Terex India is positively impacting the environment through product innovation, recycling, reducing reliance on raw materials, and minimizing environmental pollution.
Terex India - Jaideep Shekhar, VP & Managing Director APAC & EMEAR
Terex India is responding to the industry’s decarbonisation challenge by providing solutions that work towards minimised environmental impact and greater sustainability. Some may view this topic as a recent trend, but the mobile concept of our crushing and screening products has always contributed towards decreasing the carbon footprint per tonne of material produced. This is done by reducing unnecessary material handling of moving and loading material to static plants in aggregate production or in the ability to recycle and reuse material at point of use, for example in roadbuilding projects where sub-base material is produced on site.
Using stockpiling conveyors as part of a track mobile set-up is another example of how to cut-out unnecessary double handling, reducing fuel consumption, and thereby carbon production.
Monitoring and reducing GHG
In terms of our operations, Terex has a target of significant reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) intensity emissions by 2024. We monitor GHG emissions from direct combustions, electricity, coolants, and vehicle fuel usage. Our global manufacturing sites participate in our greenhouse gas emission reduction campaign and are required to put processes in place that will reduce emissions.
A successful example of this is the elimination of forklift use for transport and material movement in key manufacturing areas within our Terex Hosur India plant. Alternative equipment was introduced, which utilizes cleaner energy sources, resulting in significant on-site fuel reduction usage. Other examples at Terex Hosur include the introduction of LED lights and compressor usage optimization at our facilities which is having a significant impact in electricity savings.
Making the transition to renewable energy sources
We believe that our new facilities, our upgrades, and our process improvements will continue to increase our energy efficiency. Teams across Terex are actively engaged in projects to reduce their overall energy consumption and make the transition to renewable energy sources. Successful examples of our energy reduction initiatives include compressed air leak optimization projects that identified and fixed leaks at a number of Terex locations resulting in a reduction of the compressor run times; solar panel installations for renewable energy generation; lighting replacement projects; and speed roller door implementations that optimized energy retention at our plants.
Electric and hybrid solutions as alternative energy options
Terex India has evolved its product range to reduce environmental impact by making equipment as fuel efficient as possible, using direct drive systems for its crushing range and improving engine capabilities and drive-line design for its screening range. Direct drive systems are proven to be 13-18% more fuel efficient when compared with hydrostatic, resulting in significantly less carbon emissions.
Terex India has also significantly increased production of electric and hybrid machines across our product lines, providing customers with equipment that meets their needs, and the needs of communities, while reducing their carbon footprint. Electric and hybrid solutions give customers alternative energy options to operate their equipment, which includes fully electric crushers and screeners as well as models powered by innovative combinations of diesel and electricity.
These options enable customers to choose which fuel to use, depending on cost, location, and availability. They are of particular benefit to customers who operate in an area where electricity is more cost effective than diesel fuel, and where diesel engine noise is unwanted, or at sites where electricity is the preferred energy source.
Regulations and job site requirements for cleaner-powered and quieter equipment are driving demand of our electric and hybrid equipment. This year alone, over half of our machine sales (to date) were electric. Our hybrid range of machines offer customers the flexibility to power their plant either by mains electricity or an on-board genset power-pack. Either power option presents the customer with significant power along with service and maintenance cost savings.
Enhancing productivity and efficiency and reducing carbon emissions with connected machines
We are one of the first companies in the crushing and screening domain globally to launch telematics across our tracked mobile range of equipment. Telematics provides customers access to complete information on the machine such as production data, performance data, and other vital parameters.
Our telematics goes beyond simply a list of statistics and numbers. In addition to regular reports on machine usage and fuel consumption to help customers manage their fleet, telematics is tied into predictive maintenance, where customers can know when their machine is due for a service or when parts may need to be replaced. This is especially beneficial for large companies that operate a fleet of crushers at different sites, as telematics will enable them to get all the information on their fleet at their head office or at their technical division.
Making a positive impact on the environment
Terex India is uniquely positioned to positively impact the environment through product innovation and environmental stewardship. Our product offerings support recycling and the circular economy, turning waste into useful material, reducing reliance on raw materials, and reducing environmental pollution. An example is our Terex Washing Systems, which provides a broad spectrum of specialist equipment, utilised to ‘wash’ clean and classify often sub-mm material fractions to produce clean sand and scrubbed aggregates.
Our customers use these end products across a wide spectrum of needs, including concrete production, asphalt, specialist sands for glass and silicon—the list is almost endless. An example is the FM120 Direct Feed which supports India’s efforts to recycle, enhance, and reuse. This compact static washing plant uses centrifugal force within the high chrome lined hydro cyclone to remove clay, silt, and slime from sand to bring it into the preferred requirement.
Establishing strong customer relations
Before machine handover, we give operators full training on our machines. We also conduct operator training programs at customer’s project sites. At our factory in Hosur, operators from across the country are trained on the best practices of crushing & screening, and on equipment maintenance.
We have made a lot of investments in expanding our aftermarket footprint across India. We are supplying original spare parts, along with timely service and technical support, diagnosis, uptime, and maintaining the efficiency of our customers’ plants. In fact, our focus on direct selling of parts and our services has been getting us significant market share.
Our service experts are located throughout the country to ensure that our customers’ needs are being met and their equipment has maximum uptime. Our spare parts warehouses are strategically located so that parts can be delivered quickly, even to remote sites, where most of the major infrastructure projects are located.