How does it feel to be one amongst the leading engineering conglomerates operating in the high growth areas like construction and material handling equipment and also catering to sectors such as railway and auto components?
The CONMAT feels very proud to be the leading engineering conglomerates in sectors including construction and material handling. Credit for the spectacular success in these areas goes to our team of valued customers, suppliers, associates, and to the dedicated CONMAT family members.
What types of equipment you manufacture for the construction and material handling sector? Can you elaborate in details about their usage and functioning?
The concrete pavers’ finishers are largely used in cc lining of canals, roads, airports runways, taxiways apron, and bridge decks for both flat as well as inclined paving. In this segment, the capacity ranges from 200 sqmt per hour to 400 sqmt per hour. Similarly, CONMAT’s concrete batching plant is equally hi-tech and fully automatic with twin shaft technology for quality and good mix concrete requirements. Its capacity ranges from 20 cu mt per hour to 120 cu mt per hour with inbuilt SCADA systems. In addition to this, the company also has in its fleet truck mixers with a capacity of 6 cu mt for transporting concrete and also concrete pumps stationary and boom pump for vertical as well as horizontal pumping of concrete to greater heights.
According to an industry insider, the total market, in terms of volume, for all earthmoving and construction equipment is around 6,000 units. In near future, how much India’s GDP is likely to increase in view of the Government’s increased spending on mega infrastructure projects?
With an impressive improvement in global meltdown and the multiple initiatives taken by Indian Government for mega infrastructure projects, we hope at least 20 to 25% increase in the country’s GDP.
"The CONMAT’s main mission is to achieve supremacy by offering quality products at competitive rates. The ideology is to remain one step ahead of others. Keeping the future needs and requirements of the industry in mind the company is currently pioneering in indigenously manufacturing TWIN SHAFT technology concrete mixers. In paving technology, we introduced hi-tech, high capacity, low maintenance, and lower operating cost pavers in India," says Mr. Nagesh Kudva,Director, CONMAT, in conversation with S.A.Faridi.
The construction industry transforms various resources into economic and social infrastructure and allied facilities. What types of improved methods of construction are necessary to achieve desired levels of structures and designs of the machines conducive to Indian conditions?
Keeping the Indian population and the availability of quality work force, in mind we feel 100% mechanization may not be required in Indian conditions. Man and machine mixture method is the desired structures. We should introduce the structure (mixture of man & machine) in a way without compromising with quality, performance and must aim to provide employment and this is what exactly required to suit Indian conditions.
How does your company keep pace with scientific and technological advances taking place in the construction industry? In view of this, what type of new implementations you have effected to date?
In paving technology, we introduced hi-tech, high capacity, low maintenance, and lower operating cost pavers in India. In truck mixers too, lot of changes have been made to suit to the domestic road conditions. CONMAT has given maximum thrust while designing equipment to meet the expectations of the end users. Our equipment comparatively are more fuel-efficient, hold higher reliability with potential of greater output, lower maintenance cost, and better operating comforts.
How do you view the fluctuations in demands for earthmoving and construction equipment in the Indian market?
Indian construction equipment market has been affected much less as compared to other markets across the world. As we cater for complete concrete solutions and in such a scenario one or the other product is invariably substituted and this neutralizes the impact of fluctuations in demand. Instead we have witnessed good improvements across our equipment segments.
What solutions will you suggest ensuring quality and standards? Should there be a provision of penalty for project lapses and a price for the timely completion of projects?
We stand for quality and recommend rewards for contractors for scheduled completion of their projects. Similarly, for delayed project, causes for the lapses should be analyzed threadbare before subjecting the contractor for any type of punishment.
What steps would you suggest for the Government to take for the overall growth of the earthmoving and construction equipment industry? Has the recent increase FDI and FIIs pushed the demand for mobile cranes and other construction equipment?
With investment projections of over $350 billion in infrastructure sector in the immediate future,—what prospects you foresee for the construction equipment industry?
We foresee tremendous demand for construction equipment in the near and foreseeable future and are in fact, very optimistic and confident to face the challenges.