22 October 2019

Interaction-Prashanth Kumar, Executive Director, Sicoma Mixers India

Our aim is to be the most preferred and favored supplier for Concrete Mixers in India and overseas

SICOMA MIXERS INDIA part of the OMG GROUP (Officine Meccaniche Galletti S.r.l.) started it’s Indian operations in 2007. The company in engaged in manufacturing products such as Concrete Mixers and allied products which find their applications in varied fields like production of mass concrete for infrastructure projects (roads/highways/dams etc.), concrete products (pre cast and dry cast) and regular concrete (RMC). PRASHANTH KUMAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SICOMA MIXERS INDIA responds to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES queries.

 

Give us a brief background of your company, products offered and also share with us few details about your manufacturing units – location, capacities and investments?

Sicoma Mixers India Pvt Ltd, (SMIPL) is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Sicoma srl.,Italy incorporated in India in the year 2007, based out of Bangalore, Karnataka. Sicoma srl is a leading manufacturer of Concrete Mixers in the world, catering to various applications in concrete (RMC) and concrete products (pre cast and dry cast). The company manufactures Twin Shaft Mixers, Planetary Mixers, Turbine Mixers and Continuous Mixers. Sicoma also provides consultancy and products for Concrete Distribution Systems.Sicoma Group has manufacturing facilities in Italy, China and India. SMIPL has made a progressive development by manufacturing and assembling Mixers in India. SMIPL maintains a minimum stock level of regular size (fast moving) Planetary and Twin Shaft Mixers, at its Bangalore facility. Sicoma is by far now considered as the largest manufacturers of Concrete Mixers in the world. We globally manufacture close to 3000 mixers a month on an average and our customers find our Mixers extremely user friendly and cost effective in operations. In India, we have about 700+ Mixers in operation. Our vision is “to be the most preferred and favoured supplier for Concrete Mixers in India and overseas”. The mission statement revolves around four key factors viz., Highest VFM to customers, Best Services, Great Ideas and Working culture.As regards to investments, in our phase-1 of activity, we have created a state of art manufacturing facility in Bangalore. We have already commenced local production of Twin Shaft Mixers up to a certain range. These Mixers will be commercially offered to our customers sometime in October-2016. Very shortly we shall commence our phase-2 activity, which involves expanding our manufacturing capacity in a different location near Bangalore. Project planning and preparationis underway.

 

How smart and efficient are your products. What is your company’s focus on R& D and technological innovations?

Our products are designed to offer maximum productivity. We have a highly capable R&D team sitting in our HO in Italy. This team is very receptive to inputs from regional markets and accordingly provide technological innovations to our products to suit the regional requirements. We have done some very smart innovative products for the Indian market.

Once our phase-2 operations begin, we shall cater to bigger global market from Bangalore. We have certain plans for it.

 

Tell us of the new products you intend to introduce?

We intend to officially launch the locally manufactured MAO1500/1000 Twin Shaft Mixer during the bc India show in Dec’16. It is going to be a landmark achievement for SMIPL.

 

Give us an understanding of their key features? Tell us about the USP’s of your products vis-à-vis your competitors.

Our biggest USP is we offer our products built to European manufacturing standards at affordable prices. We have been successful in achieving this by putting in a place a smart manufacturing and delivery practice which involves our parent group OMG and SMIPL.

The other 2 very important factors that go in our favour are:-

  • Since we are locally based for operations in India, we offer very good levels of parts and service support.
  • Our Mixers come with very low maintenance costs per cu.m.of production.

Our customers feel very comfortable in using our products because they are confident about our back up support.

 

What is the present growth trend witnessed in the precast concrete sector?

It is slowly but steadily growing. We are seeing some encouraging movement in this sector. Compared to previous years, this year we have received many enquiries for our Mixers from pre cast producers. I think the demand has still to do some catching up with supply.




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