To promote sustainable development and encourage recycling, we have developed plants which take asphalt recycling to the next level. Marini's technologies allowing RAP addition as high as 80-100 per cent is a sure game changer, says Blesson Varghese, Managing Director, Marini India. Excerpts from the interview.
What is the impact of the economic slowdown on your business?
The construction equipment business has always been cyclical; however our presence in the global markets helps us take advantage of the financial tides. Given the present scenario, it seems the low tide will remain for at least 18 months or so, before something begins to happen.
Could you tell us about your work in hot mix plant design?
We have been leaders in promoting sustainable development for more than four decades in the road-building industry, a position visibly evident with the various proprietary technologies and patents developed by us in hot and cold recycling, based on in situ and in-plant techniques. Our focus, experience and continued commitment has helped us develop some amazing solutions, which are all set to change the way we process and use recycled asphalt pavements.
We have commissioned some technologies in India which are delivering a carbon emission savings of up to 30 per cent; of course added to it, is the huge cost difference and profitability that our customers are reaping. Marini Vario Screen, Rut-Arrestor and SSR technologies combined are redefining the quality standards of hot mix in India. Moving up the quality level and performance of hot mix pavements mean lower operating costs for BOT operators and adding extra life to the asphalt pavements.
What are the latest trends in hot mix plants?
Economy, ecology and efficiency, the three Es from Fayat's THINK! 5E philosophy is the standard. Time is money and money is short in today's economy. Understanding the numerous challenges that professional road contractors are facing the world over, Marini has developed several solutions, which are becoming industry trendsetters.
To reduce project execution time and for faster toll-collection, we have produced a wide range of high capacity asphalt plants ranging even up to 600 tph. To take it a step forward in delivering profits to the customer, we have built them as fully mobile units.
Faster set-up time, quicker commissioning and easy transport, are some other features that you can witness in the new Marinis. Ecology cannot be sacrificed in our drive for speed. Each Marinishipped out from our factory is fully ready.
Marini Promix is a proprietary mix we have developed which can be easily adapted, resulting in great ease in RAP production, reduction of carbon emissions by at least 30 per cent and a cost savings of around 25-35 per cent.
To promote sustainable development and encourage recycling, we have developed plants which take asphalt recycling to the next level. Marini's technologies allowing RAP addition as high as 80-100 per cent, is a sure game changer. These are plants which work consistently round the clock with high recycling rates and promised production rates.
What are your views on the existing codes and specs with regard to recycling, particularly the use of RAP?
IRC has efficiently adapted recycling conforming to the codes, but we are still far from what some countries committed to sustainable development specify. The use of RAP in the sub-base layer is still not the best. The solution, however, could be to promote more RAP, and for this, the codes must allow and encourage more use of RAP in the hot mix. A fresh impetus to hot recycling is a must to make our industry sustainable.
Any standard Marini installed in India can process up to 35 per cent RAP, which is extendable up to 45-50 per cent by means of a simple add-on recycling kit comprising hoppers and conveyors.
Our commitment to sustainable development is total. The major challenge is to take our global experience and plant technology to the end user, lab technicians and plant operators. We have been successful in doing so.
Are there any plans to launch Marini drum mix plants in India?
Marini supplies the largest capacity and widest range of continuous mixing plants in the world. The continuous plant market in India is ruled by products which have no control on emissions, metering or oxidation of asphalt. We do not intend to enter such a market. However, our high-tech continuous plants are available for customers in India, who value quality of asphalt and environment.
What are the types of services provided by Marini?
Professionals need professional services. Marini's professional staff and our range of support, maintenance and repair packages are perfectly tailored for each model. Remote access technology, a quick data scan and an in-built default detector and recorder provide us all the service-relevant data of a Marini. This enables us to quickly and accurately identify what needs to be done, so our clients' investment is always performing. We offer the industry's widest and most comprehensive service support ranging from set-up, annual tune-up, signature care and the renowned Marini Plant MATE.
Do you also impart training to operators at these plants?
Training is a part of our service philosophy and commitment to customers. Nationwide training sessions in-plant and in-class are offered to all contractors in India, irrespective of whether they own a Marini or not. We offer extensive training on various aspects of the plants, ranging from mix production, plant management, new technology and enhancing profitability. Detailed technical classes are offered for plant operators and training programmes include exhaustive plant engineering. For managers and owners, we have a completely different programme on plant management and technologies.
How do you view the future of the HMA industry?
With millions of kilometres of unpaved roads and the need for upgradation in India, the future of the HMA industry is quite bright. Proper planning and execution of the road development programme in India has a very high potential to take the nation ahead.
Why should a customer opt for the Marini range of hot mix plants?
The awareness in a customer to understand productivity, profitability and performance, I think, is the key to investing in to a Marini. It is impossible to be profitable without a highly performing plant. Low production rates increase the production and laying costs drastically. For the customer who cares for efficiency, economy and ecology, while understanding its impact on one's profitability, there is no better choice than a Marini.