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S Agarwal of ACE: We plan to double our production capacity

Sorab Agarwal, Executive Director, Action Construction Equipment (ACE), speaks on the company’s plans for Excon.

Paving the way ahead

While recent times may have been tough on construction equipment manufacturers, the compactor market is still brimming with optimism.

Volvo CE introduces 3 new construction BEVs

Roads and highways sector is considered to be the most vibrant infrastructure segment where a lot of activities ongoing consistently for a long time.

Tech Drives Backhoes

Backhoe loader manufacturers are leveraging digital technology by integrating Big Data and the Internet of Things in their models.

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.

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.

Seeking Light at, the End of the Tunnel!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate the world’s longest railway tunnel above 10,000 feet height on October 3. The Atal Tunnel is being completed at the most difficult time of coronavirus pandemic.

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.

We plan to focus on road equipment and backhoe loaders in future

At the time of completing 25 years in construction equipment industry, Action Construction Equipment (ACE) is preparing to focus on new equipment segments in road construction and backhoe loaders.

Indian CE Market Overview

In spite of the short-term ups and downs in the market volumes, the construction equipment (CE) industry is expected to touch close to the volume of 140,000 units by 2024-25.

Paving to Perfection

The projects planned in roads, highways and expressways under the National Infrastructure Pipeline for the next five years will drive the demand for pavers during the period.

Italian construction equipment market up in 2019

According to the last Unacea survey on the Italian market, in 2019, as many as 16,927 construction equipment have been sold on the Italian market, 16 per cent more compared to that of 2018.

TECH-MOVES

With the government plans to invest Rs 102 trillion in infrastructure development in the next five years, the demand for construction equipment will be immense.

The Festival is back, Are Festivities back?

The current slowdown is giving a drubbing to the Indian construction equipment (CE) market with the equipment sales diving drastically in the past few months in contrast to what the industry had anticipated during the start of the year.

THE ROAD AHEAD

The roads and highways sector is expected to bounce back soon with the government's corrective measures to combat slowdown and the large number of projects planned in the coming years. The road equipment players are bullish on the future growth prospects.

Recycling inside port

The BF90.3 crusher bucket was used in the tunnel demolition job inside Adani Port in Goa to crush the concrete.

New paving technologies

Paver market in India is picking up with the growing road construction projects. Both asphalt and concrete paver markets see positive growth in the coming years.

Sany showcases new range of products

Sany India showcased its wide range of over 16 new products at bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018.

bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018

The construction equipment expo - held in December 2018 in Delhi - scaled new heights even while participants expressed their apprehensions on the market scenario in 2019 owing to the upcoming elections.

"Rental companies are backbone of Indian CE market"

For the next two years, at least the construction equipment rental companies will have to work both in an environment of uncertainty as well as promise of strong market.

Volvo CE India unveils unique demo road

Volvo CE showed customers a new 100-m demo road cross section when Volvo celebrated its 20th anniversary in India.

CHALLENGES and NEW Opportunities

The construction equipment rental market in India is still small as compared to the other equipment markets worldwide. Satin Sachdeva sheds light on the realities of the rental market in India and the steps needed for the development of the market.

Italy posts 25% growth in CE sales

Italian construction equipment (CE) market saw a sales of 6,389 units in the first six months of 2018, with a growth of 25 per cent compared to last year. According to Unacea, total earthmoving machines sold were 6,157, while road machines 232.

Italian CE market grows in first quarter

Over the first three months of 2018, 2,713 machines have been sold in the Italian market, recording a growth of 30 per cent compared to the same period last year. The number of earthmoving machines sold stood 2,623, while road equipment 93.

SANY India rolls out 6,000th machine from its Chakan plant

SANY India achieved another milestone of rolling out 6,000 plus machines from its Chakan plant this month. This comes on the backdrop of a strong demand for its offerings across the product lines.

