Monday, November 29, 2021

Interaction - V. G. Sakthikumar, MD, Schwing Stetter India

Schwing Stetter has pioneered many game changing technologies

 

Schwing Stetter is a pioneer in manufacturing equipment for concrete preparation, placement, transportation and recycling. Schwing Stetter (India) Private Limited manufactures concrete batching plants, concrete placing booms, concrete pumps, concrete truck mixers for transporting readymade concrete to construction sites, concrete truck mixers with concrete pumps, concrete recycling plants, plastering pumps, self loading mixers and sludge pumps. The company recently, unveiled their state of the art all new Self-loading Mixer – SLM 4600. In an exclusive interview to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES, V. G. SAKTHIKUMAR, MD, SCHWING STETTER INDIA, speaks about the latest trends in the RMC industry, impact of Covid-19, game changing technologies and a lot more.

 

 

Give us an over view on the RMC Equipment market, latest technology trends and market dynamics. What are the RMC equipment currently in demand.

RMC Equipment Market Continues to grow even during the pandemic, barring the fact that the manpower, especially the migrant workforce had become scarce for production, transportation and placement of concrete. This scarcity has created a movement towards RMC Equipment with more mechanisation and automation, which has created newer demand and helping the RMC Equipment manufacturing industry.

Regarding the Emerging trends in the RMC field, BOOM PUMPS are finding space in the RMC sector, like never before due to its one man operation, thereby deleting excess manpower.

Due to the increased demand for the ready mix concrete in the RMC Sector, clients are opting for Higher output Batching Plants, pumps and mixers rather than smaller capacity equipment.

 

 

Many states have now eased the lockdown, has there been a 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.

Schwing Stetter has always been focussing on long term strategies for its Manufacturing, sales & after sales service’s business sustainability. Owing to this reason only, even when the market went down during 2019 and 2020, we had gone ahead with our expansion mode and put into operation of our prestigious Global manufacturing Hub. Now, that the market is bouncing back, we do not feel the pinch with any type of capacity constraint and are fully geared to meet the increased demand not only in the domestic market, but also to cater to the international markets, as SSI products prove competitive in pricing given at the same international quality.

The market is growing domestically thanks to the massive investments made in the infrastructure projects such as Railways, roads, and as well as Urban & Rural infrastructure.

 

 

Tell us about your product portfolio of RMC equipment. Game changing technology/products developed by your company.

Schwing Stetter range of equipment for RMC Application includes the following popular setups. In Batching Plants ranging from 18 m3 to 240 m3 capacity in different variants such as compact, Mobile Horizontal and vertical versions.

Stationary Concrete pumps in output ranging from 30 m3 to 240 m3.

Boom Pumps with height capacity ranging from 20 meters to 48 meters.

Separate Placing Booms with installed capacity from 24 to 32 meters range.

Line pumps with a Pumping capacity of 46 m3/hr to 64 m3/hr.

Recycling plants with a continuous output from 6 m3 /hr to 12 m3 /hr.

Transit mixers has a wide range of concrete carrying capacity from 2 m3 to 12 m3 of concrete.

Out of the above offerings the following are the popular setups in trend in the retail RMC sector.

M30Z and M1 are the Optimized versions Designed specifically for RMC application and output in the range of 30 m3 to 60 m3 capacity.

In the Concrete pumps – SP1807 ( RMC Version ) is the best seller pump, widely used for large volume pumping and Especially in high rise pumping where the vertical distance exceeds 200 meters.

Also for medium range pumping the Sp1420 ( RMC Version ) is the most popular and sought by the RMC industry. The Above two products are Game changers in the segment due to their tailor made technology incorporated, resulting in higher productivity at lesser operating cost, which includes very low maintenance.

Of late we see the RMC players shifting their Transit Mixer requirement from 6 m3 output to higher capacity range such as 7 m3 and 8 m3 which can be seen from our sales figures for the RMC application.

We offer Recycling plants, RA 12 and RA 6, a path breaking equipment for recycling residual concrete, thereby saving wastage and protecting the environment.

RMC players now a days are largely dependent on BOOM PUMPS and Schwing Stetter’s S 36 is a Success in the RMC sector and used mainly in the Bridge and Flyover construction.

Schwing Stetter has pioneered many game changing technologies and to name a few,

  • IOT enabled Concrete pump, Mixers and Loaders makes life easier on the logistics monitoring of the fleet management.
  • Innovative technology like Easy mode in Boom Pumps
  • Single side pumping of concrete are some the unique features of Schwing Products.

 

 

Cutting edge technology featured in your machines vis – a-vis competition.

The Spirals in the Stetter Concrete mixer are technologically designed to give better homogeneity mix and higher strength Mix. This saves Cement on client side. Savings due to lesser Fuel Consumption across all the all the equipment due to open loop hydraulic system and optimized prime movers. The batching Plants are designed for faster erection and easy to maintain. Our in-house automation helps us meet the requirement of the Customers in terms of CRM and IOT and tailor made solutions for customer need.

