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It’s been seven beautiful years with you all. We definitely want to express our deep gratitude to everyone who has been with us through thick and thin in all these years of our journey. We want to thank you all for offering us your support is in the form of providing us with articles or be it in the form of interviews or subscriptions. The last few months are quite slow for the industry due to the pandemic. But soon after the lockdown the construction equipment industry has seen a drastic development with the boost to infrastructure in the country. All the recent changes in the current construction scenario has brought about positive developments in the market. Roads make a crucial contribution to economic development and growth and bring important social benefits. They are of vital importance in order to make a nation grow and develop. The Indian government is aiming for up gradation of its infrastructure mainly for road construction projects across the length and breadth of the country. Proposals and tenders for construction of National highways and local roads have been passed on the fast track. Many old projects too have been restarted to put the country on the path of development of world class infrastructure. Road construction equipments are important for the growth of infrastructure on a national level. Road is an essential part of an infrastructure so much so that they are considered as the arteries of a geographical territory. Hope the valuable content that we enclosed within our Magazine will be helpful to gain an insight into topics which are closely linked to construction business ranging from mining equipments to buildings, from tyres to commercial vehicles and many more. At last, a heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to our entire team of Construction Mirror without which this journey would be a difficult one. Stay Home, Stay Safe… We wish you a Happy Reading… Thank you, Please give us your feedback at editor@constructionmirror.com For more details check out our Website: www.constructionmirror.com & you can also visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/constructionmirror

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Cover Story Road Construction Machinery: Building Roads for better Connectivity

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E. Moses Ebenzer VP & National Head- Market

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KOBELCO Construction Equipment India

50 Piero Guizzetti

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Sandeep Mathur Brand Leader, India

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CASE Construction Equipment

56 Rajesh Premchandran Director-ISAAME (India, South Asia, Africa & Middle-East)

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Backhoe Loader Backhoe Loaders: Playing an ideal role infrastructure development

Focus: Scaffolding & Formwork Better Building Support with Modern Scaffolding & Formwork

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CASE India awarded as the ‘Best Seller in Compaction Equipment’ for the eighth consecutive year CASE Construction Equipment, a brand of CNH Industrial, has been announced as the winner of the Best Seller – Compaction Equipment for its range of compactors at the eighth Annual Equipment India awards, 2020 CASE Construction Equipment, a brand of CNH Industrial, has been announced as the winner of the Best Seller – Compaction Equipment for its range of compactors at the eighth Annual Equipment India awards, 2020. This is the eighth consecutive year that CASE is being awarded with this honour. CASE India has consistently remained a market leader in the Vibratory Compactor segment and is the only brand to have sold over 15,000 units in India. Instituted by Equipment India, a leading industrial magazine, the awards set an industry benchmark for the OEMs and Component & Aggregate manufacturers by distinguishing and honoring the equipment and machinery. Winners of the Equipment India Awards are determined by an eminent jury comprising of senior industry experts, corporate leaders, and independent consultants. Recognizing this achievement, Mr. Sandeep Mathur, Brand Leader - India & SAARC, CASE Construction Equipment, said, “It is a great

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honor to win the award for Best seller in Compaction Equipment for the eighth time. This acknowledgement is testament to our product quality and the immense faith of our customers in our product portfolio. This appreciation for our compactor will further strengthen our positioning in the compaction range.”

CASE Award Winning Compactor Range

752EX Vibratory Tandem Compactor The CASE 752EX is equipped with a fuel-efficient FPT engine that delivers 76 HP at 2200 rpm and torque of 332 Nm at 1300 rpm. This new-generation engine - developed by CNH Industrial brand FPT Industrial, a world-leading manufacturer of engines and transmissions provides outstanding performance, fast response times, and best-in-class fuel economy. The 752EX’s operator compartment features a sliding and rotating operator seat, tillable steering, two levers, full visibility and sprinklers on both the drums making the drive and compaction process easier and safer. Equipped with a Fiber Reinforced || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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Plastic tank rather than steel tank, to avoid rusting. The look of the machine is enhanced by foldable canopy for ease of transportation, new fuel and water tanks and a new sophisticated instrument cluster. Also, equal weight distribution of the machine, gives it more stability on the road. 1107EX/CASE 1107EX-D/CASE 1107EX-PD CASE 1107EX soil compactor features a new FPT Industrial S8000 engine that delivers 100 HP at 2200 rpm. The turbo after cooled engine with internal Exhaust Gas Recirculation ensures best-inclass fuel economy. More than two million S8000 engines at work across the world are testament to the reliability of this proven power. The maximum applied force in the range of 34 tones is among the best in the industry. The hydrostatic variable speed control ensures the CASE 1107EX travels at the perfect speed for every type of soil, resulting

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in a uniform compaction. 450DX CASE 450DX is the market leader in the mini tandem compactor segment in India with more than 1,600 machines powered by the Mahindra Industrial (MDI 2500) water-cooled diesel engine developing 45HP and ensuring best in class fuel efficiency and productivity. The Mahindra MDI 2500 is a proven and reliable engine in Indian conditions and many such engines are currently in operation throughout the Country, hence it is easy to obtain service and parts support. This machine, with an operating weight of 3,225 Kgs, is a very popular choice for bituminous compaction and has tandem drums with dual frequency of 55 Hz and 65 Hz at amplitudes of 0.6mm developing maximum applied force of 6,035 Kgf per drum. The 450DX is perfectly suited for shoulder compaction, service roads and basement compaction with a compact design (Length – 2.9 m, Width – 1.3 m).] 1110 EX-D The CASE 1110EX-D with HVAC Cabin soil compactor, features a new FPT Industrial S8000 engine that delivers 110 HP at 2300 rpm and torque of 430 Nm at 1400 rpm. The turbo after cooled engine with internal Exhaust Gas Recirculation ensures best-in-class fuel economy. The maximum applied force in the range of 34 tones is among the best in the industry. The machine is perfect for mining application and is available in two variants -Drum Drive and Pad Foot Drum and is equipped with ROPS/FOPS HVAC cabin ensuring operator comfort and safety. CM || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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Escorts Ltd. Q2 Standalone Profit more than doubled to ` 229.9 cr.

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Standalone Profit for first half up by 67.7%

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Escorts Limited today reported highest ever standalone quarterly profit of 229.9 crore in quarter ended September 30, 2020, that more than doubled against a profit of ` 104.6 crore in the corresponding period last year. Revenue from operations at `1,639.7 crore in quarter ended September 2020 went up by 23.9% as against ` 1,323.9 crore in the corresponding period last year. EPS reported at `17.72 was up by 102.5% as against `8.75 in corresponding quarter and `7.71 in sequential quarter.

Tractor volumes up by 23.8% at 24,441 units

Construction Equipment volumes at 821 units

EBIDTA up by 137.4% at ` 300.9 crore

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PAT more than doubled to ` 229.9 crore, highest ever

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Margin expends by 612 bps to 14.0%

EPS at ` 17.72 up by 102.5%

to work around supply chain challenges, the demand for our tractors has so far outpaced our supplies. We think the momentum in Agri sector will continue supported by positive macro-economic factors. We also hope that supply chain challenges would subside after a month or so. We have also started witnessing some positive development in the construction and railway equipment space now and hopefully we will see a full recovery soon. In all our business segments, we are optimistic for the coming quarters.”

SEGMENT WISE PERFORMANCE

Due to unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic situation during this period, the financials for the first six months ended September 2020 do not represent normal operations and to that extent are not strictly comparable with corresponding period. The standalone net profit for the first half year ending September 2020 at `322.1 crore was up by 67.7% as against a profit of `192.1 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. Revenue from operations was at ` 2,701.3 crore in first half ended September 2020 as against `2,746.8 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. At consolidated level revenue from operations was at `2,743.4 crores as against `2,774.2 cores in first half year ending September 2020. Consolidated net profit recorded at `319.8 crore in first half ended September 30, 2020, was up by 69%, as against a profit of `189.2 crore in corresponding period last fiscal. Speaking on the results, Chairman and managing Director Mr. Nikhil Nanda said, “The Agri sector has been on an unprecedented boom. Maintaining highest safety measures and working closely with our partners

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Escorts Agri Machinery Tractor volumes were up by 23.8% at 24,441 units in quarter ended September 2020 as against 19,750 units in the corresponding period last fiscal. Segmental revenue went up by 32.8% at ` 1,322.2 crore in quarter ended September 2020 as against `995.6 crore in corresponding period last fiscal. This quarter favourable product mix, operating leverage and various cost reduction initiatives, resulted in ever highest quarterly EBIT margin at 20.0%, up by 973 bps, as compared to 10.3% in corresponding period last fiscal. For first half of current fiscal, tractor volumes went up by 4.4% at 42,591 units as compared to 40,801 units in corresponding period last fiscal. Segmental revenue also went up by 9 % at `2,275.7 crore in half year ended September 2020 as against `2,087.7 crore in corresponding period last fiscal. EBIT margin for first half of fiscal was up by 708 bps at 17.7% as compared to 10.6% in the corresponding period last fiscal. Escorts Construction Equipment Construction equipment sales volume for the quarter ended September 2020 were at 821 machines as against 945 machines in corresponding period last fiscal. Segmental revenues came at 156.9 crore in quarter ending September 2020 as against ` 201.0 crore in corresponding period last fiscal. EBIT margin stood at 1.7% as against 2.7% in corresponding period last fiscal. For first half of current fiscal, construction equipment volumes were at 1,055 units as compared to 2,012 units in corresponding period last fiscal. Segmental revenue came at `209.4 crore in half year ended September 2020 as against ` 413.2 crore in corresponding period last fiscal. EBIT margin for first || www.constructionmirror.com ||


half of fiscal stands were negative 6.7% as against 2.6% in the corresponding period last fiscal. Railway Products Division Revenue for the second quarter went up by 26.4% at ` 160.2 crore in quarter ending September 2020 as against ` 126.7 crore in the corresponding quarter. This quarter had higher sales coming from new products and EBIT margin stood at 20.3 % in quarter ended September 2020. For first half of current fiscal railways products segmental revenue came at ` 215.1 crore as against `244.8 crore in corresponding period last fiscal. EBIT margin for first half of fiscal stood at 15.8% as compared to 19.5% in the corresponding period last fiscal.

Due to unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic situation during first half of fiscal FY2021, and a total stoppage of all Train operations except for few Sharamik special Trains, all the Coach, Locomotive Production Units and Wagon Manufacturers had cut down their annual production for FY21 drastically, affecting fresh order tendering and order inflow. Order book for the division, at end of September 2020, was more than ` 350 crore that would get executed in the next 6~8 months. Going forward it is expected that tendering process will get back to pre-Covid level by Q4 of current fiscal. The reviewed accounts of the second quarter and First six months ended 30th September 2020 have been approved by the Board of Directors of Escorts Limited. CM

Nippon Paint (India) Private Limited (Decorative Division) Asia Pacific’s leading paint manufacturer today launched ATOM FIBRA, a 2-in-1 multi-purpose emulsion specially designed for both interior & exterior walls offering the best protection at affordable price. The innovative paint was launched today by Mr. Mahesh S. Anand, President, Mr. Mark Titus – Director Marketing, and Mr. Nataraj M – GM (Sales) Tamil Nadu, Decorative Paint, Nippon Paint (India), who unveiled the new product. The ATOM FIBRA is a breakthrough emulsion that is reinforced with micro fibers giving enhanced mechanical strength to the paint. Its disruptive technology is ideal for both interior as well as exterior wall surfaces. The paint comes with a 4-year performance warranty* and is formulated with reinforced microfibers that provides superior strength. The paint further comes with Anti-Carbonation technology, excellent coverage feature and better washability thereby giving a smooth finish to the walls. Emphasizing the need for such a breakthrough product in the market, Mr. Mahesh S. Anand, President (Decorative Paint), Nippon Paint India commented, “Nippon Paint is synonymous in industry for introducing revolutionary the paint products and innovative services. ATOM FIBRA was conceptualized keeping in mind the demands of the modern customer looking for a multi-purpose emulsion that is efficient || www.constructionmirror.com ||

• 2-in-1 multi-purpose emulsion designed for both interior & exterior walls • Reinforced micro fibers to suit multi-climate conditions at affordable price for both interiors as well as exteriors. We wish to offer our customers a paint that gives excellent protection and durability, while being affordable at the same time. The ATOM FIBRA has been backed by years of market research and market learnings. We are optimistic that the new paint will find a lot of takers in the market owing to its affordability and functionality.”

