Witnessing government's major thrust to create world-class infrastructure in the border areas of north-eastern states and sensing significant business opportunity therefrom, CII, a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization which plays a proactive role in India's development process, has taken an initiative to boost the CE sector in North East regions by providing construction fraternity a platform called 'ConMac' to explore the unexplored North East region which has enormous potential for growth.
ConMac 2015, a three-day Excon Show is focused on construction equipment and construction technology and is scheduled to take place from 27th February 2015 to 1st March 2015 at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre, in Guwahati. Though it is a first edition of the show for the North East region but so far over 120 exhibitors who are big shots of the industry such as JCB, Caterpillar, Wirtgen, BEML, Ammann Apollo, JLG, Kobelco, L&T, Linhoff, Proman, Puzzolana, Schwing Stetter, Terex, Balkrishna Industries, Apollo Tyres, Case New Holland, Universal, etc. have already confirmed their participation. It is expected that the exhibition will witness over 5000 trade visitors over 2,00,000 sq feet of exhibition display area. Moreover, Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers' Association (ICEMA) will also concurrently organize a conference on Infrastructure for the development of the region.
In order to reach maximum possible audience who can reap benefits from this trade show, the organizers are trying their levels best to reach them through different media especially the road shows which are taking place in different states of North-east region. Special promotions are being taken amongst Border Roads Organization, Defence, State Government Departments, and so on. Some of the exhibitors' views are briefed here who are overwhelmed for their participation at the show:
JCB to Showcase Technological Advancements of its Products
Says Mr. Amit Gossain, EVP - Sales, Marketing and Business Development, JCB India Ltd.
What is JCB's plan to participate in the forthcoming ConMac Show adding new business opportunities in North-eastern region?
JCB India will participate in the upcoming edition of ConMac at Guwahati, India. This event will provide a great platform to exhibitors to showcase their products, latest technologies and innovations.
At such exhibitions, we expect our potential customers to get a chance to see and experience our products which helps them in making an informed buying decision thus, generating business for us.
What are the products and services proposed to be displayed at the show, suitable especially to work on the Eastern and North-eastern regions?
Apart from the entire range of Backhoe Loaders, Tracked Excavators, Wheeled Loaders and Compaction equipment, we will display the recently introduced the India made Skid Steer Loader (SSL) and Loadall.
Indian built SSL is also known as the Robot. It is regarded as the safest SSL in the world. Given its compact size, this machine is most useful in solid waste management and general construction in restricted areas.
Loadall is a world class material handling equipment which aims at mechanizing the handling processes across all industries such as Agricultural Logistics, Construction, and Process industry.
The most awaited demonstration, JCB's world famous 'Dancing Diggers' show will also be performed at the exhibition to enthrall all visitors and to prove the ruggedness and versatility of our machines.
In the past decade, Government has taken multiple initiatives to facilitate assimilation of the North East into the economic mainstream of the country. Recently, the Union ministry of road transport and highways has set up National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited for the NE with head office at Guwahati. The aim is to speed up the projects for development of roads in the region.(Source: media report in TOI)
The Development of North Eastern Region ministry has provided Rs.200 crore in the current budget allocation for repairing and building roads under the North East Road Sector Development Scheme. (Source: media report in TOI)
Given the Government's focus on the North East region, the Construction Equipment industry expects the coming months to be demand driven however, that primarily depends on how soon the projects are implemented. Execution is the key and once the onground movement starts, we will see an increase in the demand of Construction Equipment.
North-East is an important market for JCB India and hence, we have a strong presence in the region. We are there in all the states of North–East through our extensive dealership network. With the growing infrastructural development, the demand for our world class products will continue to rise and we will continue to support our dealers in reaching out to our customers in the best possible manner.
What is your expectation from Union Budget 2015-16 that could bring cheer to the infrastructure industry?
We expect the Budget 2015-16 to be a "Transformational Budget" focusing on boosting demand and investments. According to us, some of the key announcements could be in the areas of:
- Public Expenditure – led Infrastru- cture investments
- Revival of stalled projects
- Incentivizing Manufacturing through National Manufacturing Policy
- Skill Enhancement Initiatives
- Devolution of Power to States through initiatives like NITI ayog: Growth Roadmap by NITI depicting Cooperative & Competitive Federa- lism.
