Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Interaction - Wilfried Theissen, Managing Director, Putzmeister India

Putzmeister equipment is known for offering the best-in-class technology

 

Putzmeister is known to provide best-in-class equipment that is engineered to last. The company’s machines and plants combine high performance, durability and low maintenance with economy, able technical supervision, customization and innovative technologies that are constantly updated as per the latest research and development and market requirements.

In an exclusive interview to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES, WILFRIED THEISSEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, PUTZMEISTER INDIA, speaks about the impact of Covid-19 on business, his company’s emphasis on technology, research, design, innovation and a lot more.

 

Many states have now eased the lockdown, has there been an uptake in sales for your company, provide details with regards to the current situation of the industry and what are your strategies to overcome these challenges.

Thanks to the Governments firm commitment to meet the country’s infrastructure targets, road construction was only minimally impacted during the 2nd wave of Covid. Road construction is in fact one of the drivers of CE demand and will continue to be so over the coming years.

 

As the 2nd wave of Covid abated, concrete equipment sales have indeed picked up. Keeping operations running smoothly and ensuring seamless customer support has of course been challenging. Every challenge though also presents an opportunity. We have adapted our operations to suit the new normal.

 

Digitalization has gained traction over the last 1.5 years in our industry.As the industry increasingly adopts digitalization into its processes, things are bound to change.

 

 

What are the range of construction equipment offered by your firm to support India’s road construction plans?  Cutting edge technology like telematics, IoT featured in your machines.

Putzmeister offers a range of concreting equipment to support India’s road construction plans – Batching Plants, Transit Mixers, Concrete Pumps and Shotcrete equipment for tunnel construction. We have over 60 years of experience in providing construction solutions to our clients, and a deep commitment towards continuous R&D. Putzmeister invests 5% of its annual turnover in R&D to ensure that we deliver products that have higher productivity, are reliable, easy to operate, low on maintenance and can withstand prolonged and harsh use. This helps our customers to deliver projects effectively and profitably. More recently we have also started offering Sany’s range of concrete pumps to cater to an expanded market segment.

 

Putzmeister Stationary Concrete pumps are designed with fewer parts as compared to other OEMs – so even when inevitable replacement is required, it costs lesser. Our truck mounted concrete pumps are put through tests that simulate 15 years of field operation to ensure a long service life. Our shotcreting equipment like the SPM 500 Wetkret come equipped with control systems that help monitor and manage the functioning and security of the pump, remotely.

 

Safety is of course very important to us at Putzmeister. Our machines are equipped with features that protect not just the operator and people on the jobsite, but also the environment. We back this up with through training on handling our equipment at the jobsite in a safe and responsible manner. We recently introduced our fleet management solution Putzmeister Machine Cockpit on our Truck Mounted Boom Pumps. Customers can not only monitor the location and operating status of their equipment, they can analyse the data to improve productive and machine uptime.

 

When a customer invests in Putzmeister equipment, they don’t just get the right solution for their requirement. They also benefit from our experience around the world and across a very wide range of applications and environment conditions.

 

 

Talk about your aftermarket services. Also brief us on the training initiatives undertaken by your company to ensure projects are completed on time in a cost-effective manner.

Putzmeister offers not only the most suitable equipment, but also the best service and application support to help our customers get the most out of their equipment and improve their profitability. Our team supports Putzmeister equipment and Sany concrete pumps.

 

We have a higher ratio of service engineers and technicians per customers to ensure that our customers’ needs are addressed promptly – 90% of our service cases are resolved within 24 hours. We also offer an operations and maintenance service for the more challenging projects – customers can free up vital resources and leave the output and maintenance to our team of experts.

 

Training is also important – we combine classroom and jobsite training to help equipment operators and site managers do their jobs effectively. To ensure we stay close to our customers’ business through these challenging times, we started offering enhanced remote support to customers and online certification for operators. Our wide spare parts network ensures that our customers get genuine Putzmeister spares when required.

 

 

Please provide details on your emphasis on technology, research, design and innovation?  What are the advancements you have introduced or plan to introduce?

Putzmeister equipment is known for offering the best-in-class technology. Over the years innovations introduced by Putzmeister have gone on to become industry standards. Internationally, Putzmeister has introduced a hybrid Truck Mounted Boom Pump – Putzmeister iONTRON. This is the world’s first emission free truck mounted concrete pump. With the Putzmeister iONTRON it is possible to pump concrete on construction sites without producing any emissions. Depending on the local electricity mix, CO2emissions can be reduced by up to 100 %. Working in electric mode is very straight forward: one simply has to plug the connector into the site power supply and start pumping – no additional batteries required!

 

 

Future outlook from a company perspective

India is an important market for Putzmeister. With the addition of Sany’s pumps to our portfolio we are now able to cater to an expanded market segment. We will continue to focus on being close to our customers’ business and offering the best-in-class equipment and service to help our customers deliver their projects efficiently and effectively.




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