The ATOM FIBRA comes with the following additional breakthrough features:

• C rack Bridging - micro fibres fill upto 0.5 mm hairline cracks on the wall surface when applied, ensuring water resistance • Anti-Carbonation Technology - using Fibra on the wall, protects it from carbonation • E xcellent Coverage and Hiding - ease of application as the microfibers give a smooth finish, better coverage and hiding • Low VOC – environment friendly as it has very low VOC content • Better Washability - fibre will act as a resistance against the depletion of the paint film, providing better washability Amidst a gradually recovering market, Nippon Paint’s ATOM FIBRA, will be commercially available in the market through Nippon Paint’s select dealer partners. To learn more about Nippon’s ATOM FIBRA, visit www. nipponpaint.co.in/ CM || November 2020 ||

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launches ATOM FIBRA, a revolutionary multipurpose emulsion

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ELGi’s EG Series powers mission-critical, 24/7 operations at one of the world’s leading manufacturers of precision tools Granlund Tools AB relies on an ELGi EG Series for energy-efficient compressed air at their plant in Eskilstuna, Sweden

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Granlund Tools AB has specifically selected the ELGi EG Series on account of its: • High reliability and peace of mind: The EG Series compressors are designed to perform at extreme temperatures – from cold to hot and from dry to extremely humid conditions. • High-efficiency airend: ELGi’s airends are equipped with in-house developed η-V profile rotors, with 4/5 lobe combination, designed to run at optimum speeds. This unique design reduces pressure losses and increased efficiencies. • Low noise operations: Thanks to low operating speeds further improved by the operational Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) • Low maintenance cost: Enhanced life and increased performance due to fewer moving parts at operating speed

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Elgi Equipments Limited, one of the world’s leading air compressor manufacturers, is delighted to announce that Granlund Tools AB a leading manufacturer of precision tools, relies on an ELGi EG37 VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) screw air compressor to meet their critical, 24/7 compressed air needs at their production plants. Roger Scherberg, Head of Production, of Granlund Tools AB said "Reliability, energy efficiency and low noise were critical decision factors for us while selecting a new air compressor for our production needs. Our 24/7 manufacturing processes require reliable compressed air to operate and create high quality and cost-efficient tooling solutions for industries across the globe. The EG37 VFD has met all our expectations since April 2020. The unit, together with its extended warranty and the expertise of the regional ELGi Channel Partner Segelborgs industries service AB, offers peace of mind allowing us to focus on delivering on our customers’ needs.” With more than 75 years of experience, and representatives in over 30 countries around the world, Granlund provides proven technical solutions including a wide range of high-quality, carbide and high-speed steel (HSS) cutting tools, such as counterbores, countersinks, tools with indexable inserts, and reamers. Granlund’s products, certified by the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards, are

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backed by strong local support while addressing a wide variety of customer demands where high quality and precision is required. “We have significantly improved working conditions on the shop floor for our colleagues, by replacing our old and rather noisy compressor, with ELGi’s EG Series. Higher efficiency and lower energy consumption also contribute to lowering our carbon footprint. All in all, a very sound business decision on our part.” concluded Roger Scherberg, Head of Production, of Granlund Tools AB Tord Sandberg, Regional Manager, Nordics at ELGi Europe, said “For over 60 years, ELGi has developed world-class products providing customers with best-in-class lifecycle costs and higher uptime. ELGi’s EG Series of screw air compressors are the energy-efficient life source of industries. These units have been developed with the end-users’ needs at their core. The highly efficient airend with its precise rotor clearances as well as the OSBIC (Oil Separation by Impact and Centrifugal action) 3-stage separation provide best-in-class energy efficiency. Besides, the robustness and reliability of the unit under extreme conditions is enhanced with one of the most comprehensive warranty packages in the industry. Our warranty programs give customers peace of mind so they can focus on what they do best.” CM || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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Mr. Rajiv Poddar Joint Managing Director Balkrishna Industries

Mr. Dilip Vaidya President & Director of Technology Balkrishna Industries

THE NEW 57”, BKT'S GIANT TIRE: HERE IS EARTHMAX SR 468 The BKT Research and Development team never stops. Prototype ready for the new Giant product, in the 40.00 R 57 size, the biggest ever made by BKT, destined to rigid dump trucks.

BKT's wide range of specialist Off-Highway tires welcomes a new, truly Giant product. It is the EARTHMAX SR 468 and it has been designed to

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fit out rigid dump trucks. So far the prototype has been made in the 40.00 R 57 size and is ready to be tested in coming months by BKT engineers. The history of EARTHMAX SR 468 is particular, since the new machinery to make this enormous tire reached the Indian plant in Bhuj last January, just before the lockdown which affected – at various levels and at different times – the Asian continent too. Initially, owing to the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the machinery which reached Bhuj was not immediately installed. Only after a temporary shutdown of BKT's manufacturing facilities, which was necessary to implement a rigorous safety plan for all staff, did activities finally return to full operation. Including the installation of the new machinery for the Giant 57” tire, installed thanks to the online help of the manufacturer and to the BKT engineers on site. “Despite the pandemic and the extreme difficulties caused by the situation, in BKT we achieved the impossible: going ahead very determinedly but with a similar focus on people, who for us are the company’s real assets,” says Rajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director of BKT. “With this Giant 57” tire, the prototype of which has been made thanks to the extraordinary determination of my fellow workers, we wish to send a positive message to the market, to our Partner || www.constructionmirror.com ||


provides extreme resistance in highly challenging conditions. So the pandemic is not stopping BKT's progress to the future, and the company never stops creating new products. At this critical time it is above all necessary to protect ourselves and protect others, but it is also necessary to think in a creative and “different” way to face this incredible challenge. CM

Increased sales of construction equipment, a key indicator of economic activity Sales of construction equipment — a key indicator of economic activity — increased last quarter, after more than halving in the preceding three months, on the back of increased government spending on infrastructure projects, especially road construction, the Indian Construction Equipment Manufacturers’ Association said. Fast resumption and recovery of the road building programme of the government led to a surge in demand for compactors and hydraulic excavators last quarter, in spite of labour shortages at construction sites, association president Sandeep Singh told. Sales of construction equipment had dropped 60% in the fiscal first quarter. The recovery, both sequentially and year-over-year, in the July-September period has helped reduce the fall for the first half of the fiscal year to 35%, the association said without separately specifying the growth in the second quarter. For the ongoing fiscal 2021, it had predicted sales to decline 8-10% compared with the more than 75,000 units sold in the last fiscal year. “More than 3,900 km of highways were constructed || www.constructionmirror.com ||

in H1 this year,” Singh said, terming it a positive in the context of the lockdown that had interrupted construction in the busy period of April and May. Also, so far this year, more than 5,000 km of highway contracts were awarded, a 140% year-on-year increase, in spite of the lockdown, indicating the government’s focus on large-scale highway construction this year and beyond, he added. CM

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Distributors and to our end users. In BKT, Research and Development into new products which help the company evolve but also the whole sector has not stopped. Thanks to enthusiasm and know-how, BKT always finds new ways to grow, even in the most complex situations.” Growing in every sense, given that this is the largest tire size ever made by BKT. “At this time we must call on all our strength, energy and all our creativity. That is what drives BKT's initiatives and also its products,” adds Dilip Vaidya, President and Director of Technology at BKT. “It is a very important moment, a Giant product has been created which will now be subject to the most rigorous testing up to the spring of 2021, until we are sure we have achieved the highest possible level of quality and reliability, as always. Only when we are absolutely sure we can offer our users the best EARTHMAX SR 468 possible, will we officially launch the new 57” Giant.“ EARTHMAX SR 468 joins the numerous products which make up the EARTHMAX family, a range of radial tires used on off road vehicles and equipped with an All Steel structure which provides greater resistance to the casing and hence against damage. A winning feature of the EARTHMAX SR 468 is the special tread design and the compound, created to limit the heat generated. The E-4 depth of the tread

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Press release

Ammann ARS 121 Soil Compactor

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Tried-And-Tested Soil Compactor Heavy-Duty Hydrostatic Drive Powers Ammann ARS 121 Soil compactors are used to rearrange particles, reduce the void ratio, and increase density. Soil compaction improves the shear strength and load-bearing capacity of the soil. Improper soil compaction results in structural distress from excessive settlement – both total and differential. It is therefore important to select the right soil compactor with efficient technology and durability. One such machine is the Ammann ARS 121 Soil Compactor. It combines tried-and-tested features with intelligent compaction technology. It has great compaction output while offering improved efficiencies and cost savings as well. The Ammann ARS 121 is suitable for compaction of a wide range of soils, from silt to crushed stones. The machine is equipped with an efficient turbocharged, water-cooled engine ensuring non-stop performance with maximum reliability and lower operating costs. The ARS machine features a newly designed operator console that sets new standards in operator comfort and visibility. The single-drum rollers also are designed for fast and easy daily maintenance and long life. The powerful and robust 4-cylinder engine and heavy-duty hydrostatic drive of the differential axle ensure great traction and travel performance, even under extreme circumstances. The roller provides the necessary flat base, which enables the crucial support for construction foundations, pavements, roads and various other structures.

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The Advantages

The ARS 121 utilises intelligent systems that help it achieve requisite density for soil. It has several added advantages: • Outstanding productivity, in part because the heavy-duty hydrostatic drive of the differential axle ensures great traction • It is designed with a low center of gravity for stability and manoeuvrability • The machine features high ground clearance and gradeability • The clear dashboard layout comes with a fully isolated operator platform and adjustable seat • A two-stage vibratory system maximises transfer of compaction force to the material • High productivity – fewer passes are required • Service and maintenance points that are easily accessible • Superior fuel efficiency

Applications

• Medium and large jobsites • Transport construction (motorways, railways, airfields) • Construction (industrial zones, harbors) • Compaction of all kinds of soils and wet mixes CM

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Ambuja delivers another quarter of robust growth in EBITDA and EBIT • Operating EBITDA up by 55% compared to same quarter of previous year with margin expansion of 710 basis points • 79% growth in EBIT for the quarter vs previous year • Strong increase in premium and special products • Performance driven through efficiencies and cost reduction programs

Standalone unaudited financial results for the quarter and nine months ended 30th September, 2020

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Particulars

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Sales Volume

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Mr. Neeraj Akhoury, Managing Director & CEO stated: "The foundations of our business remain strong to drive growth, expand operating margins and enhance cash conversion. Robust improvements in operational efficiencies, cost reduction programs coupled with volume growth, have led to Operating EBITDA increase by 55% for the quarter and a margin expansion of 710 bps. Our focus on working capital management has resulted in a strong positive cash conversion. We are executing our growth strategy, through a new plant at Marwar Mundwa in Rajasthan, which is scheduled to be commissioned in Quarter 2, 2021 . We are pleased to announce an interim dividend of ~ 17 per share based on our strong performance and continuous healthy cash generation. We would like to thank our shareholders for their continued support.

Financial Performance for the Quarter ended 301h September 2020

The company registered a strong volume growth of +8%, which supported by positive price has resulted in 10% growth in net sales during this quarter as compared to the same period of previous year. Net Sales during the quarter stood at ~ 2,802 Crore compared to ~ 2,556 Crore in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Total operating cost per ton has declined by 8% on a year on year basis, on account of lower input costs and efficiency programs. In addition, network optimization has gained momentum due to acceleration of Master 24

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Supply Agreement (MSA) with ACC. Outbound logistics cost is lower due to favorable market mix and efficiencies. As a result, Operating EBITDA recorded a strong growth of 55% to ~ 681 Crore with a margin expansion of 710 bps in Quarter 3, 2020 quarter as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Profit after tax is up by 88% for the quarter from ~ 235 Crore in 2019 to ~ 441 Crore in 2020. Greenfield project at Marwar Mundwa, Rajasthan is expected to commission in Quarter 2, 2021. This will further improve our market position in North and West regions. On sustainability front, Ambuja Cement is focusing on alternative fuels through utilising waste resources from other industries in our manufacturing process in an environmentally friendly way. During the year we have processed around 6 million tons of waste. In addition, Ambuja Cement has been declared as 8 times Water Positive and 2.7 times Plastic Negative. Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF) has so far reached out to 26 lakh people from across the country during this pandemic period. In continuation of its efforts in mitigating Covid impact in rural India, ACF provided 14 oxygen concentrators to isolation centres in six locations. ACF also explored livelihood opportunities through the Skill and Entrepreneurial Development Institute (SEDI)

Interim Dividend

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Consolidated Financial Results for the quarter ended 30th September 2020 • Operating EBITDA up by 35% with margin expansion by 540 basis points to 22.2%. • 48% growth in EBIT for the quarter vs previous year

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Net Sales during the quarter remained flat at ~ 3,468 Crore compared to ~ 3,464 Crore last year Operating EBITDA & EBIT for the quarter registered a significant improvement up by 21 % & 26% to~ 671 Crore & ~ 511 Crore respectively. Operating cost per ton of cement continues to reduce attributable to efficiency improvements and cost reduction programs. Share of blended cement has gone up to 91 % during the quarter vs 88% in the same quarter previous year, reiterating focus on sustainability.

