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?The market volume for excavators is expected to be around 7,000 machines and this is expected to touch 15,000 in the next five years, says AM Muralidharan, Managing Director, Volvo India. Excerpts from the interview.

Tell us about the range offered by Volvo India for various segments?
Around the globe and specifically in India, Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is the leading solutions provider for buying dependable equipment that is backed by Volvo dealers with expert, local knowledge and the parts and service support that customers need. Working everyday in heavy and light construction, quarries, aggregates, infrastructure, utilities, pipelines, forestry, demolition, road construction, material handling, recycling and more means Volvo provides complete solutions ? from new equipment to used equipment.

We offer a range of products including backhoes, wheel loaders (Tier 3 engine) ? 3T to 45T operating weight, hydraulic excavators (Tier 2 engine) 11 to 70T, compactors - vibratory soil compactors of 11T and vibratory asphalt compactors of 8T to10T, motor graders (Tier 3 engine) ? 15T to 22T, articulated haulers (Tier 3 engine) ? 25T to 40T operating weight, paver finishers - 5.5m to 10 m, pneumatic tire rollers: 22T. Road equipment have Tier 1 engine, Tier 3 available from
April 2011.

Alongside its hard products, Volvo CE also has a comprehensive range of soft solution services including the remote telematics system, CareTrack, customer support agreements, parts, undercarriage display and the Volvo Resource Centre for Asphalt and Soil Training Academy (RASTA).

With the kind of attachments that can be made available with excavators for a variety of applications, do you foresee a change in the sales pattern?
We also have special attachments like demolition tools, high-reach stacking attachments etc, for some special applications.

Brief us about the latest product and technology trends in the excavators market?
At the recently concluded Bauma 2011 event, we showcased a line-up of products including two crawler excavators, one wheel loader, one compactor and a paver. With a focus on fuel efficiency and durability, Volvo CE displayed a pair of the latest Volvo excavators ? the EC140B Prime and the EC210B Prime; the latter specially adapted for work in granite and marble quarry applications. Road machinery also featured highly, with an ABG 4361 asphalt paver (which was built in Volvo's Indian factory) supported by the 8,200 kg (18,077 lb) DD 80 large asphalt compactor and L120F wheel loader.

How good is the potential for mini excavators and the range offered by Volvo India?
We have complete range of mini excavators in our global product range and we continue to study this market and assess its growth potential at regular intervals. We cannot comment on the future plans at this point.

Any new products on the anvil in this segment?
We continue to do a strategy review on the products relevant to this market and will make the announcements when there is a new offering.