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The mantra of self-reliance

After months of speculation on GDP numbers, the results have confirmed our worst fears: our economy is suffering from a serious malaise.

Capital Goods Skill Council endorses Jindal Stainless

Jindal Stainless has received endorsement from Capital Goods Skill Council (CGSC), a Government of India initiative, for creating a vibrant eco-system for quality training and skill development.

Budget 2020

The Budget 2020 presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has given thrust on infrastructure development of the country.

Stepping up Skill Development

The Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council is partnering with the key stakeholders in the construction equipment industry and state governments to strengthen the skill development initiatives in the construction equipment sector.

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.

NCL sets up SARAS to promote innovation

Coal India's flagship subsidiary Northern Coalfields (NCL) has set up the Science and Applied Research Alliance and Support (SARAS) to promote innovation, R&D and skill development along with improving the company's operational efficiency and utilise resources at optimum level.

An Uphill Task

Lack of availability of certified skilled equipment operators is a major issue faced by construction contractor in India.

We have completed training of 2,000 operators till last year

Schwing Stetter India started the training department in the second year of its operations in 2000.

The focus on skill development is on the rise

L&T Construction & Mining Machinery Business has trained and certified over 10,000 operators and mechanics in the last two years under the RPL4.

We have pioneered the operator training programmes

JCB India through its 15 centres has already trained close to 30,000 operators, thereby creating employment and entrepreneurship amongst the youth.

Over 500 operators have received training in five years

Godrej has ambitious plans to expand its footprint in the training space by opening more training centres across India.

ACE has its fully equipped training centre at Faridabad

In the past two years, the training centre of Action Construction Equipment (ACE) has conducted 213 training programmes for 4,225 operators and participants.

Braving challenges

With this March marking the closure of another financial year in the country, the world economy is reeling under a host of issues ranging from the slowdown that hit the market for more than a year to the coronavirus scare.

NCL sets up SARAS to promote innovation and R&D

Coal India?s flagship subsidiary Northern Coalfields (NCL) has set up a centre named Science and Applied Research Alliance and Support (SARAS) to promote innovation, Research & Development (R&D) and skill development along with improving the company?s operational efficiency and utilise resources at optimum level.

Weld India 2020 to showcase innovations

The Indian Institute of Welding (IIW) - India?s Mumbai Chapter is hosting the fifth International Welding Congress and 13th Weld India Exhibition of the country in association with the International Institute of Welding from February 6 to 9, 2020 in Navi Mumbai on the theme: Advanced welding technology and quality systems for developing economies.

We have trainers assigned especially for the India market

With over 325 years of innovation and passion, Husqvarna provides construction professionals with support, service and a wide range of machines, diamond tools and all accessories that you need to cut, saw, drill, demolish, grind and polish concrete. Tennyson Anthony, General Manager, India , Husqvarna Construction Products shares more on the company's India focus.

Compliance Challenges

Embracing the next level emission regulations is expected to be tough for the engine and equipment OEMs considering technology upgradations and need for adequate skill development among the users.

Optimum Equipment Utilisation

Use of suitable equipment with matching features at projects with minimum operating and maintenance cost will help in achieving optimum utilisation of construction equipment.

Excon 2019 to demonstrate smart technologies for infra growth

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will unveil the 10th edition of South Asia?s largest construction equipment (CE) trade fair Excon 2019 tomorrow in Bengaluru.

Trenchless equipment market is growing at 20 per cent

There is abundant scope for applying trenchless technology for various projects and initiatives in India. T Ramesh, Country Head, Vermeer India, elaborates on the market opportunities and the company's plans for the market.

Loads of Opportunities

With the construction activity picking up and mining operations reviving in India, new opportunities are knocking at the doors of the wheel loader market.

Mega training programme for equipment operators

Volvo Construction Equipment India organised an operator training-cum- Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC) certification programme in India for wheel loader and excavator operators.

Attachments make machine versatile

Attachments play an important role in maximising the utilisation of capital equipment. Anish Modak, General Manager, Fine Equipments India elaborates more on the importance, advantages, challenges and market opportunities.

A win-win for MHE workforce

Capturing the customer's and stakeholder's mindshare is not only about selling the product, but also about adding value as a whole. Skilling people and inclusive growth are turning out to be key in connecting with customers and creating that mindshare.

SLCM plays a vital role in mobile concreting equipment sector

Self-loading concrete mixer (SLCM) market is upbeat and the Argo model can be a panacea in the concrete life to many odd jobs of varied concreting applications.

Rentals Imperative for Growth

Satin Sachdeva, Founder and Secretary General, Construction Equipment Rental Association (CERA) elaborates on the importance of rental market in the growth of construction equipment industry.

