L&T to supply 46 units of Komatsu mining equipment to Tata Steel

The scope includes supply of equipment and full maintenance contract for 60,000 hr of equipment operation

Will Growth Sustain?

This September showed a sequential positive trend in the economy. Analysts say the 8 core sectors improved. Now to sustain that growth.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Tunnels seem to be coming up in metropolitan and remote areas alike, so TBMs and other equipment should be in demand. How is the industry gearing up?

Liebherr mining trucks at Australian mine

Liebherr Mining provides five new trucks to MacKellar Mining.

Komatsu dumper completes 60,000 hours at Tata Steel mine, creates history

The Komatsu HD785 dumper supplied by L&T has crossed 60,000 hours at Tata Steel’s Noamundi Iron Ore Mines to create history.

Haver & Boecker Niagara announces new dealer

The company will service coal mines throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.

41 coal mines on offer for commercial coal mining

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the auction process of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining, through video conference. The Coal Ministry in association with FICCI launched the process for auction of these coal mines. A two stage electronic auction process is being adopted for allocation of the coal mines.

Western Coalfields opens 3 new coal mines

Coal India subsidiary Western Coalfields (WCL) opened three new coal mines in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh having a combined annual production capacity of 2.9 million tonnes (MT).

Policy: Defer BS-IV & Bring in Scrappage

Given the grievous COVID-19 pandemic impacting the overall economic activities in the country, various industry organisations had sought government support by way of financial stimulus and other policy-related initiatives.

Maximising Indian Coal Mine Output

The Bhubaneswari Coal Mines uses Wirtgen 220 SM 3.8 surface miner, which specialises in soft rock mining, in a coal mine in Odisha.

Towards better Mining

The measures announced by the government for mining industry are expected to have a positive impact in the coming years.

41 coal mines on offer for commercial coal mining

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the auction process of 41 coal blocks for commercial mining, through video conference.

Coal Ministry initiatives to improve mining efficiency

The Coal Ministry has taken initiatives to re-visit old laws with an aim to improve efficiency, ease of doing business and to open up coal sector

Western Coalfields opens 3 new coal mines

Western Coalfields (WCL) opened three new coal mines in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh having a combined annual production capacity of 2.9 million tonnes (MT)

Coal Mining Made Easy

Indonesian contractor PT Bangun Olah Sarana Sukses is using A60H articulated haulers and EC480DL crawler excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment to save cost and increase efficiency at its coal mining site in East Kalimantan.

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.

Gaining Momentum

Tipper market is expected to bounce back in the coming years with the demand picking up steadily in road construction and mining.

Mining Gains

The recent policy initiatives by the Central Government are expected to boost the mining activities in the country, providing new opportunities to private and global miners, and equipment and technology providers.

Mining Needs a Leg-up

For India to achieve its full potential in the mining sector, policymakers need to give a leg-up in lifting the mining sector on a high growth path. Jayanta Roy elaborates on the mining industry scenario in India.

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Use of tunnel boring machines is on the rise with many metro rail projects are now put these machines on job while already in use at water and gas pipeline projects.

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.


Fragmented aggregate mining, as well as issues related to regulations and liquidity, are threatening the growth of the crushing and screening equipment segment in India.

Govt to auction 27 coal mines

The Ministry of Coal has begun the process of auction of 27 coal mines and allotment of 15 blocks to public sector undertakings.

Cautiously Optimistic

The government's various initiatives on revival of infrastructure sector and favourable policies have driven the growth of Indian construction equipment market in the past 2-3 years.

Transforming Mining Safe and Productive

Underground mining is an extremely tough mining method with various risk factors involved.

Mechanisation is growing in underground mining

Komatsu Mining Corp is a major equipment manufacturer in underground mining operations.

Caterpillar delivers equipment and collaborative support

Caterpillar offers a wide range of equipment and solutions for underground metal mining and coal mining in India.

SCHADE bags order for harrow modification

The Australian mining company South32 has awarded SCHADE Lagertechnik GmbH an engineering order for a harrow modification, which became necessary after the alteration of the coal specification at the DMO (Douglas-Middelburg Optimization) coal mine in South Africa.


Two Liebherr R 976 crawler excavators are at the heart of production in South African coal mine achieving an output of 280 cu m per hour for 20 working hours a day.

Siemens provides digital solution to Chinese mining group

To increase outputs while reducing shutdown times, YanZhou Coal Mine Co is for the first time establishing a cloud concept for mine hoist, enabling it to centrally monitor production, analyse, and respond to insights from real-time data.

