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Forging and components industry to experience 60% decline due to electric vehicles: AIFI

• The increase in steel, aluminium, and nickel prices have hammered the industry in India

Living on the Cutting Edge

Wilm Schulz of Haver & Boecker writes on embracing diagnostics technology to maximise plant productivity.

Automation: Need of the Hour

The world is entering an age of robotics, and the construction industry could be the next.

Key concrete equipment tech that meets user demands

The line-up of key concrete equipment available today spans pumps vibrators batching plants and mixers. Do these machines adequately meet user demands or are some features missing? Should this line-up include other equipment? We provide the answers.

Succeeding With Standardisation

Troy Geisler of Talbert Manufacturing gives key considerations to optimise trailer fleets.

Succeeding With Standardisation

Troy Geisler of Talbert Manufacturing gives key considerations to optimise trailer fleets.

Excon brings more cheer to the season

Excon was spread over 3,00,000 square meters of display area with the participation of over 800 exhibitors from India and abroad.

JCB’s thrust on digital technologies

Excon 2021 is indeed going to be the first major exhibition for the construction equipment industry, post-pandemic, hence, expectations are high. There is likely to be an even greater active participation by the industry than what we have seen in the past editions.

What’s Ahead in CE Manufacturing Sector

The article is authored by Himanshu Sharma, Head – Marketing & Corporate Communication, B&R Industrial Automation.

Bringing biodiesel on the market

Fuel costs and India’s reliance on foreign fuel sources are a constant concern for many construction owners whose businesses are heavily dependent on machinery that requires diesel. Many alternate energy sources have been discussed, researched, and used in the past but, for equipment, the primary form of alternate fuel has become biodiesel.

Don’t Compromise on Vibrating Screen Health

How partnering with a technical OEM for equipment monitoring can help the bottom line.

Eyeing new heights

The year 2021 gave numerous ups and downs for the construction equipment and equipment financing industries. When the year comes to an end, the sectors look forth towards infrastructure as the ‘Growth Puller’ for the period ahead.

Indian auto component industry likely to grow 8-10% in FY23

According to rating agency Icra, the Indian auto component industry might have 8% to 10% growth in Financial Year (FY) 2023, due to the easing of supply-chain issues along with commodity inflation in the next half of the year.

Sriram of IndusInd Bank: CE finance industry is a competitive marketplace

AG Sriram, Head – Consumer Finance Division, IndusInd Bank, speaks on the current portfolio in relation to construction equipment financing

Hariharan: Customers are cautious in trying out alternative fuels

Anand Hariharan, Head – Product Development, Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery, speaks on challenges the CE industry would face by moving to complete electric.

NIP can make CE tick

As per the ICEMA report, the Indian construction equipment (CE) industry has experienced a 23 per cent drop in sales at the end of the third quarter of the current financial year (Q3FY22) compared to Q3FY21.

What’s Your C-sat Score?

C-SAT is a commonly used metric that acts as a key performance indicator for customer service and product quality in all kinds of businesses. C-SAT is short for customer satisfaction score.

Electrification will play an important role in defining the drive trains of the future.”

Customer remains at the centre of defining all our activities and it starts with understanding customer’s application and designing customised solutions, that consider the optimal performance requirements and deliver them in the most effective way.

The world is transitioning towards sustainable business practices.

Our emphasis has always been to keep the customer foremost in our mind. We have therefore, laid special emphasis on customer-friendly products and solutions that are easy to adapt to and help in enhancing usability and serviceability.

Electrification of CE is at a nascent stage

With the increasing climate change problem, our customers and construction equipment industries have become more environmentally conscious.

Electric mobility is the segment we focus on most

Kessler, as the name suggests, has a long history just as any other German /European company, and is being run by the third-generation family and closely linked with the southern German region.

