The Indian road sector, touted to be the second largest in the world, is fast progressing to set a new ben-chmark in the industry. The government is investing its best efforts to furthermore enhance the sector and bring better connectivity of cities, towns and villages across the country. While the Narendra Modi-led government had allotted a sum of ` 45,800 crore towards roads and highway construction in the ongoing fiscal year (2015-16), it is likely to get almost doubled to ` 85,000 crore in the forthcoming fiscal year.
An empowered committee is soon to be set up by the Road Transport and Highways Ministry. This will be fully triggered to force-start all the projects in pipeline, incurring an expense of about ` 30,000 crore. In the FY 2015-16, over 10,000 hectares of land is to be acquired to catalyze road laying in the country. The same was 6,733 hectares during FY 1014-15, to note.
The government had earmarked about 20 percent of the investment of US$ 1 trillion for infrastructure to the road sector during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17). As per the FY12-17, the road sector is targeted to see 17.4 percent of Compound Annual Growth Rate in the period. Ac-cording to the vision of Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transports and Highways, India will target to lay roads stretching for 1,50,000 kilometers from this year, and the same was 96,000 kilometers the previous year.
There are plans for India and Japan to join hands and launch an infrastructure finance company dedicated to give out soft loans to bankroll Indian road projects. Furthermore, in collaboration with Japanese investors, the Indian government is at the verge of setting up a financial corporation with a sum of ` 1 trillion.
The road transportation and Highways Ministry is also looking upon to receive increased budgetary allocation in the following year as there will be an upsurge in the toll collected. Private investments being low, it is crucial for a push in public spending as well, the ministry believes.
While there’s so much done in the road sector, there are possibilities of so much more to be done too. Contemporary technologies used in Asphalt batch mixing plant largely catalyze these developments in the road sector.
Linhoff machinery makes use of dual screen technology carrying out drying and screening of aggregates, thus offering lower operational cost
Passionate Players in the Industry
With an avid focus on the road sector to come off in the following years, there are incredible developments made in the sector. These are backed by the major players in Asphalt Mix Plants. Marini India is among the high-fliers in the Asphalt mix plants. The manufacturer has their unit set up at Alfonsine spread across 150,000 m2. Marini is one of the oldest manufacturers in the industry with 6 decades of experience. The company targets to provide cost-efficient and profitable products, striving to be the futuristic equipment trendsetter.
Marini India promises to reduce carbon footprints and save energy, and make the entire process of asphalt production environment friendly. This is achieved with its Green Plant technology which also remarkably reduces the asphalt manufacturing cost.
The manufacturer has in store four types of Asphalt Mix Plants: MAC, Roadstar, Top Tower, and UltiMAP. MAC stands for Marini Asphalt Compact. It is a combo of traditional methods and advanced green plant technology. The waste heat recovery system and green plant design altogether deliver excellent fuel efficiency and lowers production cost. Traditional asphalts, specification mixes, carbon friendly asphalt mixes, and 45% recycling of asphalt are the notable features of the unit.
Roadstar Asphalt Plant comprising three mobile batch mix models is best-suited for use at small and medium sized production sites (60 to 200 TPH depending on the model). Though being a mobile plant, it is on par with classical stationary batch plants in terms of performance levels and production efficiency. They get rarely used at construction sites and road maintenance projects. On sites where there are troubles with ground site space and time, Roadstar plants are ideal.
Catering to customer requirements like energy efficiency and quality, Marini has the Top Tower suitable for producing standard or low-energy materials. In whatever is the technique chosen, the plant delivers low-energy as-phalt with minimal co2 emission, irrespective of the technique chosen. As it comes as pre-assembled machinery, it is easy to erect and function at the site. The ma-chine can offer 15% energy saving, having got excellent insulation and compact size.
The UltiMAP comes as 1300, 2000, 2700, 3300 and 4000. The machinery is inclusive of an impeccable dryer and dust collection system and thus excels in production regardless of the environment. It offers amazing control over metering processes. With this machine, it is possible to make variations in the formula and make produces in limited quantities.
With its presence in the market since 1919, Linnhoff India has grabbed a leading position in Asphalt Mixing Plant. It is one of the trusted and acclaimed brands in the market today. The brand which has its strategic presence in Singapore backs as number of highways and roadway, road widening and development projects. The products of Linnhoff include Mobile Asphalt Plant, Compact Mix Asphalt Plant, Containerized Asphalt Plant, Base Stabilization Plant, Modular Asphalt Plant, Tower Asphalt Plant, and Hot Recycling Plant. The brand stepped into the Indian market 10 years ago and has been flourishing since then with complete sales and service being given now.
