The just concluded 9th International Mining and Machinery Exhibition (IMME 08) proved to be an ideal platform for equipment manufacturers displaying innovative and value added hi-tech mining and engineering products with varied range of applications in construction, mining, material handling and mineral processing, Partha Pratim Basistha reports.
In a way, the hi-tech construction and mining engineering was on display in its entirety at the four-day event held in the sprawling Salt Lake Stadium Grounds in Kolkata. Covering 50,000 sqm of ground space with 300 exhibitors from fifteen countries presented a vast spectrum of innovative products, mining and engineering equipment.
The event was wellplaced in terms of products positioning by exhibitors, as they displayed equipment of wide varieties, varied value chain with potential of higher productivity, low operating costs exactly matching the current market trends and demands scenario.
A large number of exhibitors in conversation with NBM&CW admitted that they were exhibiting products meeting both short–term and long–term requirements and also match to the buying behavior of price sensitive Indian customers.
Loaders & Excavators SegmentMatching the requirement in the context of Indian scenario, Dozco India Private Limited displayed Kawasaki's 19 ton 85ZIV-2 wheel loader with 2.8-3.7 cubic metre bucket capacity blended with features for high productivity and minimum maintenance cost. This loader with direct injection, turbo charged 161 kw (216 HP) engine for tough assignments and low fuel consumption.
It has a computer controlled automatic gear transmission, adjustment free dependable brakes, one touch open top radiator grille and to facilitate cleaning of the radiator. The wheel loader comes with optional items of log clamp, slide fork, snow remover, sides dump bucket. The equipment is applicable for both constructions, industrial and mining applications.
Dozco also displayed the new 46 ton 115 ZV Kawasaki wheel loader with a bucket capacity of 5.9-6.8 cubic metre.
Doosan exhibited its high productivity and less operating cost excavator models in the range of 20 tonne, 30 tonne, 34 tonne, 50 tonne, and wheel loader of 6 tonne class.
With wide range of excavators from 20 to 50 tonnes, the products portfolio would fit well into the assorted demand requirement of the market in the present context when equipment utilization has diped and also for future when utilization level will gain ground, Manjunath added.
Divulging utilization details of the 50 tonne excavator, he said that it is suitable to meet the requirements of a hirer with a long term contracts while a 20 tonne would take care of the requirements of a low to medium time hirer. Now, given the inbuilt features of the machines leading to low fuel consumption and low maintenance, the hirer would be able to save on diesel and EMIs.
Doosan is poised to start manufacturing activity in India. The company has acquired land near Sri Perumbudur in Tamil Nadu. Doosan has set up a manufacturing unit of machine tools close to Bangalore and is looking for exporting components for its manufacturing units in China, Korea, and Belgium.
The company, which has recently completed its plant at Chakan in Pune, has begun the production of its 20 tonne excavators. The Pune facility which has an annual production capacity of 2,500 excavators can be scaled up to 10,000 units per annum. To ensure competitive prices Hyundai would indigenize its components very shortly.
Multi–product PlacementConstruction and mining equipment major Telcon displayed its range of products including EX series hydraulic excavators, Zaxis Series hydraulic excavators, backhoe loaders wheel loaders, Tata Lebero compactors, and motor graders. The company also displayed its Tadano manufactured rough terrain crane. Based on Hitachi technology, Telcon claimed that its machines are powerful.
Construction and Engineering giant Larsen & Toubro Limited put up an impressive display of Mining Equipment at the exhibition. Live display of the giant Kamatsu HD785-7 Dump Truck along with the latest Komatsu D155A-6R Dozer and L&T-Komatsu PC450LC-7 Hydraulic Excavator could effectively demonstrate and reinforce company’s and Komatsu’s strong presence in the mining sector and the role of a major player in the industry. It was also a platform for demonstrating its continued commitment to provide comprehensive fleet solutions for the mining sector. This includes fleet optimization, full maintenance annual contracts, site support agreements, equipment overhaul, service station facilities, and dedicated spare parts warehouses.
In another indoor stall, the company’s fully owned subsidiary, Tractor Engineers Limited TENGL displayed its products ranging from undercarriage and crawler system to customized track frames and apron feeders, for varied applications. L&T Finance Limited which is involved in financing equipment also participated in he indoor display with a model of a mining project and its offerings.
New product launch was also made by Chinese construction equipment major Sany. The company launched its QY 25C truck mounted mobile crane. Sany has a product offering of concrete pumps, boom pumps, motor graders, pavers, batching plants etc for the Indian construction market.
Value Beyond Conventional TechnologiesWhile a segment of exhibitors made their mark in the event by displaying competitive products, others created theirbrand value by highlighting multipurpose products created on innovative technologies to provide optimum output.
World Wide Machinery Solution (WWMS) which is the exclusive dealer of Vermeer's surface miners for the Indian Sub-continent. WWMS launched its T1255 series of terrain leveler surface mining equipment in India in January 2009.
For civil construction use like road construction, the terrain leveler is much ideal as it offers a great way to excavate rocky areas in preparation of new roads. They also provide an excellent method for roughing out house pads in new construction. He said adding that the top down cutting technology utilized by these units helps ensure higher production on road removal projects. The terrain leveler attachment simply combs the concrete off of the steel rebar.
“Terex’s products with its distinctive features are solution providers in its entity, which is well–placed to suit the demand of the Indian market both in short when utilization in the present context is modest and long term when utilization will gain ground, he added.
Similarly, Eastern India based, Torsa Machines Limited, displayed its new Nomad series mobile crushing and screening plants. The Nomad series mobile plants are built on wheel mounted chassis. The primary mobile chassis consists of electromagnetic feeder, primary jaw crusher and delivery conveyor. The drive is taken from electric motors. The secondary mobile chassis contains the cone crusher, secondary jaw crusher an the circular motion vibrating screen.