Use of advanced automation is transforming infra development

Today, automation vendors and OEMs are shifting their focus significantly according to the needs of their customers, i.e., end-users. This results in a wide-ranging transformation of products, solutions, and business models

Trimble, Qualcomm partner on mapping

Trimble RTX GNSS technology is now available for Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platforms.

Castrol launches all-new BS-VI ready MAGNATEC engine oils

Castrol, India’s leading lubricant brand, announced the launch of its latest range of Castrol MAGNATEC, featuring India’s widest offering of BS-VI-ready engine oils for cars and SUVs.

infra demand boosts rental market

Rental is the future. Infrastructure stimulus measures and pent-up demand in the Indian market suggest growth ahead for equipment rental firms.

Castrol launches all-new BS-VI ready MAGNATEC engine oils

Castrol, India’s leading lubricant brand, announced the launch of its latest range of Castrol MAGNATEC, featuring India’s widest offering of BS-VI-ready engine oils for cars and SUVs

CII Excon 2021 to aid India to become second largest CE market by 2030

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has announced the 11th edition of Excon, South Asia’s largest construction equipment, and construction technology trade fair, which will take place at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bengaluru from May 17-21, 2022.

M Vijay Kumar appointed CEO of Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council

M Vijay Kumar takes over as Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC) CEO from February 2022. He comes with over 35 years of experience in the construction equipment Industry.

Towering up

Crawler cranes are expected to see a surge in demand with the spurt in infrastructure development projects.

Upgrading Technology

Commonly used to construct and maintain gravel and dirt roads, motor graders have also prepared building foundations and drainage ditches, making them popular with government agencies and contractors.

Why CE industry needs automation

The world is entering an age of robotics. Industrial robots have worked in the manufacturing sector for decades, and now they appear in most industries. Construction could be the next industry.

Battery vehicles are now trending in the market

Today India is one of the fastest-growing economies – power consumption and steel are prime indicators of growth, and are having a northward trend hence the demand for minerals and metals both are growing in India.

Opportunities galore

The construction industry across the globe is anticipated to present significant opportunities for construction equipment.

We are trying to scan India For our global model

Kessler, as the name suggests, has a long history just as any other German /European company, and is being run by the third-generation family and closely linked with the southern German region.

Criticality of component supplies!

During one of my discussions with a friend who is CEO of one of the engineering and equipment firms in India, I vividly recall the distress expressed over the shortage of good quality component supplies, and its cascading effect on the entire supply chain and customer deliverables.

M Vijay Kumar appointed CEO of Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council

M Vijay Kumar comes with over 35 years’ experience in the construction equipment industry.

Shriram Automall, Ashok Leyland ink pact for pre-owned truck biz

Shriram Automall India (SAMIL), a platform for pre-owned vehicles and equipment, has signed an agreement with Ashok Leyland to launch an exclusive platform for pre-owned commercial vehicles.

Dayco strengthens global capabilities for heavy-duty segment

Leveraging its global manufacturing and R&D capabilities, Dayco, a leading engine product and drive systems manufacturer for the automotive, heavy-duty, and industrial market segments, announces the addition of its new state-of-the-art viscous damper production line at Manesar, serving commercial vehicles, off-highway, and light-duty OEMs across the globe.

Shriram Automall inks pact with Ashok Leyland for pre-owned truck business

The phygital platform will facilitate an exchange, disposal and purchase of old vehicles.

Dayco further strengthens global capabilities for heavy-duty segment

Dayco announces the addition of its new state-of-the-art viscous damper production line at Manesar, serving commercial vehicles, off-highway, and light-duty OEMs across the globe.

Gearing up for future

The pandemic year has turned out to be a top gear one for the construction equipment segment, which is riding on the government infra spend to see a more than 15 per cent year-on-year rise in domestic sales volumes in FY21 and a doubling of sales in Q1FY22 compared to last year.

Euler Motors launches HiLoad EV

Euler Motors, an Indian EV company focused on electric commercial vehicles today launched its first cargo three-wheeler, HiLoad EV, India’s most powerful 3W Cargo vehicle.

