In a classic example of ‘Make in India’, German company Putzmeister’s new hi-tech concrete pump machine manufactured at Verna is all set to revolutionise the construction industry, writes Michael Fisher
On the back of a gradual urbanisation taking place along the coastal villages, plus a replacement market for older buildings and villas going vertical, Goa’s construction industry is gathering steam as demand for concreting equipments, especially concrete pumps, is rising.
For the first time in Goa, builders and contractors will soon possess their own cement-making batching plant manufactured by Putzmeister and installed on construction sites. The batching plant adopts better-advanced technology with safety features, then the conventional ones seen around Goa, says Vikas Deshmukh, service director at Putzmeister India.
The new eSmart machine from Putzmeister, a stationary concrete pump, with HMI (Human Machine Interface) control panel and an Ergonic Graphic Display (EGD) installed on the dashboard allows determining the real time operating status. The EGD performance displays various parameters like pumping hours, concrete output, hydraulic oil temperature, fault diagnosis matrix, stroke counter, engine speed, etc, which makes it possible to monitor the pump continuously.
This system reduces the restrictions in hydraulic oil flow; and as a result, the heat generation in this hydraulic system is minimized, thus saving recurring maintenance cost. The concrete pump in various sizes starts from Rs 20 lakh. It is made for the safety of the operator and the environment.
Deshmukh explained all these high tech features to a packed house of construction players at the recently held Discovery Day event by Putzmeister at a Bogmalo hotel. Another example of concrete technology ‘Make in India’ that is being manufactured out of Goa Verna Industrial Estate is the BSF 36.4 meters truck mounted boom pump. Only one operator, one helper and three workers operate the Putzmeister new generation truck-mounted boom pump with a 36 meters boom. It is renowned for optimum reach and high flexibility, especially in cramped areas of work – a renowned power package on construction sites.
Till date Goa’s marketing for concrete pumps is 20 numbers and is expected to grow by an additional 10 this year and double next year attributed to the government plans of building bridges across every river and rebuilding of old bridges.
Deshmukh recalls it was in 2007 that Putzmeister opened its Europe-Asia-CIS regional manufacturing factory in Goa and was the first to launch the `Make-In-India’ boom pump in Verna Industrial Estate.
Putzmeister was established in the year 1958. From the outset it specialised in on-site concrete pump mixer equipment. “Since then we have expanded our manufacturing and services all over the world” says Miguel Fernandes, technical head at the headquarters in Goa, and the keynote speaker shared the advantages of Putzmeister’s competitive products but also about discovering the client and what challenges faced by the company.
Today, the company market share in truck-mounted boom pumps and number two in stationary concrete pumps. The evolution of Putzmeister in Goa has been steady but progressive with a world re-known reputation, a sales network throughout the world and India, distributors and outlets across many countries. They provide customers with value-for-money solutions to their concrete pump requirements.