Transforming Skill Landscape

Shortage of skilled operators has been a major challenge faced by the infrastructure and construction industry for the past many years.

REJIG for the big

Need for better infrastructure is always the top priority of any country. India is no different as the quest for superior infrastructure continues with many large-scale projects coming up.

The Eleventh Hour Is Here!

By 2025, the construction market in India is expected to emerge as the third-largest globally.

Riding on infra push

Pick-up in infrastructure spending and construction activities is expected to drive the demand for tipper trucks in the coming years.

We provide training in boom and scissor lift operations

There is a strong need for a standardised training content that increases awareness of best practices, clarifies responsibilities and addresses safe use of equipment.

Reaching out to infra needs

Government's high spending on infrastructure projects drives the demand for construction equipment while earthmoving equipment being the largest used equipment category leads the growth.

Bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2018

The fifth edition of bauma CONEXPO INDIA is expected to be bigger in number of exhibitors and exhibiting area, compared to last edition.

"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.

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.

Pioneering Growth

Traditionally known for aerospace, engineering and IT, Bengaluru is fast emerging as a construction equipment (CE) hub in India with major players expanding their base in the city.

LabourNet partners with IESC to conduct training courses

On the occasion of the fourth ?World Youth Skills Day? on July 15, 2018, LabourNet, one of India?s leading social enterprises in skill development and enabling sustainable livelihoods, announced its future plans to further expand its focus on skilling youth in Karnataka.

Operator training is a necessity today

Wirtgen India revived its training school almost one-and-a-half years back to give training in its pavers range. Ramesh Palagiri, Managing Director & CEO, elaborates more on the company's views on skill development and the way forward.

L&T is leading in Skill India Mission

Skill improvement can never be over-emphasised. On one hand, the complexity of the job requirement is increasing and on the other, equipment are becoming more and more complex with the introduction of many operating modes, advent of mechatronics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools.

We plan to increase the number of training centres

JCB has 15 operator training centres across India and trained about 25,000 people so far. Jasmeet Singh, Head - Corporate Communications and External Relations, JCB India, elaborates more on the importance of operator training and the company's initiatives.

An Uphill Road Ahead

Out of about nine lakh construction equipment operators in India, only9,000 operators are certified by Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC).

Capacities huffing and puffing

It's one year since the unified tax system of Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into force. GST has been a game changer in its vast sense considering the difficulties faced by the industry in terms of multiple tax structure.

Getting back on track

The verdict is out! GDP growth at 7.7 per cent is the highest in nine quarters. Construction growth at 11.5 per cent, manufacturing at 9 per cent apart from agriculture have been positive contributors.

Pushing Boundaries

With the demand for excavators growing in the market, OEMs are introducing new features to further improve the efficiency and productivity of the machines, helping in quick and qualitative project execution.

Eicher Group opens training academy for drivers

In an effort towards conducting skill development programmes for the driver community, Eicher Group Foundation, CSR arm of Eicher Group which includes VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) inaugurated the first ever Eicher Academy for Drivers, at Indore.

SANY India completes first batch of IESC operator training

SANY India announced the successful completion of the first batch of IESC Crane Operators Certification Programme conducted by the company. The training was supported by Crane Owners Association of India (COAOI).

RS India opens new plant

India's mechanical engineering industry strives to apply cutting-edge technology to produce high-quality products of international standards, and further participate in the global value chain.

Infrastructure 2.0

Infrastructure development has always been on top of the agenda for our country. Every government has given due importance for the development of infrastructure facilities such as roads, railways, ports, airports, and industrial infrastructure of the country.

Operator Training: Need of the Hour

These are good times for construction equipment industry. Orders have gone up, thanks to a revival in the economy fuelled by government's affirmative actions to nurse the infra development sector back to health.

Scaling up skills

A qualified and productive workforce in mining operations is of utmost importance. Pavan Kaushik elaborates on the efforts of Hindustan Zinc (HZL) and its Mining Academy in enhancing the skill levels of mining machine operators through its various hands-on training courses.

Making rapid strides

Motor graders have seen unprecedented growth in the past couple of years, which is expected to continue in the coming years as well with road projects continue to grow.

Warehousing Equipment Aiming New Heights

Driven by the growth of various industry segments such as FMCG, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages and e-tailing, logistics distribution hubs and clusters are mushrooming in all major parts of the country.

Anand Sundaresan is new IESC Chairman

At the 11th governing body meeting of the Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council (IESC) held recently, Anand Sundaresan, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Schwing-Stetter India, was elected as the Chairman of the council, while Arvind Garg, Executive Vice-President and Head, Construction and Mining Machinery Business, Larsen & Toubro, was appointed as the Vice-Chairman.