A key ingredient in mining industry

The mining equipment market in Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a faster pace in the coming years. VG Sakthikumar elaborates more on the trend and Schwing Stetter's solutions for the mining industry.

SCCL introduces GPS-based vehicle tracking system

According to reports, the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has recently introduced a GPS-based vehicle tracking system at the Coal Handling Plant (CHP) in Yellandu town, to keep a tab on the movement of vehicles transporting coal and prevent pilferage of coal.

Govt to allot 9 coal blocks to PSUs

The government has invited applications from state-run companies for allotment of nine coal mines for captive power generation and commercial use.

Improved uptime on mining site

Indian mining customer Hilltop Hirise was targeting 5,000 hours of operation per year with the Volvo EC480DL, but the machine delivered around 7,000 hours per year.

Privatisation of coal mining

India's coal demand-supply balance still remains tilted in favour of coal imports as the state-run miners, Coal India and the Singareni Collieries Company have been unable to entirely meet India's coal demand, especially for higher grade thermal coal/washed coal and coking coal.

CMPDI identifies 30 new coal mining projects

The Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) has identified 30 new coal mining projects for Coal India (CIL) that can add to the annual production capacity by 100 million tonnes.

100 per cent FDI in coal mining likely to attract more global investment

According to an ICRA report, opening up commercial coal mining for the private sector and allowing 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) are likely to attract global miners to invest in India.

Commercial coal mining to improve efficiency

The Union Government?s recent move to allow the private sector to commercially mine coal will boost both production and mining efficiency, according to CRISIL. Substitution of imported non-coking coal with domestic production could save roughly Rs 30,000 crore of coal imports, CRISIL estimates.

New hydro-blaster range from Aussie Pumps

Australian Pump has announced an expansion in their Aussie Mine Spec Extreme series. The range of continuous duty hydro-blasters now includes the big Aussie 4,300 psi Python with a huge 31 lpm that delivers real cleaning whack.

Singareni Collieries to invest Rs 10,000 cr on expansion

Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) is planning to invest about Rs 10,000 crore in the next five years on expansion programmes with a targeted revenue of Rs 34,000-crore after the expansion.

We are showcasing our remote management system hi mate

The construction equipment (CE) industry is passing through an exciting phase as excavator industry has grown by more than 45 per cent in 2016 over 2015. The growth till September 2017 is estimated to be around 20 per cent over 2016.

NCC-BGR Infra consortium to operate NTPC coal mine

The consortium formed by NCC Ltd and BGR Infra has bagged a project from NTPC todevelop and operate around Rs 25,071 crore coal block in Chhattisgarh.

Mining Equipment Trends

The mining equipment industry (MEI) is heavily dependent on equipment demand from coal and iron ore mining, both being highly equipment intensive, with over 30 per cent.

Revival on Cards?

India is witnessing an improved growth trend in coal mining, as Coal India Ltd (CIL) is aiming an output of one billion tonne by 2020. CIL has earmarked a capital investment of Rs 57,000 crore, as part of the road map for one billion tonne target, with a planned capex of Rs 8,500 crore in 2017-18.

Dust Control at Mines

Global Road Technology (GRT) India, with 2,459 miles of road construction currently under execution, unveils its unique dust control technology, GRT: HAUL-LOC for DOTT Services (DOTT), contractor for Singareni Collieries Mines.

More engines of growth needed

Off-Highway Research reports a turnaround in the global construction equipment (CE) market, which is expected to grow 16 per cent this year.

Poor response to coal mines auction; govt cancels fifth round

Poor response from bidders has forced the government to annul the fifth round of coal mines auction. The government in a notice to the bidders, said, ?The tender process for the coal mines being auctioned under fifth tranche of auction of coal mines has been terminated in accordance with Clause 3.3.2(b) of the tender document

Volvo Trucks successfully concludes Fuelwatch Challenge India 2017

For the eighth consecutive year, Volvo Trucks conducted the Fuelwatch Challenge India Finals recently. The competition is recognised as an annual mainstay event in the industry and embodies the company?s Fuelwatch mission towards a fuel-efficient industry model. After a series of national competitions across the region, 29 top contenders met for a decisive driving in Singrauli.

SDLG F-series wheel loaders

SDLG has launched three new F-series wheel loaders in Southeast Asia: the L956F, L958F, and the L968F. Immediately available through SDLG dealers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines, these wheel loaders are suitable for the moving of stockpiled materials in environments such as quarries, batching plants and coal mines, according to the company.

