Significantly, the trend of enhanced application of cranes is also being marked by requirement of techno– logically advanced machines for enhanced productivity, as projects are beginning to have tighter completion schedules. Lifting equipment are also in demand to suit niche lifting require– ments, pertaining to both construction material handling and industrial applications. Interestingly, there are also demands of machines that can work well in space constraints.
Multiple Lifting Products
TIL manufactures its own cranes at its factory near Kolkata and it has foreign collaborations for its products distributions. Under its own products, TIL has a product basket of industrial cranes with a capacity range of 13.75 tonnes to 20 tonnes. Truck mounted cranes with a capacity range of 20 tonnes to 40 tonnes. Rough terrain cranes with a capacity range of 20 tonnes to 75 tonnes. It also makes lorry loaders having a capacity of 4.50 tonnes to 8 tonnes reach stackers among other lifting equipment.
TIL claims its products to be technically competitive based on its features on which Mr. Bhatnagar, points out, “our equipment are made of state-of-the-art technology, the same which is prevalent in US and Europe.” He adds, “advanced technology enables us to make the machines safe, and fuel efficient. This in turn makes them cost competitive for the end–user.”
To consolidate its market position further, the company is undert aking expansion of its existing production facilities near Kolkata. It also plans to come out with a new Greenfield facility near Kolkata as well. The new facility is expected to be ready by early 2009 and will manufacture shipbuilding cranes, port cargo handling equipment and also its existing material handling equipment.
The company owing repute to offer multiple lifting products is Indian crane manufacturing and distributor heavy weight, Escorts Construction Equipment Limited (ECEL). The company has owed an edge in offering lifting products as per the customized requirement of the construction market through its own or distributed products. Taking the trend further, ECEL now would be offering products of US power and telecom utility major, Altec Industries Inc.
Through the collaboration, ECEL would market Altec’s range of power and telecom utility equipment which would include: insulated aerial work platforms, derrick diggers, hotline insulator washers, cable handlers, and truck mounted hydraulic telescopic cranes. On the product offerings made through the collaboration, Chief General Manager, Sales ECEL says,“ the products are entirely a unique offering for the market with high productive and safety features.”
One of Altec’s products, the AC26–103S hydraulic telescopic truck mounted crane primarily suited for construction applications has features consisting hydraulic pilot operated control systems, continuous rotation and hydraulic oil cooling system among others. The equipment also have wide variety of standard safety features comprising: load moment and protection system, rated capacity limiters, boom length and electronic working area definition. The truck mounted cranes have a maximum lifting capacity of 26 tonnes and section boom of 103 ft (31.4 metre).
Sany also claims its products to be technologically competitive based on its advanced features. The cranes are equipped with Deutz and Cummins engines while its hydraulics consist of Kawasaki and Rexroth. Sany claims to have advanced safety features in its cranes consists of movement that indicator indicating the boom operation, which can be visualized from the cabin.
The machines are also fitted with anti overloading devices.
Mr. V. R. Ganesh, added Sany’s products adhere both International Standards and Japanese Industry Standards norms. He mentions, “safety is topmost priority for us, which we ensure through incorporation of adequate safety features in our cranes. Added to safety is operators training and maintenance, which we provide, immediately post commissioning of the equipment.”
C.S.Diesel Engineering Pvt, Ltd. Is also a provider of multiple Lifting sloutions through wide range of product offerings, and it distribute 20–200 tonnes TCM truck mounted cranes, 35–135 tonnes crawler cranes, and 55 tonnes rough terrain cranes. C.S.Diesel also distributes all terrain cranes.
Mr. Shah is also high on the safety features of the machines. He says, “TCM cranes have safety valves in all the hydraulic cylinders, adjustable maximum pressure valves on the hydraulic distributors, electronic limiters etc.”
As a part of service support, C.S. Diesel provides operators training to the end–user, post commissioning the equipment. While the delivery period of the equipment is 180 days.
A prime player also to make available assorted lifting products of Delhi based, Omega Construction Equipment. Omega manufactures pickn- carry cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 9–20 tonnes. It also manufactures mobile tower cranes configuration consisting 2518 and 3725.
According to Mr. Mohit Gulati, Director, Omega, the company derives its edge based on the technically competitive features of its products. He says, “Our pick-n-carry cranes have heavy fabrications for extra ruggedness. Besides, the machines have original Samedeutz engines. They also have safety features like overloading indicators. Omega has sales and service points across the country. It provides operators training for its products through training sessions.
