04 July 2020

Interaction-Ramesh Palagiri, MD & CEO, Wirtgen India

Our machines improve productivity and reduce operating costs


RAMESH PALAGIRI, MANAGING DIRECTOR and CEO, WIRTGEN INDIA offered CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES his views of the developments at his company and future prospects



What are the products offered by your firm to support India’s road construction plans?

Wirtgen Group introduced Concrete Slipform Paving machines at least a decade back, the prestigious Mumbai-Pune Expressway was built using our Slipform Pavers. Most of the concrete roads of the Golden Quadrilateral are built by using the Wirtgen Slipform Paving Technology.

Cold Milling technology-another innovative and cost effective solution was introduced to the Indian market around 5 years back, and is  popular and has received excellent acceptance in the Indian market.

Cold Recycling an another latest technology, we have introduced has been accepted for some projects by big BOT operators like L&T, IDPL and ITNL for national highways.



What is your company’s plan of action or strategy for the road segment this year? Are you looking to add new equipment to your existing product portfolio?

Wirtgen Group has been consistently trying to develop products offering better efficiency in terms of fuel consumption which helps in sustainable development and less carbon emissions,  our Cold Milling and Cold Recycling technologies machines contribute towards reduction of use of aggregates and also in the reuse of existing Bitumen.

The average age of any of the Wirtgen Group products in the market is around 2 years, which means that most of our products are from the new generation range and in most cases our products are at least a generation ahead of competition.

Wirtgen Cold Milling machines, Wirtgen Soil Stabilisers and Cold Recyclers, Surface Miners, the new Dash 3 series of Vögele Pavers, the EVO series of Kleemann crushing and screening plants are all new generation products which are technically ahead of competition.



What are the trends driving purchase or hire of road construction equipment market in India? To what extent is consumer behaviour influenced by cost?

We are introducing these New Gen products to help our customers to improve productivity and reduce their operating costs.



What are the road equipment currently most in demand?

Due to 100 new concrete road projects announced by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Roads and Highways, the slip form paving equipment industry is destined to witness a bright future in India. Currently due to the many road projects being awarded in concrete segment, the Wirtgen Slipform Pavers are majorly in demand.

Wirtgen offers the complete range of concrete paving equipments for both inset paving of roads and also offset paving like crash barrier, drain etc.



What is your focus on technological upgradation in respect of your products? What are the advancements your have introduced or plan to introduced?

WIRTGEN GROUP with its five strong brands cover the complete supply chain in Road building and Road Rehabilitation: Processing, mixing, paving, compaction and rehabilitation.

Our customers can avail the products from our leading, specialised product brands with specialized solutions for the entire process cycle. We are fully concentrated on the performance process of road and mineral technologies, thus offering best solutions.



How do you expect the market to shape up for the road construction equipment industry through 2016-17?

The last year has been very good due to number of Road Projects been awarded by the new Government. Around 3000 kms of Projects have been awarded in 2014 -15 and for 2015-16, the target is 5000 kms.

Due to the large number of new road projects being rolled out, there is a sudden demand for construction and road building equipment, also the demand for green field projects is increasing and expansion from 2 to 4 laning and 4 to 6 laning is being taken up.

This will in turn boost the demand for road construction as well as road rehabilitation equipment.

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