Icra slashes growth forecast for auto components industry to 17-20 pc for FY22

According to Icra, the components industry is now expected to grow at 17-20 per cent in 2021-22, partly aided by "the low base of last year and commodity passthrough" besides growth driven by domestic OEM, replacement and export volumes.

LetsTransport to augment fleet with 1,000 electric vehicles

In a bid to drive sustainable growth of intra-city and last mile logistics, LetsTransport, one of India’s fastest growing tech logistics companies, will augment its electric vehicle (EV) fleet on its platform to 1,000 by June 2022.

Bonfiglioli India: Winning through product innovations & tech

Bonfiglioli has been enhancing construction equipment performance, efficiency, productivity, and reliability for more than 40 years.

Euler Motors launches HiLoad EV

Launches six ‘segment-first’ features in 3W Cargo: Innovation from India, made for India

LetsTransport plans to augment fleet with 1,000 electric vehicles to drive sustainable growth

In a bid to drive sustainable growth of intra-city and last mile logistics, LetsTransport, one of India’s fastest growing tech logistics companies, will augment its electric vehicle (EV) fleet on its platform to 1,000 by June 2022.

Reducing friction

The global industrial lubricants market size is projected to reach $ 73.3 billion by 2024, from $ 62.8 billion in 2019, at a CAGR of 3.1 per cent.

Demand for higher tonnage cranes is likely to grow

With the government’s heavy investment on infrastructure development, the mobile crane market in India is showing gradual signs of improvement, which was impacted by the pandemic.

LetsTransport plans to augment fleet with 1,000 electric vehicles to drive sustainable growth

Having already commenced EV-led operations in Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai, LetsTransport will introduce EVs to its fleet in Chennai, Pune and Kolkata.

Fully loaded with opportunities

For a construction site to function without a loader may be impossible. Add to this the fact that the awareness to use the right tool for the right job is growing. The future of loaders looks bright despite the recent slowdown. The influx of new technology is ensuring that they are ever versatile and profitable to operate.

Wheel loader market is dominated by 120-150 HP range equipment

In the current context, users prefer wheel loaders that deliver higher productivity at lesser operating costs, along with enhanced servicing of their machines across their work cycle.

Covid-19 has expedited the transition from manual processes to automated systems”

The demands on controllers and sensors used in construction machines, municipal vehicles, agricultural and forestry machinery, port facilities and cranes are extremely high. Units and machines are permanently exposed to harsh environments like heat, cold, moisture, mud, dust, shocks and vibrations and often even thunder and lightning.

Gates launches MXT with XtraTuff Plus Cover

Gates introduces MEGASys™ MXT™ with XtraTuff™ Plus cover (MXT-XTP), a universally applicable hydraulic hose, featuring Gates' patent-pending wire-braid technology.

Dimitrov Krishnan is new President of ICEMA

The Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (ICEMA) elected their President for the period 2021-23 during its Annual General Meeting held virtually on July 19, 2021.

At CASE, our backhoe loaders are replete with advanced features

Backhoe loaders are one of the most popular and in demand construction equipment currently, accounting to nearly 65 per cent of the construction equipment segment in India.

Improving performance

Hydraulic hoses and fittings play a vital role in the fluid power transmission in hydraulic equipment. Construction and mining equipment will continue to be a major growth driver for this segment.

Construction Technology: The need of the hour!

CW is organising the CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT on July 22-23, 2021, virtually to identify proven, innovative and globally established construction technologies.

Dimitrov Krishnan is new President of ICEMA

Dimitrov Krishnan, Managing Director, Volvo Construction Equipment India Pvt Ltd will lead ICEMA, the apex association of CE industry.

We are committed to being a technological partner to CE OEMs

Pramod Francis, Head – Application Engineering, CCTY Bearing India

We expect the market for hydraulic excavators to grow by 20%

The excavator market peaked in FY2018-19 following three years of sustained growth led by increased government focus and investment in the infrastructure sector.

