Located on a picturesque eighty acres of land at Khed industrial zone in Pune, Sany India's plant boasts of its state-of-the-art production infrastructure that has been quite instrumental for expanding the company's business in India across its product verticals notably, cranes and excavators. With investments made close to Rs. 600crores till now for setting up and further upgradation of the production facilities, over 30% space of the plant has been utilized by the Global equipment conglomerate for assembling the completely knocked down units for the Indian market imported from its global sourcing bases. However, with the demand scaling up, and requiring to make available cost competitive products, the plant is now likely to be utilized for full scale manufacturing.
The foremost initiative to localize would be Crawler Excavators, Truck Cranes and crawler cranes at the plant. With demand of Hydraulic Excvators and lighter capacity cranes picking up, Pune plant will be utilized by Sany India for further expanding its range of Hydraulic Excavators, localizing its Hydraulic Excavators, Truck Cranes of 25T to 40T capacity & crawler lattice boom cranes of 75-100-150 tons capacity for the Indian market. It also has plans to assemble 250 tons crawler units for the Indian infrastructure sector in near future. The partial indigenization were planned and carried out in a limited way by Sany some time back. However, plans to proceed with higher levels of localization were deferred owing to the contraction in demand for cranes. These plans are now being revived. Under the plan, fabrication, sourcing of basic structure, engines and some hydraulic parts and ropes will be sourced in India.
A major order of 15 units of crawler cranes has been bagged by Sany from Reliance for its second phase of expansion of Jammnagar refinery. The company is in the process of supplying and commissioning 180 tons crawler cranes for the mega industrial project. The Global equipment conglomerate has a population of 450-500 units of cranes working in India wherein 50-60%is crawler cranes.
Scope for Scaling UpWith only 30% of the plant space utilized, there remains larger scope for the Global equipment manufacturing entity to scale up production at the facility, in line with its business strategy to be a total solutions provider for Indian construction sector. Mr. Garg says, "With India being a key market for diverse solutions, possibility is quite rife that we may also utilize the facility for production of mining trucks, reach stackers, most importantly excavators of varied capacities."
Complete with robotic welding, EOT cranes and rail mounted assembly systems, stocking space for parts, all in same shop, characterizing lean manufacturing; the facility's shop number 7 is housed for assembly of excavators. With ample space for parking bay for the equipment, the facility is also being utilized for testing the excavators.
Sany's Key focus would be in offering a differentiated pace of service and spare parts support which is SANY's promise to its customer's globally. Plans for increased localization at the plant and further sales, service and parts backup will be supported by Sany's market network in India through its five Regional offices at Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad and branch offices in the states. SANY's promise towards support to the customers as targeted by the company will be promoted by its dedicated strength of twenty one dealers for excavators, which the company proposed to take up to twenty-five by the end of 2014.This would mean over 150 touch-points by the end of 2014.