Outlook With the Government of India as well as the Reserve Bank of India assigning highest priority to acceleration of economic growth, we are confident of resurgence in demand across sectors. We expect rural and agriculture sectors to lead the revival in economic activities. This, along with continued focus on infrastructure development in terms of roads, highways, ports, railways and affordable housing will support cement demand in the mid-term. CM

British Safety Council offers robust ‘return to work’ protocol framework for Covid-19 safety in workplaces Covid-19 Assurance Assessment Service to include technical, consultancy and audit support to help organisations effectively manage COVID-19 within the workplace and protect employees The British Safety Council, one of the world’s most trusted leaders in health, safety and environmental management, has developed a detailed Covid-19 framework applicable to all sectors. The framework aims to enable organisations to develop robust protocols and arrangements, designed to effectively manage the risk of COVID-19 as far as is reasonably possible within their workplace. After months of a Covid-19 compelled lockdown, workplaces across the world are slowly opening their doors to employees. Nonetheless, with the health and wellbeing of staff and stakeholders as the primary concern, employers need to be armed with a comprehensive plan to identify and determine appropriate control measures. For Indian companies, the guidelines have been specially designed by taking into account the current best practices in occupational health and safety guidance issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the European Commission. These guidelines will be updated periodically as more information is developed by governments, NGOs, and professional establishments. British Safety Council’s Covid-19 Assurance Assessment

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Service includes consolidated consultancy services to organisations across India looking for credible and reliable sources of support to return to operational activity. With their team of health, safety and environmental experts, British Safety Council provides technical consultancy in all elements within the guide. The Covid-19 Assurance Assessment Framework is essentially based on the bulwark of a host of areas including assessing risks, planning control measures, allocation of roles and responsibilities, implementing, and maintaining controls, communication and training, monitoring effectiveness and reviewing and revising arrangements. Within these, the guidelines also specifically cover details on control measures including points like how to minimise the risk of transmission, total avoidance of personal contact, health control and surveillance, social distancing, personal hygiene, use of personal protective equipment, PPE, workplace cleaning and workplace ventilation. The British Safety Council will also offer assessment services that focus on elements of business recovery and will support the stabilisation of business growth for organisations. They will provide professional support, guidance, and independent assurance to enable organisations to develop and implement suitable protocols and arrangements within the workplace. At a time when employees will have to get used to || www.constructionmirror.com ||


the new normal, organisations will benefit immensely through such strong technical support with the independent assurance that workplace safety, health and environmental arrangements are in accordance with current guidance and best practices as a minimum standard. More importantly, the British Safety Council will continue to offer support even amidst changing requirements and expectations of stakeholders in the face of revised guidelines depending on the status of the pandemic. The focus will be on ensuring that the workplace remains as safe and healthy as is reasonably practicable. The British Safety Council’s team will offer technical support for areas like Risk assessment reviews, support for Workplace procedure development and reviews (including social distancing, health surveillance, workplace control measures, emergency planning, PPE, etc), Health and wellbeing guidance (including mental health factors), communication and information, leadership and behavioural factors and assurance auditing. Speaking about the guidelines, Hemant Sethi, Country Manager - India, British Safety Council said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the biggest

challenges that businesses and societies have faced. As restrictions are slowly easing, organisations are required to follow requisite guidelines as part of their return to work protocols and subsequent risk management of COVID-19. This may seem a little daunting which is why the British Safety Council has developed a detailed Covid-19 ‘return to work’ framework and an assurance assessment service. We are also ready to offer support to empower organisations to follow the protocols and decide to effectively manage and mitigate the risk of transmission.” In India, leading organisations like WeWork India, Panchshil Realty, the Raheja Group, Embassy Group etc have already partnered with British Safety Council and have acquired their support as they transition back to a physical workplace. Since its foundation in 1957, the British Safety Council has campaigned tirelessly to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions, and played a decisive role in the process that has led to the adoption of landmark health and safety legislation in the UK. Its members in more than 60 countries are committed to protecting and improving the wellbeing of workers, believing that a healthy and safe work environment is also good for business. CM

real estate developers on the announcement made by the Honourable Finance Minister Mr. Nakul Himatsingka, Managing Director, Ideal Group

These measures are very positive and shall help in closing a lot of deals and boost real estate demand. Clients will also benefit as builders will be able to offer their apartments at a more attractive price.

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As per the latest announcement, the Income tax relief for developers and home buyers will boost housing sales. It is expected that a lot of clearance of inventory will take place as customers will end up paying lesser.

Mr. Arya Sumant, Managing Director, Eden Realty

The additional outlay of Rs 18,000 crore for PM Aawas Yojana- Urban announced by the FM today will help the first-time home buyers in general and affordable housing segment buyers in particular. The relief provided for difference in circle rate and agreement value up to 20% will help both the buyers and developers. We believe that these will surely help in rejuvenating the real estate sales. || www.constructionmirror.com ||

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Q2FY21 key highlights Particulars

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Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020. The Company posted an 88% growth in Profit After Tax (PAT) at Rs 98 crore in Q2FY21, as compared to corresponding period last year (CPLY). EBITDA at Rs 352 crore witnessed a rise of 11% over CPLY, while the net revenue stood at Rs 3,156 crore in Q2FY21. With consistent focus on deleveraging, finance cost fell by 13% over CPLY to Rs 124 crore in Q2FY21. Exceptional gains for the quarter stood at Rs 25 crore on account of favourable forex movement. Backed by a gradual recovery in domestic demand throughout the second quarter, JSL sales volume recovered to pre-COVID levels. Compared to the preceding quarter, sales volume witnessed a surge of 159% at 230,350 tonnes in Q2FY21. Commenting on the performance of the Company, Managing Director, JSL, Mr Abhyuday Jindal, said, “A better than expected rebound in business sentiment, coupled with JSL’s agile response in manufacturing and supply chain adjustments, led to improved financial and operational performance in Q2. Aligned with market needs, we kept innovating and expanding our product basket to cater to customers in auto and railway segments. Going forward, we expect higher brand penetration in sub-urban markets through strategic partnerships via co-branded products.” The Board also approved to constitute a Committee of Board of Directors of the Company to explore and evaluate various options of reorganization/ consolidation of stainless steel businesses of the Company and of other group entities by way of scheme of arrangement or otherwise, so as to realize greater synergies, and with an objective of maximizing value of all the stakeholders and to take necessary actions in this regard.

Jindal Stainless Limited Records Strong Growth of 88% in Q2 PAT Sales volume recovers to pre-COVID levels

Streamlining production, inventory, and supply chain management according to the emerging customer needs helped JSL post strong operational performance in Q2FY21. The total stainless steel melt production during Jul-Sept quarter stood at 244,469 MT, nearly equivalent to the pre-COVID level. Improved operational performance in Q2FY21 was also supported by high demand from two-wheelers, decorative pipes & tubes, and Railways segments, which clocked swift resumption to normalcy. Demand in hollowware (tableware) and consumer facing segments also picked up in Q2FY21 on the back of the festive season. An exceptional response to JSL’s co-branded products in the Pipe & Tube segment last year induced the launch of second phase of the co-branding initiative as ‘Jindal Saathi 2.0’ during the second quarter. The second phase of this co-branding campaign covers even larger geography and remote markets. On a half yearly basis, H1FY21 PAT stood at Rs 11 crore while EBITDA was Rs 430 crore. Sales volume was recorded at 319,164 tonnes and net revenue of the Company was Rs 4,418 crore in H1FY21. Acknowledging the substantial injury caused to Indian stainless steel producers by Indonesian imports through non-WTO compliant subsidies offered by the Indonesian government, the Government of India has imposed provisional trade remedial measures on Indonesian imports. While this has provided interim relief to the domestic stainless steel producers, the industry awaits a long-term imposition of this duty structure. Historically, such trade remedial measures have been responded with side-stepping tactics by exporting nations, by exploiting India’s FTAs with other countries. Industry expects government to continue its support to curb such circumventions even more effectively. CM

NBCC Bagged business orders worth Rs. 1,165 crore in October

State-owned construction firm NBCC (India) Ltd said it has bagged business orders worth Rs 1,165.52 crore last month. “NBCC (India) Limited has secured the total business of Rs 1,165.52 crore in the month of October 2020,” the company said in a BSE filing. Last week, NBCC reported a consolidated net profit 28

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of Rs 45.61 crore for the quarter ended September. The company had posted a net loss of Rs 90.91 crore in the year-ago period. Total income stood at Rs 1,426.27 crore in the second quarter of this fiscal year as against Rs 1,720.46 crore in the corresponding period previous year. CM || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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Isuzu Motors India launches BSVI compliant vehicles for construction and mining sectors

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• Adds D-Max Super Strong with 1,710 kg payload to its wide range • Offers many first-in-segment features • Refreshed looks and aggressive styling

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Isuzu Motors India launched the much-awaited, BS VI compliant D-Max Regular Cab and D-Max S-Cab, along with a new variant D-Max Super Strong with a 1,710 kg payload. The vehicles are launched with many first-in-segment features in the commercial vehicle category in the industry. With the addition of a new variant, now Isuzu Motors India offers the D-Max Regular Cab High-Ride with flat deck, D-Max Regular Cab-Chassis, S-Cab Standard-Ride, S-Cab High-Ride and the new D-Max Regular Cab Super Strong, offering more versatile options for all business and professional requirements, especially for Infra, Construction and mining sectors. Keeping in mind the use in construction and infrastructure sector, the refreshed models come packed with added features both on the exterior and interior. The new vehicles are much more durable to be able to run in extreme conditions. The vehicles also have an (ED) Electrodeposition Coating targeted specially for construction activities in coastal areas. The ED Coating will help in preventing premature rusting of the vehicle body leading to increased maintenance cost. With a strong rear suspension and high ground clearance, the vehicles come with an underbody protection kit increasing the longevity of the car. Powered by a 2.5 litre ISUZU 4JA1 Engine, the enhanced range of commercial vehicles project an aggressive stance with their new styling and refreshed design. Both the vehicles are fully loaded with best-in-class occupant safety with front and rear crumple zones, cross car front beam, door side intrusion, collapsible steering column and underbody steel protection for the drivetrain. Additionally, the new vehicles have BOS (Brake Override System) which cuts power to the engine in case of panic braking (when the brake and accelerator pedals are being depressed at the same time). Taking the comfort, a higher level, the D-MAX seats now come with high quality fabric upholstery. It also has height adjustable seat belts for occupant comfort and safety. The sliding co-driver seat in the new vehicles adds to the comfort of the co-driver.

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Additionally, both the vehicles sport a bolder look with the new grille, bonnet and bumper designs. They come equipped with MID (Multi-Information Display) cluster with GSI (Gear Shift Indicator) that enables the driver to use the ideal gear in that current condition ensuring best of the vehicle in terms of torque, fuel management and drivetrain durability. Mr. Ken Takashima, Deputy Managing Director, Isuzu Motors India, said, “Our vehicles are designed to offer the perfect combination of style, power and road presence while also providing excellent comfort and safety. The Indian automotive market is going through a change and we are excited to be present here in these times with our latest offerings. As a responsible brand, we are doing everything to bring a new generation of products faster to the market. We are excited to unveil our refreshed D-Max and D-Max S-Cab which are not only BSVI compliant, but are designed and developed to truly enhance the value proposition for our aspiring customers”. “The D-Max has been a success story for many in India and we are confident that the D-MAX Super Strong model will be the right partner for success” he further added. The D-Max Regular and D-Max S-Cab will be available in Splash White and Titanium Silver colours along with the all new Galena Grey colour. The new D-Max Super Strong would be priced at Rs 8,38,929/- (ex-showroom, Mumbai). There will be an attractive introductory price for the entire D-Max range for the upcoming festive season (on limited stock). CM

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AMRL SEZ set to turn the Make In India dream into reality

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Creates over 2,500 acres of integrated industrial zones for manufacturing companies AMRL SEZ, a multi-product special economic zone ("SEZ") marketed by Attivo, is set to turn the government's 'Make In India' dream into reality. The company has created an integrated industrial zone over 2,518 acres in Nanguneri in the Tirunelveli district of Tami Nadu, enabling both global and national manufacturers to establish and expand their manufacturing facilities in India. The SEZ is ready to house a diverse set of industries – electronics, medical equipment, general engineering, auto ancillaries and components, solar and many more – and has the potential to generate employment in excess of 20,000. AMRL SEZ is strategically located and provides easy access to the Tuticorin port and airport. The Thiruvananthapuram International Airport and the Madurai International Airport are in close proximity. The SEZ is also well-connected with road and rail networks, allowing industries to connect and communicate with global and national markets. Manufacturers setting up production facilities will also benefit from assured water supply, uninterrupted power supply, world-class telecommunication infrastructure and availability of skilled, employable and inexpensive human resources. Built on smart city concepts, AMRL SEZ encompasses a SEZ with an adjoining proposed DTA (domestic tariff area) and a free trade and warehousing zone ("FTWZ").

