Arvind K. Garg is EI Person of the Year 2021
Arvind K. Garg, Executive VP & Head - Construction & Mining Machinery Business and Industrial Machinery Business, Larsen & Toubro, was awarded as the ‘Equipment India Person of the Year 2021’ at the 9th edition of the Equipment India Awards – a calendar event for all construction equipment industry stalwarts – held this year on October 22 at Four Seasons, Mumbai. The awards are organised by EQUIPMENT INDIA, the largest circulated construction equipment magazine in India.

The 9th edition of Equipment India Awards was part of the 7th INDIA CONSTRUCTION FESTIVAL (ICF) organised by FIRST COUNSTRUCTION COUNCIL (FCC), an infrastructure think-tank set up in 2003, focused on providing latest updates on the construction industry in India, and dedicated to promoting its causes and needs. FCC provides a platform to promote the adoption of best practices and to be the torchbearer for all policy initiatives that are needed to enhance the importance and welfare of the construction industry and the industry’s unified voice.

With a diverse experience of 35 years in Larsen & Toubro Group, Mr. Garg’s responsibilities include the activities of L&T’s Rubber Process Machinery and Product Development Centre.

In his long association with the Construction & Mining Equipment Industry, Mr. Garg has worked closely from L&T with the global majors like Komatsu-Japan and Scania-Sweden, to usher in world-class technologies and products in the Indian market. He was instrumental in introducing a slew of initiatives that saw L&T ramp up parts operations, rejig supply chain management and help improve the operational efficiency and asset management. He is now championing the cause of digitalisation with innovative solutions driven to enhance customer satisfaction. 

As a Director on the Board of L&T’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Mr. Garg heads L&T Construction Equipment Limited (LTCEL), which manufactures Hydraulic Excavators, Wheel Loaders, Vibratory Compactors and high-quality Hydraulic Components. He is spearheading L&T’s active role in product indigenization and has nurtured new products and new markets as part of the Make-in-India initiative and paving the way for Atmanirbhar Bharat. He functioned earlier as the President of the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) and transformed the body into the most credible face of Indian Construction Equipment Industry. He led an active role in the industry relating to recommendations on issues of emerging trends, indigenisation, imports, taxation, emission norms and in establishing a level-playing field.

Presently, Mr. Garg is the Chairman of Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC) and promoting skill building among various stakeholders. He is collaborating with government agencies to provide impetus for industry-specific skills through a host of initiatives at the national level, which has seen the members involve in skill development in a big way.

Mr. Garg is also the driving force encouraging safe operating practices in the CE industry, strengthening relationships with the global CE forums and promoting technological competitiveness in the local industry. He is on the CII’s (Confederation of Indian Industry) high-powered Steering Committee for major exhibitions like Excon, ConMac and is Chairman of Bauma Conexpo India Task Force.

EI Person of the Year award
THE EQUIPMENT INDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR Award was instituted in the year 2013. EI’s first-ever awardee, was Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director and CEO, JCB India. Since then, the awards have shone a light on those taking outstanding strides towards helping make a difference.

The jury handpicks this awardee from a list of nominees, for their noteworthy contributions to the construction equipment sector.

This year, the jury picked Arvind K Garg as the EI PERSON OF THE YEAR.

It is the relentless pursuit of excellence that makes Arvind K. Garg the choice for the EQUIPMEN INDIA Person of the Year 2021. We honour him for his acumen and wish him continued success and many more firsts in the years to come.

The 9th EQUIPMENT INDIA AWARDS 2021 was presented by Apollo Tyres; with Platinum Partner as Timken; Gold Partner - Larsen & Toubro; Silver Partner: Gulf Oil; Associate Partners - Action Construction Equipment, L&T Construction & Mining Machinery, JSW Steel, Sany India; Association Partner: Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers' Association; and Knowledge Partner - Off-Highway Research. 

List of winners during Equipment India Awards 2021:



Equipment India Person of the Year 2021

Arvind K Garg, Executive Vice President and Head - Construction & Mining Machinery Business, Larsen & Toubro

Innovation of the Year 2021

Action Construction Equipment

2nd Rank - Innovation of the Year 2021

Bonfiglioli India

Trainer of the Year 2021

Schwing Stetter India

Emerging Construction Equipment Company of the Year 2021

Propel Industries

Bestsellers - Asphalt Finishers

Ammann India

Bestsellers - Backhoe Loaders

JCB India

Bestsellers - Compaction Equipment

CASE India

Bestsellers - Crawler Dozers

BEML Limited

Bestsellers - Crawler Excavators

Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company

Bestsellers - Mini Excavators

Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company

Bestsellers - Mobile Cranes

Action Construction Equipment

Bestsellers - Skid-Steer Loaders

Doosan Bobcat India

Bestsellers - Wheeled Loaders

JCB India

Pic caption: Arvind K Garg (3rd from right), Executive VP & Head - Construction & Mining Machinery Business and Industrial Machinery Business, Larsen & Toubro, receiving the award. Other from L-R: Anand Sundaresan, Managing Director of Ammann India; Pratap Padode, Founder & President, FIRST CONSTRUCTION COUNCIL; Pradeep Singh, Ex IDFC & J&K advisor, Government, Private Sector; VG Sakthi Kumar, Managing of Schwing Stetter India; and Sandeep Singh, Managing Director of Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery.