Exhibiting new products from the Vogele range, Wirtgen displayed 4 new pavers for the Indian market- Super 1400 and Super 1403, manufactured at the company's Pune plant. It also displayed its Super 1900-3 and Super 2100-3 from Germany. The products are latest in offering from Wirtgen's Dash-3 generation of pavers.
Mentioning about the products, Mr. Ramesh Palagiri, MD, Wirtgen India says, "Our objective to showcase innovations across our entire verticals including road rehabilitation and recycling is to position Wirtgen as total solutions provider attuned to the customer's requirements. With the new Super 1400 and Super 1403, Vogele is offering true all Indian road pavers for pave widths upto 7.3 meters." Both the pavers come with Ergo basic for easy paver operation.
He says, "Our objective to come up with tracked concrete slip form pavers is due to good demand of the products, led by government's thrust to develop concrete roads. Led by growing demand, there has been 30-40% growth in concrete slip form pavers." The market size of concrete slip form pavers is estimated to be around 150 units whereas Asphalt pavers are estimated to be around 400 unitsin India.
In the Kleeman range, Wirtgen displayed its new MS 703 track mounted screen, completely manufactured at the company's Pune facility along with MR 110Z EVO, track mounted impactor. Mr. Palagiri informed that the screens manufactured exactly as per the parent company's standards and will be promoted not only in developing markets but also in the advanced European markets.
On being enquired how the company proposes to make the production of MS 703 screens cost competitive, yet retaining their superior quality standards, while promoting the products to the Indian market; Mr. Palagiri says, "It is a challenge for us. However, we are trying our best to address the issue."
On being asked further why has the company chosen to equip the screens with Scania power packs and how does it look to provide the required services support to the crushers equipped with the power packs; Mr. Palagiri said that the Scania power packs are more fuel-efficient and given Scania's full fledged set up in Bengaluru, service back up on site should not be a constraint for the screens.
He says, "There is firm potential for the demand of tracked plants to crush granular sub base materials and given Kleeman's features of ease of movements, we are sure of volumes for our tracked plants will be picking up. With demand attaining critical mass, we may consider to manufacture our jaw-cone and impactors at our Pune plant."
Mr. Palagiri avers, "We have always tried to bring newer road construction concepts in India which can be seen in our soil stabilization and milling machines. We are looking to work closely with contractors and government agencies for bringing in new interventions. We are urging the government to maintain the appropriate levels of road for ease of milling." The company which has got 20 soil stabilization units working in the country will continue to promote and support its products directly through its own channels.