Elgi Equipments Limited Second Quarter 2020-21 results Elgi Equipments Ltd, manufacturer of Air Compressors, announced the results for the quarter and half year ended 30th September, 2020. PAT for the quarter was Rs. 33.2 Crore compared to Rs. 11.7 Crore in the same period in 2019-2020 on a consolidated basis. Consolidated sales for the quarter was Rs. 480 Crore as against Rs.445 Crore in the corresponding quarter in 2019-2020. The standalone PAT for the quarter was Rs. 29.8 Crore compared to Rs. 24.7 Crore in the same period in 2019-20. The compressor business’ performance in the domestic market has improved after the lock down restrictions were lifted. Activity was seen across all

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The SEZ has already started attracting leading corporate groups who are setting up manufacturing facilities in the AMRL SEZ. A leading medical equipment manufacturer has signed a memorandum of understanding ("MoU") to develop a medical equipment research and manufacturing unit over 117 acres. Several global manufacturers from sectors like renewable energy, defence, aerospace, electronics, and toys have initiated discussions to set up facilities in AMRL SEZ as a part of their plan to relocate their operations from China to India. The SEZ is also being seen as an ideal destination for setting up remote location data centres. Commenting on AMRL SEZ's potential as a manufacturing hub, Mr. Indranil Dasgupta, CEO, Attivo, said: "AMRL is shaping up to be a dream destination for manufacturers around the globe because of its close proximity to port, airports, road and rail networks, and also due to the availability of English speaking skilled manpower at affordable cost. At a time, when companies are planning to shift their manufacturing facilities outside China, AMRL SEZ is offering them a golden opportunity to relocate with ready-to-move-in infrastructure. We are already receiving a lot of enquiries from global manufacturers and we believe that this SEZ will act as a catalyst in turning the 'Make In India' dream into reality." CM

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industrial segments. The overseas markets have done well across all geographies. Sales in the automotive business declined more or less in tandem with the de-growth faced by the automotive industry when compared to the corresponding period in the last year, in spite of steady improvement witnessed from June 2020 onwards.

Outlook for the third quarter 2020-21

While we expect the momentum to continue in India into Q3, we have to wait and see how the economy would behave post the festive season. The current momentum in the international business is expected to continue, but for the continuing uncertainty posed by the prevailing situation with the pandemic. CM || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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Rapid urbanization, increasing foreign investments and surging demand for customized equipment are a few of the other major factors expected to boost demand for construction equipment in India in the coming years. An increasing number of public-private partnerships and government initiatives such as smart city development projects would also aid the construction equipment market in India. The Asia Pacific is estimated to dominate the construction equipment market and is projected to be the largest market during the forecast period. 36

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This growth can be attributed to improving socio-economic conditions in emerging economies such as China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. The sizable population in countries such as China and India has resulted in an increased number of government projects such as airports, sewer systems, and renewable energy projects. The Middle East region is estimated to dominate the construction equipment market and is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This growth can be attributed to the increasing infrastructure spending in this region. Roads make a crucial contribution to economic development and growth and bring important social benefits. They are of vital importance in order to make a nation grow and develop. The Indian government is aiming for up gradation of its infrastructure mainly for road construction projects across the length and breadth of the country. Proposals and tenders for construction of National highways and local roads have been passed on the fast track. Many old projects too have been restarted to put the country on the path || November 2020 ||

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of development of world class infrastructure. Road construction equipments are important for the growth of infrastructure on a national level. Road is an essential part of an infrastructure so much so that they are considered as the arteries of a geographical territory. Good roads not only make transportation easier but also benefit the economy in a substantial way. It is the roads that provide connectivity between two cities and between cities and rural areas. To construct roads and highways there are many construction machineries with different mechanical principles and operations. Most of the road construction machinery are included in heavy construction machinery. There are numerous road construction machinery or road equipment traders who deal in the manufacturing and supplying of heavy construction equipment for roads. Asphalt equipment, paving equipment, concrete equipment etc. count for essential road construction machinery. Road construction equipment are found in a wide variety ranging from the very heavy equipment to portable and lighter equipment. These modern and high construction equipment make the construction job easier and quicker. The construction work carried out by the manifold heavy equipment can be classified into three major categories which are as follows: 1. Earthwork Machinery 2. Road Works Machinery

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Excavators: Laying Foundations and Doing Heavy Lifting The excavator represents one of the most common, and important, pieces of heavy equipment seen in construction. Excavation widely depends on these machines, also referred to as diggers, as they utilize a boom-stick and a bucket with a cab on a rotating platform. These machines provide easier access to harder-toreach places and a full range of motion, with the ability to rotate the bucket on any side of the machine. The house sits upon an undercarriage with tracks and wheels that allow for easy transportation as well. Also, diggers are highly effective at removing large amounts of earth and other obstacles quickly and efficiently. Some of their most common uses in the field include: • • • • • • •

Digging of foundations, trenches and holes Demolition Forestry work Material handling Grading Landscape work Heavy lifting

Backhoes represent a different type of excavator that use a similar set-up, with the bucket and dipper-stick attached to the rear of a front loader, or tractor. The power of the excavating

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tools comes from hydraulics, the driving force behind the machines. Bulldozers: Moving the Earth at Construction Sites As with excavators, bulldozers are common at numerous types of job sites. These pieces of heavy equipment utilize tracks and a large metal blade primarily for pushing earth at a construction site. They’re considered crawlers because of their use of tracks, which provides more ground stability through weight displacement across the entire machine. Typically at the rear, another device called a ripper is attached and used to loosen up soil, dirt and rock. The front blade can then be used to move sand, dirt and rock as well as other materials. Bulldozers are powerful and versatile machines that can navigate over rough terrain and move large amounts of material quickly and efficiently. The use of wide tracks provides the machine with good traction for rough working environments such as sandy or muddy areas. In addition, they offer incredible power for moving some of the heaviest materials at construction sites. However, certain areas may not be as accessible for bulldozers as other types of earth-moving machines because of their bulkier size. Different models of bulldozers are available and can offer some flexibility depending on the terrain and working environment. Loaders: Transporting Materials Around the Job Site Loading heavy materials such as asphalt, rock, debris, snow or construction waste in large quantities will require the use of another type of heavy equipment. You will see many sizes of loaders, but the main goal at any job site is to load material on or into some other piece of equipment to transport it to another location. Even large amounts of gravel, wood, logs or sand can pose a challenge for construction projects. Large quantities of any heavy material require safe handling. Having a good loader with the right specifications can prove invaluable for any project. One of the most common types of loaders is the skid-loader, or skid-steer loader. Powered by an engine, its rigid frame sits on durable

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wheels, or tracks, that operate differently from other vehicles through the use of skid-steering. Skid-steer loaders have lift arms attached that are capable of being fitted with a variety of job-specific tools. The way it operates makes the loader unique: • The wheels on each side of the vehicle are locked and synchronized with one another. • T his placement makes it possible for an operator to drive one side independently of the other, which offers extra maneuverability.

Crawler loaders, which have tracks, are very maneuverable at job sites, capable of traveling under their own power. However, due to the increased power of hydraulic excavators, crews may not utilize crawler loaders as often, and their use has been in decline for several decades. Trenchers: Digging Ditches at Construction Sites Trenchers are designed to create ditches, or trenches. Crews also refer to them as ditchers because of this function. These machines look like other excavating equipment but are optimized for the digging of trenches, typically for piping projects. You may spot two main types of trenchers at a construction site. The ladder trencher and the wheel trencher both offer incredible versatility for digging trenches and operate at much higher rates of speed than any other type of excavating equipment for the task. Depending on the operation, trenchers may be utilized to expedite the installation or maintenance of projects such as wastewater or drainage piping. Graders: Creating Level Surfaces for Construction As with bulldozers, graders represent another vital piece of engineering equipment used to move large amounts of earth. The overall goal of graders is to finish the grade and ensure properly smoothed and flat surfaces for development. In architectural design, graders may be employed to create wider, flat areas to form the foundation for buildings and structures. In civil engineering projects such as road work and maintenance, graders help level the surface for asphalt roadways. Graders often employ six wheels and a powerful engine to power the vehicle. Like bulldozers, graders are equipped with blades. These engineering vehicles act similarly to scrapers as well and are all used || www.constructionmirror.com ||


• Vibratory compactor machines use tamping foot roller systems. • Other machines may be equipped with a plate system used for ramming.

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• One of the most common types is the rollerbased compactor. Smooth roller compactors designed for compaction of gravel and other materials need a smooth surface. Another type of wheel roller is the sheep foot wheel, used for deeper areas of soil compaction.

Tractors: Towing Equipment From Place to Place The tractor is one of the most versatile and common pieces of heavy machinery used in the industry. Tractors move or tow heavy equipment around the job site. With much more horsepower — your average homeowner’s contractor ranges from 20 horsepower to 60 horsepower, while diesel tractors meant for heavy construction are at least in the 200 to 600 horsepower range — industrial tractors can provide the power for nearly any earth moving task. Concrete Trucks: Carrying and Sometimes Mixing the Concrete If the project calls for concrete, crews use concrete trucks designed specifically to transport the material to the work site. There are different types of concrete trucks that can be used depending on the nature of the application. For plant-mixed concrete, general transit trucks conduct transportation. In some cases, dump trucks haul concrete to the site and mix it on site. It all depends on how much and what use the concrete will serve in the overall building application. Agitating and non-agitating trucks haul concrete, while mixers can be used for both. Concrete

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in unison on projects that require precision when finishing the grade. Scrapers: Scooping and Hauling on the Job Site As with bulldozers and graders, scrapers offer unique advantages in civil engineering. Scrapers are machines equipped with a hopper that can be raised and lowered, depending on the job, with hydraulics. The hopper, or bowl, cuts into the soil with its sharp edge. Once the hopper gets full from scraping, the vehicle can transport the material to the desired site. Scrapers can transport large amounts of material easily and dump loads without the use of any additional machinery. Scrapers offer unique advantages and can cut down on the need for a loader. Once the scraper drops the load, it can return to the work site and fill its hopper again. Compactors: Increasing Earth Density for a Firmer Foundation Loose soil can pose numerous problems for building projects, so often job sites must increase the overall density of the earth through compacting. Compactors are specialized machines that can be used for soil compaction, or in some cases in landfills to save space. You may see different types of compactors at a job site:

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mixers have an agitator that will mix and then, when ready, pour the concrete into the proper location. Being hauled by a truck allows for speed, efficiency and maneuverability at a work site where fast pouring may be useful or essential. Trailer Trucks: Hauling Equipment and Supplies Long Distances The most common type of truck is the trailer truck. Trailer trucks haul almost any piece of equipment or building supplies over incredible distances. Trailer trucks transport things on highways and job sites. Loading a trailer presents a fast and effective means of getting your materials from point-to-point without much worry. Although these trucks face strict enforcement of weight regulations, and trailers are common, invaluable machines for hauling construction materials and supplies. Tankers: Transporting Materials on Highways and Through Job Sites Tanker trucks are not as common as some of the others on this list, but they are still an essential part of building and fueling applications on a job site. Tankers transport liquids, gases and waste materials on highways and public roadways. In some cases, they may be equipped with a vacuum to help remove waste materials from areas such as septic tanks. Often crews use tankers in situations where wastewater needs to be pumped out from a work site. Crews often run into logistical issues refueling excavators and other machinery on-site. They can deploy tankers to bring fuel to this vital equipment. They offer versatility because they can handle materials in liquid or gas states. Dump Trucks: Quickly Hauling and Dumping Their Loads As with tipper trucks, dump trucks haul materials

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and dump their loads quickly. Gravity plays a role in their operation, but motors raise the automatic unloading device. The dump truck has an increased capacity for material and per axle, can carry 20,000 lbs. Dump trucks take part in earth-moving operations and haul soil. Crews most often use side or rear dump trucks: The lure of that shiny, new backhoe loader! But before you pay out hard cash for the privilege of being its proud owner, it may be worth thinking about renting rather than buying. Money is always a key consideration, but so are risk and opportunity. The rent-or-buy decision has an impact on all three.

