Happy Tidings For Roads and Cement Sectors
While inaugurating The Nation Conference on Highway Equipment jointly organised jointly by ICEMA and IAHE at Delhi, Shri Nitin Gadkari said that the Ministry?s target is to expedite the construction of National Highways in India. He said that all steps should be taken to develop new technologies and equipment so as to bring down the cost of construction and improving the quality of road infrastructure. He emphasized upon innovation, entrepreneurship and technology in order to develop modern infrastructure. He mentioned that 100 concrete roads with asphalt will be constructed during the incoming phase in the presence of an elite gathering of government officials, who?s who of the construction equipment industry and other guests.

Road safety bill is on the back burner given the non-cooperation between parties during the monsoon session.

Anand Sundaresan of Schwing Stetter took over the reins of ICEMA as Chairman duly supported by Arvind Garg of L&T Construction Equipment as Vice Chairman and other office bearers. Our heartiest congratulations to the new board.

I observed Spain?s quest for reconstruction of its economy, during visit to Spain for Press Week organised at Zaragoza, by ANMOPYC, the equivalent of ICEMA in India. Editors from many countries were invited to visit the facilities of prominent Spanish equipment manufacturers showcased for promoting exports. I found state of art facilities producing world class products. These companies are struggling to come out of a long drawn economy crisis in Spain. Read more on the same inside. Back home, the Lift and Reach industry is witnessing a significant growth in the use of high capacity crawler and tyre mounted cranes. The main growth drivers are the upcoming Windmills, Power and Reliance Phase III expansion projects. New imports are replete with the latest technology and features. All crane majors are fully focused to encash these opportunities. However, a word of caution for all stakeholders: once the Reliance project is completed, nearly 400 cranes of different capacities and types will be idle and available to the rest of the market. It would be prudent to prepare a advanced strategy to tackle that situation, when it comes. In our new permanent columns, Equipment India continues to explore the markets for used Compaction equipment and D.G. Set rentals; Safety on Arial Work Platforms, Training facilities, Spotlight on high tech equipment suppliers and use of software in equipment maintenance management.

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Shankar Srivastava Managing Editor