SDLG launches F-series wheel loaders in Southeast Asia

SDLG has launched three new F-series wheel loaders in Southeast Asia: the L956F, L958F, and the L968F. Immediately available through SDLG dealers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines, these wheel loaders are suitable for the moving of stockpiled materials in environments such as quarries, batching plants and coal mines, according to the company.

Keeping coal flow at Turkish mine

A 20-tonne SDLG L968F wheel loader is spearheading a new coal mining operation run by the Yurtsever Group in the foothills of the Ilgaz mountain range, 60 km south of the Black Sea town of Kastamonu in Turkey.

Rs 2,779-cr revenue genrated from 83 coal mines

The government has so far generated a revenue of approximately Rs 2,779 crore from the auction and allotment of 83 coal blocks, Minister of state for Coal, Power, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal informed Parliament.

Industry?s Take

In India, largely the coal produced is consumed locally, and not exported. Coal India is not able to reach their target of coal production. For higher production and for meeting the target, they need good machines.

Government should fast-track the procurement

After a lull in the past three years, mining, especially coal, is set to show significant growth in the next few years. Coal India (CIL) is doing its best to increase coal production quickly, from the current 568 million tonne per annum (mtpa) to 927 mtpa by 2020.

Gmmco is here to stay for the long haul through good and bad times

Gmmco, a C.K. Birla Group company, is celebrating 50 years of exemplary business this year. On this special occasion, H Jayaram, Managing Director & CEO, Gmmco Ltd, spoke exclusively with EQUIPMENT INDIA.

Witnessing Quantum Jump

In light of the various infrastructure development initiatives by our government and expansion plans declared by various related agencies, the Bulk Material Handling Equipment (BMHE) sector

Back on Track!

The Indian mining and material processing industry, along with other bulk material handling operations like coal loading or bulk handling at ports, and aggregate processing in roads, is already on a fast track growth trajectory in India, thereby driving the demand.

34 coal mines to start operations by March

The Coal Ministry has set a target to start mining in 34 Schedule-II coal mines by March 31, 2016, said a top ministry official. According to him about 10 captive mines have already started mining and others are in the process.

Waking up to New Demand

The demand for crawler dozers is expected to be driven by the various government-sponsored infrastructure projects coming up in the country, and the new momentum in the mining industry.

Large Miners Forward

While the global mining industry is on the decline, India is witnessing a reverse trend. Many international mining equipment manufacturers are showcasing their products at BAUMA 2016, Germany, in a big way, at a time when Coal India

Coal and iron ore will continue to be the growth drivers for large mining equipment.

Large mining equipment are primarily used with Coal India subsidiaries and some corporate mining companies viz, Vedanta, Reliance etc. A few mine developer-cum-operators (MDOs)

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

Graded Up

If tightened completion time is demanded as in the case of Delhi peripheral ring road by Supreme Court, it will sure to up the demand for advanced, high capacity motor graders.

A System Approach

Improving cost efficiency has become one of the most challenging aspects for any business in an intense and cut-throat competitive market. The impact of this effect cascades to original equipment manufacturers, subsystem, components

Wheel loaders - Optimising Productivity

Cycle time is a critical success factor in all bulk handling applications. Ramifications of high cycle time even extend to bulk handlers securing business. Wheel loaders are extensively used bulk handling tools wherein high productivity is of essence.

KPC relies on Volvo machines

Indonesian coal giant, Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC), which operates the Sangatta Coal Mine, located in East Kutai Regency in East Kalimantan, has a fleet of 73 Volvo CE machines

Essar Power MP acquires Tokisud North coal block

Essar Power MP Ltd, a subsidiary of Essar Power, has signed the coal mine development and production agreement with the Government of India for the Tokisud North coal block in Jharkhand and has also completed all other formalities.

Mining Growth

India is on track to overtake the US as the second-largest coal consumer after China this decade. India wants to more than double coal output to 1.5 billion tonne by 2020. The central government has already taken specific actions including e-auctions of coal blocks; 28 blocks are already allocated and more blocks to be e-auctioned soon.

Mining - A New Chapter

Finally, there is good news for the Indian mining industry. The Indian Parliament has recently passed the Coal Mines Special Provisions Bill and Mines and Minerals Development (MMDR). Definitely, a huge shot in the arm for this industry and all its stakeholders.

Diggers to get busier

The numbers published by ICEMA clearly shows that there is a slight uptake on the larger equipment like excavators and wheel loaders. In the smaller equipment like mini excavators, backhoe loaders etc have still to pick up the trend. Elaborating the prevailing scenario and the growth drivers.

Budget boost!