Rental vs Buying

Get up-to-date technology: The rental market is competitive and incites rental companies to offer recent-generation machines that get jobs done faster and more efficiently. Up-to-date equipment usually also means compliance with emissions regulations. Avoid the Initial Purchase Cost: Purchasing brand new construction equipment is extremely expensive and can make a huge impact on how your company’s budget. Moreover, purchasing equipment is a long term investment that ties you down to particular equipment items. Renting or leasing equipment avoids the upfront costs associated with purchasing, and allows businesses to better allocate their financial resources. Less Maintenance and Repair Costs: When you own equipment, you also have to consider the cost of maintenance and repair. Although maintenance and repair is still important for rental equipment, costs will be significantly lowered compared to purchased equipment. Vehicles and heavy machinery still requires significant upkeep and maintenance in order

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to operate safely and at an optimal level. When purchasing equipment, companies must consider the maintenance and repair costs as well. With rentals, the time and labor costs associated with maintenance and repairs are lower and more manageable. Rather than worrying about maintaining a piece of equipment for its entire life-cycle, leasing removes this extra stress from your already busy schedule. Equipment rentals allow you to focus on the near future rather than taking the time to plan out a long-term maintenance plan. Stop Storage Costs: Construction equipment can only take so much idle time outside. Storage facilities to keep bigger pieces of equipment tucked away when they are out of use can be a major capital expense in themselves. But this is another worry you can simply hand off to the rental company. Transportation Logistics: Renting equipment saves you from having to transport machinery to project sites. Transportation can take a long time, affecting the productivity and efficiency of a project. Moreover, time spent waiting for equipment can cause delays and impede the progress already made on jobsites. Renting allows you to avoid this burden and provides a more reliable equipment option by keeping pieces onsite. Project-Specific Rentals: Typically, construction companies are balancing a number of projects at once. Rather than incurring logistical costs of transferring equipment and sharing them among multiple jobs, consider renting specific pieces of equipment for particular projects. This eliminates any logistical delays that you may experience, and provides each jobsite with the appropriate resources to get the project finished in an efficient manner. No Depreciation Costs: When you own machinery, you incur considerable depreciation costs. Reselling equipment, and maintaining it as long as possible, requires quite a large investment on top of your upfront purchase. As value continues to depreciate, it makes it more difficult to recover the cost of your initial investment. Although all companies operate differently, consider renting construction equipment to avoid loses associated with depreciation. To better manage depreciation and other issues

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Equipment Rental in India

India is still struggling to get a proper rental market for heavy equipment, the construction equipment leasing is still in budding stage and just accounts 6-8% of the overall construction equipment market. Whereas the global average for leasing is 50-60% of the overall construction equipment business. India is a growing economy with huge urbanization and has so much more to build. The construction equipment leasing business is the upcoming business sector in which suppliers and other professionals can rent out unused or idle equipment to other contractors and professionals. But it has a lot of challenges to be overcome is an unorganized sector. The major challenges are unprofessional vendors, delayed projects, breakdowns of equipment, and no immediate alternatives in case of breakdowns. Some Start-ups have come up to change its game dynamics with solutions to the common problems. These start-ups have encased the problems into a business idea, the crux of the idea is to lease the construction equipment as having ownership of construction Equipment incurs heavy cost to companies like operating, depreciation and maintenance costs. The small companies which are short of capital cannot buy construction equipment because of small volume and uncertainty of projects. So to have the optimization of cost and time, leasing of this equipment is done to small or medium construction companies. Being competitive market, as many start-ups have entered this sector in India, the key to success for any new entrant is to have unique and distinct features. Some of the features such as having a structured process with end-to-end transactional tracking, competitive pricing with productivity and operations monitoring mechanism, flexibility in leasing hours for any equipment. The construction machinery can be idle at your vicinity, but if not listed on any online platform cannot be discovered for the purpose. So the start-ups have come with an idea of an online marketplace for construction machinery. CM

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With government giving due importance and support towards road construction projects, we see it as an important step to elevate our industry to greater heights in the future.

Dheeraj PanDa Director – SaleS, Marketing & cuStoMer Support

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Q. Which are the products in your portfolio that have

the need of local manufacturing as it affects the manufacturing cost and people trust the local build products.

We have a wide range of products and the demand for them has been quite favourable, which in a way speaks about our customer’s trust in the quality of our products. Lately, we have seen a significant hike in demand for our Dump Truck SKT90S, mini – 2tonne to 5 tonnes and medium-21 tonne along with piling rig and cranes

Localization has been one of our focal points. We have successfully localized 45 machines which include 16 excavator models and 7 models of truck cranes. For the concrete equipment market concrete boom pumps, transit mixer trucks, trailer pumps have also been localized. We look at it as a positive step which will help us to keep a close eye on quality and control cost, also local manufacturing makes it easier to meet tight turn arounds and ensure timely deliveries.

seen hikes in demand recently?

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. How SANY is looking up to scale up its dealer and service network?

Our wide spread dealer network and trained service professional ensure speedy deliveries of spare parts and support across the country. In the industry we are well known for our strong service network. Having said that, we are always in the process of expanding our service network to meet the requirements of our burgeoning number of customers across India.

Q. Do you have any future plans for your product portfolio expansion?

Depending upon the Indian market requirement, we keep updating our product portfolio. Our current products are at par with global standards in terms of product quality and offerings. Owning to which we have achieved market leadership in various construction equipment segments. This has helped us earn the trust of our customers be it in India or South Asia market. Our upcoming products will definitely see an improvement in terms of technological upgrade in the coming months as per market needs. However, our adherence to stringent quality methods will continue to remain the same irrespective of the times we live in.

Q. What are the major challenges that you now face in

terms of production, delivery, supply chain management and back up service activities?

The current situation or the new normal has led us to shift more on digital modes for conducting our day to day business like lead generation, customer interactions and sales management. This has certainly helped in controlling costs and optimizing operations. We haven’t faced any major challenges in terms of production; probably a slight dip was there when the government had announced total lockdown. But since the advent of unlock 1, there has been a steady pace of activities in delivery, supply chain management and other back up service activities.

Q. How you look at local manufacturing of small components required for machines?

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partner, are you looking forward to use railways to deliver your machines from your manufacturing plant to other parts of the country? It is certainly a good option! In this era of new normal optimizing asset utilization, embracing digital technologies, ensuring speed, timeliness, reliability of deliveries, and ease of doing business will be given a priority, all of which can be achieved with considering railways as freight partners . But at the same time we need to create a vital partnership with other players aggregating/consolidating freight into train loads. Roads play a pivotal role for first/last mile connectivity; they need be co-opted as partners. We can certainly think about it if end to end connectivity and solution is provided.

Q. What are the major implementations for business

growth of SANY India?

Our business model and strategy continue to grow strong in creating a great value chain with our complete range of product offerings for our stakeholders. Along with this our prime focus has always been on localization quotient in which we have been able to increase the number of locally manufactured excavator machines from 3 to 16 models and with all models of truck crane as well. The pace of activities at our manufacturing units has been quite good with many new equipment in the pipeline.

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With regards to our dealer network, we recently welcomed 3 dealers to Sany India family taking the total number of dealers to 36 and 150 outlets in the South Asia market. We plan to add couple of more dealers by end of this quarter.

Q. As the railways is emerging as a preferred freight

With government giving due importance and support towards road construction projects, we see it as an important step to elevate our industry to greater heights in the future. Our presence throughout India with 36 channel partners & 150 outlets has helped us cater to the requirements of our customers on a timely basis. To ease the financial burden of our clients, we have introduced easy finance options and have over 20 MOUs with financers operating across the nation

Q. How you are planning to expand in the Indian market?

We intend to expand in the Indian market by adding more channel partners and forging tie-ups with financers. As mentioned earlier we have reached a figure of 36 channel partners’ with 150 outlets and look forward to add more to this number by end next year. Most importantly, we plan to launch new products that are specifically designed keeping the Indian and South Asian markets in mind. CM || November 2020 ||

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Customer expectations are changing and more and more of them are looking at features that provide higher productivity and reliability as otherwise the advantage of lower pricing is more than eroded by the higher cost of operations.

Q. Kobelco has a long history in the Construction Equipment industry, please enlighten us about your journey in India so far.

Kobelco is now celebrating 90 years in the CE industry. Our presence in India is since 2007 and we have had a steady growth across various segments and applications. The Indian CE market was dominated by several key players who were well established for many years. Also, there was practically no regulation in respect of emission norms or safety leading to popularity of low-end technology machines at low prices.

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We overcame several challenges in establishing our presence in such a scenario. There were issues arising from the tough Indian conditions and the tendency to deploy smaller machines in applications where larger machines were required. Structural durability was increased to heavy-duty and thereafter to extreme-duty to fulfil customer expectations. Over the years, customers experienced the advanced technological features of our Excavators and acknowledged the benefits thereby establishing Kobelco’s presence in many areas. || www.constructionmirror.com ||


Q. What are the new additions in your product

bucket? Are you planning to add any new equipment in the product list?

We have launched our SK220 variant of the Generation 10 series of our highly popular SK220XD or SK220XDLC Excavators. As stated above, this variant has all the main features and is specially priced for those willing to experience the High-end equipment. This variant is well suited for the various Infra Projects.

Q. What is the impact of COVID-19 on business?

How it affected the sales of construction equipment?

Q. What is the company’s approach towards the ‘Make in India’ initiative?

Kobelco had taken up this initiative much before the recent pronouncements. We remain committed to the development and growth of the country and have definite plans to increase our stake in augmenting our capacities to meet the growing demand. The plans had to be kept on hold due to the impact of the pandemic on our economy but there is every indication that the expected has only been delayed a year or two.

Q. What will be the role of digital tools in maintaining customer engagement in future?

The pandemic has impacted almost everyone globally but it done a great service to the digital medium. It has propelled it to a dominant position in most spheres of activities, whether official or personal, business or industry, education and society, etc. Most have realized their tremendous reach and potential to facilitate things which had become otherwise unviable. Now, there is a trend to continue to use it to one’s advantage and even develop new options. It is here to stay and lead us in our endeavors.

Q. What was the market share of Kobelco in India Q. What has your marketing strategy been in the before the lockdown and how you are looking forward to regain momentum?

Kobelco has garnered a decent market share to be one of the top six OEMs in the industry despite having a relatively limited model options. With the addition of our new Infra variant in the 20-24T segment, our position is expected to improve further.

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. How do you evaluate the developed and developing market when it comes to technology, product offerings, and marketing strategies?

The Indian CE market is quite unique with a predominance of price players though there is a slow, yet gradual, shift towards Value offerings. Customer expectations are changing and more and more of them are looking at features that provide higher productivity and reliability as otherwise the advantage of lower pricing is more than eroded by the higher cost of operations. Fuel economy, higher output, more uptime and better on-site support are some of the key considerations gaining importance. Most OEMs are trying to fulfill this new trend with modified models in various popular segments.

past one year? Did you have to tweak your marketing strategies after the lockdown?

We had a proven strategy in place last year which had helped us maintain our position in the market. The market numbers were also good till the pandemic hit us all in Mar’20. Then there was chaos for the next few months with uncertainties all around. One couldn’t even make a Sales call! The digital media platform which had been struggling to make its mark in the CE industry, then came to our rescue and got us going. We have really adapted to it and are now extensively using its various tools for all sorts of promotional activities. We have launched our new variant the SK220 Excavator online and the response is very encouraging. The idea behind this launch is also a part of our new strategy to improve our market share. CM

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The impact of the pandemic has been severe and across the board. We had to revise our business plan for the year. We have worked on improving our internal systems and processes thereby raising efficiencies in our operations. The Company as well as the Dealers are committed to stay invested and improve competencies to provide higher satisfaction levels to the customers. Use of online/ digital platforms have risen manifold with buyers accessing these options for making their choices. The pandemic has had a large impact on Sales especially during the first quarter of this financial year. It has picked from June and has improved since then but still below the numbers achieved last year during the same period. We are hopeful of sustained improvement in the coming months.

of this financial year. There is a month on month growth which is raising hopes that the coming months would continue to be better. Most OEMs expect to end the year on a positive note and the next year is likely to help recover further.

