Given the strong demand fundamentals in view of the new road stretches under the Bharatmala project and other state highways being planned, the crushing and screening manufacturers remain unfazed by the current slowdown and are introducing new products and upgrading their existing products and service packages. As per industry estimates, demand for crushing and screening units was down by close to 30 percent in 2019 as compared to 2018. However, manufacturers are of the view that when the market improves, availability of new products and advanced solutions in the market will preempt a strong brand recall.
He adds, “The slowdown has been primarily due to lack of finance availability and due to issues in land acquisitions for road projects. The government is putting in lot of efforts to address both. In the meantime, Puzzolana continues to invest in developing more cost-effective mobile, semi-mobile and static Crushing & Screening products by improving the metallurgy of the components to reduce their wear and tear and the operating costs.”
Khoda informs that most of the countries are favouring Tracked Crushing & Screening machines, and since India too is following the trend, the industry can expect exponential growth in mobile machines. Puzzolana provides mobile and static crushing & screening machines for the Construction and Mining industries; and as part of its ongoing product development program, it launched the PTI 1313 Track Impactor during Excon 2019. “This is yet another first in India; it can meet demand for recycling application and for softer rocks like limestone etc.”
He adds, “Our design philosophy is to develop products that are simple, easy to use, and high on performance as end-users are looking for cost-effective solutions and reliable equipment. For instance, our dual-powered Mobile Crushers & Screens can save energy up to 70% by using grid power. The choice of an alternative energy source provides a way to reduce high diesel costs and reduce the carbon footprint of our machines.”
“India continues to be one of the most rapidly emerging economy and we expect Puzzolana Equipment to play a major role in developing the country’s infrastructure. We have grown with the country during the last several decades and currently enjoy the largest market share in the Crushing & Screening business in India. We will continue to develop, design and manufacture new products,” says Khoda.
Propel’s new AV HI250 horizontal shaft impactor, designed for both domestic and international markets, is designed for crushing of limestone, dolomite, gravel, glass, sandstone etc. Based on the company’s R&D, it has premium features like a high efficiency belt drive, hydraulic gap management and other innovations to give the lowest cost of operations and ease of usage.
TMV 200, 180-320 tph and TMV 300, 250-470 TPH, track mounted vertical shaft impactors from Propel’s stable are highly energy-efficient and productive. The e-track screen is built with the flexibility to power the plants either through an electric grid or through an on-board genset power pack. The heavy track units have quick set up hydraulic systems and promise availability and high performance.
Propel’s new-gen AVRC1300 roll crusher in the 50-150 TPH capacity range is designed to deliver the best quality sand with minimal fines. It can be used with high level of versatility, on one end it can take feed size below 20mm and crush it to less than 5mm and on the other side it is suitable for giving reduction of 3-4 times on larger feed sizes of up to 75 mm. Designed for both domestic and international markets, it has premium features like a high-efficiency gear drive, hydraulic gap arrangement and other innovations to enable the lowest cost of operation.
The PW 100, 80-100 tph, PW150, 120-150 tph, PW 200, 160-200 tph, PW 250 100-280 tph under the company’s Prowashseries are designed to ensure maximum efficiency to the washing plant. They have been developed to deliver high quality washed sand (manufactured and plaster sand) and their modular design facilitates extremely accurate separation of silt and clay from the final wash sand. Says Kumar, “With the new line-up of products, we will be re-orienting our marketing strategy for both domestic sales and for export markets like Middle East, Nepal and South Africa, and will strategize our product support accordingly.” Presently, Propel’s export sales comprise 8 percent of its business. Propel is gearing g up to expand in the International market in a big way in the coming years.
He adds, “We have developed our crushers for various applications and customers. Our fourth generation 50-250 tph plants are available as skid and wheel mounted. The product line has been reconfigured to meet the target requirements and categorized for the business segments which we are looking to target. We are also targeting our 50-250 tph units for road contractors as well as quarry owners. The skid-mounted plants can be used by contractors involved in road projects with long gestation periods. Our C7 Nomad series of 50-80 tph wheel-mounted plant is also available as a skid-mounted crusher for aggregates and iron ore. The crushers in this category can work with feeder-jaw-cone and screen. For the big contractors, we will be offering our SC 20, 200 tph and SC 25, 250 tph crushers, which are available with hopper, feeder, screen, cone and VSI. Our fourth generation crushers have higher flexibility and can generate throughputs of 0-6-10-20-40 mm, and as per project requirements.”
Torsa crushers are sturdy and strong with Hardox Steel for the grizzly feeders. Manganese alloyed graded steel (MS 206-A) has also been used in special cases. “To ensure higher productivity, flexibility and ease of transportation and set-up, we have optimized the design of the plants based on the R&D of our various International associates. The advanced design enables the plant to deliver close to 80 percent of rated throughput, and even more,” says More.
In a tie-up with Minyu, Torsa is offering standard, hydro pneumatic and super cone crushers, which include a unique, high speed cone in the 100-250 tph range for customers looking for super premium solutions. The cone crushers imported from Minyu come with an automatic gap setting. Torsa is also offering dry screening plants for pre-screening and wet washing plants. Says More, “The trains have been standardised so that they can be combined easily with our main crushing and screening units. Our inclined screens also enable ease of operation and maintenance as their fitment of nuts and bolts enable a quick change of screens.”
Torsa is now keen to expand to other parts of India. Says More, “As an eastern India company, we have remained focused in the east and north eastern markets. However, with our new, expanded range of products, we are now working on a marketing strategy to expand to the north and south, where we have a fragmented presence, so far. To support our population of almost 3000 units, many of which are working in crushing clusters, we have set up a dedicated ‘Torsa Spares and Services Centre’, which will take care of both pre -and post sales with special utility vehicles.” The company is setting up a second facility at Kolkata (after its first Aminga facility in Assam), for manufacturing medium capacity jaws, screens and feeders.
The company is supplying two -and three-stage modular plants which are easy to relocate and quick to install, while the conveyors are foldable with an option for medium to high stockpile capacity. It has recently launched a unique portable tertiary crushing system which can be attached to any two-stage track, mobile and fixed plant. As an option, PROMAN is offering PLC logical intelligence in its crushing plants; the smart box monitors operations and safe performance of the cone crushers and vertical shaft impactors.
The company’s after sales and service team is well-trained to support its customers across the country. Its warehouses, located in western, northern and southern India, ensure quick supply of spare parts to customers’ project sites.