Apollo Infratech on the Verge of Expansion

Mitul A Patel
"Apollo group has been manufacturing advanced road construction equipment for the past three decades and its promoter now diversified into concrete mixing and transporting equipment segment in the name of Apollo Infratech Pvt. Ltd. The company has huge expansion plan for the coming years and has chalked out plans to reach a turnover of Rs. 500 crores by 2015,” says Mr. Mitul A. Patel, Managing Director, Apollo Infratech in a recent interview with S.A.Faridi."

How do you view the current technological status of the Indian concrete construction equipment sector in view of the technological development taking place in the international market? What sort of role ApolloInfratech is playing to upgrade the status of the domestic industry with its technological breakthroughto serve and cater to the requirements of the domestic construction and concrete sector?
Looking at the global scenario, Apollo Infratech has first introduced and then incorporated planetary mixers for its smaller capacity plants in India with inline bin technology. These mixers are being extensively used in Europe, American countries, and in the Middle East region. Not just this, these mixers have also been recommended and are extensively being used in pre-cast applications. We normally use exclusive planetary mixers and twin shaft mixers, which have been equipped with latest technologies with a view to provide homogeneous mixing of aggregates. Apollo assures that all its finished products are not just equal but also match the latest global technology.

What are your comments about the evolution of the company, its manufacturing facilities, and their locations?
Apollo Infratech has been a source of natural diversification for its promoters in the road construction equipment manufacturing segment for the past three decades.Its sprawling state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, stretching across 42,000 square metres in the lush green environment, is located on the Ahmedabad-Mehsana state highway near the global industrial hub in Ahmedabad. The facility has been equipped with most modern and sophisticated gadgets to manufacture high class and quality concrete construction equipment matching world standard. We believe that the swift growth of Apollo Intratech is based on the entrepreneurial spirit and commitment displayed by each individual of the company. Our most modern and talented workforce with active cooperation built a group which in turn builds Apollo Infratech. Our philosophies are nothing but integrity, high ethical standard, technology excellence, stringent quality, reliability, and commitment to customers.

Can you elaborate on the complete product range, how they have an unassailable edge over and above other competitive products available in the market, in terms of quality, cost, user-friendly, their trouble free operations, and maintenance attributes?
Apollo product range includes concrete batching plants, transit mixers, concrete pumps and spares of related concrete equipment. Likewise, the batching plant range includes from 20cu.m/hr to 120cu.m/hr and our transit mixer range comprises 2, 4, 6 & 8 cu.m, concrete pump with potential of 40cu.m/hr output. In 30 cu.m/hr Concrete Batching Plant we give Inline Bin Feeder and Planetary Mixer, which is an Italian technology, against the Boom Scraper and Pan Mixer what Competitors offer in the Market. While in Higher capacity i.e 45, 60, 90 and 120 cu.m/hr Concrete Batching plant wegive Twin Shaft Mixer against the Single Shaft what Competitors offer in the Market. In the Concrete Pump we are the only manufacturer to give both high Pressure and low Pressure pumping in Gate valve design. Our Pump can pump as high as 75 mtrs vertical and 380 mtr horizontal. All our products are cost effective, user-friendly and are easy to maintain.

How over a period of time the company has been upgrading its products matching the best in the world and contemporary advanced system to provide reliable solutions to the management in the operation of concrete batching plants both in terms of emerging trends and global advancement? Please give brief view of some of these developments, which have been incorporated.
Apollo has been able to upgrade its products at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The products manufactured at Apollo are already two steps ahead in technology and performance as compared to other products available in the market. Apollo believes in customer satisfaction in terms of technology and services as it has separate R&D division for product development. We also manufacture custom made plants for special purposes. Most importantly, we update our extensive portfolio with outstanding technologies focusing on delivering products matching international standards from time to time. Our manufacturing facilities have been equipped with hi-tech technology belonging to the relevant field right from concrete batching plants to transit mixers.

How well placed is your company in regard to its countrywide marketing, dealership networking and well supported after sales and spare parts delivery system?
Apollo has a dealership network across India and our Regional and Area Managers are also present in major states of the country, all Apollo products are backed by strong staff support and after sales services. Customers always opt for the best available in the market and we at Apollo make sure that our customers get quality spare parts and outstanding after sales service through our well-knit and widespread service network in the shortest possible time. Apart from the main manufacturing plant at Rajpur near Ahmedabad, spare parts are also stocked in large volumes with our dealers.

What about the technical servicesthe company is currently undertaking for the benefit of its customers including its AMCs ensuring trouble-free operation of the construction equipment?

Apollo Infratech on the Verge of Expansion

Apollo Infratech is providing service support from its head office as well as through dealership network. This type of well oiled service network helps customers and ensures trouble free operations with minimum maintenance cost. We also have AMCs with selected customers as every contemporary customer expects high reliability, quality, minimum down time, and online support. Moreover, in the high technology construction equipment segment, APOLLO strives hard to provide improved after sales services and an efficient spare parts support.

How do you foresee the future of the company in the next three to four years? Are there any plan to set up more facilities in other parts of the country or expansions of the existing facility in the near future?
Apollo Infratech on the Verge of Expansion
Apollo has huge expansion plan for the coming years. Its facility of 42,000 sqmts. In Ahmedabad is already underway to be expanded to another 16,000 to 17,000 sqmts of Shed and in all Apollo has chalked out plans to reach a turnover of Rs. 500 crores by 2015. We always strive to bring out the finest technology products with a focus to deliver complete reliable solutions. The mission of the Apollo Infratech is to lead the world of concrete production by designing and building state-of-the-art concrete construction equipment with the best technology available in the world market. Our vision is to occupy the utmost crown in the field of concrete production both through conveying and placement.
NBMCW July 2009
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