 

 

Give us an understanding of their key features in terms of safety, ease of operating your machines, operator comfort, cost efficiency etc.

In SLM the Operator comfort is optimized with AC cabin along Dual Mode operation control of the Mixing drum (Externally & Internally),

Optionally GPS system Rear / loading view camera Ground control operation Admixture system Centralized hand operated greasing system/ Cold start kit /Hydraulic wet braking system /Internet of Things (IoT).

In The batching Plants safety is Ensured with many interlocking features and a fully customizable accessories. IOT and remote monitoring is the key feature in all plants.

The Pumps are equipped with IOT enabled control panels.

All the equipment give excellent cost effective output, due to its technically advanced hydraulics which is proprietary.

 

 

Aftermarket services as a strategic differentiator.

Schwing Stetter has always been associated with its after sales support Excellence, be it Service, Spares or Training requirement. With close to 26 Branches pan India, and 12 Service centers and as many Spares depots, Schwing Stetter Provides direct and immediate service to its RMC customers. The Service centers provide Overhauling/refurbishment of equipment with limited warranty. Scheduled Health Check up of all RMC Plants and Audit of Operators periodically have garnered huge appreciation from the clients. Apart from this resident engineers take care of clustered equipment in remote areas.

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

Schwing always have been on the innovative path and its quick adaptability to the emerging trends in technology. Schwing Stetter will shortly launch a slew of New products in the forth coming EXPOS, as a extensive research has gone into the customer requirements for various capacities and embedding the latest in technology for improved performance.

Our R&D center in a continuous innovation, designs plants to mix high grade concrete for high rise buildings, to handle Low temperature concrete for Dams, Nuclear power plants and other high strength Projects and we continue to be in the front line to bring in innovative products.

 

 

Have you launched or planning to launch any new products. Please provide details.

Schwing Stetter a strong innovator, continue to launch new products regularly such as complete RMC set up. Schwing Stetter is now offering Complete RMC solutions such as Recycling plants with sieve arrangement to reuse the residual concrete, dry mortar plant and plastering pumps makes Schwing Stetter India a One stop Shop for Concrete equipment requirements.

With the huge investments in infrastructure development we are anticipating special machinery for special projects.

Our R&D are continuously developing newer products to meet this demand.

 

 

What are the trends driving purchase or hire of readymix concrete equipment market in India? To what extent is consumer behavior influenced by cost?

Real Estate boom, and infra structure projects in the cities like meter rail, smart city projects, largely drive the retail demand for the Ready Mix concrete leading to multiple RMC setup.

 

 

Tell us about the indigenization efforts undertaken by the company to meet the market requirements? What is the company’s approach to implementing the ‘Make in India’ drive?

After the pandemic, Equipment manufacturers who were hit by the import substitute constraints realize the importance of Self Reliance. Drives such as “Atma Nirbhar” and “Make in India” are being seriously being implemented. Schwing Stetter India has been practicing Manufacturing of indigenous products since its inception, even before the “Make in India” drive became a vogue. Almost 60-65 percent of components are locally manufactured at our 5 Manufacturing bases along with close to 120 vendor base for OEM component Supply. We still further look into opportunities of indigenisation of imported components but, subject to feasibility, tech know how, and production capacity. The Schwing Stetter Global manufacturing Hub is manufacturing and exporting Concrete Equipment under the “MAKE IN INDIA” drive.

 

How is the rentals segment in RMC Equipment sector. Do you offer lease/rentals of your equipment?

The rentals of Concrete equipment is a big business which is gaining more and more popularity. As the Big Corporate Construction companies are looking for outsourcing its concrete Transportation and pumping, this segment is growing, but a long way to go. The Huge demand created by NIP projects will make leasing and hiring the way to go forward for speedy execution of projects.

 

 

What kind of government policy will foster growth of the RMC equipment sector?

The Government is already doing a lot in this sector by promoting huge infrastructure development in the country. The Govt. believes the 5 trillion US $ economy can be realized only if the investment of 1.4 trillion US $ happens in the infrastructure, construction over the next five years. This directly benefits the CE industry in terms of demand creation. Schwing Stetter india is geared to meet this demand.

We wish that the PLI Scheme given to auto industry will also be extended to the CE manufacturing industry as it is the third largest industry ranked globally, and hence the latent potential for exports in a big way.

 

 

Future outlook for the industry and from a company perspective.

We expect the growth for India on two levers, one high demand due to the Infrastructure development in line with the NIP and second the high potential in the export market. As the Construction Equipment industry in India is poised for a tremendous growth, with a vision plan to be the second largest Construction and concrete equipment in the world, Schwing Stetter India is aptly Prepared and engaged to cater to this cause.

The Global manufacturing hub will be a Global Supplier for Concreting and construction equipment.




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