Editor's Desk

Editorial

From cost to lifecycle

The result of the recent elections brings to mind the analogy of dialysis which is performed when one?s kidneys can no longer take care of the needs of the body. The trials and tribulations the whole country passed through due to the so called policy paralysis made it imperative to infuse fresh blood into the fragile body, to revitalise and reenergise the whole system.

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The crack of dawn

The recent decision of the Supreme Court lifting the ban on iron ore mining in Goa has implications beyond this state as the mining sector's woes have added to the economic slowdown along with low growth in manufacturing. Over the past two years, due to the ban on iron ore mining in Goa, Karnataka and Odisha, the iron ore export fell by 85 per cent or 100 MT and as a result, India, once the world?s third-largest exporter, turned a net importer of the commodity in recent times. The closure of iro

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Time to shift gears

The dictionary meaning of the word ?idling? is ?unproductive?. Of course, this may mean different things to different people. Idling as a concept itself is anti-productive, an unsustainable, wasteful and resource-draining activity. On a micro scale for instance, fleet owners know how much fuel is wasted while the trucks are in idling mode; contractors and plant hirers know what idling of machinery means.

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Mandate for action

The CE sector, for its part, needs to look ahead. Looking back, it would seem, everything possible for a new growth story has been done, put in place. Looking forward is the only way; the pace may be painfully slow but is expected to be steady.

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Saving the industry boat

A group of people were travelling in a boat. One of them took a drill and began to drill a hole beneath him. His companions asked him, "Why are you doing this?" The man replied, "What concern is it of yours? Am I not drilling under my own place?" Then they cautioned him: "But you will flood the boat and drown us all!"

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Be ready, lest you lose

In recent interactions with some leading players in the concrete equipment segment, we have heard that there has been nearly 40 per cent fall in the market. The market has been down for the past two years and the industry doesn't expect a revival for another two quarters.

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Streamlining the mining process

The year that went by - in fact, the last two years - put the country?s mining sector through one of its toughest tests. The Supreme Court ban on iron ore mining in Karnataka in 2011 and in Goa in 2012, alongside the Coalgate scams and environmental restrictions severely impacted this sector, and led to a considerable dent in the growth of the CE sector during this period.

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Summer not too far ahead

Even though the initial mood at the recently concluded Excon was of apprehension, especially from the exhibitors, doubts that the mega show would really bring in focused footfalls, eventually everything turned upbeat, more positive and rather realistic. Of course, comparisons were inevitable, with the earlier Excon edition as well as the last bC India show but given the current scenario, the latest Excon edition went off quite well. Moreover, it mirrored the realistic approach of the CE stakehol

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Exhibiting Confidence

India, along with China and Brazil, is poised to be one amongst the three large and growing CE markets globally. As per reports, in the next few years the size of the Indian CE industry, by volume, is expected to reach that of Europe. This huge potential has led to various new players entering the industry, which is in turn

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EXCON 2013 - A catalyst

The recovery of Indian rupee against the USD over the last couple of weeks has been a clear indication of the confidence building up in the economy. No wonder, the industry has been expecting a reduction in the repo rate by the RBI that could have signalled that the growth would be back on track.