Saturday, January 23, 2021

Interaction-Vijay Khumbani, Director, Columbia Machine Engineering

Raghavendra Deshpande, Head - Engineering, Columbia Machine Engg (I) receiving the award from Chris Sleight, Senior Consultant, Off-Highway Research (UK) and Samir Bansal, GM - India, Off-Highway Research


We expect to consolidate our dominant position as the industry leader in India

At bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2016 Columbia Machine Engineering (India) Pvt. Ltd launched a significant new addition to it’s Concrete Block Machine range made in India, the Model SPM30, which is bigger and better than it’s flagship Model SPM20 machine. The company won the award for 2nd Best Innovative Machine at CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2016. VIJAY KUMBHANI, DIRECTOR – INDIA, COLUMBIA MACHINE ENGINEERING (INDIA) spoke to PANJAMI VIVEK on his company’s new product.


On your assessment of BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA 2016 as a trade fair and business generator

Bauma ConExpo is the largest show for Construction Machinery in North India with a good number of local and foreign Exhibitors. It is well marketed and has been able to attract a significant number of visitors from the relevant industry segments. While the location was convenient for travel and hotel stay, the lack of a permanent exhibition site led to several difficulties and inconvenience.


Elaborate on your products and technologies launched at BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA 2016

At Bauma ConExpo this year, we launched a significant new addition to our Concrete Block Machine range made in India, the Model SPM30, which is bigger and better than our flagship Model SPM20 machine. In addition, the manual pallet and product handling of the SPM20 plant has been replaced by an indigenously manufactured and uniquely designed fully automatic Rack Loader/Un loader Model UL30 for automation of Pallet and Rack Handling. It is further supplemented by another uniquely designed product cubing equipment, the Plate Style Cuber Model PSC200. All these equipment have been developed and made in India based on technology from Columbia Machine Inc. USA. This equipment provides the Indian market with the most appropriate solution for increasing capacity while will drastically reducing manpower and simultaneously improving quality and efficiency at affordable investment costs.


On the takeaways from the event

A show like BaumaConExpo provides us a platform to showcase new technologies and products to the industry in a specific geography/region. It also provides an opportunity to connect with existing customers, producers and competitors and exchange notes and views with them. It brings the entire industry together on one platform in India. Apart from walk-ins from all over India, we also had visitors from neighbouring countries which is a good sign.

On the demand for construction equipment going forward

The demand for construction equipment significantly depends on government spending on infrastructure. The continued slowdown in infrastructure and real estate sectors in India results in a weak market for our Machinery. The steps being taken by the present government to clear stalled infrastructure projects and increase infrastructure spending on roads, ports, smart cities, industrial and freight corridors should greatly improve market conditions in the near future.


Future Outlook for your company and industry.

We have just launched our larger Concrete Block Machine Model SPM 30 at  Bauma ConExpo, along with automated handling of pallets, racks and products. This will provide the Indian customer with the next generation of Concrete Block Plant with higher capacity and handling automation made in India at an affordable price. With this launch, we expect to consolidate our dominant position as the industry leader in India and grow our business significantly. With the increase in housing and infrastructure requirements, Concrete block industry will also grow simultaneously.


Winner of 2nd Best Innovative Machine Award at Construction Opportunities Excellence Awards 2016


Columbia machine spm 30 block machine snapshot:

SPM 30 is a BIGGER & BETTER block machine with fully automated pallet handling and cubing system is now manufactured in India and is the most reliable and  viable alternative on the market.

The SPM30 provides the Indian customer with the next generation of Concrete Block Plant made in India at an affordable price and gives a quick return on investment.


Pallet Size for Indian Market:

Pallet size of 750mmx600mm especially designed taking care of Indian Market conditions. Steel  pallets provides 50 per cent  more product cycle than SPM20.


Loader/ Unloader:

Precision design & engineered, our Rack Loader/  Unloader provides most advanced, safest and flexible means for moving green and cured products within your plant.


Automatic Cubing:

Cured products are automatically cubed on wooden pallets using Plate Style Cuber  PSC200, US technology made in India.


Zero Downtime:

The rugged design and automatic vibrator lubrication reduces maintenance requirements providing significantly increased up time and higher productivity.


CVT Technology: Columbia’s patented technology, CVT combines 75 years of innovative engineering and field proven designs with industry leading manufacturing capabilities. With this & UL30 and PSC200, the output of SPM30 will be almost double that of SPM20.


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