As per Mr. R. N. Chauhan, Technical Consultant, Race Automotives, “our pick-n-carry cranes are fitted with Sonalika engines for high productivity. Besides, the machines have safety features consisting, audio-visual warning systems, screen alarms etc. Moreover, the equipment have extended boom heights offered by the competitors.” Race’s pick-n-carry cranes have boom heights ranging from 37 to 55 feet based on the models.
The company plans to bring in new range of tower cranes in collaboration with Chinese and European manufacturers. It also has plans to launch 18.00 tonnes to 20.00 tonnes pick-n-carry cranes.
MCM offers operators training as well as maintenance services for the equipment. However, it has a workshop at site for undertaking major overhauling.
Used cranes of prominent brands are also sold by Mumbai based Astavinayak Cranes. The company sells truck mounted cranes of 25 tonnes and above crawler cranes 50 tonnes and above. It also sells telescopic cranes. According to Mr. Sanjay Vigyan, Director Astavinayak Cranes, the company sells Grove, Demag, Liebherr, Gotwald and Krupp cranes. He says, that the cranes on offer are competitively priced.
Company to offer used heavy duty cranes also includes, Mumbai Express Cranes Service. As per Mr. Jasbir Singh, Managing Director, Express Cranes, the company essentially provides Telescopic and truck mounted cranes and represents brands like Demag, Krupp, Gotwald among others.
Niche Lifting Equipment
Highlighting about certain competitive technical of Manitou’s telehandlers Mr. Khumbatta mentions, “Manitou’s telehandler has a range capacities upto 21.00 tonnes and reach height of 30 metres. The high end equipment has significant built in safety features. This includes, built in alarm systems, which ensures that the equipment is never loaded or operated in an unsafe manner. All the movements are automatically cut off if the safety limits are exceeded.” Godrej has six to seven of Manitou telehandlers working in the country as of date.
On after sales service and components availability, Mr. Khumbatta informs that, “we have 16 branches with 140 dedicated service personnel and a dealer network of 45 dealers. All our stocking points are web connected which ensures timely supply of spares. Besides that we also have a 24x7 dedicated technical cell to provide reply to any queries of the field personnel. Godrej provides every spare which is part of equipment as we have expertise and in house manufacturing facilities.” Godrej’s other service support for its equipment includes, overhaul and reconditioning of equipment, provision of attachments and buyback schemes.
Wide–class of material handling equipment for niche lifting applications is also provided by Gautam Infrastructure & Construction Equipment Pvt Limited. The company has distribution tie-ups with major foreign material handling equipment manufacturers for marketing their products in India.
Informing on the range of equipment provided by the company, Mr. Malay Shah, Marketing Manager, Gautam Infrastructure says, “we have tie-ups with Niftylift of UK for hydraulic working platforms, Hydra Platforms for truck mounted and trailer mounted access platforms, Skyjack for scissor lifts and Scanclimber of Finland for mast climbing work platforms and material and personnel hoists for different kind of highrise jobs.”
While the Hydra platforms, which are under bridge aerial access platforms are available in truck mounted and trailer mounted models, with features involving, patented tower separation systems, safe access, easy access to platform ladder, voice activated communication system & controls on deck and platform etc.
Competitive Products & Solutions
The market has presence of manufacturers and distributors offering competitive lifting products and solutions linked to the same as well. Equipment providers are making products available, which both suits the cost of the capital equipment, operational costs as well as construction site requirements of the end–user. This is a new development trend that is being witnessed by the country’s crane market in a big way.
Mr. Anantharaman adds, “the refined technical features makes Sennebogen’s other cranes competitive as the machines are equipped with added safety features have minimum electronics, yet advanced control systems for easy operation. Overall, the machines are made with special materials to provide ruggedness.”
Sennebogen manufactures crawler lattice boom, crawler telescopic cranes, telescopic cranes, truck mounted cranes and harbor cranes of various capacities in Germany. However, with its order books full, the company is working against delivery factors by dissemination of knowledge about the advanced features of its equipment as of now in the Indian construction market, which otherwise it claims is well aware of the German manufacturer. To check supply side constraints, the company is coming up with a new plant in Germany at Straubing, close to its crane line division.
Chowgule distributes 3 tonnes with 15 metres boom and also higher lifting capacities of truck mounted cranes. It also distributes tractor mounted cranes having capacities of 2.9 tonnes and a maximum working radius of 12 metres. The tractor mounted cranes are used for rural electrification projects.
The company, as per Mr. Chowgule, has well formulated demand forecast models in place for the market. This helps it to place orders in advance and check any possible supply side constraints of the equipment from its parents in Japan. However, Chowgule also maintains ready stock of the equipment.