Paving to perfection

Asphalt paver market is likely to flourish in the coming years as more rural roads and highways are in the offing. The Budget 2018-19 has major focus on extension of 3.17 lakh km of rural roads which are largely asphalt roads.

Italian CE market posts 15 per cent growth in 2017

In 2017, 12,766 machines have been sold in the Italian market, with a growth of 15 per cent compared to 2016. Earthmoving machines sold were 12,275, up 15 per cent on a year-on-year basis, while road equipment grew by 5 per cent, with 491 units.

The big movers

Being the major equipment class in the infrastructure development activities, Earthmoving equipment sees further demand growth in future owing to an anticipated growth in construction activities.

Showcasing priorities for the next couple of years

Growth has finally returned to the construction equipment industry. With the government's continuous focus on infrastructure and public spending, next couple of years may turn out to be golden era for the industry in terms of volume and growth.

Italian CE sales and production grow

Over the first nine months of the year, 7,964 construction equipment (CE)have been sold in the Italian market, up by 13 per cent, compared to the same period of 2016. Figures consisted of 7,551 earthmoving machines, up 13 per cent year over year. Positive trend also prevailed for the sector of road equipment, up 11 per cent with 318 machines sold.

Mahindra enters road equipment segment, launches motor grader

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd announced its foray into the road construction segment with the launch of its first motor grader, the Mahindra RoadMaster G75 from its Construction Equipment business. The product comes with a one year, unlimited hours warranty, according to the company.

Italian CE market grows

Over the first six months of 2017, as many as 5,109 machines have been sold in the Italian market, up by 6 per cent compared to last year. The sector of earth moving machines grew by six per cent with 4,910 machines sold, while road equipment increases by nine per cent (199 machines sold).

Slow growth for Italian CE market

Over the first three months of 2017, construction equipment sales in the Italian market rose 6 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2016, with 2,094 units sold. The figures consist of 2,005 earthmoving machines and 89 road equipment.

Italian CE market up in 2016

According to Unacea, the Italian construction machinery association, 10,984 machines have been sold in the Italian market in 2016, 26 per cent more compared to the previous year. Figures consist of 10,517 earthmoving machines (+25 per cent) and 467 road equipment (+44 per cent).

Italian CE market up in 2016

According to Unacea, the Italian construction machinery association, 10,984 machines have been sold in the Italian market in 2016, 26 per cent more compared to the previous year. Figures consist of 10,517 earthmoving machines (+25 per cent) and 467 road equipment (+44 per cent).

Clean Diesel Engines

To begin with, Off Highway Research, a part of KHL group in their half yearly report that in terms of percentage growth, India is expected to be the most buoyant major market in the near-term, with 21 per cent growth forecast this year

The GST Blockade

The Narendra Modi government?s several attempts to get the most sought-after tax reform are being thwarted by the Congress majority in the Rajya Sabha, under one guise or the other.

Compact Road Equipment Market to Grow

Developmental work in the North-East and far-flung rural areas will drive a robust growth of road building equipment, with a twist - the market for smaller-sized equipment to suit applications and delivery logistics requirements will be the gainer.

O&M Training by OEM Dealership

India is on the path of modernisation with rapid progress in infrastructure development. The investment in the infrastructure sector in India is pegged at Rs 1,80,000 crore.

Exceeding Expectations

According to a report released by ICEMA, the current market size of the construction equipment including backhoe loader, concrete mixers excavator is around $2.8 billion. Further, the Indian construction equipment industry

We have good market share in 14-20 tonne excavators and road equipment

Volvo operates only through dealerships and being a local dealer was advantageous for me, since Volvo has its manufacturing facility and head office in Bengaluru, says Vinayak Nayak, Managing Director, Encore Heavy Machinery Pvt Ltd.

We dont generally procure used equipment

We call for quotes from different companies and based on technical evaluation by our mechanical section, we do recommend for which type of equipment we should go for. This is based on 3-4 major factors: after sales service, performance parameters available in the market and pricing.

