Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneshwar, 23 April 2014:
India’s leading Construction equipment company Universal Construction Machinery and Equipment ltd today expanded its product portfolio in Odisha with the launch of Self Loading Concrete Mixer to further augment its leadership position in concreting equipment in East India Market.
Universal has three state of art plants at Pune, Satara in Maharashtra and Rudrapur in Uttaranchal with a portfolio of more than 50 products in concreting and Material handling Equipment.
The Self Loading Mixer (SLM) will be an apt product in rural, semi urban and remote areas in Odisha because of its mobility where security is a concern. Ranjit More, Vice Chairman Universal Group, Sanjeev Nayak, MD Equipage Infracore Pvt. Ltd, Sunil Bhamre, General Manager, Universal, Manoj Sau, State Manager, Universal, MP Allam, Regional Manager, Universal and SK Pattanaik, General Manager, Equipage Infracore Pvt. Ltd were present on the occasion.
The Self Loading Concrete Mixer is totally developed by in-house R& D team which saves foreign currency & heavy tech fee. The new Self Loading Mixer (SLM) is available in capacities of 2 and 4 CuM capacities. The product is ideal for projects which require constant shifting of machines like Canal Lining, Road projects, Windmill and Irrigation projects.
The Machine can self load the aggregate, batch mix, transport and discharge the concrete at specific locations. Only one operator is sufficient to operate the machine. The machine is totally hydraulic with all wheels steerable which enables machine to move at sites @ 30degree and also turn in very short radius approx 3mt. The machines mixes concrete which is in transit @ 2-6rpm & discharge it into @ high speed of 18rpm. Universal SLM offers maximum comfort level with rotating seat, closed cabin and clear visibility with adequate safety measures.
Speaking on the occasion Ranjit More, Vice Chairman, Universal Construction Machinery and Equipment said that most of the self loading mixers present domestically are a result of Joint Ventures, but Universal is one of the first Indian companies to solely design and manufacture this machine domestically The significance of this is that this product is designed specifically keeping in mind the needs of Indian Consumer at a time when there is acute shortage of manpower.
He added that this product has a huge potential in areas where irrigation projects are on the verge of completion and Canal projects are being started. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, North East and Gujarat have a high demand for such products. This product has a market of 400cr domestically and is increasing by 20%. We are targeting 50 SLM machines in Odisha in the first year through our authorized dealer Equipage Infracore Pvt. Ltd. with its strong network and infrastructure all over Odisha . Mainly we are covering from Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Barbil , Angul , Rayagada amongst others. Bhubaneswar is our head office cum service centre in Odisha.
Ranjit More said, ” SLM is a result of setting up a new R&D Center in Pune in September 2013. The purpose behind setting up an R&D center is development of new products, up gradation of existing products, developing import substitutes based on Indian Conditions, Localizing products for International Markets and constantly improving manufacturing processes. A team of 22 engineers and 8 technicians will be operational at this center. Our target would be to come out with at least five products every year and intensify competition in international markets. Recently we have deployed seven Robots at Pune Plant which will help to maintain consistent quality accuracy and increase our production nearly five-fold Since Universal products are sold in nearly forty five countries we are concentrating on localizing our products to suit that particular market . We also realize the importance GenNext products with more efficiency which include multi location machines with centralized control and will be offering that to our client .The R&D center will enable us to come up with more technologically advanced and user friendly products.”