De Boer Damle (India) Pvt. Ltd. (DBD) was registered in Pune on 18th December 2009. It is a joint venture between Netherlands-based De Boer Group – world’s No.1 supplier of soft mud brick installations - and the author. It is the first European company to have established its manufacturing base in India in the heavy clay machinery sector. De Boer and the author together enjoy more than 100-years’ experience in serving the international heavy clay industry.
After incorporation, we completed design of soft mud brick moulding machine ‘appropriate’ for India in general and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) in particular and named it as ‘Ishtika’ Mixerpress. ‘Ishtika’ is a Sanskrit word from the Vedas - the oldest literature known to man - meaning 'fired clay brick'. It also means 'useful' and 'auspicious'. Once the Ishtika Mixerpress manufacture was completed, a ‘dry’ working demonstration was organized in our factory which was attended by about 75 brick makers from North, West and South India. It was then delivered to Varanasi along with Elevator and Pallet Gripper in the first half of October 2010 and its erection was completed by mid-November 2010. Subsequently, it took us 6 months, from mid-November 2010 to mid-May 2011, to commission this first project successfully.
Subsequently, we added ‘Sambharak’ Box feeder, ‘Vipeshak’ Roller Crusher-Cum-Stone Eliminator, Belt Conveyor, Automatic Pallet Handling System, Extrudate Cutting System (comprising moving carriage slab cutter, brick / block cutter and pallet loading conveyor), Moving Fan and Brick Stack Gripper to our product basket. ‘Sambharak’ means uniform and continuous feeder and ‘Vipeshak’ means special-purpose crusher in Sanskrit. Providing pre-investment services (viz. clay testing, facilitating visits to operational projects, project planning including pre-engineering and preparation of ‘bankable’ feasibility reports and facilitating project financing) and post-commissioning hand-holding are our major strengths.
Since achieving success at Varanasi, we have never looked back and successfully commissioned 10 more projects near Madurai-Tamil Nadu (Yasin Brick Works Pvt. Ltd. and Siva Bricks), Trichy-Tamil Nadu (Vivek Bricks), Bengaluru-Karnataka (Sudarshan Brick Works, Channa Keshava Bricks and Shwetha Brick Industries), Mahabubabad-Telangana (Red Bricks), Tirupati-Andhra Pradesh (Sree Balaji Brick Industri) and Barh-Bihar (Pawan Chimni). 1 more project is under erection and commissioning at Darbhanga-Bihar (Hulas Ett Udyog) and another is under manufacture for Godhra-Gujarat (Jay Jalaram Brick Works) at present.