Introducing the Half-Board Concrete Block Machine Model 50, Ramesh Babbar, President & Director of Columbia Machine Engineering (I) Pvt. Ltd., informs that Model 50 is designed to give maximum production. Heavy-Duty Construction, adjustable cushioning and speed control, pallet feeder height adjustment, special vibration mounts, and Quick Response Hydraulic Pump Package are some of the unique features of this model. Easy to operate, the Model 50 concrete block machine can produce Hollow/Solid Concrete Blocks, Single layered and capped pavers, Flyash / concrete Bricks Kerb stones and SRW Blocks of the highest quality and output. Babbar continues that this machine is capable of producing output exceeding 250 percent of that of our existing models in India. We are eyeing a launch by 2024.
Columbia Machine has manufacturing capacity in 7 locations around the globe. We started -forward integration for SPM 30 plant in the year 2016; in 2018 automated the handling of Model SPM 26, and in 2022 we automated handling of our flagship and smallest machine model SPM 20. “During the Covid pandemic, people faced an acute shortage of manpower, which led to demand for more automation. In addition to our patented Columbia Vertical Vibration Technology, we have introduced innovative technologies in batching & mixing, and automation in product and pallet handling. Moreover, our machines work on electricals with minimum carbon emissions. Power consumption is low since we use IE 2,3 electricals in our machines. Also, our machines comply with all global safety standards,” informs Babbar.
As regards challenges, he expresses concern on increasing prices of raw materials as well as input production costs . Plus, the supply chain is not very consistent, which forces to make contingency plans. He is confident that India will see organic growth y-o-y at a CAGR of 7-8 percent. Besides meeting domestic demand, Columbia’s prime focus is on export and they are aggressively approaching exports across the globe.