IMME 08 was chosen as a platform by equipment major to exhibit their new and existing product range and also to disseminate information about their newly introduced products.
Likewise construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar also participated in the show and their major component was the haul road system 140 H motor Grader. The company has promoted their new concept of haul road maintenance.
China based company Liugong mainly manufacturing mining equipment has for the first time participated at IMME. The company displayed its engines, hydraulic systems, loader, bucket, and so on at the show ground. The company expressed its pleasure for the good arrangement and exposure during the show.
A premier engineering manufacturing company BEML has selected this show to display its D4 75 Dredger for the first time in India. The company also makes debut of BH100 dumper, BE1000 and BE220 excavator, BEML 656 loader, BL 15 load Haul dumper, and so on. Mr. V.R.S Natarajan, Chairman Managing Director, BEML said that IMME displayes new equipment and “creates global visibility of India among the International mining world.” He added that the show offered great opportunities to display products and thereby increase Company’s market share.
NAWA Engineers specializes in crushing and screening equipment launched Spiral (Screw) Classifiers and dewatering and fine screening machines for metallic and non metallic mineral processing at this mega show. Screws from 600 mm dia to 2100 mm dia have been developed to wash and rake-up 24 TPH to 300 TPH of different mineral fines. This equipment finds extensive use in iron-ore slime recovery, mineral beneficiation and sand washing.
At IMME, the company displayed its 900mm dia 6.5m long spiral classifier and 2.1m wide 6.0m long 2-deck dewatering screen that received wide appreciation from the mining fraternity for their features, workmanship and their application spectrum in mineral washing, fine screening and de-watering.
Similarly, Sandvik Mining and Construction, a leading global supplier of machinery, cemented carbide tools, services and technical solutions for the excavation of rocks and minerals in the mining and construction industry has for the first time took part in this show. Sandvik availed the event to launch DH 150 DTH Drill rig. This Drill Rig takes down the hole drilling performance to a new level with a compact design and powerful hydraulic tramming motors. Powered by an on-board diesel engine and oscillating crawler tracks it ensures good mobility, high grade ability and rough terrain maneuverability.
Mr. Roger Jansen, President, Region Asia Pacific said that “the first time response at IMME has been very positive. There were serious customers for doing positive business transactions and was a platform for varied knowledge sharing with customers.” Mr. Jansen added that participating in shows like IMME not only strengthened customers base but also boosted business transactions.
AtroFeed is CDE’s unique feed delivery system for minus 20mm. The design not only slurrifies feed for subsequent screening and washing but it also imparts extreme attrition to material. This makes the system invaluable for plastic and contaminant bound or dirty feeds; particularly minus 5 and 10mm materials.
The OreMaxTM releases the true potential within even the lowest grade feed stocks. Accurate density separation coupled with the extreme attrition offered by the integrated AtroFeed delivery system generates final ore product with maximum Fe value and substantially reduced silica, clay and alumina content; ideal for downstream processing in furnaces or kilns.
Cutting Edge Technologies & Solutions
In sync with the new electronic features, consisting of controls in construction and mining equipment, Cummins created electronic engines to streamline the productivity of the equipment in greater order.
Showcasing product created through refined technology based on sound R&D skills was component manufacturers at the show as well. Prime among these was ball bearing manufacturing major, Timken India Limited. The company displayed its range of bearings. Mentioning on its product placement, Mr. A. Rajesh Premachandran, General Manager, Mobile Industries, Timken said that based on the customized demand requirements, Timken is able to provide its component availability.
Positioning products on sound R&D support was hydraulic solutions provider, Gates India Private Limited. The company said that the components are created through a complete technical back up from our customer solutions centre at Denver which is one among the best R&D centres in rubber industry across the globe and also part of Gates Corporation. He added, “Gates hoses and couplers are best in its reliability and safety.”
He further added that Germany leads the world in engineering technology, especially in mining equipment. Many German companies have close ties to Indian mining houses. Some German firms also have local production in India, which has become a very important export market for German mining equipment. In recent years German exports to India have grown from 1,3 Mio.(2003) to 61,7 Mio. Last year. Until August 2008 Germany exported mining equipment worth 59,5 Mio. to India- an increase of some 80%.
Focus Country-AustraliaAustralia’s mining sector is one of the most successful export industries. Representing the Australian Government at the IMME 2008, Minister for Resource and Energy expressed his gratitude for the invitation by the CII to attend the International mining event. He said that Australia is proud to be the focus country as the relationship between India and Australia is very important to the Australian Government and its masses on many fronts.
He added, we want to invest in the development of India’s mining industry to help unlock its wealth for the Indian nation and we will continue to welcome Indian investment in our resources and energy sector. The Australian mining services and technology sector wants to offer its leading products and services to the Indian mining industry to help improve exploration, mine safety, environmental management and the efficiency in resource extraction.
No Meltdown in Mining Sector
Bharat Earth Movers, Chairman & MD VRS Natarajan said “People connected with the cycle of mining will be benefited,” JCB India MD & Chief Executive Officer Mr. Vipin Sondhi said, “The Sales of the company’s construction equipment have already started going down. By the fiscal end the company may register a 15 percent negative growth.”
According to the Indian Earthmoving Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association estimation, the demand for construction equipment in India was growing by 30 percent in the last five years, making India the highest growth market, said Sondhi.
IMME 2008, which coincided with the temporary phase of subdued equipment utilization was a good opportunity for equipment manufacturers to exhibit products with advanced features for higher output both with a short and long term selling strategies, he added/