21 September 2019

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Will rolling out BS-IV clear the Smog

As the long impending transition from BS-III to BS-IV fuel emissions norms approached its deadline of April 1 2017, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) and the Green Lobby petitioned the Supreme Court to ban sale and registration of new BS-III emission vehicles after April 1. Now in a major setback to auto manufacturers, the Supreme Court last month restrained them from selling BS-III vehicles from April 1, when BS IV emission norms would come in force. The order will impact around 7-8 lakh BS-III compliant vehicles that are ready for sale. All auto companies, except Bajaj, have opposed EPCA’s plea. As per government rules there would be an all India roll-out of BS-IV fuel from April 1 onwards. EPCA says the objective behind having a cleaner fuel technology would not be achieved if the old technology vehicles continue to flood the market.  The transition to BS-IV is also mandatory for all construction equipment powered by diesel or petrol engines ranging from batching plants, etc, to off highway vehicles like loaders, cranes excavators, and construction trucks. Most OEMs in the construction sector will be impacted by this ruling. However, some OEMs like Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, (DICV), have already geared up for the BS IV transition long time ago. It is leading the transition with more than 1,000 BS-IV trucks on Indian roads already. The 1,000th BharatBenz BS-IV truck was handed over to a customer recently in Kerala, a state which had migrated even earlier to the BS-IV standard in November 2016 already.

BharatBenz BS-IV vehicles meet the upgraded norms using a system based on SCR technology proven in hundreds of thousands of Daimler commercial vehicles in many markets for over a decade. DICV has tested this technology in Indian operating conditions for over a million km before starting to roll it out to customers in 2015.


Prima eyes European market

Tata Motors showcased its most powerful truck ever at the Buddh International Circuit near Delhi recently. The company plans to debut the 1000 bhp Prima for the European market. Two prototypes of the 1000 bhp Prima will be on display at the event.

The company says the 1000 bhp Prima will not be in any way inferior to European trucks. Over the last three years, the T1 has been such a resounding success that Tata Motors believes the concept is here to stay. The attendance at Buddh has also grown from 25,000 people in 2014 to twice as much in the following years with 2017 expected to set new records.


Sanghvi adds 18 large Grove ATs

Sanghvi Movers, is expanding its all terrain fleet with the addition of 18 new 300 tonners from Grove. Sanghvi Movers’ CMD – Chris Sanghvi, signed the deal with Manitowoc Senior VP Jens Ennen and David Semple. Deliveries of the six axle GMK6300L will start May 2017. According to Sanghvi he chose Grove because of the price and good after sales service. Manufacturer Manitowoc said that its Grove GMK6300L remains one of the most popular cranes around and is probably the best-selling 6-axle AT in the world. Sanghvi Movers has a fleet of 440 cranes from 40 tonnes capacity up to an 800 tonne capacity. The average age of equipment in the fleet is 10 to 12 years, Sanghvi said. Its composition by manufacturer is roughly as follows: 30 per cent Liebherr, 30 per cent Terex, 15 per cent Kobelco, 15 per cent Sany, and 10 per cent Manitowoc.


Trimble strikes deals with Kobelco, Hitachi

Japanese excavator OEMs Kobelco and Hitachi have signed deals with construction software specialist Trimble. Kobelco will integrate Trimble’s next generation 3D machine control platform – Trimble Earthworks for Excavators, with its Kobelco SK210LC-9 excavators. Hitachi Construction Machinery will use interfaces from Trimble Connect software to develop an intelligent platform for its customers.

This builds on the existing relationship between Trimble and Hitachi where Trimble currently provides factory-fit grade control systems for Hitachi’s ZX200X-5B semi-automatic excavators in Japan. The separate deals were announced at the Conexpo trade show in Las Vegas this week.


Apollo Tyres plans greenfield plant in AP

Global player Apollo Tyres Ltd, recently signed an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government for a greenfield manufacturing plant, which includes a host of concessions, including VAT/CST/SGST and power tariff rebate.

The Rs.525  crore Greenfield facility will roll out tyres for two- wheeler and pick-up trucks. The State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB), chaired by State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, has approved reimbursement of 100 per cent VAT/CST/SGST for 20 years from the date of commencement of commercial production or up to realisation of 50 per cent of fixed capital investment, whichever is earlier. Solomon Arokiaraj, Secretary, Commissioner Industrial Promotion, AP, in an order stated that Apollo Tyres had informed about its move to invest Rs.4,025 crore over three phases with a potential to create 1,400 jobs, covering direct, indirect and outsourced, with the phase one investment of Rs.525 crore and employment of about 450 persons.


Mtandt multi-manufacturer order

The Mtandt Group has ordered 158 new machines to add to its rental division, which has the biggest AWP fleet in India.

The brands ordered include ATN, Dingli, JLG, Magni, Skyjack and Unic, representing a strategic mix of scissors, booms, telehandlers, and loader cranes, said the company.

Mtandt Rentals is also set to order 80 units from Dingli – designed at Magni’s R&D centre in Italy following Magni’s 20 per cent acquisition of the company last year - and a 72 m working height truck mounted platform from Ruthmann. The company’s strategy is to continuously grow and cater to the demand of new equipment from customers, by investing in enhancing its existing fleet and topping it up with a whole new lot of equipment.

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