Kennametal is keen to leverage its expertise in hard metal tooling to position itself more strongly in the Indian market for construction and mining industry. Informs Rohit Reddy, Deputy General Manager – Earth Cutting Tooling Business, at Kennametal India Ltd., “Tungsten Carbide is often referred to as a “hard metal” due to its superior hardness as compared to other metals. Cemented carbide is a composite of tungsten carbide (WC) and a metallic binder such as Cobalt (Co), Nickel (Ni) or Iron (Fe). It offers a combination of wear resistance and toughness, which is better than what can be obtained from other cutting tool materials and thus, widely used for a range of cutting applications and wear protection in mining and construction.
Kennametal, the world’s leading tooling and services provider, designs and manufactures tungsten carbide tooling for a wide range of earth cutting applications namely, Foundation Drilling, Road Rehabilitation, Trenching, Surface Mining, Underground Mining and other earth cutting applications. The tools are designed for meeting required standards of the OEMs in construction and mining. “Our tungsten carbide tools and wear solutions are being supplied to globally reputed foundation drilling, road milling, surface mining, crushing and underground mining equipment manufacturers and end users.”
To increase its presence in India, Kennametal is targeting the construction segment. “With an emphasis given by the Indian government on developing the road infrastructure sector in a sustainable manner, there is a growing demand for road milling and soil stabilization machines. Kennametal launched the Next Gen Road KingTM conical tools in India during the Bauma ConExpo India 2023 show. This latest innovation will deliver new levels of performance and productivity to road milling customers. While Kennametal has a strong presence in mining, we also see a growing demand from construction industry in India,” says Reddy.