Infrastructure has received a booster shot of Rs 70,000 crore and another Rs 24,000 crore of increased outlays on roads and railways. This would take the existing spend on infrastructure for 2015-16 from Rs 2,10,000 to Rs 3,04,000 crore plus the funds created as an outcome of the seed money invested in National Investment & Infrastructure Fund which in turn will find its way into infrastructure funding companies like IRFC & NHB where they will evolve with a factor of ten.

CE Sector to Grow

Among the major global markets for construction equipment, the demand of construction equipment in China suffered a steep decline after peaking in 2011. This trend continued in 2014; however, future demand forecast is expected to be stable.

The time has come

As per one of the recent reports ?impatience was creeping in among business men as nothing has changed on the ground in the first nine months of Modi government?; and if we assess the time period for this ?impatience?, it is not the couple of months these ?business? communities have looking for some action from the government, but it has been over a couple of years! Opportunities are aplenty.

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.

Volvo Trucks India FuelWatch 2014

Volvo Trucks India FuelWatch 2014 competition is a part of Volvo Trucks? efforts to educate drivers, fleet managers, customers and other stakeholders on the importance of good driving practices such as improving fuel efficiency, reducing cost

Forty steel, sponge and cement companies shows interest in three captive coal mines auction

On February 26, the Coal Ministry has offered three captive coal mines viz., Jhirki & Jhirki-West (Jharkhand), Andal Babuisol (West Bengal) and Tokisud-II (Jharkhand) through auction to steel, sponge iron and cement industries. So far, around 40 steel, sponge iron and cement companies have purchased the bid documents

MoEF defers decision regarding Rajgammar UG coal block

The environment ministry has deferred a decision on granting clearance to underground coal mining project of Monnet Ispat & Energy Ltd in the state of Chhattisgarh. The said company is seeking environment clearance for Rajgammar underground coal mine project located in Korba district of Chhattisgarh.

CIL fails to meet production target by 17 million tonne in FY2013-14

Coal India Ltd chairman and managing director S Narsing Rao has said that the company could end the financial year with a production shortfall of around 17 million tonne (MT). The fall in coal offtake for power production and the unwillingness of state electricity boards to buy enough power has led to lower demand for coal thereby affecting the production targets.

Our major focus is on high quality and highly efficient product support

We are here for the long haul, and we know the need to be patient. We have a warehouse in Bengaluru and 13 dealers and 36 branches across the country. We are developing our support systems, spares availability, dealer network and such so that once the market bounces

Government should fast-track the land acquisition process

Gmmco, well supported by Caterpillar, is the one-stop shop for mining equipment and solutions. We offer the complete range of Cat surface and underground mining machines

Specialists on the job

Atlas Copco compressor units provide base load and back up peak 7 bar air to the drilling and roof bolting equipment, and the water pumps. Compressors from Atlas Copco are providing an essential supply of compressed air to coal extraction operations for Unity Mine in the Neath Valley.

Heidaigou mine adds groves

Heidaigou coal mine in China has added two new Grove rough terrains to its fleet of cranes. Included in the order were a 60 tonne capacity RT765E-2 and a 135 tonne RT9150E complete with a 60 m main boom. The RT9150E also has the Twin-Lock boom pinning system. Maximum reach with jib extensions is 95 m.

Year End Review of Ministry of Coal

Coal sector witnessed a number of initiatives during 2013 to augment coal production and supply. Regular reviews of captive coal blocks were held by Inter-Ministrial Group to expedite their development, fuel supply agreements were signed with Power Sector and setting of Coal regulator approved. Under the bidding policy, seventeen coal blocks allotted to the Government Companies and thirty eight coal blocks brought under production.

Coal Blocks offer for Government Companies/Corporations

As per the year end review report of the Ministry of coal, seventeen coal blocks, fourteen blocks for specified end-use i.e. Power and three blocks for Mining were allocated to various State Government Companies/Corporations/CPSUs under newly initiated bidding policy. The proposed agreement on coal mine production and development to be signed by the Government with the respective eligible Companies is under finalization.

Mumbai's May Flower to invest in Ethiopian coal fields

Mumbai-based May Flower has agreed to invest along with Delbi to jointly develop a coal mine in Ethiopia over a three-year period. May Flower will import mining machinery, mining experts as well as the required finance for exploration and mining works.

Odisha plans rail corridor for Rampia coal block

The Odisha government has decided to develop rail corridor facility in the Rampia coal block on the lines of the already planned common rail corridor for the Angul-Talcher-Chhendipada belt. The common rail corridor is proposed to be developed with equity participation from Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) and Mahanadi Coalfields (MCL).