Excon 2017 to attract over 1,000 exhibitors

The 9th edition of Excon, India's premier and South Asia's largest construction equipment and construction technology trade fair, which will take place in Bengaluru during December 12-16, 2017, is expected to attract more than 1,000 exhibitors, including around 300 companies from abroad

Shell Lubricants opens learning centre

Shell Lubricants inaugurated a new Learning Centre in partnership with BML Munjal University (BMU), Haryana. Shell?s collaboration with the varsity aims to provide real life hardware exposure and share practical knowledge in lubrication of automotive and industrial applications. The learning centre is aimed at providing industry experience to college students. The centre comprises an Automotive Section and an Industrial Section.

Equipment India awards & ceo forum 2017

It was 6.15 p.m. with 15 minutes more to go for the mega event of the infrastructure equipment industry. Meanwhile, the Viceroy Hall at the heritage Claridges Hotel located in New Delhi's famed Lutyen's Zone was already filled to capacity.

Back on Growth Path

Given its versatility and mobility, backhoe loader finds great use at almost every construction site, both urban and rural India. This multi-purpose machine continues to perform a variety of tasks at sites and is used for digging, dosing, levelling and lifting activities.

Operator Champion

Volvo CE organised the first-of-its-kind construction equipment operator competition to equip the operators with the required skill sets.

Volvo CE recognises operator talent in India

Bheemappa KS from Karnataka has won the maiden Operator Champion of India competition organised by Volvo CE, which saw nine winners in the heats from across the regions competing for the top spot in the final round. Narendra Singh from Rajasthan stood the runner-up in a close competition. The Operator Champion final took place between March 14 to16 at the Volvo CE headquarters in Bengaluru.

A Constructive Budget

The construction equipment segment in India has something to cheer about from the Budget measures such as more fund allocation to rural roads and highways construction, and announcement of infrastructure status to affordable housing.

AN EVOLVING MARKET

Aerial work platforms are not just machines that ensure safety to people when they are working at height but alongside it vastly increases productivity. Work can be done more efficiently and quickly, and timelines can be met.

Control technologies for Productivity

Machine control technology helps the operator do the job in real-time basis with accurate information of job specification from data in the cabin monitor. This leads to savings in both, project costs and time, as faster completion of tasks translates into less fuel required for the job.

L&T plans training centre in Nagpur

L&T Construction will develop a skill development training centre on the Nagpur Municipal Corporation?s abandoned school land at Babulban in East Nagpur. The corporation?s standing committee in a meeting has approved the proposal to lease out 75,000 sq ft land to L&T Construction for 30 years.

Escorts launches RPL certification program

Escorts Skill Development, an associate company of Escorts Ltd, launched the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certification program under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at various locations in Delhi and Haryana.

ON THE CLOCK!

Material and earth movements are the major work content of all infrastructure developments and mining activities. Front-end loaders, backhoe loaders, dozers and application-centric equipment as options for the users to choose from to suit individual requirements.

Escorts launches RPL certification program

Escorts Skill Development, an associate company of Escorts Ltd, launched the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certification program under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at various locations in Delhi and Haryana.

Adani?s training initiative

NTPC Adani Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to train 300,000 youth across the country by 2022.

L&T training centre in Nagpur

L&T Construction will develop a skill development training centre on the Nagpur Municipal Corporation?s abandoned school land at Babulban in East Nagpur.

Shaping Engineers for Tomorrow

ABB India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR) to establish a first of its kind SCoE for teachers, students and industry engineers to develop a deeper understanding of the underlying multi-physics and design principles for the manufacturing of various best-in-class electro-mechanical equipment in India.

Demonetisation worries after-market business

Demonetisation has severely impacted India?s after-market business in spare parts, components, consumables and replacement components like wear parts, tyres etc, because so far this market has been predominantly cash transaction-driven.

We see maturity amongst manufacturers

Industry trends: Current industry is very definitive, a state where there is transformation. Practices of doing work, technologies growing and the customers also transitioning from a cart to equipment which deliver brand.

L and T Construction to develop training centre in Nagpur

According to reports, L&T Construction will develop a skill development training centre on the Nagpur Municipal Corporation?s abandoned school land at Babulban in East Nagpur.

Adani Group to train over 300,000 youth by 2022

Adani Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to train 300,000 youth across the country by 2022. As a part of the agreement, over 40,000 youth will be trained and assisted towards getting employment per year.