Universal Anticipates Good Potential from North-eastern Region
Talking on the prospect of Eastern and North-eastern regions for its biz, Mr. Ranjeet More, VC & MD, Universal Construction Machinery & Equipment Ltd says, "We anticipate a good potential from this region and are well equipped to reap the benefits there through our local presence in Sikkim, Agartala, and Guwahati who are all time ready to provide assistance and sales and after sales service with spares backup to our customers."
Giving an overview on the growth of construction equipment market in that region he said that considering new policies defined by new government and special focus on development of North-eastern regions, Ministry of Development of North-eastern regions is majorly focusing on Railways, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Power, Roads etc. All this will give a significant boost to companies who will build roads, bridges, buildings and other Infrastructure development projects. This will in turn increase the demand for construction equipment and Universal with its network in these region will encash the opportunities.
On his expectation from Union Budget 2015-16 he said that, "We expect reduction in interest rates as this will give confidence to buyer in real estate. Also we expect reduction of taxes on the machines used for infrastructure. Focus on infrastructure construction will bring more liquidity in market. Promotion of mechanization in construction sector will bring cost effectiveness in project. Exemptions of skill development taxes and the benefit of tax should be passed on to the manufacturers who are involved in skill development."
Kaushik Cesan to Introduce its Entire Road Construction Equipment fleet at CONMACSpecial focus on promoting Locally Manufactured Asphalt Batch Mix Plant
Kaushik Engineering Works, a prominent player and one amongst the rapidly growing Construction Equipment Manufacturing companies, has built incredible market goodwill in a short span of 15 years to such an extent that its range of efficient, economical, and user-friendly offerings have found takers not only in India, but also abroad. The company not just sells equipment but also provides solutions.
In order to strengthen its production capacity, Ahmedabad based road equipment manufacturer Kaushik has recently cemented a strategic technical collaboration with a Turkish leading mobile and stationary asphalt plants manufacturer Cesan Ltd to manufacture Asphalt batch mix plant in various designs with 80 – 400 tph capacities in India.
The JV Kaushik-Cesan Equipments India's Asphalt batch mix plants are designed for maximum efficiency and minimum operational cost. The plant can reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and improve efficiencies by reducing fuel consumption with its completely self-designed dryer which operates in basic principle of heat transfer to the aggregate. For each tonne of asphalt a minimum 1 litre of fuel can be saved.
Besides, the plants are safe with respect to noise, dust, and heat. It is environment- and user-friendly. The operation of the plant can be controlled continuously through the computer monitor on the operator table manually, semi-automatically and automatically. Apart from these, modular structure of the products provides easy erection and replacement in a very short time. Dimensions of the units are designed as they are convenient to the global road transporting gauges. It is improved for fast dismantling and reassembling. In short, affordability, sustainability, end product consistency, cost efficient production rates, user-friendly operations and simplicity of erection are some of the driving factors and USPs of the plant.
Kaushik-Cesan Equipments India will present its innovative range of road construction equipment to Eastern and North-eastern regions during an exhibition at CONMAC in Guwahati where Government is giving special thrust on the Infrastructure development and thereby providing an opportunity to CE Manufacturers to explore this market and do the business.
BKT: Leadership Through Innovation in Off-Highway Tyres Segment
Mr. Rajiv Poddar
Jt. MD, BKT
Transforming into a diversified Industrial Conglomerate since its inception in 1988 and exporting its expansive range of 'Off-Highway Solutions' to the World, BKT with its four functioning state-of-the-art manufacturing plants spread across India, provides over 2300 different SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) for various kinds of applications. The company has products from 5" rim diameter to 54" rim diameter for vehicles ranging from trailers, forklifts, etc. to technologically advanced machines like high horsepower tractors, combines, harvesters, GPS controlled vehicles, articulated dump trucks, high-speed cranes, sophisticated port vehicles & container handlers etc.
