Concrete is the most widely used material in modern times in all types of construction activities. Traditionally in India concrete is produced and placed at construction sites either through manual or semi-mechanized means. The practice is saddled with inconsistent and poor quality of concrete production with other major drawbacks like very slow progress and large wastages and inefficient use of men and material.

On the other hand, the concrete produced in a computerized fully automatic Ready Mix Plant ensures consistent high quality along with most optimized use of men and material. In addition large volumes of concrete can be produced to accelerate the pace of construction and to reduce completion time of the projects.

Though RMC is in use in many foreign countries for more than 60 to 80 years, but its use in India is only 15 to 18 years old. The historical developments behind RMC industry, its growth, advantages and future growth potential are described in this paper.

A.K. Jain studied Civil Engineering at University of Roorkee (India) and Masters in Construction Management at IIT Delhi. He has co-authored popular book “Hand Book on Advanced Concrete Technology” and has been awarded ‘ICI Life Time Achievement Awarded’ in 2010 and ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Award in 2001.

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