The market for truck cranes is widening due to varied application requirements across industries and sectors. Manufactures are responding with better products, marketing maturity, and adequate service and support to the end-users. P. P. Basistha reports.
The government’s new regulations have restricted deployment of second-hand truck cranes, making import difficult. It has also become mandatory for truck crane makers to build or customize their products to meet customer and regulatory quality standards, including homologation for the Indian market. Manufacturers, both Indian and foreign, are now making their truck cranes more roadworthy by meeting all the defined standards.
Buoyed by demand for indigenously made products, the industry is seeing fresh offtake of truck cranes, especially due to increase in construction of infrastructure and industrial projects across the country. Sizeable demand is coming from road, metro, and hydrocarbon projects. However, the once lucrative wind power sector is seeing less demand, as falling tariffs in the power sector has slowed down construction of wind power projects. But equipment manufacturers believe that this sector is bound to bounce back, given the government’s ambitious program to enhance wind power capacity in the coming years.
Mr. Sorab Agarwal, Executive Director, Action Construction Equipment Ltd. (ACE), informs that his company has been seeing good demand for Truck Cranes of 25-40 tons this year, with about 70-80% demand coming from general infrastructure construction and road projects. The cranes are being deployed for erection of precast sections at sites and for transportation of utilities. Buyers are mainly the corporate end-users and some rental agencies as well.
He adds, “We are promoting our 25, 30 and 40 Tons Truck Cranes which have the chassis of Ashok Leyland. We will be widening our product portfolio with the manufacturing of our new TM 250 – 25 Tons, TM300 – 30 Tons and TM 400 – 40 Tons Cranes on our dedicated chassis at our Faridabad facility. The new truck cranes will have better stability and mobility as we will ensure better center of gravity. Besides general infrastructure projects, they can be suitably deployed in steel and refinery projects. In view of the forecasted demand, we are now gearing up production.”
ACE will be rolling out heavier 50-75 tons truck cranes in 2018. These will be deployed in projects where currently the 25, 30 and 40 Tons are used. The company will also develop truck mounted, lattice boom cranes for use in steel yards. Distribution and after-sales service of the company’s increasing product range will be supported by its 100 service stations across the country and distributors in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata.
Other equipment in ACE’s product portfolio are its AB series of Articulated Boom Cranes and SB series of Stiff Boom Cranes with lifting capacity of 6-20 ton/meter. “Being a totally Indian entity and with close support from our vendors and business associates, our servicing and components are very cost-competitive,” says Mr. Agarwal.
“Sany India will soon start assembly of 45 / 60 / 80 ton truck cranes at its Industrial Park in Pune. Presently, Higher capacity cranes are being imported and Sany has supplied about 250 units, in last 3 years. These cranes have a superior load chart, built in with 75% of the rated lifting capacity, and higher reliability and efficiency due to their advanced electronics,” says. Mr. Deepak Garg, CEO, Sany India.
He mentions further, “We will be targeting industries such as wind power and refinery for construction and maintenance, and also general infrastructure like Metros, Railways and Road Bridges. Localization of the machines will give us a cost advantage in the Indian market. We will also consider exporting them to SAARC countries. We are evaluating the cost matrix for localization, as the cost of certain components are higher in India.”
Sany India manufactures its SPC series of 25-30 ton and 40-ton truck mounted cranes that come with an option of AMW and Ashok Leyland chassis. The cranes are being used in on-shore oil extraction industries, infrastructure projects and in the steel yards.
“We have to continuously redeploy our service engineers as the cranes keep on migrating from one location to another. Besides our 4 regional offices, we have set up a dedicated depot cum office in Assam and we have dedicated service teams in Gujarat and Rajasthan for our large population of truck cranes working in these regions,” informs Mr. Garg.
According to Mr. Anil Bhatia Vice President-Sales & Marketing, TIL Limited, "TIL Limited has an extensive portfolio of truck and truck mounted cranes that have wide applications in material handling, infrastructure, metro projects, railways, energy, mining and industrial construction. The latest innovation in these cranes from TIL - is the longer boom for greater reach, longer radius and optimum lifting performance. Catering to specialized application requirements, TIL also offers other technologically strong value-added features, depending on the application requirements and the area / terrain of deployment. These features include auxiliary hoists, rear view camera, auto lubrication and a fire suppression system."
He mentions, “A comprehensive product portfolio equipped with the latest technology, along with our reliable pan-India sales and service network, enable us to cater successfully to a large customer base across sectors. Our range of truck and truck mounted cranes cover lifting capacities from 30T to 80T and are manufactured under license from Grove - a part of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. at our manufacturing facilities located in Kamarhatty and Kharagpur near Kolkata.”
Tadano manufacturing three models in truck cranes ranging from 30T-60T and 75T capacity.
Tadano Truck Cranes are offering enhanced safety and performance in all crane operations. The newly designed carrier also boasts refined performance, enabling it to withstand even the harshest running test conditions. Tadano has utilized years of development experience to craft this cutting-edge, Japanese-manufactured truck crane.
Tadano Cranes always cares for the safety and efficiency of the product. Our truck cranes also have been incorporated with safety features and benefits to our valued customers. We have incorporated a new feature called Smart Chart. The newly developed Smart Chart expands the working area, allowing you to get the best crane performance in any outrigger extension setup
Also we have two fuel saving modes available while crane is in operation and while travelling accordingly either crane is working or travelling, our customers can save the fuel. Tadano also offers Hello-Net System is used to monitor crane activity straight from your computer or mobile device. You have the ability to view work history, machine position data and maintenance information. HELLO-NET provides advanced customer support between the owners' site and TADANO Group.
Tadano Cranes ensures low downtime, easy operation, less operation and maintenance cost. The superior components, higher efficiency and reliability have positioned the cranes in the premium category. Tadano has sold a fair number of its new all-terrain cranes in India, and as demand is rising, it will be promoting them as technologically superior solutions.
The widening of product offerings by truck cranes manufacturers for varied application requirements across the infrastructure shows the growing levels of product development and marketing maturity. However, since the products are being developed keeping close view of the applications, it will be vital on the part of the manufacturers to render adequate support to the new range of truck cranes.