Q. How do you see the demand scenario of CE after this pandemic?

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We have stayed connected with the market through various innovative communication methods and channels. Owing to this, we have been able to develop a very strong pipeline of interest during the lockdown, and have seen very satisfactory conversions since the reopening.

Piero Guizzetti CeO

MB Crusher IndIa

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Q. How COVID 19 has affected the business? What

are challenges available after the lockdown?

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. Are you planning to add any new equipment in the product list for India?

This year we have launched our HDS series, capable of shredding, airing, mixing and screening organic and damp soil. It also finds pertinence in some crushing applications. We have made our first few installation in spite of the difficult scenario in 2020, and have found resounding satisfaction among our customer base.

Q. How do you evaluate the developed and developing market when it comes to technology, product offerings, and marketing strategies?

Whenever one introduces a relatively new technology compared to incumbent practices, there must always be a period of education, no matter the market. This in turn extends the sales cycle. In this phase, the sales team must be highly qualified in properly explaining and displaying the product benefits. India has a very knowledgeable and technically competent customer base, which helps it understand the value

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. How do you see the demand scenario of crusher buckets after this pandemic?

Crusher buckets are considered to be among the latest innovations in the hydraulic attachments segment. Attachments are considered as a boon to secondary operations as they drastically reduce the capital investment required upfront. At the same time, they are more versatile in terms of applicability and do not require major logistical considerations and capital intensive mobilisation costs as one would face with stationary crushers for example.

Q. What has your marketing strategy been in the past one year? Did you have to tweak your marketing strategies after the lockdown?

We have all had to adapt to working in a relatively more remote manner while interfacing with clients. Looking at the bright side, thanks to the advanced digital ecosystem that we all have at our disposal, it has been feasible to a degree which would not have been even just a few years ago. Thanks to MB’s direct presence in the Indian market, and capillary presence in the territory, we have been able to maintain localized support to our entire customer base. We have stayed connected with the market through various innovative communication methods and channels. Owing to this, we have been able to develop a very strong pipeline of interest during the lockdown, and have seen very satisfactory conversions since the reopening. CM

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COVID has affected all sectors across the entire world with its unforeseeable nature and the subsequent unpreparedness to tackle the problem. As India kicks back into full gear after the lockdown, we believe that expediency of resuming operations will become very critical. On the back of this, MB products can provide solutions for crushing, screening and trenching inert and organic material, that can be operational in a matter of a few days. Infrastructure being one of the most impactful drivers of growth thanks to the web of correlated industries that it cross-fertilizes, it will see vast public and private investments and with that we expect a very strong rebound by the second half of 2021.

proposition that new technologies can bring. As MB when we started on our own in India, we had to sell the concept first, and then our products. Now I am glad to say that we are well known and there is a much larger percentage of our pipeline that comes to us as opposed to we having to go to the market.

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The Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign, will help OEMS in the construction equipment sector by generating a local component sourcing base for the construction sector and facilitating collaboration with the MSME’s which could further lead to better R&D, infrastructure, logistics, delivery and subsequently a more robust product line in the country.

Sandeep Mathur Brand Leader, India

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Q. Which are the products in your portfolio that

have seen hikes in demand recently?

Q. How you look at local manufacturing of small

components required for machines?

Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign is one of the initiative taken by the government recently which has gained prominence during the pandemic. The initiative will help in India in developing a manufacturing hub. CASE India has always believed in the potential of our country. A testament to this belief is our manufacturing plant in Pithampur, Indore (Madhya Pradesh) where CASE produces its world-class construction equipment range. From CASE’s Pithampur plant, products are being exported to the markets of Africa, South East Asia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Middle East countries. The plant has recently been certified Bronze Level in the World Class Manufacturing (WCM) program. The Pithampur facility serves India’s road and infrastructure sector and exports its products to around 30 markets. The Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign, will help OEMS in the construction equipment sector by generating a local component sourcing base for the construction sector and facilitating collaboration with the MSME’s which could further lead to better R&D, infrastructure, logistics, delivery and subsequently a more robust product line in the country. This initiative will help in bringing down the cost of parts which will subsequently lead to low cost of the final product allowing

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. How CASE is looking up to scale up its dealer and service network?

CASE India currently has a vast and bankable dealer network spread across the country. We have established a network of around 60 key dealers across India. Along with that, our spare parts and services accessibility reaches remote locations. CASE understands that accessible customer support is vital for customer engagement in such a vast country, thus it stations customer support centers within 70 to 100 km of its clients’ sites. We have a state of the art 75000 sq. ft central ware house in Indore, which holds 13000 SKUs at a time along with 2 depots in Faridabad and Guwahati which provide quick access to all parts of the country. CASE also offers exceptional customer service through online technical support, mobile teams, and a centralized call center that clients can reach through a toll-free number, enabling customers to minimize operational downtime and maintain production schedules. CASE designs its products and services around client needs by focusing on customer feedback, after-sales services, and on-ground support. CASE’s philosophy of ‘being close to the customer’ whether small or large, coupled with its products’ state-of-the-art features, sets the company apart and our customers can vouch for it.

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The economic revival is beginning, and the government is coming up with policies and announcements to boost the Construction sector. The government has announced an investment of 50,000cr in the construction of highways for the economic zones for more connectivity. MoRTH has also set a target to build 12,000 km highways for this current financial year and has ensured that it will reduce the build-up of arbitration cases. The Ministry has permitted building 34,800 km of national highways in 5 years with an expected cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore in the Phase-I of Bharatmala Pariyojana and the NHAI has been mandated to build 27,500 km. In order to ensure liquidity for the ongoing projects, government has announced quick disbursal of pending payment for the vendors. These measures will help bring back the construction sector on track thus generating adequate equipment demand and CASE India will be ready to make the most of this opportunity.

for improved margins. The improved logistics and infrastructure will also ensure speedy delivery of parts to the dealers and customers and is going to create better coordination with the local vendors. Local manufacturing will also result in upskilling of labour and will play a huge role in creating a better eco-system. This initiative can turn India into a manufacturing hub which can attract more foreign investment thus generating jobs and strengthening the market further. At CASE, We’ve always believed in local sourcing and indigenous manufacturing. It’s the way we work and we’ll continue to do so.

Q. Is there any new addition in your product portfolio? Do you have any future plans for your product portfolio expansion?

We’ve recently launched our first ever excavator CX 220 C. It was launched last year at Excon 2019. The 22-ton CHEX excavator is specially designed for the Indian terrain and delivers faster cycle times and higher productivity. Our CX 220 C excavator develops a gross power of 117 KW (157 hp) and

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peak torque of 622 Nm at 1800rpm. It comes with 3 power modes and ten auxiliary hydraulic settings. The in-built CASE Intelligent Hydraulic System (CIHS) further improves fuel efficiency and provides smooth control. The advanced hydraulic system offers higher breakout forces, improved swing speeds and greater swing torque, resulting in faster cycle times and 5% increase in productivity. The cabin includes an ergonomically designed seat which provides a better lever position to assure the safety of the operators. Our excavator also comes with the world class FPT Industrial engine helps in saving up to 4%more fuel efficiency due to hydraulic system control and 6% better efficiency from FPT engine. The excavator also have 5 energy saving controls that help in constant consumption monitoring & ECO gauge function, keeping you updated about the machine’s engine consumption. This excavator focus in providing comfort to the operator. Currently, we are bringing the CX 220 C excavator in the Indian market for our customers use., We also conducted roadshows for our customers to get a hands on experience before purchasing the excavator. At CASE we believe that customer’s preference matters and with this excavator we have ensured that the operator will get maximum output and satisfaction on the work site.

Q. What are the major implementations for business growth of CASE Construction?

As mentioned earlier, we have expanded our portfolio this year by launching our much awaited excavator in the Indian market. Prior to the launch we conducted roadshows to give our customers a chance to experience the excavator. We’re further strengthening our relationship with our

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existing customers by giving them loan extensions and warranty support to ease out any pressure during such a tumultuous time. We’re also providing product support and services even in these challenging times keeping all the safety precautions in mind. For Fleet owners, Case offers Maintenance Contracts with dedicated service manpower available at site to ensure uptime. For potential customers, through our financial arm, CNH Capital, we’re offering lucrative schemes that can help them in buying equipment.. We have also introduced a 48 hours loan approval policy to facilitate easy loan service. We’re continuously improving upon our services and recently launched Case Site watch which is monitored by the Case After-market team, to ensure that timely action can be taken in case of any potential disruption in working. We care about our customers’ business and are always ready to go the extra mile for them.

Q. How the pandemic has changed the working

process of the industry? How construction equipment industry is tackling the situation?

The pandemic effected the construction sector immensely, the lockdown halted many projects in the country causing businesses to act fast and draft new protocols to survive this unprecedented situation. Post this, the construction industry saw a leap in technology and digital platforms thus making industry 4.0. a norm today. At CASE we took the same approach and hopped on the digital wagon by dealing with our customers, dealers and employees digitally. The government’s response also helped the industry players in reviving and moving forward from the stagnant phase. The government is giving a push in the right direction by announcing initiatives that will increase the number of projects for the infrastructure sector and introducing Atmarnirbhar Abhiyaan. NHAI has identified 1,500 km of road projects to boost coastal connectivity. This will boost the sector with immense opportunities. Additionally, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has hinted towards incoming of more projects in the Rs 111 lakh crore National Infrastructure Pipeline. The total of 7,000 projects have been identified under the National Infrastructure Pipeline projecting investment of Rs 111 lakh crore during 2020-25. We’re positive that the sector will recover. It may be slow but it will be a full recovery nonetheless. CM || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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Rajesh Premchandran Director-ISAAME (India, South Asia, Africa & Middle-East)

Elgi Equipments Limited

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LGi’s aspiration to become no. 2 in the global air compressor business led to us building our own technology, infrastructure, people and processes to achieve long term goals. Today, ELGi is possibly the only company in the world that makes its own air ends, pressure vessels, castings, motors, conducting complete machining and compressor assembly.

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Q. What is the impact of COVID-19 on business? How has

it affected the sales of industrial air compressors?

Compressors are equipment that is capital intensive and most customers today are trying to save on capital expenditure thereby it is logical to expect a lower demand. But since compressors are needed in multiple applications, we have been focusing on segments such as Pharma, F&B and General Engineering where we have continuing demand compared to some of the other segments and projects which have not done well. What was encouraging, however, was that the last couple of months have been much better than the Q1.

Q. How manufacturing process has changed post-pandemic?

We’ve definitely taken several safety measures to keep our employees on the shop floor, safe. Post lockdown, we have changed the layouts in some of our assembly lines to increase the spacing between work stations to enable social distancing. Plastic dividers and screens have been placed in between work stations. All workmen who have to work in close proximity 56

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with their colleagues, due to their nature of work have been given face shields for further protection. We have also initiated two-shift operations in the assembly line, to reduce the number of people working at a time on the shop floor. Shift timing, tea, and lunch breaks have also been staggered. A daily disinfection of workspace, tools, fixtures, machines, and HMI panel between shift changeovers is conducted. Facilities for sanitization of face shields and dispensers of sanitizers are made available in each of the shop floors. A customised application is used to stream the compressor testing from the ELGi factory to the customer and their authorised inspection agency at remote locations. After witnessing the testing online, they approve the compressor based on successful testing and the product aligning to all purchase agreements.

Q. What is the company’s approach towards the ‘Atmanirbhar

Bharat’ initiative? How do you look at the local manufacturing of small components required for machines? ELGi’s aspiration to become no. 2 in the global air compressor

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business led to us building our own technology, infrastructure, people and processes to achieve long term goals. Today, ELGi is possibly the only company in the world that makes its own air ends, pressure vessels, castings, motors, conducting complete machining and compressor assembly. Unlike other compressor companies that focus on core parts, and with a view to meeting our quality focus and ensuring seamless product delivery, we have orchestrated the selective backward integration of our manufacturing facilities. All of this at the ELGi Air Centre Plant, which spans over 5 million square feet of manufacturing space at our headquarters in India. This has helped us to have minimum dependency on overseas suppliers at the same time meet the quality expectations of our customers across the globe.

Q. What are the challenges available in the market after the lockdown? How you are planning to overcome those challenges?

Q. The government is focusing on better air quality and making new emission norms. What are the new technologies you are opting to tackle the environmental issues?

been? Will this in any way lead to a change in the positioning of ELGi as the brand in the future?