An industry veteran

Pankaj Kumar, Vice President - Equipment Sales, Dozco (India), comes with 35 years of experience in the construction and mining equipment.

Intelligent Compaction

Performance and productivity remain key issues for compactor manufacturers, with firms keen to enhance output from their latest units. EQUIPMENT INDIA takes a peek into the features major OEMs have built in, in terms of improving machine

Our plant can provide better energy saving

Two global players, Ammann from Switzerland which is into asphalt mixing plants for the last 150 years, and Apollo being in India for the past four decades, which is into asphalt mixing plants and other allied road equipment business, joined hands where Ammann has 70 per cent stake and Apollo the remaining 30 per cent stake in the JV

O&M Training by OEM Dealership

Svenska Institute of Technology is essentially formed to prepare young engineers and technicians for a bright future in maintenance of construction, mining and road equipment.

Our products are at least 3-10 per cent more fuel efficient

We are developing a new range power solution dedicated to the extreme high dust conditions in mining and construction applications, says Sanjeev Nimkar, Vice President and Business Head, Power, Industrial and Service, Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd.

Portable Energy Solutions

High power deficit coupled with significant economic growth potential will drive the growth of portable power market. Portable energy solution plays a major role in verticals such as construction, mining, exploration and oil and gas.

LiuGong invests $15 million

LiuGong, the Chinese global leader in manufacturing of heavy-duty equipment, plans to invest $15 million in its Indian subsidiary in the second phase.

The Road Ahead

The need for better infrastructure is pressing with India?s rapid urbanisation and burgeoning middle class. Some 590 million people will live in cities by 2030, and could account for 70 per cent of Indian GDP, according to a McKinsey report.

Upgraded Dynapac road equipment introduced

Atlas Copco has reintroduced its Dynapac road construction equipment line after upgradation in the range. Features that enhance visibility or operator comfort are incorporated into all Atlas Copco-Dynapac equipment, especially in the latest pavers and rollers.

Asphalt Recycling

Millions of tonnes of asphalt have being wasted in the country, when these could be properly treated and recycled for rehabilitation of road projects and new pavements.

The Customer is King!

The takeaway was simple. Every Equipment India (EI) Award winner had one person to thank above all: the customer. Dedicating the Equipment India Person of the Year award to over 1,500 employees, over 8,000 customers,

The Road Ahead

The need for better infrastructure is pressing with India?s rapid urbanisation and burgeoning middle class. Some 590 million people will live in cities by 2030, and could account for 70 per cent of Indian GDP, according to a McKinsey report.

An experienced hand

A veteran in the construction equipment market, RS Oberoi, Proprietor, Venus Construction Equipment, has an overall experience of 36 years in marketing, out of which last seven years has been in marketing of medium size construction equipment.

?We have demand for excavators from mining companies?

We provide services like buyback, workshop services, AMC of machines, on-site repairs, operator training, different types of parts promotion, and credit facilities to major corporate customers, says Pramod Patwardhan, Managing Director, SVP Mining. Excerpts from the interview.

CE industry is to grow in the long term at a CAGR of 17.5%

The construction equipment (CE) market in India will be driven by increased activity levels in every sector as there are massive infrastructure gaps yet to be bridged, says Samir Bansal, General Manager, India, Off-Highway Research.

LiuGong invests $15 million in India

LiuGong plans to invest $15 million in Indian subsidiary in the second phase. "Now, India has a new government in place and everybody is expecting favourable business environment.

Market trends and Future Growth

The demand for compaction equipment from the road sector has remained almost stagnant for the past three years owing to the slowdown in construction activities. Road building projects are currently facing major challenges from delays in awarding projects and policy decisions

Maximising Output

Several key trends are emerging in the asphalt/soil compaction market where performance and productivity remain key issues. The OEMs are keen to maximise output from their latest units in terms of improving machine performance, O&M cost and operator safety and comfort.

