21 September 2019

Table of Contents for Special Focus: Concrete & Concrete Equipment





Interaction-Upendra Mujumdar, Head-Sales & Mktg, Columbia Machine Engineering (India)

We offer the most versatile, innovative concrete products equipment in the industry

Columbia Machine Engineering (India) Pvt. Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Machine Inc. USA, an over 75 year old worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and support of equipment for a variety of industries with customers in over 100 countries around the world. UPENDRA MUJUMDAR, HEAD-SALES & MKTG, COLUMBIA MACHINE ENGINEERING (INDIA) spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on his company’s product offerings and the opportunities going forward

 

Briefly tell us about the products, equipments and concrete solutions offered by your company and also share with us details about your manufacturing units

Columbia Machine is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of concrete products equipment, serving customers in over 100 countries. From mixing and batching to automatic cubing and splitting, Columbia builds a complete line of equipment to outfit entire concrete products plant. We pioneered the first semi-automatic, hydraulically operated block machine over 75 years ago with the unique Columbia Vibration Technology (CVT).

Today, with over 15 years of local manufacturing at Vadodara in Gujarat, we offer the most versatile, innovative concrete products equipment in the industry. In India, our existing Concrete Product Machine Model SPM20 provides our customers a plant with an ideal combination of a high technology machine with medium capacity and low investment in pallet and product handling. Its simplicity and ease of installation/dismantling makes it an ideal solution for project works. The Model SPM20 can be used to produce a wide range of high quality concrete products such as hollow blocks, paver blocks, retaining wall blocks, flyash bricks and kerbstones. All these features have provided substantial profits and quick payback on investment to over 200 users in India alone. No other concrete products equipment supplier can match the versatility, economy and quality of Columbia. Our experienced local sales and service network, along with our easily available local spare parts, moulds and training facilities, provide unmatched world-class support locally. Our team of experienced engineers can design a plant to fit local production needs as well as provide installation support and training for plant personnel. Our Vadodara factory is spread over 50,000 sq. ft. area with a 30,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. It has strength of nearly 100 well qualified and highly experienced engineers and workmen supported by sophisticated manufacturing facilities from raw material cutting, machining, fabrication and assembly to be able to manufacturer our full range of concrete block machines, hydraulic press solutions, batching-mixing solutions, moulds and palletizers.

 

 

Tell us of the competitive material advantages offered by your products or equipments?

Columbia practices the unique and patented technology, Columbia Vibration Technology. CVT enables the producers to create the highest quality and widest range of products in the world. Our Concrete Product Machine allows high profitability by saving cost by means of lesser amount of cement being used to achieve the same quality and strength. Better height control and crispy edges can be easily maintained in all of Columbia’s Concrete Product Machines. This helps to reduce rejections to a greater extent. Less waste means more money saved.

 

 

What is the emphasis you have placed on R&D, innovation, and sustainability?

Today, with over 15 years of local manufacturing at Vadodara in Gujarat, we offer the most versatile, innovative concrete products equipment in the industry. In India, our existing Concrete Product Machine Model SPM20 provides our customers a plant with an ideal combination of a high technology machine with medium capacity and low investment in pallet and product handling. Its simplicity and ease of installation/dismantling makes it an ideal solution for project works. The Model SPM30 machine is provided with an unique Rack Loader /Unloader Model UL30 made in India with technology from Columbia Machine, USA. UL 30 provides completely automatic loading and unloading the production pallets in to the Racks. Further cured products are automatically cubed on wooden pallets using the Plate Style Cuber PSC 200 again made in India with technology provided by Columbia Machine USA. This increased Pallet and product handing efficiency and improves productivity as well as reduces product handling damages drastically.

 

 

What are the areas of the economy which drive use of your products? Tell us of the important projects which your products and solutions have supported profitably?

The Infra is a main driver in the increase of the use of our product. By infra we mean Roads, Power and Ports. There are numerous road and port project where the pavers that are used are manufactured on our Machines. To name a few Mundra, JNPT, Hambantota port in Srilanka, Road Projects like the Golden Quadrilateral, NH 8, NH 3 and many more.

 

 

Could you talk of your strategies to push your products in a competitive atmosphere? What are the new products you expect to launch in 2017 -18?

We have just launched our larger Concrete Block Machine Model SPM 30 at BaumaConExpo, 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.

 

 

Future outlook for the industry and from a company perspective

With the increase in housing and infrastructure requirements, Concrete block industry will also grow simultaneously. Road development provides concrete block manufacturers with opportunities to supply paver blocks and retaining wall blocks. Concrete pavers are practical solution for the construction of roads (particularly in high rainfall areas like Assam), high traffic intersections and shoulders because of their high compressive strength, wear resistance and easy maintenance. Retaining wall blocks produced on Columbia Machines have the advantage of precision height control and are extensively used for bridges and flyovers. Infrastructure development such as sea ports, container terminals, inland container depots and the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) between Delhi and Mumbai, (covering an overall length of 1,483kms passing through 6 states) will result in a huge requirement of high strength paver blocks.




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