Dealers and stockists are the vital links between the cement industry and its customers. They are the people who are in constant touch with the end-users. They are the ‘pulse of the industry’. We bring to you the voice of the dealers and stockists, featuring their suggestions, expectations and much more, for a better tomorrow for the industry.Puneet Bansal of Bansal Cement TradersPuneet Bansal of Bansal Cement Traders is in the cement business for the last 4 years. The company is the authorized dealer of UltraTech Cement, Shree Ultra Cement, Ambuja Cement and Rock Strong Cement. The company’s area of operations is Delhi and NCR. UltraTech Cement and Shree Ultra are the largest selling brands from his company. When queried on which are the largest selling brands in his company, he replied, "OPC, PPC, white cement and slag cement sells more." He further stated that 53 grade cement was the largest selling grade in his region. The approximate proportion of institutional sales to retail sales in the region is 1:3. Elaborating on his monthly dispatch, Bansal replied, "we try not to stock cement and our monthly despatch is approximately 50,000 bags." He stated that cement companies provide transport facilities to dealers so they can concentrate on selling their products. When queried on difficulties faced by him, he stated, "many a times, we face delays in stock arrivals and the delays are caused due to maintenance at the cement plants or when the companies are going to hike the prices." Bansal further stated that the introduction of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) will have a definite impact on the trade but he was not sure of the impact.
Sustainable solutions by Ambuja Cement, ACC
Ambuja Cement and ACC the cement and building material companies of the diversified Adani Group announced solutions to an array of customer concerns while keeping environment sustainability at its core. Examples of this are the concrete mix proportioning solution; designed to optimise the proportions of aggregates, sand and water in concrete mixes considering their unique properties. This helps the company optimise the resources thereby minimising wastage. The company also developed an in-house modular curing solution, also known as zero-water curing. This technique helps concrete slab curing without excessive use of water. This has helped save about 39 million litres of water across multiple sites.
Fornnax adds 430HP secondary shredder to it’s R-series line-up
Fornnax technologies showcased the R4000-HD tyre shredder at the IFAT expo 2023, where the company got a platform to interact with industry professionals from domestic as well as overseas markets and demonstrate the technological prowess of their machine. The R4000-HD is a powerful machine designed to make secondary shredding and steel separation more efficient and profitable.
The machine saves electricity and man-power and due to its design features it is built to make maintenance procedures easier and also lower the wear and tear to the equipment, thus lowering operating cost. It can process various materials from types, cables, e-waste and aluminium scrap. It is built to last 20-25years. With all its features and sturdy built, it is one of the most powerful secondary shredding machines in the industry.
Udaipur Cement Works Limited doubles its clinker capacity
A subsidiary of the well known JK Lakshmi Cement Ltd., Udaipur Cement Works Ltd. (UCWL) recently announced the expansion of its clinker facility taking its current capacity from 1.5MTPA to 3 MTPA at Udaipur. The company, by the end of financial year 2023-24, plans to exceed twice the current capacity from 2.2 MTPA to 4.7 MTPA. The capacity expansion has been funded through a mix of equity and debt; the company recently successfully completed its rights issue of INR 450 crores.
They have two brands under their portfolio ‘Platinum Heavy Duty Cement’ and ‘Platinum Supremo Cement’.
Also known for their commitment to renewable energy and environment sustainability, they have the first and only of it’s kind floating solar power plant of 1MWp at it’s mines, fulfilling 50% of their electricity needs.