Road equipment set to witness an upsurge

After two years of ?forced hibernation? the road sector is expected to be alive and kicking, thanks to the new government that is expected to award 4,000 km to be bid via the PPP mode.

LiuGong Invests US$15m in India

LiuGong, Chinese global leader in manufacturing of heavy duty equipment, announced its plans for investing further US$ 15 million in Indian subsidiary in the 2nd phase. Now, India has a new government in place and everybody is expecting favourable business environment. That?s why we decided to invest in the Indian market.

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

Italian exports drop

According to the foreign trade monitor of the construction equipment monthly drawn up by Unacea and Prometeia, the Italian export of construction equipment in the first nine months of 2013 has reached ?1,811 million

Our focus has been on superior product quality and world-class service

Atlas Copco, with its continuous product development and maintenance commitment, is definitely geared to serve the future demand for the road construction sector,

The growth of road equipment sector depends on a good mix of BOT and EPC projects

Currently, the road equipment sector is experiencing a slowdown, due to a number of road projects being stalled or going slow. Also, the depreciation of Indian rupee by over 20 per cent in the last quarter has made imported machines more expensive

Road 2 recovery

Despite the present day gloom in the market, the future for the construction equipment sector, especially for the road equipment segment in India, still holds much potential as this sector has a profound and immediate impact on the country?s economic growth. Off-Highway Research is optimistic about the growth in demand for road equipment and forecasts growth at a CAGR of 12.67 per cent over the next five years. Agith G Antony finds out more about the positive vibes in the industry.

Growth will pick up only if the government ensures a good mix of BOT and EPC projects

The government has to address issues like long-term funding for road projects, faster land clearances and introducing more stringent prequalification criteria for contractors who are bidding for road projects. The blocks have to be cleared to expedite a healthy growth in this sector and to attract the private sector for BOT projects, says Rohit Punjabi, Assistant Director (Strategy and Marketing), Liugong India. Excerpts of the interview.

The growth of road equipment segment will be about 15 per cent by 2017

Last year, we took an aggressive approach with the launching of new products in spite of the recession. The objective was to be prepared and match customer expectations and take a chunk of market share when the economy turns around, says R Nandagopal, Chief Executive Officer, Construction Equipment Business, Greaves Cotton. Excerpts of the interview.

CASE is working on introducing products from its portfolio into the Indian market.

In order to cater to the North-East market, CASEis making continuous efforts in order to consolidate its leadership position and further strengthen its market share through the introduction of new technology and advanced products that enhance the business value of its offering to its customers, says Abhijit Gupta, Managing Director, Case New Holland Construction Equipment (I). Excerpts of the interview.

NHAI needs to look into obtaining the necessary land clearances before awarding projects

The North-Eastern region is a major focus area with plans in place by the authorities and quick turnaround time for awarding projects. Today, demand for equipment is also increasing gradually from this part of India, says Prantik Saha, Marketing Manager - Road Construction Equipment, Atlas Copco. Excerpts of the interview.

We have positioned ourselves as a true infrastructure partner rather than a lender

More projects, faster enviro?nm?ent and forest clearances, support in land acquisition and a general clarity in policy are the key. Any infrastructure project takes time and stability of policy is a must to ensure that investment flows, says DK Vyas, CEO, Srei BNP Paribas.

Navigating through turbulent times

Overall slowdown in demand for new equipment, absence of new channels for the deployment of equipment compared to the overall availability, plummeting value of currency, lack of clarity on private coal blocks, highly depressed rental rates - all seems to have had its negative impact on the equipment finance segment.

We have been in the forefront of knowledge offering for fuel efficiency.

Currently, our focus is on modernisation and being able to add value inside the company. This includes cost-cutting and improving overall efficiency, says Kapil Sehgal, Director, Bucher Hydraulics. Excerpts from the interview.

Energy efficiency should be user-driven

Bucher Hydraulics is working glo?bally on three or four factors, to improve the safety, reliability, ene?rgy efficiency and overall lifecycle cost of the equipment. These are the main criteria in which direction Bucher Hydraulics R&D is working,

We are showcasing our complete delivery range at the bC Expo.