The Containerized Asphalt Plant by Linnhoff is one-of-its-kind making use of double screen drum technology. As they are 100 percent containerized, the plants are unaffected by climatic changes. Lesser noise during functioning, reduced pollution caused, possibility of 30% recycling, and ease in erection at site are the exceptional features of the product.
Taking no compromise on the quality of produce, the Compact Mix Asphalt plant enables low cost production. These are compact equipments that can be easily shipped. The machinery makes use of dual screen technology carrying out drying and screening of aggregates, thus offering lower operational cost.
The uniqueness of Modular Asphalt Plants is the way in which screening and transportation of hot aggregates take place. It has lesser flow path which helps save a lot of heat energy, and elimination of vibrating parts in the machine helps the machine function with less noise.
The Mobile Asphalt Plants equip the pavement contractors in shifting the ma-chinery from one site to the other with ease. The machine comprises of four semi-trailers, and requires hardly a week to install at the site. The aggregates are maintained 100% dry with the heat getting radiated from the inner to outer drum. It doesn’t require any concrete foundation or heavy lifting equipments like crane.
Tower Plants by Linnhoff are highly energy efficient, catering to the contemporary demands by the industry. These best suit commercial production, mega project supplies and others. Installation and dismantling of the machinery is very simple. It enables production of distinguished mixes. The machine also has a green burner bringing down the sox and nox emissions. This also doesn’t require the use of cranes or other heavy lifting equipment.
Apollo Construction Equipments be-came a member of Swiss based Amman Group, a pioneer in global supplier of mixing plants. Amman-Apollo strives to make continual developments in its products, with its collective 40 years of experience in the road sector. The brand holds im-mense capacity of producing over hundreds of Asphalt Plants and Asphalt Pavers every year. It has 200 Batch Mix Plants, 1000 Hydrostatic Sensor Paver Finishers, 750 Bitumen Pressure Distributors, 1700 Drum Mix Plants, and 500 Wet Mix Macadam Plants. The manufacturer has an efficacious team of customer care of ex-pert engineers and technicians.
Ardent about the profitability to customers, the Asphalt Batch Type Portable Plant are ideal for use when a large number of mixes need to be made with precise proportioning. The machine offers world-class mix with excellent consistency and accuracy. It makes use of contemporary technology, top quality components, process control and automation and thus delivers excellent power saving, fuel efficiency and reliability.
The Ultra Mobile Batch Mix Plant comprises of mobile wheel mounted feeder bins, bitumen tank, generator, filler silos, fuel tank, bag filer, drier drum, etc. The plant is suitable for use when various mixes need to be produced with precise proportioning. The plant offers ease in mobilization with simplified dismantling and reinstalling processes. The machine offers top-notch mix accuracy and consistency with the use of carefully designed control logic that takes care of cumulative error correction.
Ammann Apollo has mastered in the continuous drum mixing asphalt technology one that caters to the specifications proposed by international consultants and contractors. The drum mix plant facility is ideal for customers who prefer not to move the machine often and still enjoy an economical set up. Models of capacity 30-150 TPH are available with the manufacturer. Those beyond 150 TPH are tailor-made.
The Asphalt Drum Type Continuous Mobile Plants are available in two types for the international market and domestic market. These fully mobile versions of asphalt plants carry asphalt design technology and dynamic performance fetching excellent quality, and unmatched productivity. It can be towed on highways with ease and are easy to install or dismantle at a new location. The machine comes with latest Mobimix HMA facilities. It comprises of Dryer Drum mixer, cold feeder bins, bitumen tanks, wet dust collector, load out conveyor, scalping screen with inclined conveyor and a control house.
The Wet Mix Macadam Plant for granular base and sub base production offers excellent productivity with topnotch quality. The production cost is very low. These WM plants are designed to serve at challenging sites. Plants of capacity 100 – 250 TPH are produced here. These are equip-ped to deliver mixed cold mix, emulsion treated mix, cement or lime treated aggre-gate base course mix, to name a few.
Ammann Apollo asphalt batch mix plants deliver excellent power saving, fuel efficiency and reliability
Inclination on Technology
Similar to the other aspects in road construction, there is an eventual change-over in the focus of asphalt plants. The sector is turning more quality conscious and the price doesn’t come primary. In the Indian market, the three main focuses are on the technology incorporated in the machinery, return on investment, and aftermarket services. These machines are bound to use contemporary technologies so as to cope with tough situations. Indian marketers are hence open to ex-perimenting with latest technologies.
Friendly go with the Environment
In addition to the fuel efficiency, there is a lot of focus given on being environment friendly. The days when these machineries dispersed particulate dust and emission are now obsolete. With strict emission control norms, manufacturers now make use of advanced technologies that significantly reduce particulate emission. Nowadays, the dust collection system has become indispensable in these machineries. Air filtration is yet another most common feature in latest machineries. There is also a focus on waste re-duction mechanism. ?