Tailor made lifting equipment are also provided by Hiab Cranes AB. Hiab offers truck mounted, folding boom cranes for the Indian market. The cranes have a lifting capacity ranging from 1.00- 92.00 tonne metres with an out reach between 2–30 metres.
Hiab, has arrangement to conduct operators training for its cranes at Bangalore, while it sources its components from Holland, Sweden, and Spain for its stock yard at Bangalore for the Indian market requirement.
cranes is unilifting unit with the cranes mounted on the truck itself. This eliminates extra labor or xtra lifting equipment for loading or unloading the cargo to and from the truck, resultantly saving up costs.”
Mr. Menon informs, “to disseminate information on the advantage the equipment can offer, ETA would be undertaking road shows, which will demonstrate users the utility of the equipment.” Palfinger would be offering its cranes with options of attachments consisting, cross hook, brick stack grab, clamp shell for site clearing etc.
Tower Cranes with EdgeCompetitive product placement is taking place in the tower cranes segment as well. The segment is seeing entry of new Prime among this, is Mumbai based tower crane manufacturer, Spartan Engineering Company.
Tower cranes with advanced technical features is claimed to be offered by Hyderabad based, Conmech Auto Consultants India Private Limited.
He adds, “our tower cranes have wide range of safety features some which involves, adequate airlift warning lights, trolley traveling limiter, hoisting limiters, lowering limiters, and maximum minimum load limiters. It has also an effective braking system that is fail safe with the brake automatically applied whenever there is a power failure, or when there is a free falling of the hoisting loads.”
As per Mr. Ram Babu, trained manpower is much prerequisite for tower crane to provide desired productivity. In accordance with this, the company provides training on site and also have its own training institute. For smooth functioning of the equipment, Conmech provides annual maintenance contracts. Conmech, which has tower crane to carry load of 1-16 tonne with jib lengths varying from 45 metres to 71 metres (jib lengths) also plans to launch small capacity equipment for material handling.
Manufacturers planning to launch tower cranes with improved features is Surin Construction Equipment Private Limited. According to Mr. Akash Choudhari, Director, “we are planning to launch tower cranes shortly in collaboration with Chinese Company. The cranes, which would be assembled in the country at our manufacturing facilities would be having competitive features essentially those for safe functioning of the equipment.” Surin plans to launch tower cranes with maximum lifting capacity of 6 tonnes and minimum of 1.3 tonnes.
The model configuration of the crane would consist of PC5013. The cranes would be serviced through Surin’s auto components service points spread across the country. As per Mr. Akash, Surin would lay due emphasis in operators training and maintenance.
Syncon provides Jianglu tower cranes with lifting capacities ranging from 6-12 tonnes. The model of the cranes provided, consists of JL5015- JL8032. As per Mr. Li Xuesong, Chairperson, Syncon, “the tower cranes are made of good quality steel, which makes it safe and rugged. Besides, they are electrically advanced. The equipment have features like box couplers, which makes their errection easy.”
The company provides its service supports with its engineers at site along with operators training. While it makes its cranes available within a span of 18- 20 days post placement of order. It also maintains its own stock for the equipment for ready availability.
Syncon has been making available XCMG hydraulic tower cranes with lifting capacity range of 25 tonnes to 250 tonnes recently.
As per Mr. Subrat Mishra, Deputy Manager Marketing, Demag Cranes and Components, “the cranes which are custom manufactured as per requirement comes with a lifting capacity from 20 to 80 tonnes comes with an important competitive low weight feature for enhanced productivity. It has overload protection device as an essential safety feature.” Demag, which has six regional offices across the country with thirty people as its service team for back up support and training at customer’s site, plans to launch 160 tonnes cranes by 2008 end.
Some of the major overseas business associates of ABG Cranes are M/s Fushun Excavator Corporation Ltd. for Hydraulic Crawler Cranes, M/s Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry, Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd. for Truck Cranes, M/s Fushun Yongmao Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. for Tower Cranes, and M/ s Jing Long Eng. Machinery Co. Ltd. for Building Hoists.
Explaining about its service supports he says that, the company has its own after sales service team in India located at all Metro Cities and at project sites having high density of ABG supplied equipment. They have spare parts warehouse at Mumbai/ Jamnager and at Regional Offices.
The wide range of lifting products placement in the market brings to fore that construction market is getting accustomed to the numerous application advantage of cranes. However, it would be some time that the market attains maturity in terms of getting fully acclimatized to the usage of cranes.
Certain factors important for the same would be, sufficient knowledge availability about the equipment by manufacturers and distributors of the equipment. Added to this would be removal of supply side constraints and availability of trained manpower.