Quality & Reliability
Talking about the quality of BKT products, Mr. Rajiv Poddar, Jt. Managing Director informed that Quality conscious users who adhere to stringent conformity standards in countries like Europe and America prefer BKT as their supplier, thus implying that every BKT product is superior most in creation and delivers expected performance. This is achieved by using the foremost quality of raw materials that are processed through the most advanced and developed technology creating a BKT product. Each product passes over 450 stages of tests. This rigorous practice at BKT end makes its products known for their reliability thus causing the lowest claim ratio in the industry.
According to Mr. Poddar, "We have invested over half a billion dollars in this huge plant, which has the most modern machinery ever used in production in India. The plant has enhanced our total capacity by 75%. Moreover, there are plans to modify this Bhuj plant and extend its production capacity to 2,80,000 metric tonnes from 1,20,000 tonnes per year. Currently, this facility is developing a wide range of BKT's radial and bias tyres and will also produce Ultra large and giant OTR tyres upto 51" rim diameter."
BKT at ConMac
India is expected to see a huge growth in Infrastructure development and hence BKT is preparing itself for driving the future growth. In order to make its foothold strong in North East region where lot of emphasis is being made by the government for the world-class Infrastructure, BKT is participating at ConMac Exhibition in Guwahati to spread its wings in unexplored states of the region. Besides displaying its entire range of products, the company will showcase its World-class radial range and will launch its new website during the show.
Completely updated with brand-new contents, the 2.0 version of the bkttires.com website represents a reliable platform for customers, users, partners and journalists all over the world offering technical and general information as well as updates on manifold initiatives, products, markets and innovation in the agricultural, industrial and OTR sector. It is a smart user tool to quickly find out which BKT product best suits specific requirements, to stay continuously updated and to use the products with major efficiency. Currently, only the English version is online but the website will be soon available in the Italian, French, German and Spanish languages.
BKT is very optimistic and expecting overwhelming response from the show as their potential customers will get a chance to see their products and make a buying decision thus helping them in generating business.
Wirtgen Group Presents New Generation of Cold Recyclers and Soil StabilizersMaximum quality every time – the WR 240 already delivered this level of performance when it was introduced to the market as the first representative of the new-generation cold recyclers and soil stabilizers.
New standards in cold recycling and soil stabilization
Outstanding! Wirtgen won the iF product design award in goldin the category "Special Vehicles / Construction / Agriculture" for the WR 240, one of the most coveted international design prizes. The award evaluates aspects such as degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, ergonomics and product safety.
If product design award in gold for the Wirtgen WR 240
In addition to their innovative features, all three models lastly win out with their ultra-modern design. The WR 240 even won the iF product design award in 2013 in gold, one of the world's foremost design prizes.
SCHWING Stetter Introduces Intelligent Self-loading MixerSCHWING Stetter India, one of the pioneers of concrete construction equipment in India has recently introduced a Self-loading mixer, a miniature concrete mixing equipment that will revolutionize construction activities in urban and rural construction sites.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anand Sundaresan, Managing Director, SCHWING Stetter India said, "The Self-loading mixer has been developed keeping the requirements of the Indian consumer in mind. This product can be used for canal lining, road projects, windmill and irrigation projects."
Mr. V.G. Sakthikumar, Managing Director, SCHWING Stetter Sales & Services Pvt. Ltd said, "The SCHWING SLM is the newest addition to the established SCHWING range of batching plants, concreting pumps, shotcreting machines, recycling plant and transit mixers. with resident service engineer location across the country we hope to support the machines for auto sales requirement with immediate response. The products will be available for sale from April 2015."
Following are some special features of the SCHWING SLM:
- The Hydrostatic transmission provides automatic and continuous speed adjustment from standstill to maximum travel speed, simply by operating the accelerator pedal.
- 'Inching control' allows precise travel speed adjustment, Independent of engine speed.
- Finger touch control allows to reverse the direction simply.
- Thus customer is assured of more concrete production and lower cycle time.
- Ergonomic cabin design leads to less operator fatigue.
- Safe operation in all modes.
- Stable operation in all drum positions.
- Drum swiveling allows discharge concrete with ease all-round the machine.
- Electronic weighing system:
- 8 - 40 aggregates,
- more than 98% accurate
- Stores upto 100 recipes,
- Data Import and Export thru USB drive,
- Firmware upgrade thru USB drive.
