21 April 2018

Interaction-Dimitrov Krishnan, President, Volvo CE

We are recognised as one of the most innovative companies in the business

 

Volvo Construction Equipment, a subsidiary of the Volvo Group, manufactures and markets equipment for construction and related industries. The company’s products include a range of wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators, articulated haulers, motor graders, soil and asphalt compactors, pavers, backhoe loaders, skid steers and milling machines. DIMITROV KRISHNAN, PRESIDENT, VOLVO CE INDIA spoke to CONSTRUCTION OPPORTUNITIES on the company’s future plans.

 

 

Briefly tell us about your product offerings and the key features/USPs that have contributed in strengthening and maintaining your stronghold in the market?

Volvo CE is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of construction equipment. We are recognised as one of the most innovative companies in the business, with machines that have a reputation for high performance and reliability. In addition, we are well-known for the fuel efficiency our machines deliver. It’s not uncommon for our customers to report fuel savings of 10 per cent or more when using a Volvo machine compared with a competitor product.

 

Briefly give us an understanding about your manufacturing units – location, size, production capacity, technologies used etc?

As a world leader in its field, Volvo CE has factories across the globe, including a large facility in Bangalore. The latest product from our Indian manufacturing plant is the P5320 ABG paver which we launched earlier this year. The product’s launch has coincided with increased demand for road building equipment in India, and demand has been very strong. Other products we build at the Bangalore factory include excavators and compactors.

Our Volvo CE factory in Bangalore has been in operation for close to 40 years, and starting in 2010 we put it through a major update program to both increase production capacity and modernize our manufacturing process. With this Rs.90 crores upgrade behind us, we are well-equipped to meet the needs of the Indian construction sector.

 

 

Are you looking to launch any new innovative product or new breakthrough technologies at bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2016? Are you also looking for new collaborations and tie - ups?

Volvo CE is showing five machines from three product lines, including two new compactors, both of which are built at our local facility in Bangalore. The new DD90B double drum compactor and SD110BA single drum compactor are based on proven Volvo designs, but include a number of features that make them well-suited to the needs of Indian customers.

Another product from the Bang alore factory is the P5320B ABG paver, which is appearing at its first trade show, having launched earlier in 2016. There are also two excavators on show from our celebrated D-Series, the EC210D and EC250D.

 

 

As a company what are your specific plans for bauma CONEXPO INDIA 2016 – have you devised any new marketing strategy to push your products?

To underline Volvo CE’s industry-leading customer support program, there will be a dedicated area showcasing the aftermarket products and services we have available. Visitors can also pitch their skills against others, in the Mini Operator Championship, using Lego models of our trademark machines.

Elsewhere there will be quizzes, with the opportunity to win amazing prizes, while a selfie contest will run for the duration of the show. The best selfie-photo taken on our booth and posted to the Facebook page will get a gift, plus the opportunity to take an additional commemorative selfie.

 

 

Give us an understanding of your company’s performance this year and your outlook going forward?

Our company has enjoyed a very successful year in 2016 and the outlook is positive. Demand for road building equipment has been high, as have interest levels in mining equipment, although that interest has not translated to sales as much as we would have liked.

The outlook for our industry to 2020 is generally positive, although it’s important to recognize that there is still quite a lot of uncertainty in the global economy, and this might impact India.




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