V Venkataramana
"We are continuously working for better productivity/efficiency of equipment, ease of maintenance and safety. Our sand plant equipment is best in market with minimum power/cost per ton of production. We will be launching our energy saving and latest design equipment at EXCON 2013 which are the need of the industry today," says Mr. V. Venkataramana, Vice President, Puzzolana Machinery Fabricators in an interview with S.K.Khanna.

How do you see the first two quarters of this fiscal for Puzzolana and foreseeing clear sign of revival in mining industry, what are your assessment of remaining months in 2013-14?
Business has slowed down in view of the slowdown in the projects. However, there is a hope of new business for sand crushers and high capacity plants.

We are not expecting a growth but if GOI takes decision to implement the announced projects before the end of 2013, it will give business in the physical year 2014.

Sand Plant Equipment
Certification of Equipment like definition of performance, safety and operation is a big issue as there is no specific/unified guideline, and everyone interprets it as per his/her own preferences and understanding. Hence there are lots of confusion among end users; what are your suggestions on the same and how can a technical level play be achieved for the health growth of mining segment?
The GOI, CII and Manufacturers are working on creating norms for training and safety required for each category of equipment and process so that GOI can bring in the norms/standards/Policies in giving certification for operators/ users.

Tell us about Puzzolana's efforts on making strong imprints in global market through its products and services.
We are focusing on global markets like Africa and south east Asia. We have participated in Bauma –Germany and Bauma – Africa.

Sand Crushers

Unorganized nature of aggregate industry is a big concern for organized manufacturers as trained operators and technicians with preventive and periodical maintenance play a big role in equipment performance. Please brief us on your services.
We train our customers at their sites on operation, maintenance and parts management-on job training. We also render workshop training in assembly and classroom trainings at our factories besides providing certification to trained operators.

Financing small and medium contractors is becoming difficult as the banks as well as the companies have become very selective in their financing approach. How can financing to the genuine buyers be eased and ensured?
It takes time in financing in assessing the buyers/customers. However it is a good for both suppliers and financers in present situation to assess the genuine buyers in this situation of liquidity.

A word about the energy-efficiency and other inbuilt features of your products.
We are continuously working for better productivity/ efficiency of equipment, ease of maintenance and safety. Our sand plant equipment are best in market with minimum power/cost per ton of production.

How are you planning to participate in the CE industry mega event Excon to be held in November this year at Bangalore? What would be the focus of your projection in this mega show?
We will be launching our energy saving and latest design equipment in EXCON 2013 – which are the need of the Industry today.

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