SAFARI to Exhibit Cement Concrete Mixers & JK Mini Cranes
According to him, "Infrastructure development in North Eastern India will bring about the building of new roads, bridges and launching of new apartments and housing schemes. All these activities will raise a huge demand for machinery required for mixing and producing high quality concrete mixture efficiently. Safari, which is a popular Cement Concrete Mixer brand in India, presents a wide array of mixers models with different options and capacities to choose from.
SAFARI's Small Mixers come in different varieties which can mix half bag of cement or one bag of cement [Also, known as one bag mixer machine]. Hand Fed Concrete Mixer (Concrete Mixer without hopper) is a portable cement mixer with a capacity of mixing one bag cement. This cement mixer is compact in design and comes with high quality pneumatic tyres for easy portability and mobility. This hand fed cement mixer is powered by a powerful 6 HP Kirloskar Diesel Engine.
The company's large Concrete Mixers can mix upto 5 bags of cement at a time. Concrete Mixers with a built in weight batcher allow accurate and precise quantity of cement, sand or aggregate to be weighed thus to give high grade concrete mixture. Latest and efficient mixing technology ensures quick mixing and highest grade of concrete mixture which is suitable for all civil contracting work.
Infrastructure development in the North Eastern states will also bring about the building of high rise commercial and residencial towers. The most common challenge of high rise towers is of lifting of building material from ground floor to each floor. Lifting of building materials is a labor intensive job, and thus can slow down work at construction sites. JK Mini Crane is an innovative and affordable material lifting crane, which removes labor dependency and can get the work of lifting building material like cement bags, tiles, bricks, steel rods, props, spans, window grilles, etc done in a simpler, faster and safer way. The mini crane works wonder when it comes to easily and quickly lifting building materials with minimum labour and maximum safety.
Considering the challenges and opportunities of the North Eastern Indian market, Safari will display its portable and labor–friendly products at its stand no 47 in Hall – 2. Mini Crane with a lifting capacity of 150 kgs and upto 20 floors will be displayed alongside cement concrete mixer at Guwahati exhibition center.
Sicoma to Promote Planetary and Twin Shaft MixersSicoma is a well–known name globally for being the largest manufacturer of Planetary and Twin Shaft Mixers. The company is participating at Conmac to introduce its advanced technology products and services to the trade visitors.
He said adding, "We are very happy to know that the Union Government has announced major infrastructure projects in the NE region. Specifically with regards to this region, as far as I know, several infrastructure spending has been announced by the Union Government such as, Rs.53,706 crores, Plan allocation for North Eastern Region in 2014-15; Rs.3,000 crores: for the Road Sector in North East; Rs.54,000 Crores: for Railways to complete 34 Projects in North East in 5-6 Years; Rs.1,000 Crores: For development of rail connectivity in North Eastern Region; Development of 6,000 KM: of Critical road stretches for Defence to be expedited; Fast Tracking Green Clearance: Processes for border roads and Defence projects which is within 100 Kms from the Line of Actual Control (LAC); Rs.5,116 Crores: 7 new Trains for North East; Rs.990 Crores: Allocated for Socio Economic development of the villages along the borders, and so on.
We, at Sicoma, are looking forward to see the budgets allocated for these projects to set them rolling, which will definitely bring a cheer to the CE Industry.
Layher Lightweight – Latest Technology for Strong, Low-Weight Scaffolding Systems
The Layher Allround Scaffolding has been established as a synonym for modular scaffolds in the market. It offers unsurpassed versatility to be used in Aircraft maintenance, construction sites, Cement Industries, chemical industries power plants, refineries, shipyards, event sector, theatres and arenas.
Talking about their latest innovation and presentation he said that during bC India 2014, "We displayed Layher Lightweight – latest technology for strong, low-weight scaffolding systems. This unveiling of Layher Lightweight surprised the competition and reinforced our position as a true innovator. Allround Lightweight ushers in a new dimension in scaffolding systems. It boasts considerable weight saving, increased load-bearing capacity and the new Auto-lock function. As a result, customers can look forward to lighter, safer scaffolding that is faster and more economical to transport and erect. Besides, we also displayed our other product range to show our strength to the visitors."
