24 July 2019

Interaction- VG Sakthikumar, MD, Schwing Stetter Sales & Services

We are investing heavily on after sales infrastructure


Schwing Stetter India, is a name known to everyone in the infrastructure sector. The company's products are not just designed for high productivity as the designers have taken tremendous efforts in making the equipment consumer friendly and have a very long service life. V.G.SAKTHIKUMAR, MANAGING DIRECTOR, SCHWING STETTER SALES AND SERVICES PVT LTD, CHAIRMAN OF MECHANISATION COMMITTEE, BAI speaks to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES about the company's participation at bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018, the use of IoT and Industry 4.0 and the emerging trends in the equipment finance and rentals




Briefly tell us about your product offerings and the USPs that have contributed in strengthening and maintaining your stronghold in the market?

Product Offerings:

Schwing Stetter is a pioneer in manufacturing equipment for concrete preparation, placement, transportation and recycling. Concrete mixers, concrete batching plants, concrete pumps, concrete placer boom, mobile concrete conveyor, shotcreting machines, recycling plants, water chilling plant are our well-established products in the market for the past 20 years. Self-loading mixers, tower cranes, wheel loaders, motor graders, cold milling machines, truck crane, crawler crane, aerial working platforms, horizontal directional drilling, rotary drilling rig, plastering pump and sludge pumps are our various newer range of equipment that have been launched recently. We cater to infrastructure developers and also acts as an OEM supplier to various cement companies who offer Ready Mix Concrete. We offer a wide range of holistic after sales, spares and services for all our products.

Unique Selling Proposition (USP):

  • Long service life.
  • Lowest operating cost.
  • Lowest fuel consumption.
  • Strong service network.
  • Anywhere parts support.
  • Largest number of service centres in India.
  • Strong design capability and product innovation in India.
  • World class customer training support.



Briefly give us an understanding about your manufacturing units in India.

Schwing Stetter India was registered in June 1998 and began operations in 1999. In 2001, it set up its own manufacturing facility for concrete pumps at Sriperumbudur in Chennai, followed by the second facility in 2004, exclusively to manufacture concrete truck mixers. In December 2006, the company inaugurated its third facility for concrete batching plants. In March 2012, the company inaugurated its fourth facility for world class boom pump production to support the three existing manufacturing facilities to meet the growing demands. In November 2017, the company inaugurated its fifth facility for Self-loading mixer production facility to manufacture self-loading mixers. Manufacturing concrete equipment and Non concrete equipment in India through our “Make in India” campaign has always been our forte. The company is also a part of Schwing – XCMG group.Schwing Group has 12 manufacturing units worldwide and is present in over 145 countries.



Experts have called Industry 4.0 the next Industrial Revolution. How will Industry 4.0 bring in a revolution for the construction equipment manufacturing sector?

Industry 4.0 is good in every aspect. But the time has not arrived as it is more in need for low volume, high precision machinery like aeronautics before it becomes attractive for high volume equipment like construction machinery. Industry 4.0 in short: Digitalization has brought about big change in concreting equipment industry. So we were working on predictive or breakdown maintenance of the equipment. With the introduction of industry 4.0, we are able to drive towards proactive maintenance of the equipment. How it is done? The answer is simple, the machine performance is tracked at regular interval and indeed the life of the components as well is tracked by collecting big data. The effective implementation of machine learning (AI) with the collected data is analysed and it gives statistics on life of the key components and this avoids major breakdown of the equipment. By this, the productivity is increased in line with the proper utilization of the equipment.

The industry 4.0 eases the job of the equipment owner as s/he can have the machine details on his palm with the matter of a click on his/her mobile app. As a manufacturer, we can study the performance of the equipment and based on that, we can work towards increasing the quality of the product. Industry 4.0 can bring a big revolution in the R&D sector of the concrete equipment manufacturing sector.



In the recent years, IoT has had a vast impact on the manufacturing sector? How do you look at the impact of IoT for the construction equipment sector?

Before industry 4.0, we were using internet for some of the basic needs to track the position / location of the equipment. Recently, the internet of things has made a major impact on the tracking, now we are not only tracking the location but we can also track the performance and utilisation of the equipment. Now, we have reached to a stage where we can even control certain key action parameters of the equipment for safe operation. Similarly, IoT has helped in effective utilisation of the equipment targeting for zero breakdown.



Cutting edge Smart Technology featured in your machines. Also Safety and Operator Comfort features in your machines.

All our equipment are installed with latest technology and with the options to facilitate interface with Enterprise Resource Planning / IoT. The improvement never stops as always there will be an innovation happening to fulfil the customer requirement in line with the latest technology. Stetter concrete batching plants are built with the latest technology of panel building. PLC’s from top class manufacturers are provided which is in line to the safety norms and industrial standards. Schwing concrete pumps and Stetter concrete mixers comes with an option to enable IoT technology with the flexibility to host the API to share data to the customer cloud space as well.



The rising fuel prices have been a matter of concern for all. Tell us about the steps taken by your company to provide fuel efficient equipment.

Super Six transit mixers can save 5 lakhs in 5 years because of its fuel efficiency. Even, Schwing concrete pump SP 1400 was awarded the best fuel efficient concreting machine in 2017. Each of our product has undergone various tests to make it fuel efficient.



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

Most of the finance and rental companies prefer our equipment as the reliability of the machine is very high and service requirements are low.



Detail us on the new innovative products or new breakthrough technologies you are launching at bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018?

During the Bauma Conexpo India 2018, we will be launching many machines like mobile batching plant, stationary batching plant, concrete pumps, concrete transit mixer, concrete pavers, wheel loaders, excavator, rotary drilling rig, all terrain crane, crawler crane and cold milling machine. Also, we have been regularly launching new products to meet the requirements that arises from time to time. For example: Schwing Stetter India’s newest launches are SuperSix Concrete Transit Mixers with IoT Ready, IoT In and GPS and Stetter Batching Plant M25 Z which were launched recently in response to the feedback received from the customers, operators, project personnel at site. This is also in line with Digital India initiative. Supersix concrete transit mixers was launched in partnership with Mahindra Powerol Engines. Schwing Stetter India is the very first company in India to have launched for IoT applications being available for our concreting and non-concreting line of equipment.



Give us an understanding of your company’s performance this year and your outlook going forward?

We are investing heavily on after sales infrastructure like service, parts support and training. We will continue to do that since our equipment population is growing.

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