The new training centre at Wirtgen India is equipped with a high-end multimedia system, two generously dimensioned training rooms, each one large enough to carry out training directly on a Wirtgen surface miner or a large V?gele asphalt paver, says P Ramesh, CEO and Managing Director, Wirtgen India. Excerpts from the interview.

Our latest product is the new Dash 3 generation pavers from Vogele.

In India, we offer the single drum compactor ? Hamm 311 in drum drive and padfoot version; also, our current offering of the HD90 tandem will be replaced by a new tandem roller in the second half of 2013, says P Ramesh, CEO and Managing Director, Wirtgen India. Excerpts from the interview. In India, we offer the single drum compactor ? Hamm 311 in drum drive and padfoot version; also, our current offering of the HD90 tandem will be replaced by a new tandem roller in the second half of 2013,

We deliver fuel efficiency across all elements of our machines.

Volvo CE takes a holistic approach to fuel efficiency. We deliver fuel efficiency across all elements of our machines via engines, systems, operator behaviour and future technologies, while increasing productivity for our customers, says AM Muralidharan, President, Volvo Construction Equipment. Excerpts from the interview.We have seen a slight increase in the demand for compactors/pavers during Q4 but the market is still low compared to past years. If the requirement goes to double digit numbers

JCB manufactures products which are robust, custom built and highly fuel-efficient.

JCB offers a world class vibratory soil compactor VM115 and a recently launched 9 T Tandem Roller VMT 860, which are specifically used for road projects. These machines are built specially for Indian roads and are amongst the best at compaction, says Amit Gossain, VP - Marketing & Business Development, JCB India. Excerpts from the interview.

Off-Highway Research remains bullish about the long term prospects of the CE market.

The central government has broadly planned for an invest?ment of nearly $1.0 trillion on infrastructure development during the 12th Plan. Of this, around $180 billion investment is planned for the road sector. This investment is highest ever invest?ment for any Five Year Plan and should have a very positive impact on the con?struction equipment industry, says Samir Bansal, General Manager, India, Off-Highway Research. Excerpts from the interview.

Steadily chugging ahead

Even though the road sector in India continues to face multiple challenges, a strong pipeline of projects supports long term prospects. Around $180 billion investment is earmarked for the road sector, which is the highest ever investment for any Five Year Plan, and this should have a very positive impact on the construction equipment industry. The prime factor favouring the growth of the road equipment industry is the sheer scale of work still to be done in this sector.

Raising the Benchmark of Quality

With over 220,000 sq m of display area and participation of over 630 exhibitors, including 200 foreign companies, Excon 2011 exceeded expectations as the largest exhibition on construction equipment in South Asia.

EIEL shall be procuring a lot of road equipment

Using compacters we can achieve around 102 per cent MDD whereas the yellow book of the Indian Road Congress states that the desired density for soil is 95 to 98 per cent, says Joy Saxena, Group Chief Financial Officer, ERA Infra Engineering.

Volvo is first OEM to announce the launch of telematics system

?The market volume for excavators is expected to be around 7,000 machines and this is expected to touch 15,000 in the next five years, says AM Muralidharan, Managing Director, Volvo India.

Leading the pack

There are over18,000 L&T Case machines operating in various applications, across the length and breadth of the country, of which 12,500 are backhoe loaders and 5,500 are vibratory compactors.

CE Boom Heads East

Even as the American and European markets continue to languish after the global economic crisis, the world is looking towards the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) to lead the recovery.

Road Equipment: Green Light for Road Equipment

With more than 60 per cent of the cargo movement being done by the road network, the focus will be on road infrastructure which in turn, will provide great impetus to the growth prospects of road construction equipment.

Innovation is one of the main strengths of Volvo

We invent many soft and hard products to improve operator efficiency, which in turn result in fuel efficiency.