The pandemic has caused a significant impact worldwide. From a small reciprocating air compressor manufacturer in the 1960s, today, ELGi is a global player in the compressed air market. At ELGi, our aspiration is christened as “Conquer K-2 (CK2)” – detailing our aspiration to be the no. 2 in the Global Air Compressor Market by 2027 and drawing inspiration from Mount K2, the second highest peak in the world and arguably, the toughest peak to ascend among the eight thousanders. We believe in continually building on the products, process, people and technology to achieve our aspiration. Today, we’ve direct presence in over 20 countries and a global footprint spanning over 120 countries across the world. Our global presence has been beneficial to us especially since India went into extended lockdown. As we gain more comfort around this new normal, we will refocus our attention on our strategic markets and initiatives towards CK2, our ambition to be second largest compressed air manufacturer in the world.

Q. How ELGi is promoting the participation of women in manufacturing?

Currently, women in ELGi make up about 30 percent of the sales and marketing workforce, 18 percent of finance and HR roles, and 14 percent of technology roles. We have continuously worked towards improving gender diversity and creating an equal opportunity environment across our global operations, as opposed to being singularly obsessed with achieving gender diversity in terms of the ratio alone. Women at ELGi, working at both blue-collar and white-collar positions, from the shop floor, R&D, and supply chain, to sales and marketing, IT, and finance. Aside, ELGi’s training school runs a three-year vocational training program, post which the graduates join our manufacturing facilities. We’re delighted that over 50 percent of the participants are women; enabling better gender balance right at the start of the talent pipeline. CM

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The lockdown has forced us to rethink the way we operate. On the daily work front, we’re taking every precaution to keep our employees in our factories safe and healthy. Our sales teams have quickly adapted to work from home, while they often resort to virtual platforms for engagement with the customer. Our service teams have remained committed to servicing our customers despite restrictions and during the midst of the lockdowns. Our CK2 aspiration to be second largest air compressor brand continues to be our business ambition. As we emerge from the pandemic, we believe that our CK2 aspiration will be a rallying cry for our employees to engage with our stakeholders towards a common goal. Our company vision is for ELGi to “Always be the choice everywhere”. We aspire to live up to this commitment every day for our customers, suppliers, distributors, employees, investors, and society.

Q. What have your key learnings from this lockdown

We’ve seen an extension in deadlines for applicability of new emission norms for construction equipment. The new emission norms for construction equipment will now come into force from 1st April 2021, providing a deferment of six months. These norms were earlier to be applicable from October 2020. The diesel-powered portable air compressor range from ELGi has products that are already compliant with tier 2 emission norms. ELGi also has products powered by electronic engines with an international warranty that is engineered for better fuel economy and low emissions in its class. With these engines, ELGi portable air compressors provide customers with a durable performance at a low cost of ownership. || www.constructionmirror.com ||

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BACKHOE LOADER Backhoe Loaders: Playing an ideal role infrastructure development


A backhoe loader plays an ideal role in development of infrastructure because of its design & other features. There have been in continuous innovation in the industry and new features are added in the machines. Necessity is the mother of invention, an old proverb and an accurate one as it’s relates to the recent innovations in the backhoe market. The recent innovations in the backhoe industry are made to meet the customer’s satisfaction. The biggest changes in a machine takes place inside the hood, some of the advanced backhoe loader designs are related to engine technology, especially with the emission standard. The industry nowadays is almost completely reliant on computers and other processors to control the engine, the drive train and even the hydraulic parameters to make the machines as fast, powerful and efficient as possible. The investment in infrastructure that the Indian government agreed to make is expected to push the sales of backhoe loaders in India. There are also initiatives underway to reform procedures and policies around infrastructure investment which should stimulate the sector further, as should new funding initiatives. Focus on the Engine Performance of backhoe loaders: A good understanding of engine performance maps is important to a system design engineer in today’s


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construction world, every contractor’s main goal is to enhance productivity. For that, they take all the possible steps from buying the right equipment to maintaining it regularly. However, one thing that makes the major difference is intelligent equipment with superior parts. In case of Backhoe Loader (BHL), the overall productivity of it is often judged by its excavator and loader performance. Engine performance is often characterized by the engine operating behavior in the speed–load domain, for example, the behavior of emissions, fuel consumption, noise, mechanical and thermal loading. Engine performance maps refer to the constant value contour plots of a given performance parameter in the speed–torque domain. The engine also incorporates the lubrication system and the cooling system. The lubrication system ensures that all the moving parts of the engine are kept well oiled in order to provide a long serviceable life. Smaller engines use a simplified system where the oil is thrown around the crankcase called a dipper and splash method. Larger, more powerful engines use a pressurized system which incorporates a pump, regulator and filter. New Series loader backhoes are powered by high functioning engines and deliver powerful

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performance and fast response time coupled with a higher productivity and fuel savings of up to 13%. They are re-engineered from the ground up to deliver industry-leading backhoe breakout force, greater loader lift capacity/ reach and best-in-class cab visibility. The new Backhoe Loaders have robust robotically welded two-piece structural frame design results in great stability, performance and serviceability. Care on hydraulics of backhoe loaders: From backyard log splitters to the huge machines you see on construction sites, hydraulic equipment is amazing in its strength ¬and agility! On any construction site you see hydraulically operated machinery in the form of bulldozers, backhoes, shovels, loaders, forklifts and cranes. The basic idea behind any hydraulic system is very simple: Force that is applied at one point is transmitted to another point using an incompressible fluid. The fluid is almost always an oil of some sort. The force is almost always multiplied in the process. Hydraulics is given special importance nowadays as the fluidity of a machine depends on its hydraulics adjustment. Contractors rely on backhoe loaders as a workhorse that can accomplish a wide variety of tasks. The large loader bucket can scoop, transport, and dump || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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large quantities of earth, debris, or other loose material quickly, efficiently, and with precise control. The new series center-pivot backhoe loaders are now being made for digging, trenching, back-filling, and material handling in applications such as, but not limited, to general and road construction, demolition, excavation, and landscaping. Models nowadays have a powerful implement hydraulic system that uses a load-sensing, variable-displacement piston pump. This design provides full lifting and digging forces at all engine speeds and matches hydraulic flow to work demands for highly efficient operation. The closed-center hydraulic system matches pressure and flow to application demand. Whether in full trenching mode or digging around delicate services, operators maintain precise control. Fuel efficiency: Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC) allows to compare engines of different sizes to see which is most fuel efficient. It helps to determine which engine uses the least amount of fuel while producing high power. So mathematically, SFC is the ratio of fuel used to the amount of power produced by engine. SFC = Fuel consumption per unit

time (Kg) / Power (Kw-h). With the fuel prices continuously growing up and our surrounding increasingly being adversely affected by the amount of pollution that is generated by the heavy Construction Equipment (CE) like Backhoe Loaders (BHLs), opting for environment-friendly and fuel-efficient machines is the need of the hour. The backhoe loader manufacturers have taken up this task sincerely. Now, they are increasingly targeting to make BHLs which emit far lesser amounts of smoke and offer great fuel efficiency. This is because BHLs are one of the leading contributors to dangerous diesel pollution. Upgradation of telematics: Manufacturers today are boosting the technology of their backhoes, adding sophisticated machine control and telematics systems to them. Others are relying on technology to improve the power and reach of their backhoes. These changes can benefit the bottom lines of owners, who can now rely on that most versatile of machines, the backhoe, to do more work more efficiently. Manufacturers today are boosting the technology of their backhoes, adding sophisticated machine control and telematics systems to them. Others are relying on technology to improve the power and reach of their backhoes. These changes can benefit the bottom lines of owners, who can now rely on that most versatile of machines, the backhoe, to do more work more efficiently. The system is constantly evolving. The data collected by a telematics system provides a historical view into the entire operation that was previously unavailable unless operators took copious notes or supervisors spent their entire day counting performance stats as if they were keeping score at a baseball game. Neither is very common. Telematics affords the ability to understand trends, to create a baseline, and then use that baseline to learn more about the rest of your operation. Telematics makes your life so much easier and is the quickest way to confirm that your machines are well maintained and in good health without having to travel around work sites inspecting machines. The metrics that the telematics system delivers enable you to manage your fleet more effectively and plan maintenance schedules in advance – it provides instant notifications when a service is due and critical alerts if there are any serious

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mechanical or electrical problems with your machines. Which means; we can quickly make sure that any issues are sorted, and your machines are fully operational and back onsite earning you money. The new system eradicates this problem by consolidating information from across a complete fleet onto a single dedicated system. This allows those responsible for fleet management to interpret data from multiple sources, enabling more informed, more effective and faster decision making. Electronics is the main component of a backhoe loader, many features that makes backhoe smart and more efficient is made possible by electronics. New sensors, new solenoids, features actuated at the push of a button, control pattern changers, etc. It’s electronics that largely makes it possible to work in different operating modes, ensuring that the machine only puts out as much effort as is required to complete the job. If hydraulics provides the power, it’s electronics that makes that power intelligent. Features such as auto idle and auto shutdown are also made possible by electronics and, of course, telematics would not be possible without all of these technological advances. And, while telematics adoption is still in its early stages, some equipment manufacturers are offering it as a standard service at the time of purchase to encourage use and to show customers the true benefits smarter maintenance and diagnostics, greater efficiency and performance, better utilization and improved security.

Advantages of Backhoe Loaders

Helps in reducing the labour requirement and cost: Shortage of labour is a major issue of the country’s construction industry, in this scenario BHL helps in reducing the need for manual labour as a single machine is able to perform multiple tasks at a jobsite. The manual labour

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is expertise in performing a single work, while a BHL can perform various functions with the help of additional attachments. This helps the companies in reducing the labour cost and even the overall cost of the project. Timely completion of projects: In construction industry timely completion of a project is an important factor. Backhoe loaders help in completing the work on time as they are not at all affected by the any weather conditions and other external factors. Also, they are highly advanced and technologically-sound machines, so they complete the tasks faster and in a smooth way. Accuracy and reliability: BHLs are known for the completing the work accurately, and for a contractor completing a project with accuracy is a major factor to survive in the market. BHLs allow the contractors to complete the work with minimal quality defects, shielding them from claims arising from poor workmanship. Since today, many construction contracts in India include a defects liability clause, BHLs help the companies in averting any such situation. Promotes safety at jobsites: Safety is an important concern at a construction sites when they are working at the ground, especially in confined spaces when heavy materials are moving around. BHLs put an end to these worries by moving the workers far away from the danger zone. Increasing Profitability: Profit earning is the main motive for every business Increased productivity and the reliability of BHLs ultimately translate into higher profitability. In addition, BHLs also make it easier for the companies to complete their projects within budget at a reduced overall cost. Enhanced brand value: Brand value plays an important role in getting a good clientele. A good brand value is made from completing the projects on time and accurately. If projects are completed on time and with minimal errors with BHLs, the brand value of business increases in the market, which in turn helps the construction industry. Easy Access to Critical Places: One of the most critical challenges in specialty applications— particularly in disaster response, firefighting etc.—is access. If access to a worksite is problematic, you want to make sure that the || www.constructionmirror.com ||


equipment you are able to get on site is going to be as versatile as possible in order to maximize effectiveness and productivity. In applications where access is a challenge, contractors try to bring as few pieces of equipment on site as possible. In addition to their material handling work and cleanup, the auxiliary hydraulics on a backhoe loader serve as a powerful platform for running hydraulic hand tools, eliminating the need to bring compressors or other equipment on site. Adding an extendable hydraulic hose reel to a backhoe allows contractors and first responders to use hydraulic saws, grinders, Jaws of Life and other hydraulic tools. Many backhoes now come standard with telematics – a powerful equipment management and utilization technology that is particularly helpful for decentralized operations like railroad work, firefighting or other disaster response applications. Telematics provides an easy way to know the current location of machines and their crews. This can be helpful in many ways: It simplifies maintenance by keeping track of engine hours and maintenance alerts. It provides a record of how equipment is being used (idle vs. working mode, etc.) and helps identify underutilized pieces of equipment that may be put to use in areas where they are needed. And it provides an extra layer of security, as geofences (virtual perimeters) can be established to send alerts when a machine leaves the staging area (identifying possible theft), and unauthorized after-hour use can be easily identified. Options for Different Attachments: Backhoe loaders in themselves are amazingly versatile machines. Backhoe loaders are favourites of industry experts across the globe. Being a favourite doesn’t keep the machine from becoming outdated or obsolete though. We live in the day and age where machines are required to single handedly perform multiple tasks. Multi functional machines are the trend of the changing times. The backhoe loader while versatile will have to adhere to the trend if its market share has to be kept safe. Attachments for a backhoe loader are the answer to the multi function machine dilemma. There are different types of attachments available for a backhoe such as auger drill, rock beaker, pole erector, || www.constructionmirror.com ||

pallet fork, multi functional bucket etc. These attachments make backhoe a versatile machine which can be used for various jobs as per the requirements. Backhoes are an excellent platform for many applications because the machines are extremely stable. They can often handle heavier and more complex attachments than compact and smallsized excavators due to that stability. And, as a wheeled machine, they have significantly less impact on surfaces than tracked machines when turning. Used for Grading Applications: Backhoes aren’t the first machine that comes to mind for grading, but these machines actually offer an excellent platform for grading. Look for a bucket with wear strips that are the same level as the bottom of the cutting edge. This is so that, when the bucket sits flat, there is contact throughout the whole range of the bucket rather than just the cutting edge. Backhoe loaders are actually easier to use for grading than some other machines because they are more stable and they have axle isolation keeping the bucket in contact with the ground. Used for Compaction Applications: Many utility contractors rely on trench rollers or walk-behind vibratory plate compactors for compacting in trenches. By adding a hydraulic compactor to a backhoe, a contractor can perform that task from a safe distance, rather than placing a worker in a trench with a compactor. It also negates the need to purchase a separate piece of equipment.

