18 November 2019

Table of Contents for Ticker Tape -Construction

Ticker Tape: Equpment

VECV to set up Rs 400-crore greenfield truck manufacturing plant in Bhopal


Eicher Motors, which has a 50:50 joint venture with Volvo for trucks and buses (VECV), last month announced that the JV plans to set up a new greenfield truck manufacturing plant at an investment of `400 crore in Bhopal. "The Madhya Pradesh government has allotted land for the new plant and work to set up this plant is expected to start soon," Eicher Motors said in a BSE filing.


"The target is to go on stream with this plant in the next 18 months at an investment of around Rs 400 crore and an initial capacity of 40,000 trucks, in addition to the capacity of 90,000 trucks at Pithampur, near Indore," it added. Volvo Group and Eicher Motors are commemorating completion of 10 years of partnership.             




Tata Motors achieves a milestone: Installs 1 Lakh telematic systems on Tata Trucks


Setting a new benchmark in the connected vehicle technologies, Tata Motors becomes the first OEM to install 1 Lakh advanced telematic systems on its commercial vehicles. Tata Motors, continuing on its century old tradition of setting new standards, of pioneering new technologies and being the undisputed leader in the commercial vehicles, was the first OEM to adopt this technology and integrate it into its offering in India, under the brand name of Tata Fleetman.


Tata Motors launched the Tata Fleetman Telematics in response to a growing market needs for better fleet control and greater fleet utilization. Tata Fleetman however, goes much beyond the basic location-based services that have now become commonplace. It generates a rich fleet insights, and goes on to collaborate with the customers to offer specific interventions towards improvement in the utilization, performance and safety of the fleet. Tata Fleetman is closely integrated with the Tata Motors’ Surksha – i.e. the maintenance contract offerings or AMC.




Doosan reaches out with super long excavator


Doosan Construction Equipment has launched a new super long reach version of the company’s Stage IV compliant DX225LC-5 crawler excavator. Featuring 8.5 m (28 ft) boom and 6.2 m (20 ft) arm components, the new excavator is an all-round machine ideally suited for long reach work. It has a maximum digging reach of 15.38 m (50 ft), a maximum digging depth of 11.65 m (38 ft) and a maximum digging height of 13.08 m (43 ft). The bucket digging force is 10 t and the arm digging force is 6 t. With an operating weight of 24.4 t, the DX225SLR-5 is powered by the six-cylinder, turbocharged Doosan DL06P water-cooled diesel engine, providing a high power output of 124 kW (166 hp) at 1,800 rpm. Doosan adds that the DX225SLR-5 offers convenience and lower costs by meeting Stage IV emission regulations through cooled exhaust gas recirculation and selective catalyst reduction (after-treatment technologies. With the DL06P engine, the DX225SLR-5 ensures trouble-free performance as it operates without the need for a diesel particulate filter.




Four new dealers for KCME


Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) is expanding its European network with four new authorised dealer partners. In the past three years, the Spanish and Portuguese construction industries have seen significant growth and KCME says appointing Maquinaria J Aurteneche, Malcop and Aldimak in Spain together with Portugal’s Fuelmac demonstrates its commitment to customer service in these regions. Maquinaria J Aurteneche, KCME’s first Spanish dealer, is based in the north of the country, specialises in the sale of construction, excavation and forestry machinery as well as machine rental and spare parts support. Malcop covers central and eastern areas of Spain, including Madrid, Toledo, Valencia and Alicante and includes demolition and recycling among the industries it serves. Aldimak will service KCME’s customers in the Catalonia and Andorra regions and it too has some experience in the recycling and demolition sectors, while Fuelmac sells construction and demolition equipment among other items.




JCB reaches new heights


JCB has been propelled by a growing global market, with record turnover and machine sales recorded for 2017. The UK-based manufacturer announced in its full-year financial results that its sales turnover in 2017 was up almost 28 per cent on the previous year, reaching £3.35 billion (€3.77 billion). Machine sales grew to 75,693 in 2017, from 66,011 the previous year. Earnings on EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) were reported to have risen by almost 19 per cent to £341 million (€383.58 million), compared to £287 million (€322.84 million) in 2016. According to the company, the market rebound has continued strongly in 2018, pushing JCB’s global production to a record level of 500 machines per day. According to JCB, the company’s average return on investment has been over 30 per cent since 1975.




Tata Motors domestic sales up 20 per cent at 64,250 units in September


Automobile major Tata Motors, last month reported a 20 per cent increase in domestic sales at 64,250 units in September as compared to 53,964 units in the same month last year. Domestic passenger vehicle sales were up 7 per cent at 18,429 units last month as compared to 17,286 units in September 2017, the company said in a statement. The company said its commercial vehicle sales in the domestic market stood at 46,169 units in September, up 26 per cent as against 36,578 units in the corresponding month last year. Tata Motors president —Commercial Vehicles Business, Girish Wagh said the growth is led by continued acceptance and superior performance of the complete range of its BS4 vehicles across segments. Total exports during the month stood at 5,250 units as compared to 3,887 units last year, a growth of 35 per cent, the company said.




Mahindra Powerol enters marine engine biz, eyes 10 per cent revenue from segment


Mahindra Powerol, a $20.7 billion business unit of the Mahindra Group, has officially entered the marine engine business with the commercial launch of products in Chennai. The company seeks to capture 30 per cent of the high-powered, 100-300 horsepower engine market in the next 12-24 months. The company is also expecting around 10 per cent of its revenues to come from the marine engine business over the next three years, said Sachin Nijhawan, Business Head, Mahindra Powerol.


