STONE crushing and quarrying are the backbone of Thailand’s construction industry and the Sinsub Kree Ree Part crushing plant and Sila Sinsub Samut Part quarry are in the thick of it, using Volvo CE excavators and wheel loaders to maximize revenue and drive down costs.

The crushing plant in Chonburi produces stone used for road works and building construction.

“Stone production needs accurate market forecasting and careful planning to avoid oversupply,” says crushing plant and quarry general manager Grisada Gijvaropard. “We assess the market by considering the overall construction industry and most desirable types of stone. If demand for a particular size is low, we produce more crushed stones to minimise remaining stocks.”

For Sinsub market forecast accuracy isn’t the only factor in managing business expenses and increasing revenue. “Machinery is a key factor in profits. If a machine comes to a halt, production capacity is affected,” Grisada Gijvaropard says. Therefore, machines must be durable, particularly those working 100 metres underground at the quarry.

“If a machine breaks down, it’s not easy to bring it up for repair, and taking technicians to the machine will affect scheduled hole blasting. However, even if the equipment is durable, if it’s not fuel-efficient, we might end up wasting money on fuel - not to mention maintenance and parts.

“In the past, it has taken so long for replacement parts to be imported from abroad that I’ve had to look for parts myself, which was time-consuming and inconvenient. That was an experience I’ve always remembered when selecting new equipment.”

Today, Grisada Gijvaropard uses Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) at the quarry and plant. The company gets full sales and service support for its Volvos from long-standing Thai dealer, Italthai.

“I’d tried other brands before and faced the same old problems - frequent breakdowns and lack of replacement parts, which interrupted operations. I hadn’t heard much about Volvo CE, but was looking for the best equipment for my business and after repeated disappointment with others, I talked to Italthai and gave Volvo a go.

“We noticed immediately that Volvo CEs worked fast and were easy to operate. They have a long service life, which saves spare part costs. I’ve been using Volvo for eight years and they still deliver impressive performance and high fuel efficiency. Our overall costs have been reduced, leading to better machinery management.”