Digging deeper

The government’s various initiatives on revival of the infrastructure sector and favourable policies have driven the growth of Indian hydraulic excavator market.

A powerful transmission

Transmission, a key component in a construction equipment vehicle, plays a major role to the functionality of the vehicle, especially in the high frequency and heavy application.

We are well placed to take advantage of opportunities that India offers

Bonfiglioli India’s solutions are based on a wide range of products, including gearmotors, drive systems, planetary gearboxes and inverters. The company’s Country Manager, Kennady V Kaippally, speaks on the present size of transmission systems in India, and the segments that are driving the demand for these products.

Demand diversity in CE sector

Infrastructure is a silver lining in the pandemic for many States. With the lockdowns in place in most States during 2020 and reduced vehicle traffic, crews continued their road work and were getting more work done than usual.

Digital continuity in vehicle using open standards

The automobile industry inclusive of the off highway and mobile machinery are cost sensitive at the same time technology craving industries. To keep pace with technological advancements these industries constantly invest heavily in research and development projects.

Green tax imposition on commercial vehicles in India

Rather than exempting certain type of vehicles out of green tax, like alternate fuels like CNG, ethanol, LPG and vehicles used in farming such as tractor, harvester, tiller, etc. the policy should be driven for all internal combustion engine-based vehicles checking for the pollution levels, writes Prasad Sreeram.

bauma CONEXPO India Cancelled!

bauma CONEXPO India is a melting pot of knowledge, deals and networking. We explores what the cancellation of this year’s edition means for the industry.

Outlook on CE sector revised to ‘stable’: ICRA

Heightened focus on infrastructure spend, particularly in the road infrastructure segment has led to a sharp scale up in volumes since July 2020, resulting in +20 per cent YoY growth during July-January 2021 period.

Shriram Automall – the Power of Choice for Construction Equipment

Shriram Automall India (SAMIL), an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, is India’s first-ever service provider to offer a well-organised and transparent platform for the exchange of pre-owned vehicles and equipment.

Bounce back

Construction equipment finance has bounced back after the pandemic-forced lull.

Infra push to drive demand for diesel engines

Factors such as demand for reliable electricity, which is growing across the world on account of industrial expansion and development of commercial infrastructure are driving the diesel power engine market.

All about vehicle scrappage policy!

CARE Ratings scrutinises the vehicle scrappage policy, which was unveiled by Road Minister Nitin Gadkar in the Lok Sabha recently.

Outlook on CE sector revised to ‘Stable’ with sharp volume recovery: ICRA

Two critical demand headwinds in the coming quarters are - the continued limited fiscal bandwidth with State governments to invest in infrastructure and the price hikes following the upcoming emission norm change in April 2022

Amazon, Mahindra Electric tie-up to strengthen electric mobility

Amazon India announced its partnership with Mahindra Electric to further strengthen its commitment towards electric mobility in the country. In 2020, Amazon India had announced that its fleet of delivery vehicles will include 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025 in India.

New Avenues to Growth

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has hit market players adversely on the supply side, causing declining sales of undercarriage components.

L&T compactors are very well established in the Indian market

L&T’s Construction and Mining Equipment business manufactures, distributes and provides after-sales support for construction and mining equipment for diverse industries and applications.

Intelligent compaction!

Intelligent compaction rollers are equipped with technology that processes compaction data in real time for the roller operator.

M&M farm equipment sector posts 23% growth in Dec 2020

Mahindra & Mahindra Farm Equipment Sector (FES) sold 21,173 units in the domestic market in December 2020, as against 17,213 units during last December, an increase of 23 per cent

Coal mining is expected to drive demand

PK Ganguly, Head – Marketing (Domestic Sales), Balkrishna Industries, shares his thoughts on the market scenario and how the company is gearing up to meet the growing demands in the market.

The long-term growth for construction equipment is intact

India's infrastructure sector is poised to grow significantly with the increasing demand for development of key infrastructure projects.