Coal block auction policy cleared

The Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal has said on September 24 that the government has approved auctioning coal blocks for private steel, cement and power firms. For the first time, the policy will pave way for allotment of coal mines through competitive bidding. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the policy, he added.

Coal Ministry to review surplus coal usage

To determine mandatory rules for the use of surplus coal from captive mines, the Union Coal Ministry has started fresh round of discussions with other involved ministries including Power and Steel. The matter has been kept in abeyance for the last two years. As per the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act 1973 which oversees captive mining, all coal mined from the block must be used entirely for the respective end-use project.

Coal India to develop coal bed methane reserves

Union Minister of State for Coal Pratik PrakashBapu Patil has said that Coal India (CIL) is pursuing development of coal mine methane (CMM) from its mining areas as it would be beneficial on mine safety as well as environment. Ministry of Coal has made CMPDI, the Nodal Agency for development of coal mine methane in India. At Moonidih mine of Bharat Coking Coal (BCCL), CIL/CMPDI has successfully implemented a CMM demonstration project, which is funded by the Union government.

CIL to develop 5 opencast coal projects via MDO route

Coal India (CIL) has identified five Opencast projects to be developed through Mine Developer and Operator (MDO)route. The aggregate estimated capacity of these projects is 22 million tonne per year (mty), said the Union Minister of State for Coal Pratik PrakashBapu Patil in Rajya Sabha on August 26.

Govt allocates mining leases via auction: Minister

The Union government notified the auction of mining leases on February 2 in 2012 under the amended provisions of Section 11 of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957 (67 of 1957) (MMDR Act).

CIL eyes 3 coal mines in Australia

Coal India (CIL) plans to acquire three coal assets, with a combined production of 25 million tonne (mn t) per annum, in Australia in order to meet the fuel demand for domestic power plants. In April, CIL entered into non-disclosure agreements with three companies in Australia. He added the equity participation being sought by the miner varies between 25 p

India Fuelwatch 2013

The Volvo Trucks India Fuelwatch 2013 competition brings out the importance of the best driving practices to save valuable fuel in mining operations. Volvo Trucks India Fuelwatch 2013 Competition was held at a coal mining site in Naigaon near Chandrapur, Maharashtra recently.

Coal India awards drilling contract for Mozambique asset

An unknown company was reportedly awarded a contract for drilling a further 30,000 metre in the Mozambique mines belonging to Coal India (CIL). In order to assess reserves of its mines in Mozambique, the state-run miner wanted to drill the area further and for this purpose it invited bids from reputed companies in February

Ministry to take step to fast-track nod for mining projects

Media reports indicate that the union mines ministry may make insert provisions in the draft Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011, to expedite clearance for mining projects. The mines ministry, in consultation with the law ministry, would introduce a provision in the bill, making it mandatory for government agencies to clear all the pending applications for coal mine prospecting as well as minin

GVK's Aussie mine gets green nod

The Coordinator General of Australia gave environmental clearance for GVK group's second coal mine - $4.2 billion Kevin's Corner mine in Queensland area of the country. Hancock Coal sold 100 percent stake in the asset to GVK for $1.26 billion. The group received the state environmental approval for the project, said GV Sanjay Reddy, Vice Chairman of GVK Group

Teri to study coal mining impact

A study would be conducted by The Energy & Resources Institute (Teri) to assess negative impact of coal mining and state expenditure on administrative machinery for approval and addressing externalities. For this purpose, a team of officials from the institute would visit Odisha. Simultaneously, the institute would also study the impact of allowing free power at varia

ICVL identifies 5 overseas assets

CS Verma, Joint Chairman of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) informed that ICVL has identified at least four or five good coking coal mines in Australia, the US and Mozambique for acquisition. International Coal Ventures (ICVL), a consortium led by SAIL, is conducting due diligence on these assets. It may be recalled that ICVL was formed in 2009 by public sector firms like NTPC, Coal India, NMDC and Rash

Govt to hire consultant to restructure Coal India

Government is in the process of hiring an external consultant to advise on the restructuring of Coal India (CIL) for a long term sustainability roadmap. The government is learnt to have shortlisted nine consultants for the purpose. Meanwhile, agency reports quoted Coal Minister Prakash Jaiswal as saying that he was not in favour of splitting the state-run CIL. The minister has reportedly said

WBMDTCL asked to provide bank guarantee

In a letter to West Bengal Mineral Development & Trading Corporation, the union coal ministry asked the former to provide bank guarantee (BG) of Rs 1.3 crore for a coal block in West Bengal. In 2006, the coal ministry allotted the Ichhapur coal mine in the the Raniganj coalfields of West Bengal to the company for commercial use. The mine has geol