"We have currently launched the modular plants from Terex MPS and intend to add more offerings in this segment over the next few months," says Jaideep Shekhar, Director of Sales & Marketing, Asia, Terex MPS. In an exclusive interview with Equipment India, Jaideep speaks about the changing trends and the product offerings from Terex MPS. Excerpts from the interview.Could you tell us about the demand-supply scenario of aggregates for sectors like road construction, hydro projects, railway ballasts, housing and the real estate sector? We are currently witnessing higher demand in almost all sectors. In the recent past, we have seen that the demand for manufactured sand and concrete for housing projects has shown growth. Many of the existing customers are currently adding additional crushing lines to augment the capacity and meet the growing demand. The demand in the road construction sector has shown steady growth over the last few months.How has this growth in demand for aggregates influenced the OEMs in the crushing/screening equipment segment? We have launched the wheel-mounted plants in the Indian market which are in high demand in the construction and aggregate sectors. These plants have been designed with minimal civil work requirement to have the best installation time as per industry standards and allow the customers to start up the plant quickly to meet the market demand.We have also made investment in our own aftermarket and service team apart from encouraging our dealer to increase their reach for service and parts support. We hope that with increased aftermarket support, our customers would be able to make the maximum use of their plants and have a high uptime.What is the market potential for crushers and screens for these segments? Where do you see Terex MPS in a few years time? The demand for the static and wheel-mounted plants is quite high in the aggregate and construction industry. Customers prefer to use all electric plants and this has lower capital investment. Since our entry in Indian market with static and wheel plant offering couple of years back, we have received great support from our customers and we aim to be one of the market leaders in wheel and static plants. We have also launched the modular plants from Terex MPS and intend to add more offerings in this segment over the next few months.What are the factors that have brought the shift in terms of capacity from 50 tph plants to 150-300 tph plants? In my opinion, plants in 200 tph range still remain the hot favourites among the customers. This capacity range is also preferred by the first-time users who are entering the crushing and screening field. Plants in this range give the customers a balance between plant investment and capacity and also meet requirements in terms of feed size, etc.We are also seeing an increase in demand for the plants in the 250 tph range for large construction companies. Mostly, these companies already have a fleet of plants in 200-300 tph range and they now intend to have a mix of plant capacities to meet the demand at any of the numerous sites.What is the market for stationary and mobile/tracked plants? What are the factors that determine the selection of these plants? The market in general is still dominated by the stationary and wheel-mounted mobile plants, especially for the construction industry. We have seen greater interest for track-mounted crushing plants in the mining sector, especially the iron ore mining which is primarily contractor-driven market.I believe, the need for mobility in a particular project still decides the choice between stationary and mobile plants and the wheel-mounted meet most of the needs of the customers in construction/aggregate industry. There has also been a shift from the traditional stationary plants to the modular plants as the customers do not prefer to invest in heavy civil work which is not only expensive but also cannot be relocated to the next site once the project is complete.Tell us about the main features inbuilt in Terex MPS wheel plants. Our wheel plants have been designed to provide maximum flexibility to the customers at site. This includes requirement of minimal civil work for plant erection and having a chassis mounted hopper and feeder before the cone crusher to save time in plant erection. This also gives better control of feed to the cone crusher as it is fed directly by a vibrating feeder. The plant comes with a four-deck screen and has an option of producing granular sub-base material, if required.What are the safety features inbuilt in the machines? We take safety seriously and the plant is equipped with all safety features including emergency stop buttons at conveniently located points on each chassis and pull chord switches for safety.How is Terex geared to meet the fast-changing service parameters which clients lookforward to from OEMs? We have added resources in our service and parts support team in India. We also have a factory and parts warehouse at Hosur, Tamil Nadu, to support our dealer and end-customers. We also train the dealer staff to provide quality service backup at site so that the customers can run the machines with high uptime. We also conduct onsite training for the plant personnel in addition to the regular classroom training sessions we hold for dealers and customer staff across Asia.