Trending mining equipment and features

The upcoming mining reforms are expected to drive the demand for advanced mining equipment technologies and solutions.

Reforms will boost recovery

Reports show an impressive recovery for the Indian economy in the July-September quarter (Q2) from the record decline of the first quarter, indicating that the economic activity has been gathering pace. The economy in Q2 however continues to be contracted.

“We are expanding our product portfolio”

Ifm is expanding its product portfolio of control solutions with new solutions. Amit Hatgine, Manager-System Business, ifm Electronic India, shares more on the products and solutions from the company for construction equipment industry.

EQUIPMENT INDIA Awards 2020

At the 8th Annual Equipment India Awards 2020, hosted virtually, the top performers of Indian construction equipment industry were felicitated for their achievements in the challenging times.

New emission norms for CEVs deferred to April 2021

The stage is now set for the implementation of the new emission norms in the construction equipment vehicles (CEVs) and tractor segments with the notification of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in this regard.

Road Equipment: Road to Recovery

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has big plans of constructing expressways, national highways, state highways and rural roads in the coming years. However, any uncertain economic situation in future may affect the recovery of the market as this will affect the payment of contractors, financing and thus equipment mobilisation.

Digitised & connected mining with advanced automation technology

Like automotive industry, emerging advanced technologies are helping mining industry to upgrade as well as digitise their operations. According to various report, India is one of the largest exporters of iron ore, chromite, bauxite, mica and manganese.

Backhoe Loaders Bouncing Back

In the current market conditions, the customer focus will be on equipment with better productivity and cost saving. Backhoe loader with its multi-utility advantage and competitive price will drive the demand in the current market scenario.

Pre-owned Equipment Market to Excel

The post-COVID scenario seems to be working out good for used equipment as customers want to buy more pre-owned equipment in good quality, while organised players are seeing business growth and more OEMs are entering the business too.

Used Equipment Market to Flourish

The post-COVID scenario seems to be working out good for used equipment as customers want to buy more pre-owned equipment in good quality, while organised players are seeing business growth and more OEMs are entering the business too.

Auto component industry turnover down by 11.7 per cent in FY 2019-20

The turnover of the automotive component industry stood at Rs 3.49 lakh crore ($49.2 billion) for the period April 2019 to March 2020, registering a de-growth of 11.7 per cent over the previous year

We focus on off-highway sector and want to grow with this

Balkrishna Industries (BKT) is a homegrown multinational player with a strong presence in the off-highway tyres globally. With the Indian market growing faster, the company is gradually increasing its sales in India which otherwise is majorly focusing on export market. Rajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director, BKT shares more on the company and the market scenario.

Paving the Road to Success

To be competitive in a global market, it is essential for OEMs explore and take the first step towards adopting advanced automation and digitisation solutions. Saurabh Kulkarni, Mobile Automation Expert at B&R Industrial Automation, Austria writes.

Rolls-Royce signs MoU for mýa Platform

Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems and Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on mýa, the open asset and fleet management system

Service Lifecycle Management Solution

The new solution establishes an end-to-end digital thread between equipment manufacturers and the owner/operators of that equipment by leveraging elements of the Xcelerator portfolio from Siemens Digital Industries Software and IBM Maximo®.

Can Mobile Cranes Lift the Mood?

Mobile cranes in India have transformed into safer and productive with changing design and new features to meet the upcoming demands from the user market. In the current scenario, can these developments in mobile cranes lift the market sentiments?

Apollo Tyres commissions greenfield facility in AP

Apollo Tyres commissioned its seventh manufacturing unit globally, and the fifth one in India

Siemens, IBM deliver Service Lifecycle Management solution

Siemens and IBM announced the availability of a new solution designed to optimise the Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) of assets

CE industry to de-grow in 2020

In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the overall sales of construction equipment in the country in CY2020 are expected to diminish by 15-20 per cent.