Forest Press Machines

Manoj Pillai, MD
Manoj Pillai, MD

“Bauma Conexpo India is a leading trade show due to its international flavour and professionalism, in which the CE industry offers a lot more in terms of major product displays and launches. We will be launching our latest development – Block Master BM 12 FA, along with Mega Star Series Planetary Mixer.”

In association with WKB Germany we launched the latest AAC plant ranging from 200 cbm up to 1500 cbm.

Forest Press product range consists of BM 4 SA, BM 6 FA, BM 9 FA, BM 12 FA and the new BM 15 FA, besides which, we offer all types of planetary mixers with the most advanced batching plants. In association with WKB Germany we launched the latest AAC plant ranging from entry level 200 cbm up to 1500 cbm. Our associate companies Eco Filter, Mywood, Rotho, HMB and Kraft are also active in the Indian market.

The concrete industry is becoming more organised with innovative products and technologies.

The concrete industry is seeing advanced design systems to automated production lines and use of elements suited to various requirements. Some of these technologies were developed in the Western and Middle Eastern countries decades ago but came to India only a few years back. These include precast wall elements, Maywan shuttering systems, textured pavers, slabs, flag tiles, AAC products etc. While most of us are aware of RMC, blocks, bricks and precast, there are also the lightweight autoclaved aerated concrete, self-compacting concrete, high dense concrete and related elements such as hollow core, columns, slabs, and retaining walls, all of which are gaining attention.

Time and costs are two important factors favouring precast construction.

Forest Press develops machines for precast elements for different applications and customizes them as per market requirement. Entry level and economically-priced machines, requiring limited manpower, are easy to relocate and give enough flexibility. So, we design and build machines based on market needs. After-sales support is an important aspect, and all our machines are equipped with an internet modem system to connect with our facility in Bangalore; this prevents any downtime and ensures maximum output for the customers.

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Digitalization is helping in controlling cost and improving efficiency, productivity and safety of construction machinery

With digitalization, the documentation process is simplified and access to data/information from across the globe become very easy. Even for testing, fault identification and data transfer, it helps save time, cost and other aspects. Digitalisation is a major tool in logical process flow and its control, which results in cost-efficiency and productivity. Regarding safety, it is easier to access any controls and ensure their online verification and records.

Our upcoming facility in Bangalore will be a big asset in establishing a strong base in India.

Forest Press is building a world-class manufacturing facility in Bangalore, equipped with the latest machining and robotic systems to design, engineer, assemble and test the machines in-house, including fabrication, machining, painting, electrification, controls and software. In-house developments help deliver quality and 24/7 after-sales support, and production capacity will increase four times. We have also designed and introduced the latest plug and play system in concrete machines, which saves installation time and cost.

R&D is important for a fast-growing company like Forest Press.

Market requirements are changing constantly, and they need a lot more attention and a systematic approach. Manpower has become expensive, so automation and robotics could be the solutions to increase output and save cost without compromising on quality. Forest Press factory in UK has started using robotics in a big way and intends to use them in the new facility in Bangalore as well.

We will be starting a training centre for engineers and operators in the concrete and construction industry.

We are in the initials stage of operations in India. Our new facility will house our main R&D centre and bring new technologies and associates to India. We are in the process of starting a training centre jointly with our partners and associates to train engineers and operators in the concrete and construction industry. There is a huge shortage of trained man-power in this segment, and most of our plants are operable from the control cabin itself. As mentioned earlier, automation and robotics will help in achieving quality and output, avoid manual interference and maintain time schedules - an important factor in a capital-intensive and project-based industries like ours. This facility will also showcase our capabilities and help us capture a major market share, globally.

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Development is inevitable for any country and construction is considered the backbone of all economies.

It is vital that manufacturers should focus on quality and get support from the government and related institutions. Trade bodies could play a major role in interacting with governmental organisations in this regard. Currently, the industry is confronted with issues in banking, bureaucracy and corruption. Though the government has initiated a lot of efforts to rectify these issues, but it will take a long time to clean the system completely. GST is a good initiative that has started to give results.

People are appreciating the new developments and their advantages and finding opportunities to work out different options and calculate the benefits accrued from using the latest technologies and products.

NBM&CW December 2018

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