We are committed to offer best-in-class equipment and services

As far as procurement of medium to big size mining equipment by key players in the mining industry is concerned, the trend is towards evaluation based on Total Cost of Ownership, Life Cycle Costing, bundling equipment with Full Maintenance Contracts and Guaranteed Parts Consumption contracts.

A demonstration area will showcase construction equipment live in action

The attractions are definitely the unique equipment and new developments our exhibitors are showcasing - in terms of new technologies, product launches and unveiling of machine lines - that are the most attractive crowd-pullers.

Expectations Post Monsoons

Slowdown in construction activities, all around the country, is a predictable annual feature. It is time for the industry to recharge its batteries, rejuvenate equipment fleets, invest in skill development and be ready to meet the frenzy post monsoons.

The Earth Movers and Shakers

As a consequence of the excavation activity gaining momentum, earthmovers like front-end loaders, crawler dozers, traxcavators and other earthmoving equipment are registering a CAGR of 15-18 per cent. Since the Indian economy is reviving, these equipment are also finding emerging markets in other sectors as well.

On the Forefront of Training on Material Handling Equipment

As a responsible OEM, Godrej Material Handling has a goal to make India an accident-free country. F N Bharucha explains the company?s training initiatives towards achieving this goal.

Backhoe Loaders Get a Rural Boost

Gone were the days when the backhoe loader market was exploding in all facets of India?s infrastructure development. All recognised suppliers were registering negative to flat trajectory growth since FY 2011.

Safe and Productive

The developed market saw the use of AWPs decades ago. Such machines were in demand by users, for two reasons: safety and speed of work.

Minister Visits Schwing?s Training Facility

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, visited the Schwing Stetter Operator Training School to review and understand the training capabilities being conducted on a regular basis.

8 YEARS OF EQUIPMENT INDIA

I am deeply honoured and pleased to inform you that EQUIPMENT INDIA has successfully completed eight years of publication as the only magazine on infrastructure equipment in the country.

MARC | The Way to Success

Maintenance & repair contract, more popularly known as MARC and more generally termed as full maintenance contract (FMC), has caught the imagination of mines operators in India.

Tough got going Innovatively

Burdened with depressed economy prevailing over past few years, low business scenario, paradigm shifts in customer expectations and new emission compliance regulations the CE and construction industry demonstrated their resilience by innovative solutions, in numerous aspects of the business

Make In India Week

Over 8,000 Indian industry leaders and 13 Union Ministers attended the event. Seventeen state exhibitions and several country pavilions have been built at the centre. The country pavilions include exhibitions from Sweden, Germany and South Korea.

On Course for Success

Road construction is driving the Indian compactors market. This is expected to continue. ?Most of the current demand for both soil and tandem compactors is for road projects,? says Ramesh Palagiri, Managing Director & CEO, Wirtgen India.

We will continue to contribute to the infra developments of India

The construction equipment industry is the only one in the country which has witnessed a continuous decline for the last five years. We are still witnessing a marginal decline in the first half of this financial year.

We will be showcasing our own branded rock breaker and trenching bucket

Last few years have been tough on the construction equipment (CE) industry in general. The total industry volume has gone down across segments and has strained many organisations in this space.

Connecting the CE Industry

As a prelude to Excon 2015, a road show was organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Mumbai on October 8, 2015. In essence, this meet was organised by CII to showcase the exhibition and give an overview. The event was attended by all sections of the connected stakeholders.

The K-Way

With a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and well -defined work practices, Komatsu India (KIPL) has created a niche for itself in its domain. A Special feature on the construction and mining equipment major?s Chennai manufacturing facility.

Helekar?s Defensive Driving Advisors

Equipment driving skill development is an ongoing activity at construction sites and transport hubs. Helekar?s Defensive Driving Advisors specialises in providing onsite training to operators, drivers, technicians and conducting train

Forklift operator competition

Entries are now open for India?s forklift operators to compete for the prestigious title of ?Forklift Operator of the Year - India?. Organised by ThinkLink Learning

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

CRISP signs MOU with NSDC

The National Skill Development Corporation of India (NSDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Progress Through Performance

The recently held ICEMA conference on highway equipment discusses the need for efficient technologies, quality and skill upgradation in roads and highways construction.

Sovex supplies machinery to skill development centre

The UK materials handling manufacturer Sovex is supplying machinery to a pioneering new centre in India which is embarking on a bold initiative to revolutionise vocational skills for the nation?s logistics sector.

Transforming Rural Youths? Future

Started with a mission to provide vocational training for the skills in the construction industry to unemployed youths in the rural area, Pipal Tree Ventures Pvt Ltd (PTVPL) has come a long way since its inception.