Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Interaction - Ramesh Palagiri, MD & CEO, Wirtgen India

The WIRTGEN GROUP’s product brands are specialists in their field and have decades of application experience.


WIRTGEN GROUP offers a broad range of highly advanced and innovative equipment to suit customer’s requirements for all areas of road construction. In an exclusive interview to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES, RAMESH PALAGIRI, MD & CEO, WIRTGEN INDIA, speaks about the products offered by the company, key features and the future outlook of the industry.




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.

The Wirtgen Group has been continuously innovating  its products and all our road technology brands – Wirtgen, Voegele and Hamm are not only global market leaders but also innovation leaders. The Wirtgen Group  has  been consistently developing products which offer better efficiency  in terms of fuel consumption and this helps in sustainable development and less carbon emissions, lower life cycle costs and better productivity of these machines.


To start with we have introduced the Cold Milling and Cold Recycling and these two technologies are reasonably well accepted in the market. Soil stabilization is also becoming very popular and all these technologies result in saving resources, faster construction and cost economical solutions.  The Cement Treated Base or subbase (CTB or CTSB) not only reduces aggregate requirement, but also ensures stronger foundation and reduces layers. The cold recycling reuses 100% of asphalt pavement material and only addition is bitumen 2-3% which rehabilitates the asphalt pavement to its original properties.


For Concrete paving, the Wirtgen Slipform Pavers can now offer Dual- layer concrete paving, where a single machine is used for dual layer concrete paving, the bottom layer and the top layer concrete are paved in a synchronized operation. It is additionally ensured that both the top and bottom layers are paved “Wet-in-Wet” regardless of weather or site conditions. This can be done with single paver or with two pavers where it is necessary to distribute the operating weight to two separate machines.


In Asphalt paving - the VOGELE -In Line Paving where the binder and surface courses are paved “hot on hot” in a single pass, greatly accelerating activities on a job site. In addition, it is not necessary to completely close down the road: the three machines – a paver for the binder course, a paver for the surface course and a material feeder – work “in line”, one behind the other, leaving one lane open to traffic. An ideal solution for rehabilitation of heavily travelled roads. The process is both economical and highly eco-friendly, the layer thickness can be reduced in “hot on hot” paving, thus lowering consumption of the costly surface course mix.


VÖGELE also offers an innovative and economical solution for the road construction sector with the non-contacting Road Scan temperature measurement system. The scanning and documentation of the freshly paved asphalt‘s temperature is already specified in tenders in several markets, and in others there are definitive plans to implement this. After completion of the construction job, contractors can furnish detailed evidence that the temperature was maintained within the correct range using the recorded GPS data, including precise tracking.




Give us an understanding of their key features in terms of safety, ease of operating your machines, operator comfort, cost efficiency etc their specific advantages. Also brief us on the training initiatives undertaken by your company to ensure projects are completed on time in a cost effective manner.

The WIRTGEN Group machines are designed to fully comply even with strict safety regulations. The operation in the machines is self-explanatory and does not require any special language skills. The innovative and easy-to-learn ErgoBasic operating system is every machine operator‘s dream, providing ergonomic working conditions tailored to real-life use. As standard, a USB socket, 12 V socket and a bottle holder are included on board in Hamm CEV Stage IV Machines. This and other details turn the operator platform into a comfortable workstation. Bright work lighting with durable LED lights rounds off the high-quality and environmentally friendly overall picture.


The WIRTGEN GROUP’s product brands are specialists in their field and have decades of application experience. Our customers all over the world also benefit from this expertise, because we are happy to pass our knowledge on to them in our WIRTGEN GROUP training sessions. In order to conduct Training Programs we developed the CTT – Centres for Training and Technologies – training concept especially for this purpose. At our state-of-the-art training facilities, our experts pass on their expertise to machine operators, site managers, service technicians and workshop personnel.




Aftermarket services as a strategic differentiator.

We provide worldwide service and on-site application support. Therefore, optimal customer care and performance and availability of spares are always guaranteed.




Future outlook on the industry.

The Indian government is planning to increase the national highway network to 2,00,000 km by the year 2022. During the year 2018-19 national highways were constructed at the rate of 30 km per day, the government has set a target of constructing 40 km per day national highway in 2020. The NHAI has achieved a record 3979 km national highway construction during FY 2019-2020 over 3380 km national highway in FY 2018-19.


The government is focusing to increase the road connectivity by increasing the length of national highway, expressway, economic corridors, industrial corridors, village roads (PMGSY) etc. The Indian government is also encouraging usage of innovative materials, automation and machine control technologies in the construction sector in order to improve efficiency and lower the impact on environment. The Indian government has allowed 100% FDI through automatic route subject to applicable laws and regulation. The future trend indicate that the road construction will increase in India and new technologies will be required to fulfill this need.

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