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.
Avers Rajen Khoda, Group Business Development Advisor, Puzzolana Machinery Fabricators, ”There has been a sharp slowdown in demand for all construction equipment, including Crushing & Screening machines, which has affected businesses especially during April to November 2019, as compared to the same period in 2018. “However, market seems to have bottomed out now and indications since Dec 2019 are very positive for the industry, so 2020-21 should see healthy growth.”
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.
South India-based crushing and screening behemoth Propel Industries has made some recent launches, many of which, according to the company, are unique. Says Senthil Kumar, MD, Propel Industries, “Our new AVCG-600, 550 - 750 TPH Gyratory Cone crusher has a 360-400 mm feed opening, delivering output of 100-250 mm, and has an increased capacity with reduced maintenance and downtime. We have optimized the cavity design for providing maximum yields of high-quality products. AVCG 600 guarantees trouble-free operation in varying feed conditions with high reduction ratio. The crusher delivers high crushing performance as it is built to crush the hardest feed due to an increased bottom shell product discharge area, and there is lesser wear and tear, leading to increased capacity.” According to him, the product places the company in league with premium European product manufacturers.
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.
To further strengthen its position, Propel has introduced four deck track mounted screens under the TMS series. The product is available in two models: TMS 1561, 400 TPH and TMS 1861, 500 TPH. “This four-deck high screen is the world’s first. It is designed and developed with our manufacturing expertise to give trouble-free operations even under heavy and continuous applications. Its well-engineered buck bolt fastening system makes it very safe and reliable. It is made rugged with heavy-duty track units and a heavy-duty double deck vibrating grid (available as an option), and it has a dual power mode (electric connection or by onboard genset power pack optional unit) making it eco friendly. Our TMS track mounted screens come with an option of dust suppression,” informs Kumar.
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.
Gopi Krishna More, Managing Director, Torsa, informs that the company has completely revamped its stationary and mobile crushing plants with the introduction of Torsa’s fourth generation crushers. “These plants are more compact and have a modular design such that they can be transported on standard containers and installed with ease on areas where there is paucity of space, as in hilly sites. Their bolted design enables ease of maintenance as they can be quickly opened up for repairs.”
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.
Says R.S. Raghavan, Managing Director, PROMAN Infrastructure Services, “For longer stretches of road contracts, which are the norm these days, it makes sense to have medium size, multi-location crushing plants strategically placed to cover the projects. These plants are quickly relocatable as they are mobile and have the flexibility to produce various mixes of crushed products right from the GSB stage (initial stage of the road projects) to the final products for finish and wear course.”
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.