete equipment in India. Some of the construction projects in the country include Smart City Mission, AMRUT, the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transformation, Metro Rail in urban areas, Bharatmala, and Sagarmala, among others.


In addition, government is also supporting the Indian concrete equipment market by liberalizing taxation policies for the construction industry such as GST and custom duty. In 2018, the government of India reduced the GST on concrete equipment from 28% to 18%, which will help the concrete equipment manufacturers to reduce the overall cost of equipment and other operational losses.



Fast Facts
  • Global ready mix concrete batching plant market since 2018 and the market is poised to grow by USD 122.4 million during 2020-2024 at a CAGR of over 5%
  • The global ready mix concrete batching plant market size has the potential to grow by USD 122.4 million during 2020-2024.
  • Almost 51% of the overall market’s growth will originate from APAC during the forecast period. China, India, and Indonesia are the key markets for ready mix concrete batching plant in the region.



Innovations galore


Let’s talk about some interesting facts… In 1986, Putzmeister Truck Mounted Boom Pumps were put into action to help seal the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor in a concrete sarcophagus. The machines pumped 400,000 cubic meters of concrete to seal the reactor. In 2011, Putzmeister Boom Pumps were adapted to pump water (160,000 litres per hour at a pressure of 85 bar) instead of concrete to help cool down the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor. Putzmeister has recently delivered its 1,000th Putzmeister Truck Mounted Boom Pump from its factory in Goa, India. Putzmeister Truck Mounted Boom Pumps have worked on most major metro, bridge, refinery and thermal power plant projects in India. Globally these pumps are renowned for their ability to work across a range of application conditions and extremely harsh environments, including radioactive environments.


The company is currently in the process of rolling out Putzmeister Machine Cockpit on its fleet of Boom Pumps in India. This will allow fleet owners to optimize their machine uptime and fuel consumption. Remote fault monitoring will enable quicker fixes. Automated maintenance alerts will improve equipment management. And of course, fleet owners will know where their machine is at all times, ensuring no unauthorized movement or use.


SCHWING STETTER truck mixers are the result of experience gained over decades accompanied by continuous advancement and optimization. They incorporate the know-how from a production of more than 80,000 truck mixers, which have proved to be reliable all over the world. SCHWING Stetter truck mixers are characterized by low-maintenance technology in a modern design, simple handling, cost minimizing in maintenance and service, efficiency and excellent cost effectiveness. With SCHWING Stetter truck mixers, the time spent on filling, discharging and cleaning is reduced to a minimum, thus you save time and money. SCHWING Stetter truck mixers are available with a mechanical or an electronic control unit. Reliable drive components guarantee smooth operation.


AJAX Engineering is one of the leading Concreting Solutions company that provides a wide range of equipment to Indian and global customers for over 28 years. AJAX designs, engineers and manufactures a complete range of next-gen solutions from concrete mixers to transit mixers, concrete pumps and pavers, Batching Plants of various capacities and technologies for a wide range of applications. Keeping pace with the changing requirements of customers, AJAX developed a first-of its-kind Self Propelled Boom Pump. A complete solution that is built on AJAX’s own chassis with 4x4 transmission, three-way steering, lightweight compact design and fuel efficient engine. The 25m Boom Pump mounted on this chassis has a revolutionary design to utilize the full boom length to reach the unreachable spaces in less accessible areas and deliver concrete effectively. The smaller tight turning radius of 3.5 m. is the major differentiator between the conventional Boom Pumps for better maneuverability at confined site conditions.


Safety has always been SANY INDIA’s overriding concern when designing each product line to guarantee zero incident rate. Therefore, it never stops optimizing the technology and parts to provide truck-mounted concrete pumps for the safety of customers and their employees. SANY Concrete Pump features S valve technology for high productivity, low maintenance cost and reliable performance. SANY’s truck-mounted concrete pumps are equipped with boom overload protection, hopper sifter linkage protection and hydraulic oil level auto inspection. Fault self-diagnosis system, another salient feature of SANY’s C8 series concrete pumps, monitors the equipment status at any time, and diagnose more than 200 faults in real time, which shorten the troubleshooting time by 70%.


The AQUARIUS 700, 1000, 1400 & High Pressure series of standard diesel and electric line pumps has been the most preferred choice of the customers for the last 12 years. With the biggest specified Cylinder diameter of 200 mm in its class, ensuring long distance and higher aggregate size pumping, the AQUARIUS Line Pumps are the most rugged and fuel efficient pumps. The high diameter cylinder ensures the specified maximum output in the lowest possible strokes per minute, thereby reducing the wear & tear of pumping system substantially. The output can be controlled infinitely from zero to maximum, as may be required for the site application. Additionally, the seal type delivery piston design reduces the replacement cost drastically. A unique feature of all AQUARIUS Concrete Pumps is the water cleaning system and effective reverse pumping of the concrete. The pump regulator provided is useful in protecting the hydraulic system from overheating and also the engine from overloading. The variable output regulator, pressure & flow regulator, as well as the torque regulator (DFLR or LRDS Control), not only assists in proper pump operation but also improves the overall fuel efficiency.


The most striking feature of KYB-Conmat Batching Plant is faster & easy erection / dismantling at site. It has all welded frame structure & comes fully assembled from the factory in three parts. It can be installed at the site with an ordinary “Pick & Carry” crane available locally. It requires only few hours for installation. Engineered to perfection, KYB-Conmat Batching Plant requires minimum maintenance, thus assuring continuous performance. Sleek designed KYB-Conmat Batching Plant requires very less installation area & minimum civil works and hence good saving for the customers.


Staying in the league of innovative offerings, MACONS introduced MAC Model, especially designed for the production of concrete at sites where the quality flexibility and performance are key features to consider. The flexibility of this plant begins in the different arrangements available. The main advantage of this plant is that it doesn’t require large foundations and others civil constructions. The time and money can be saved by easy transportation, assemble and disassemble when plant is shifting from one site to another site.


Sunbeam Infra Equipments is emerging as an prominent player in the Concrete Equipment Industry with its Transit Mixers, Batching plants, Trailer Pumps, Boom Pumps, Mixer Pumps. The company’s Boom Pumps (in Cooperation with KCP-Korea) have been proven to be the most productive pumps in terms with of the fastest pumping rates along with other distinct features such as ZR-5 Fold for a better and versatile reach, Open-Loop for longer pumping, Simple Hydraulic and Electric Circuits with ease of Operator Use and made to CE Europe Standards



Intelligent Equipment


Adding sensors to plant equipment and global positioning systems (GPS) to ready-mix trucks gives producers much more accurate and timely information about their assets. Strength gauges are beginning to change how we understand curing and the concrete life cycle. But even the most cutting-edge new gadgets are not meaningful unless we translate the data into actionable information. Producers who invest in new technology must also commit to adopting new processes to realize any benefit. For example, collecting truck diagnostics is useless without incorporating the data into a regular maintenance plan. New technology is a necessary investment, but by itself, insufficient. Producers must be willing to do the hard work of harnessing the potential by redefining core practices. Otherwise, the investment is mostly wasted.



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