Projecting the good business prospect in near future he said that we are seeing big opportunities in coming years due to the new government's focus on the Infrastructure development and are well positioned to grab the same. "We are of the view that safety, speed and services are the key factors for successful Industries (especially in Infrastructure development), and Layher is the leader in "3S". Scarcity of manpower to meet completion time will be the important factor in future for development of infrastructure. Everybody needs time saving equipment which is only possible by using Layher Allround Scaffolding Systems. Our innovative Auto-lock function for greater speed helps to reduce construction time/ shutdown time. Moreover, we are committed to provide best after sales service. Long life due to hot dip Galvanize of Layher Scaffolding is the key factor to utilize materials for long duration."
Application of RebarCAD Software to Cut CostsSoftware such as RebarCAD from CADS India can help Real-estate / Property Developers achieve significant material and time savings on their projects, which in turn can help ensure that developments are cost-effective and completed on time. Developers can benefit from suppliers who are able to minimise errors, reduce rebar consumption and prepare rebar quantities several times quicker than manual methods.
Developers can also benefit from Contractors who have better control over the processing of reinforcement and Consultants who have more inputs into material quantities. This all adds up to better accountability regardless of who produces the drawings and BBS.
For developers, ultimately savings in time can help increase productivity and enable more projects to be handled by one preferred Contractor. This plethora of data in turn means they can combine projects, to realise even bigger material savings through maintaining control of overall rebar usage and minimising rebar waste.
Mr K K Jagadish (Managing Director of CADS India) commented, "Quicker turnaround of high quality bar bending schedules (BBS) and drawings equals quicker and higher returns for developers! This reduces the financial risk for developers and increases confidence in the ability of the construction industry to deliver high quality projects, to budget and to schedule."
An example of this in action is Sobha Developers, headquartered in Bangalore, who are a renowned name in the industry for luxurious real estate projects in India and in the Middle East. Sobha Developers began its first landmark project in Chennai with the SobhaMeritta development. This luxury gated community, spread across 6 acres of greenery, consists of 556 elegantly crafted apartments divided into 5 spacious blocks. Sobha wanted to start servicing the site with BBS for the first time, with the key challenge of ensuring accuracy and frugal consumption of reinforcement steel.
Mr. Rajesh Shirakol, (Sobha Developers Senior Vice President – Structures, Design & Engineering) commented on RebarCAD.
"The RebarCAD software has helped us to speed up construction and we were able to achieve a reduction in the wastage of bars. The site has appreciated BBS to a great extent, as we never did BBS before SobhaMeritta."
About CADS Software India Pvt Ltd: RebarCAD software and its rebar engineering and information processing suite is the world's number one solution of its kind. Over 100 million man hours of reinforcement engineering is being carried out by RebarCAD around the world each year. In business for over 40 years, CADS is one of the world's leading software developers, specialising in solutions for the international construction industry. CADS has an installed worldwide user base of more than 5000 customers, who use in excess of 50,000 copies of CADS supplied programs in more than 80 countries.
Pakona Engineers Gears up to Grab Biz Opportunities
Providing the overview of growth of CE equipment he said that, "Government has already given a green signal for infrastructural development which will boost the economy of India. To achieve the target of completing the entire project on time, mechanization plays an important role therefore we anticipate good growth of Construction equipment in time to come."
Talking about the company business prospects, Mr. Shah said that, "The recent announcements of roads development and "Swachta Abhiyan" which covers drainage, water supply, water treatment and many more, have opened good business opportunities for Pakona. As for executing these projects, there will be a requirement of concrete products, where we come in picture. Our machines can produce concrete pipes, manhole, box culvert and many more; hence we are the complete solution provider for all concrete products used in infrastructural development and see bright prospect ahead for our business."
"Furthermore, as currently there is a thrust on the Infrastructure development of Eastern and North Eastern regions, our machines are ready to provide different product solutions for all upcoming projects in these regions. We offer Fully Automatic Vertical Cast Concrete Pipe Machine which is fast, simple to understand and less labor oriented. These machines are 100% Made in India."
