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Apollo Inffratech Group
Mitul Patel Managing Director, Apollo Inffratech Group began his professional journey when he was in his early 20s to become the youngest entrepreneur in the construction equipment industry of India. After finishing his B.E. in Electronics from the Pennsylvania State University, he went on to join his family business in India under the guardianship of his father Ajit Patel. He started his career in his family’s road construction equipment manufacturing unit situated in his hometown of Mehsana in North Gujarat. This was in the year 2003.

As he began to work and acquire hands-on experience in the world of construction, his vision for the company began to expand – he wanted to create one of the biggest construction equipment manufacturing conglomerates in the country. He wanted to carve a strong niche in the market and not just replicate what the older generation was doing. He wanted to add a competitive edge to their products through innovation and technology.

Armed with an engineering degree and hands-on experience in the field of construction, he geared up to take the plunge into the relatively unknown waters of Concrete Equipment Manufacturing. With the help of his father, he floated a new company and named it Apollo Inffratech Pvt. Ltd. (AIPL). This was in the year 2008.

Apollo Inffratech Group

At Apollo’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, the company began building batching plants of various capacities that were deployed at project sites across India, and even in the neighbouring Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan, and in countries like Africa, Israel, and the Middle East. The business grew in leaps and bounds, more branches were opened, along with service & spare-hubs, and a dealer network established across the country.

Apollo HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (AHCT)
With his aspirations and enthusiasm still going strong, Mitul’s aim now was to provide complete concrete equipment solutions. This led him to collaborate with the world’s leading Concrete Pipe Making Machines manufacturer HawkeyePedershaab of USA, for various kinds of concrete equipment. The joint venture company came to be called Apollo HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (AHCT). This was in the year 2011-12.

Two years later, Mitul announced a JV with Metalgalante of Italy – a world leader in Self Loading Mixers. The company came to be called Apollo Carmix Equipments Pvt. Ltd. (ACEL). AHCT subsequently formed a technical collaboration with MBK of Germany - a world leader in manufacturing cage welding machines for concrete pipes. This was in the year 2013.

Seeing another huge opportunity in the Paver Blocks business, Apollo Inffratech formed a JV company with Zenith – one of the largest manufacturers of Automatic Block Making Machines. The JV company came to be called ApolloZenith Concrete Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (AZCT). This was in the year 2017.

Apollo Inffratech Group

Mitul credits his maternal uncle, Kiran Patel, a director at Apollo Inffratech Group for helping him collaborate with the foreign companies. Not ready to rest on his laurels, and to further expand his knowledge, he enrolled in the Harvard Business School and became an alumnus of one of the best business schools in the world. Under his leadership, the company diversified, expanded, and consolidated its business verticals under the name Apollo Inffratech Group, which is now positioned as one of India’s most integrated concrete solutions providers.

the construction industry and has been conferred awards by various institutions
At the same time, Mitul was eying the Asphalt and Road Equipment industry. Along with his father, he set up Aptec Equipment Pvt. Ltd. to produce Mechanical Pavers, Sensor Pavers, Drum Mix Plants, Wet Mix Plants, Curb Pavers, Hydraulic Boomers etc. This was in the year 2020.

The big breakthrough came when Mitul struck a deal with the century-old company Parker Plant of UK to form a JV called Parker Plant India Pvt. Ltd, following which, a highly modern manufacturing facility was set up near Mehsana. This was in the year 2022.

Apart from being an astute entrepreneur, Mitul has honed his marketing and management skills, including human resource development. Under his guidance, Apollo undertakes skill development programs and workshops at the company’s knowledge center. His customer-centric and people-oriented approach has helped form long-term relationships within the construction community, which include employees, customers, and vendors. A proponent of ‘Make in India’ products, he believes that Indian companies can compete in international markets by providing innovative, high-quality, tech-rich products and solutions.

Mitul has received many accolades for his contribution to the construction industry and has been conferred awards by various institutions. Today, as managing director, he is spearheading the Apollo Inffratech Group with his dynamic leadership, even as he looks for new avenues of growth and ways to scale up the business further. As the nation continues to become infrastructurally developed, construction company leaders like Mitul Patel are being seen as important contributors to India’s growth story.
NBM&CW, August 2023
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