“There is an emerging requirement of higher capacity crawler cranes in the light and medium segments, especially from rental companies which are keen to meet the application and safety criteria of project owners and developers. There is also a requirement of cranes for working at greater heights. So, we have developed new cranes to meet all these requirements of the crane rental companies that constitute a major business segment. We are confident that our cranes with their safety features, reliable performance, and lower cost of operations will offer the best solutions,” says Mathur.
ACE range of crawler cranes comprises 40-55-75-80-tons and the company is now planning to widen its business scope by extending the range to 100-150-160-ton which will strengthen its position in the lighter capacity segment. Says Agarwal , “The design and prototype of the cranes are completed, and we will launch them in phases in the coming months. The products will be competitively priced.”
ACE, which offers truck cranes of 25-30-45-55-60 and 80 tons will soon introduce its new BS IV engine truck crane, which has been designed in-house and fabricated with the company’s chassis to give better operational efficiency.
The company is also promoting its multi-utility cranes for new application areas like piling and industrial material handling, with its range of attachments. “We are also bullish on our 360 degree slew crane and are promoting its application for infrastructure development and in industrial projects,” says Mathur. However, he sees continued demand for the conventional pic-n-carry cranes despite the more advanced products in the market like ACE’s multi-utility cranes. “There is still a large concentration of rental agencies that still prefer the pick-n-carry cranes owing to their mobility and versatility. In fact, I think that the segment will continue to grow.”
The company is conducting training programs to acquaint its service teams, customers, and dealers on the advanced features of the backhoe loaders with the new BS IV compliant engines. ACE is also exporting its crawler & mobile truck-mounted cranes, and its backhoe loaders to Africa, SAARC, Middle East, and to countries in the erstwhile Soviet Union, where it has its dealers.