21 April 2018

Equiment Sphere

Schwing Stetter is always known for offering excellent support to the machineries at site

 

This global concreting major is cornering maximum market share across concreting equipment verticals in India. The company recently added concrete pavers in slip form version which is the latest state of the art technology manufactured by GOMACO, USA to its product portfolio.

 

In an exclusive interview to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES, V.G.SAKTHIKUMAR, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SCHWING STETTER SALES AND SERVICES PVT LTD, CONVENOR FOR MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE, ICEMA, CHAIRMAN OF MECHANISATION COMMITTEE, BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA, discusses their product line and cutting edge technology featured in their machines.

 

 

How do you expect the market to shape up for the Paving equipment industry 2018 onwards?

 

Paving equipment industry is undergoing a very good growth as the Government is doing an excellent job in laying focus on the construction of World-class roads. Finish of the road, performance of the pavement by withstanding the intended traffic loads, wear and tear, etc., factors defines the project to be executed.

 

 

 

Tell us about your product portfolio in the Paving equipment

 

Schwing Stetter India offer concrete pavers in slip form version which is the latest state of the art technology manufactured by GOMACO, USA. GOMACO Corporation (www.gomaco.com) is the worldwide leader in concrete construction equipment with headquarters in Ida Grove, Iowa, USA. GOMACO equipment uses the slipform technology for concrete streets and highways, airport runways, curb and gutter, sidewalks and recreational trails, safety barrier, bridge parapet, and irrigation canals. Support equipment includes grade trimmers, concrete placers, concrete placer/spreaders, and texturing and curing machines. The company also offers equipment to finish flat slabs, bridges, and slopes. Two important models GP 2400 and GP 2600 are being offered in India which can cater to all national and state highway construction requirements.

 

 

Detail us on the Cutting edge technological innovations featured in your machines.

 

GOMACO has designed a new dowel bar inserter to attach to the GP-2400 to create a complete paving system. GOMACO’s dowel bar insertion technology has always featured industry-leading technology with the most accurate bar placement and consistent concrete consolidation around the bar. The GP-2400 with DBI (dowel bar inserter) can slipform widths upto 5.5 meters and features modular segments that can be inserted or removed for width changes. The GOMACO DBI provides the ultimate finish after bar insertion. The process includes a tamper bar, unique oscillating straightedge, paving pan and stainless that together finishes and seals the marked concrete after insertion. Power for the DBI has been integrated into the GP-2400’s diesel engine, eliminating the need for an auxiliary power unit.

 

The bar insertion process is managed by the exclusive GOMACO G+® control system. The operator-friendly G+ control screen presents the DBI information in full color, commands are presented in full text, and it is easy to operate in multiple languages. The G+ also offers troubleshooting capabilities along with many exclusive features to make start up and general paving each day faster and easier.

 

The GOMACO IDBI has over 26 advantages in the four key areas of frame design, control system, DBI/Mold Design and vibration system. GOMACO IDBI can be shifted from one site to others in 4 hours’ time in comparison to competition which takes 4 days. It results into faster completion of job with maximum availability. GOMACO concrete paver GP 2600 has high performance, low maintenance, track drive system provides a travel range from a smooth uninterrupted minimum to maximum travel speed. The vibrators and the tamper bar are hydraulically powered, have an automatic on/off control switch and are activated with machine movement. The vibrator positioning is hydraulically controlled for ease in start-up and finish.

 

Commander III is the best-selling multi-purpose machine of all time. The third generation of the Commander III is all about vision, safety, performance and the ease of use controls for an operator.It has a GBox on every leg to accommodate improved steering and grade with G+ controls. Commander III is the choice for various applications such as monolithic sidewalk, curb and gutter, barrier, roll over curb, parapet and paving widths upto 20 feet (6.1m) wide.

 

 

 

Any new launches in the near future?

 

Curb Paver and Canal Paver are some of the markets we are interested with the Government investments go up on irrigation and interlinking of rivers, we see a good opportunity in these products.

 

 

 

What is your cost/quality equation in a price sensitive market like India?

 

GOMACO machines are about 15 to 20 per cent expensive than competitor machines.  However, GOMACO offers patented technology like tamper/finisher/stainless to give unmatched paving quality. Also the dowel bar insertion with 3 point contact on each side of dowel bar gives unmatched alignment.

 

Emerging trends in the equipment finance and rentals in paving equipment. To what extent is consumer behavior influenced by cost.

 

Initial cost remains a factor, however, longer service life appeals to customer for choosing a premium product.

 

 

 

Tell us about some major projects where your products have been used.

 

Narmada Canal, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and in Interstate and highway projects.

 

Aftermarket services offered by your company. To what extent are aftermarket services a strategic differentiator.

 

SchwingStetter is always known for offering excellent support to the machineries at site. Our service quality remains the same, be it in metro cities or rural areas.

 

For concrete paver , we specially trained our after sales support department and they are stationed across 26 sales offices, 9 service centers, 30 spare parts depot, with dedicated service team for GOMACO, USA of 30 numbers.

 

 

 

Are you tied up with any equipment financing companies to help potential buyers with equipment purchases?

 

We are ready to work on leasing arrangement with various leasing companies.

 

 

 

Your outlook for the Paving equipment market in India.

 

As long as the Government have plans to have 30-40 per cent of all National highways and State highways in PQC, the potential is very good.

 

 

 

Outlook from a company perspective

 

Schwing Stetter India (www.schwingstetterindia.com) have added concrete pavers as a natural addition to our core product focus on concreting equipment. Higher capacity plants have a natural integration with Gomaco Slip Form Pavers, as both the products complement each other in concreting the project.

 

 




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