Apollo Inffratech Private Limited is one of India’s premier infrastructure backbone companies. The firm’s ready mix concrete solutions including ready mix concrete plant (RMC Plant) are cost-effective, user-friendly and easy to maintain. Now with growing distribution & dealership network across India, all Apollo products are backed by strong after sales services.
In an interview with Masterbuilder, Mitul Patel, MD, Apollo Inffratech shared insight on the market scenario and innovations that go in making the firm a force to be reckoned with. Here are few excerpts from the discussion.
How is the current concrete equipment market response in India and as a firm what are your expectations from the coming year?
The overall slowdown in global market had taken a toll on infrastructure investments in India as well, especially in the last few years. To counter this issue, the government has set ambitious targets as part of the ongoing Twelfth FYP (FY12–FY17), proposing ` 56 lakh crores of investment in infrastructure.
These targets are heavily weighted toward the second half of the plan,with 52 percent of total investment expected in the last two years of the plan period. Moreover, the Union Budget of the new government has earmarked ` 2 lakh crores for investment in infrastructure. The investments are allocated for a broad range of infrastructure projects including roads, airports, rural infrastructure, and urban infrastructure. The construction equipment market has improved tremendously in the last 8-9 months due to the huge road and other infrastructure projects. We can look forward to more growth in 2017, with a further pickup in 2018 and 2019.
In the coming year Apollo Inffratech aims at a tremendous growth in higher end batching plant sales, pipe making machines and self loading mixers as well as other products.
Aligning with the recent government policy how is Apollo preparing to become a total solution provider for concrete roads and irrigation projects?
This year Government focus diverted from traditional bitumen road to durable, low maintenance concrete road projects. For making concrete road continuously huge amount of ready mix concrete is required. This is possible with the help of higher capacity batching plants.
In accordance with demand, the firm has started manufacturing batching plant up to 160cu.m/hr capacity range. Slip form and Fixed form paver are widely used in concrete road and Irrigation projects. Apollo manufactures fixed form pavers from 3.75m to 7.5m width for catering concrete roads and irrigation projects. We recently became an exclusive business partner of HEM,USA which offers the complete range of Slip Form Concrete Paving Equipment. This partnership will enable us to cater to the needs of the contractors working on various projects including national highways, state highways, airfield runways, and canals.
How is the strategy of tie-up with multinational working out? Elaborate on the strategy behind having myriad product range and how it’s helping in branding?
In alignment with MAKE IN INDIA strategy Apollo tie-up with multinationals for bringing advanced technology in India. The firm strictly follows all norms and process of manufacturing for bringing world class product in India. Customers are highly satisfied with the performance of the product. Due to vast product range customer can get complete range of concrete products from single source of supply and it obviously contributes in branding.
Specify on the product offerings? Are there more in line awaiting for introduction?
Our Wide Range of Products
– Concrete Batching Plants (20cu.m/hr to 120cu.m/hr Capacity)
– Transit Mixers
– Fixed Form Concrete Paver (Available width 3.75m to 7.5m)
– Slip Form Concrete Paver (Available width 2.75m to 13.5m)
– Concrete Pipe Making Machines
– Self Loading Mixers (2.5 cu.m/batch and 4 cu.m/batch capacity)
– Block Making Machine
– Cage Welding Machine
We are not planning to add any new product in near future. Our main focus is on penetrating the market for existing products.
How does the firm enable smooth functioning of telematic/remote monitoring support to its customers and maintaining a standardised quality?
We have developed our own ERP system which maintains each and every detail of customers and machines. We have a detailed parts manual and product manual for easy of usage. Customer are able to order parts as per requirement without any hassle through parts manual. We are also providing customer care number to our customer for 24*7 supports.
Apollo is process oriented company and strictly adhering to it. We purely focus on quality of products. It will never compromise in quality. The equipments are designed in such a manner that it will consume less energy.
What are the steps that you as firm adhering to, for knowledge sharing and training for the Indian customers to tackle jobsite challenges?
As the new government has proposed the implemented of GST, impact of manufacturing sector will be seen giving a push to the economy. The most important for our industry is that GST will make a hassle free transportation system. Supply of goods from one part of the country to the other will be hassle free.
GST will reduce the cost of procurement/ Production of Goods. It will break the cascade of tax at all stages and there will be no retention/disallowance of stock transfer of goods. It will make India an even and seamless market, the current area based exemptions and hike will become irrelevant.
What are the products and services proposed to be launched/displayed at bauma ConExpo India 2016?
Apollo’s prime focus on participating at bauma conexpo India 2016 is to enhance brand awareness as well as building a good relationship with customers. It is the one of the leading platforms for tapping into this important growth market. Market leaders, global players and decision makers are present at this event. To nullify this opportunity we are participating in bauma conexpo india every year.
We will be displaying higher capacity concrete batching plant, Self loading transit mixers and Fixed form paver at bC India. We will first time introducing HEM slip form paver and QGM small block making machine at the show.
Mr. Mitul A. Patel
Managing Director, Apollo Inffratech