Schwing Stetter launched 19 new products for the Indian market at the 2011 Excon exhibition.

Schwing Stetter launched 19 new products for the Indian market at the 2011 Excon exhibition.

Schwing Stetter enjoys a long history in the Indian construction market. It set up its production plant in Chennai as long ago as 1998 and this has helped it secure a dominant position in the country's concrete batching plant segment.

But last month's Excon exhibition in Bangalore saw it launch a remarkable 19 new products onto the Indian market, many of which have been specifically designed with the needs of local customers in mind.

Most eye-catching was its 'Nimo' 3 m3 truck mixer, an unusually small mixer, but one which fills an important gap. "Permits are such that most mixer trucks can only enter cities between 9 pm and 7 am, but this small truck can go through cities at any time," explained Schwing Stetter India COO V.G. Sakthi Kumar, who added that the machine was aimed at small-scale house building work.

Other new additions to the portfolio included a 20 m reach placing boom, which has been designed to unfold in low headroom applications like tunnelling. The unit can also be run electrically - again a key requirement in tunnelling.

Indeed, the company has its eye on the infrastructure market with a number of other new additions to the range. These include a 10 m3 truck mixer, an ice plant to pre-cool concrete prior to large pours, and a recycling plant to re-claim aggregates from un-used ready mixed concrete.

Managing director Anand Sundaresan said, "People are cautious now because of inflation and interest rate rises, but long-term everyone is bullish. Infrastructure development will be tremendous - US$ 1 trillion of the next five years. All of it requires concrete. Even in road building, about 40% of the work will be concrete."

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