Smaller engines ranging from 50 to 100 HP constitute a market of about 20,000 units, while those above 100 HP make up a 2,500-3,000 unit market. Higher powered engines are priced at around Rs 150,000-700,000 each. The company has engines ranging from 24 HP to 300 HP, including 11 variants of marine engines and marine generators. The company has set up exclusive sales, service and spares dealers in coastal areas. Mahindra Powerol Marine & Industrial Engines, designed at the company's Chennai R&D facility to suit the application requirement, and manufactured at state-of-the-art facilities in Pune and Nagpur, are available in 15-400 HP. These engines cater to 25 types of applications including concrete mixers, concrete pumps, compactors and loaders.




Tata Hitachi to shut Jamshedpur plant, invest Rs 200 cr in other plants


The construction equipment industry in India had its worst recessionary phase between 2011 and 2014. When growth returned in 2015, Tata Hitachi, a 60:40 joint venture between Hitachi and Tata Motors, decided to restructure its business to make the best of the good times. Between 2015 and 2017, the company closed down two loss-making overseas subsidiaries: Lebrero SA and Serviplem SA of Spain. In India, the company is closing down its “high cost” Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) facility. Production is consolidated largely at Kharagpur (West Bengal) and Dharwad (Karnataka), both of which are now witnessing a Rs 200-crore capacity expansion drive. Of the 300 employees at facility, blue-collar staff have already been redeployed. Redeployment of workers will begin next month. The plant will officially wind up in March 2020. But Singh expects they can vacate the space by October 2019. The land will go back to Tata Motors, which had leased out the space to Telcon, the predecessor of Tata Hitachi.




Maharashtra looks for Rs 25,000 crore investment in e-vehicle segment


The Maharashtra government has adopted a policy to promote electric vehicles and plans to bring Rs 25,000-crore investment for their manufacturing, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He said the government is encouraging use of electric vehicles by its departments. Fadnavis was speaking at a function in Mantralaya (state secretariat), where five e-vehicles procured on rent from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) were handed over to the PWD department. EESL will provide 1,000 such vehicles in phases on rent. Initially, two charging stations each will be set up in Mantralaya (Mumbai) and Nagpur for these vehicles. This initiative is aimed at encouraging the use of electric vehicles by government departments to protect the environment, Fadnavis said. The government has adopted e-vehicles policy and plans to bring `25,000-crore investment for the manufacturing of such vehicles, their components and charging equipment, he said. In May this year, the state PWD department signed an MoU with EESL to procure e-vehicles on rent from the central PSU. The MoU also envisages manufacturing such vehicles and their spare parts




Two new models mark Terex tower crane drive


Crane manufacturer Terex Cranes is developing its tower crane portfolio with the company’s president Steve Filipov promising to deliver “two new tower crane products every September for the next five years.”Filipov made the announcement at the launch of a new luffing jib tower crane, the CTL 272-18. Potential customers at the launch event also previewed a new flat top tower crane, the CTT 202-10, which will be available from January 2019. The CTL 272-18 luffer has a maximum jib length of 61 metres – an increase of 10 per cent over the previous class model. Its maximum capacity is 18 tonnes, while the capacity at maximum length is 2.6 tonnes. The crane has a 270 tonne-metre load moment, which can be temporarily increased under specific and controlled conditions (e.g. reduced dynamics) by 10 per cent using Terex’s Power Plus system to provide the operator with extra lifting capacity. Terex’s Power Match system is also included to provide lower power consumption operations. The CTL 272-18 has an 84.4 m maximum freestanding height using 1.9 m H20, 2.3 m HD23 and 2.37 m TS212 tower masts.


The luffer also has a new S-pace cabin with built-in air conditioning and heating, adjustable seating, and good all-round visibility. The side windows can be removed from the inside, enabling them to be easily replaced, if required.




Next generation excavators from Cat


Caterpillar has launched their next generation 36-ton (32.6 tonne) size class excavators. The company say that the new 336 and 336 GC excavators offer unique combinations of features designed to match contractors’ productivity and cost targets. The Cat 336 features standard integrated Cat Connect Technology and has the most power and lift capacity of the two models. The 336 GC combines productivity features with reduced fuel consumption. The 336 has the industry’s highest level of standard factory-equipped technology. Integrated Cat Connect Technology is said to increase operating efficiency by up to 45 per cent over traditional grading operations. The standard Cat Grade with 2D system provides guidance for depth, slope, and horizontal distance to grade through the standard touch screen monitor.




New Demag ATC for W.O. Grubb


Crane rental company W.O. Grubb Crane Rental has taken delivery of a new Demag AC 500-8 all terrain crane made by Terex Cranes. The eight-axle crane has a lift capacity of 500 tonnes and a maximum system length of 145.8 metres. It comes with the company’s Demag IC-1 Plus control and Sideways Superlift systems and has X-pattern outriggers for greater stability.


Compact loaders: Smaller models


The right machine for the right application is clearly important, in terms of efficiency, safety and other staple requirements of the jobsite, so there are times when compact equipment is necessary.


One company that is a compact equipment specialist is Bobcat, and this year it is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its skid steer loader. The company said that in 1958, Melroe Manufacturing Company, the forerunner to Bobcat, introduced a compact front-end loader that evolved quickly into the M-400, which Bobcat described as the world’s first true skid steer loader. The M-400 adopted the Bobcat brand in 1962.


Much has changed in that time, and indeed many of the innovations that have led the compact loader to where it is today have been introduced relatively recently.


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