Bellstone: ConMac to give boost to CE market in NE Region
Providing details on Bellstone presence in the North Eastern Region, Mr. Ashish Sethi, Managing Director, Bellstone Hi-Tech International says, "We have established direct business connection with entire North Eastern Region from our Guwahati Office in the last 5 years. Our active involvement in the construction machinery market can be measured if one visits to the construction sites of the region where at least 2/3 machines of our make are in use. As government is giving special focus to this region, we are expecting manifold increase in the infrastructure development activities in the days to come and are hopeful that participation in the event like ConMac will help us in adding further business opportunity in the entire North Eastern Region. We are looking forward to establish a long and fruitful partnership with visitors associated with construction industry."
He further informed that Bellstone has planned to display its Mini Mobile Batching Machine (Model RM 800), Bar Cutting & Bending Machine, Reversible Plate Compactor, Compression Testing Machine, Auto Level and many more products during the show.
On the growth potential of North Eastern Region he opines that, "Our honorable Prime Minister has already declared to develop North Eastern Region as an important part of India. As we understand the root for development of any area is all-round enhancement in infrastructure upliftment. We have been associated with the work of infrastructure development throughout India for quite a long time. The thrust in the infrastructure development of North Eastern region will definitely give a boost in construction equipment market and we can reap the benefit by providing user-friendly equipment and also good after sales service."
As all are eagerly awaiting for the Union Budget 2015-16 with lots of expectations, "We, at Bellstone, also hope that the Budget could bring cheers by offering special incentives and concessions to Small Scale Enterprises set up in the North Eastern Region for growth and development of infrastructure sector," averred Mr. Sethi.
Torsa's 'Nomad' CrushersTorsa Machines Limited is one of India's leading Crusher manufacturing companies, providing holistic solution for rock and mineral processing. The company has always believed in continuous innovations and tried to add more value to its products, time and again, so that its customers can derive more from not only the new assets but also from their existing assets. It has incorporated certain latest technologies of international standards in its products that reduce the consumption of energy and also increase the productivity output, thereby making its assets viable and cost-effective.
According to the company, "With the new government's initiatives of clearing stalled infrastructure projects and rolling out new projects, the sentiment in the market is at an all time high. The crushing and screening industry has witnessed substantial development in the recent months and with the launch of small mobile crushers, the business viability of operating a mid size quarry has also significantly increased. In view of the changing needs and requirements, Torsa had introduced its Nomad Range of Mobile Crushing and Screening plant which is completely "Plug And Play" device and has gained great favour amidst quarry owners. This is one asset where Feeding, Crushing and Screening are done on a single chassis with skid mounted conveyors for material transferring."
The Nomads are designed in such a manner that the entire process of downsizing the boulders and then screening is executed on a single platform and in the most compact manner. The biggest advantage is its ability to be shifted or moved around within the vicinity with utmost convenience. Any ordinary horse or trailer can be used to relocate these tyre mounted crushers with utmost ease. The fact that these Nomad Range crushers can be transported from one site to another in a completely knock down state has made it an instant hit. The knock down equipment can be erected at site with minimum effort and time with common material handling machineries readily available in most construction locations.
Nomad - Combo 65
Combo 65 is capable of handling wide variety of materials right from aggregates to lime stone, iron ore, quartzite, feldspar, gypsum and others.
A standard Combo 65 model crusher is equipped with an apron hopper, a grizzly feeder, a vibrating screen and both primary and secondary crushers on board. One integrated horizontal conveyor collects material from all the various stations and feeds it to next stage. All the exposed rotating parts of crusher and motor are covered with protection guards for user safety. The crushing unit is dynamically balanced for minimum vibration and maximum chassis life. The secondary cone crusher features spring loaded design and is capable of accepting feed upto 95mm. The chassis has facility for placing hydraulic power pack, lubrication oil tank and radiator on the chassis itself which are not required to dismantle even during transportation.
The Nomad Range of Crushers are still very young in Torsa product portfolio but have gained great favour amidst the new and existing quarry owners as the initial cost of procuring the asset is very low, the space for operating is minimal and the fact that it is completely mobile in nature has made it an instant hit. The cost of operating a mobile crushing plant is drastically low if compared to a stationary plant. The consumption of power and the cost of operators play a pivotal role in bringing down the operating cost and increasing the overall profitability of the project.