We have exciting product launches planned this year

With strengthened critical components and superstructure, proven reliability of Japanese hydraulic components and Plexus filter system, our power-packed excavators perform excellently in the toughest conditions,? says Amit Gossain, President, Sales & Marketing, JCB India. Excerpts from the interview.

What is the market potential for excavators in India?
As the Indian construction equipment market matures, the role of heavy equipment like excavators is bound to grow, considering the amount of large construction projects across various sectors like mining, roads, irrigation, ports, etc. However, the backhoe, due its multifunctionality, will also be a fast- growing machine. The government continues to dedicate a significant portion of India?s GDP to planned expenditure in infrastructure upgradation in the country. Therefore, large earthwork will see an increase.

Tell us about the range offered by JCB India for various segments, and their unique features.
JCB offers the widest range of construction equipment in India. While the backhoe continues to be the most visible brand ambassador for JCB, our initiatives and activities are now focused on the heavy range of equipment as well viz, tracked excavators, soil and asphalt compactors and wheeled loaders. We have focused factories, focused manpower and after sales support personnel for heavy line and road construction machines. We also offer a wide range of material handling equipment, the Liftall, the pick and carry crane which comes in two models, and the skid steer loader. Our range of tracked excavators starts from 8T and goes up to 21T with three models in the 20 and 21T segment. With strengthened critical components and superstructure, proven reliability of Japanese hydraulic components and Plexus filter system, these power-packed robust machines are productive and durable in the toughest conditions. A thousand hours grease interval on boom base ensures lower maintenance cost and heavy-duty structures add to the robustness.

Would you please brief us about the latest product and technology trends in the excavator market?
Product improvements enhance productivity and performance of the engine, and hence is an ongoing process for JCB as well as for other equipment manufacturers. With shift in trends in machine utilisation, types of applications and hours of usage of a machine, several technological improvements are making excavators better Advanced features like AMS computers are available today on several models which help reduce dependence on the skill of an operator to a certain extent, and enhance machine productivity. Further, features like auto idling improve fuel efficiency.

Any new products on the anvil? There was mention of the launch of higher tonnage excavators?
 We have exciting product launches planned this year which we shall talk about in due course.