SCHWING Stetter India is a 100 per cent subsidiary of SCHWING Group of companies, an 850-million Euro German Concrete machinery manufacturer. SCHWING Stetter (India) Private Limited manufactures concrete batching plants, transit mixers for transporting readymade concrete to construction sites, pumps and concrete placing booms and recycling plants. It caters to infrastructure developers and also acts as an OEM supplier to various cement companies who offer Ready Mix Concrete.
Anand Sundaresan, Vice-Chairman & Managing Director, SCHWING Stetter told Sandeep Menezes that he hoped projects are implemented quickly so that the construction equipment industry will benefit.
Excerpts from the interview:
Even before the new government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, SchwingStetter had set-up a fabrication unit at its Chennai manufacturing complex as part of its localizing strategy? How successful has been the attempt?
To increase customisation of products, SCHWING Stetter has set up the F-75 Fabrication Unit at the SCHWING manufacturing unit. This fabrication unit, exclusive for customizing different variants of the boom pump, is spread across five acres with a facility area of 20,000 sqm which is operated by highly skilled workers and experts in production design.
SCHWING Stetter India has recently installed a 100 KWp Solar plant to power these fabrication units at their works at Irungattukottai. SCHWING Stetter is researching with materials and new methods to increase energy efficiency be it our equipment for customers or for our captive operational needs. It is also our constant endeavour to incorporate our brand promise and drive excellence in every aspect of our business and customer engagement. Commissioning of this Solar Plant is one more such initiative and first of its kind within the SCHWING Group globally.
Last year, Schwing Stetter unveiled five new products along-with five new variants. How has been the market’s acceptance of those products? Any new product launches planned in near future?
Our current range includes Batching Plant, Truck Mixer, Concrete Pump, Recycling Plant and Shotcreting Machine. With major projects coming up in India, we will showcase suitable products which can effectively help the customers to meet the challenges in executing the projects. We do have a few projects in the pipeline, which we will take to the media when the time is right!
Now that the Indian economy is again showing sign of optimism, tell us about Schwing Stetter’s future business strategy?
Going green and environmental responsibility are universally accepted concepts. Fuel efficiency comes predominantly from our truck mixers, pumps and batching plants. Also, the Germans are very particular about this. We have full support from our parent company to make sure that we also introduce environmental friendly products without compromising on quality, productivity and minimum downtime.
How do you foresee the evolving growth scenario and main demand drivers across the construction equipment sector nationwide?
Most of the infrastructure projects are time bound. The projects have to be completed on time and should be cost effective. If we take the example of metro rail, there are above ground level projects as well as underground projects. Now it is a big challenge to carry out these projects without disturbing the normal traffic on the roads. Tunnel boring machines with innovative technologies are being used to complete such underground projects, without disturbing the normal day to day activities. Thus, very high capacity machines are the need of the hour for wide road concreting, wind and solar power plants and water desalination plants.
We are witnessing major technological reforms in the Indian construction & mining equipment industry as demand for specialized and high-capacity equipment is on the rise. Comment.
Investment in NHAI Projects, Port Connectivity, Smart City Development, North East Road Development Project and the 16 new Port Projects & port connectivity, are some of the initiatives which will definitely create market for the construction equipment industry. This was something which we were eagerly waiting for quite some time. We only hope that these projects are implemented quickly so that the construction equipment industry will be benefited fast. The budget clearly indicates Government’s intention towards policy reforms towards stabilising the economy and boost investment. We had expected that the retrospective amendment issued during the last budget will be rolled back, whereas again a committee has been appointed to look into this. We hope that this committee will put an end to this problem quickly to boost investor sentiments. There are many other issues which we expected will be brought out in this budget. We have to look at the fine prints. Then we will have more clarity on these issues.
When we talk about the past five years, we have faced 2 downturns, one in 2009 and the one that we are facing today. After the downturn of 2009, India was the only country to have bounced back in the very next year 2010 and we could see all round development.
Definitely in the last five years, metro and mono rail projects, and high rise constructions have increased in urban areas like NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Jaipur etc. and most of our equipments are being used in such projects. These projects are time bound and speed of construction is the key factor. Besides, when you work in urban areas, space management and noise pollution are other critical aspects. The time window available for contractors to bring concrete from central plant is very small considering the traffic. Therefore, reliable high performance machineries supported with excellent service at the site are what the customers expect and Schwing Stetter India exactly meets the customer expectations.
Apart from the metro rail project, our equipments are being used to build wider roads, bridges and flyovers thus aiming for de-congestion of roads to beat the traffic.