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Scaffolding & Formwork

Better Building Support with Modern Scaffolding & Formwork


Scaffolding is a temporary structure whose configuration and location change as the construction progresses. As scaffolding is used and shared by multiple trades, its interaction with different construction activities often entails challenges and issues that emerge only after construction commences. Managing scaffolding in industrial construction is more challenging due to project complexity and size.

Types of Scaffolding used in Construction

Kwikstage Scaffolding system is made of durable galvanized steel. Kwikstage scaffolding is trouble-free to erect and assemble and easy to take down. Builders who workin small or big projects, this type of scaffolding is very useful. Wherever regular scaffolding is used, Kwikstage scaffold can also be used as a substitute Single scaffolding is generally used for brick masonry and is also called as brick layer’s scaffolding. Single scaffolding consists of standards, ledgers, putlogs etc., which is parallel to the wall at a distance of about 1.2 m. Distance between the standards is about 2 to 2.5 m. Ledgers connect the standards at vertical interval of 1.2 to 1.5 m. Putlogs are taken out from the hole left in the wall to one end of the ledgers. Putlogs are placed at an interval of 1.2 to 1.5 m.


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Double Scaffolding is generally used for stone masonry so; it is also called as mason’s scaffolding. In stone walls, it is hard to make holes in the wall to support putlogs. So, two rows of scaffolding is constructed to make it strong. The first row is 20 – 30 cm away from the wall and the other one is 1m away from the first row. Then putlogs are placed which are supported by the both frames. To make it more strong rakers and cross braces are provided. This is also called as independent scaffolding. Cantilever Scaffolding is a type of scaffolding in which the standards are supported on series of needles and these needles are taken out through holes in the wall. This is called single frame type scaffolding. In the other type needles are strutted inside the floors through the openings and this is called independent or double frame type scaffolding. Care should be taken while construction of cantilever scaffolding.Cantilever scaffoldings are used under conditions such as, when the ground does not have the capacity to support standards, when the Ground near the wall is to be free from traffic, when upper part of the wall is under construction. Suspended scaffolding in which the working platform is suspended from roofs with the help of wire ropes or chains etc., it can be raised or lowered to our required level. This type of scaffolding is used for repair works, pointing, paintings etc. Trestle scaffolding in which the working platform is supported on movable tripods or ladders. This is generally used for work inside the room, such as paintings, repairs etc., up to a height of 5m. Steel scaffolding is constructed by steel tubes which are fixed together by steel couplers or fittings. It is very easy to construct or dismantle. It has greater strength, greater durability and higher fire resistance. It is not economical but will give more safety for workers. So, it is used extensively nowadays. Patented scaffoldings are made up of steel but these are equipped with special couplings and frames etc., these are readymade scaffoldings which are available in the market. In this type of scaffolding working platform is arranged on brackets which can be adjustable to our required level.

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Need For Modern Formwork Systems

The earliest formwork systems made use of wooden scantlings and timber runners as it enabled easy forming and making at site. But these wooden scantlings and timber runners tend to lose their structural and dimensional properties over a period time and after repeated usage thus posing safety problems. Many of the accidents take place in Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) construction because of inferior formwork and scaffolding. Now focus has to be shifted to other key factor “Formwork”, to face the challenges for the completion of fast track projects. By going in for system formwork, substantial savings are possible by faster return on investments. Formwork may be created out of timber, plywood, steel, formed concrete or fibreglass used one by one or together. Steel forms are utilized in scenario wherever massive numbers of re-use of an equivalent forms are necessary. For tiny works, timber formwork proves helpful. Fibre glass made from formed concrete and Al are utilized in cast-in-situ construction like slabs or members involving bowed surfaces. Timber Formwork ought to be seasoned, lightweight in weight, simply feasible with nails, while not ripping and free from loose knots. Timber used for shuttering for exposed concrete work ought to have swish and even surface on all faces that are available in contact with concrete. Normal sizes of members for timber formwork should be like for example, for fabric for slabs, beam, column aspect and beam bottom (25-40mm thick), for Joints, ledges (50x70-50x150 mm), for Posts (75x100-100 x one hundred mm). Plywood Formwork Resin warranted laminate sheets are connected to timber frames to create up panels of needed sizes. Value of laminate formwork compares favorably thereupon of timber shuttering and it's going to even prove cheaper in bound cases see able of issues like - it's potential to own swish end within which case on cost in surface finishing is there - By use of huge size panels, it's potential to impact saving within the labour value of fixing and dismantlement - No. of reuses (20-25) are additional as compared with timber shuttering.

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Steel Formwork consist of panels fancied out of skinny steel plates stiffened on the sides by little steel angles. The panel units may be command along through the employment of appropriate clamps or bolts and wacky. The panels may be fancied in sizable amount in any desired standard form or size. Steel forms are mostly utilized in massive come or in scenario wherever sizable amount reuses of the shuttering is feasible. This kind of shuttering is taken into account most fitted for circular/ curved structures. Distinction between steel & timber forms may be same that, Steel forms are stronger, sturdy and have longer life than timber type and their reuses are additional in range. Steel forms may be put in and razed with larger ease & speed. The standard of exposed concrete surface by exploitation steel forms is sweet and such surfaces would like no more treatment. Steel formwork doesn't absorb wet from concrete and doesn't shrink or warp. Construction of Concrete formwork normally involves Propping and centring, Shuttering, Provision of camber, cleansing & surface treatment. Removing formwork involves,

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Shuttering forming the vertical faces of walls, beams and column sides ought to be removed initial as they bear no load however solely retain the concrete. Shuttering forming side of slabs ought to be removed next. Shuttering forming side of beams, girders or alternative heavily loaded shuttering ought to be removed within the finish. Rapid hardening cement, heat weather and lightweight loading conditions enable early removal of formwork. The formwork ought to below no circumstances be allowed to be removed till all the concrete reaches strength of atleast double the stresses to that the concrete could also be subjected at the time of removal of formwork. All formworks ought to be mitigated bit by bit and punctiliously so as to stop the load being suddenly transferred to concrete.

Technical, Functional & Economic Requirements of Formwork

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and labour alone consists of 35% of the total concrete construction cost. To ensure that the formwork is economical and practical to build, the following basic technical, economical and functional requirements that should be kept in mind when designing and constructing formwork Technical: Formwork should be of the desired shape, size and fit at the location of the member in structure according to the drawings. It shall be carefully selected for required finish surface & linings to produce the desired concrete surface and should withstand the pressure of fresh concrete and working loads and should not distort or deflect from their position during the concrete placing operation. It should support the designed loads any other applied loads during the construction period and must not damage the concrete/themselves during removal from structure. Panels of the formwork should be tightly connected to reduce gap at the formwork connection to prevent leakage of cement paste. Functional: Form sections should be of the size that can be lifted and transported easily from one job site to another. It should be dismantled and moved as easily as possible || www.constructionmirror.com ||

Despite the volatile nature of construction & allied activities, Scaffolding & Formwork market is thriving in India and one can expect brighter times ahead. With the govt laying special emphasis on construction & infrastructure development, opportunities abound in the Indian scaffolding & formwork Industry. Yet, there are some challenges like time & cost constraints. Moreover, the general paucity of trained professionals in this field is also a cause for concern. Nevertheless, with the demand rising in the wake of ongoing & future projects, scaffolding & formwork manufacturers are keeping pace with the Construction Industry. Growth Drivers: The reasons for growth are aplenty. Firstly, the speed and uncertainty with which projects are awarded these days, a contractor has no choice but to ensure a quick completion and move on to the next one. Secondly, scaffolding & formwork provides qualitative consistency in construction besides good surface finish, thereby saving a lot of finishing time and plastering material. Furthermore, the usage of conventional scaffolding material is diminishing as labour safety is gaining considerable importance in India. And finally, scaffolding & formwork solutions have a longer life and can be re-used at various sites, thus resulting in cost savings || November 2020 ||

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so that construction of the building advances. Itsunits must be interchangeable so that they can be used for forming different members. It must be designed such that it fits and fastens together with reasonable ease. Should be simple to build. Should be as light weight as possible without any strength reduction. Forms should be made such that workers can handle them without any safety issue, respecting the Health, Safety, and Hygiene Regulation in effect. Economic: Made of low cost materials, energy and labour. It should be made such that it can be repetitively used and shall be as adaptable as possible. They must also be able to withstand a good no. of reuses without losing their shape. Must be designed so that the whole formwork can be assembled and dismantled with unskilled or semi-skilled labour. Its care & maintenance should be done according to specifications.

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for the contractor. Well there are a bagful of growth drivers; construction growth in India in all sectors, need of speedy and quality construction, labour scarcity in key areas of construction, extensive usage of concrete pumps and safety requirements. These drivers necessitated the introduction of new technologies in almost all areas of construction. We see wonderful opportunities for all advanced formwork systems in India. The demand is in a growing pattern as there are several projects going on in all sectors and many more are expected in future. Challenges and Client Concerns: Clients are keen on quality, they are highly cost conscious and want the solutions to be provided in the least possible timeframe. And considering that building design variation is the order of the day in modern India, scaffolding & formwork is ought to be site-specific and requires constant re-engineering. A lot of high-rise buildings are coming up in India with unique architectural designs and for these projects, automatic climbing formwork (ACF) becomes the necessity for timely, economical and safer execution. But, most of these projects have lots of structural variations, leading to the difficulty in designing of a single ACF system to cater the constantly varying geometry. Speaking of client concerns, one of the primary concerns always is cost effectiveness. As the cycle time for erecting a structure depends on several factors, if the client has adopted the best formwork system, but doesn't have good command on the other associated factors than the formwork system alone cannot decrease the cycle time for erection of a structure. Moreover, the clients are always concerned about the lead time for delivery along with good training and after-sales support at site.

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Prioritising Customer Support: In spite of these challenges, scaffolding & formwork manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned to ensure client satisfaction. It's rather understood that cost is the major concern and in order to address this issue, scaffolding & formwork companies are devising sale modalities based on this aspect. In fact, the products being supplied are a wonderful blend of cost effectiveness and quality. However, customer support doesn't end merely on cost flexibilities. They enjoy a gamut of post-sale assistance as well; training, education, supervised installations, and repairs and maintenance. Rental Route: Interestingly, the rental option is also turning about to be feasible. Since we know that a client is hell-bent on cost minimisation and a manufacturer needs the money to keep his business going, treading the rental route sounds sane. Builders and contractors want to bring down the investments on scaffolding & formwork and are therefore happy to hire the systems at feasible rates for a stipulated time. Also, there's always a lurking uncertainty in contractors' minds that a project can come to halt at any time or maybe get delayed inordinately. Some S&F CoS are also finding it lucrative to adopt the rental model. People are opting for rentals in-order to curtail investments and storage costs. The Construction Industry has been plagued by uncertainties and it is not uncommon for projects to suddenly come to a halt. A contractor will therefore think twice before purchasing scaffolding & formwork and would rather settle for a rental contract. Few models also provide them an option to purchase the material. So it's like pay as per use and purchase when you like it. CM

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Material handling Equipment

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Material handling is the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, consumption and disposal. Material handling and transportation plays a fundamental role in logistics success, every industry is getting a drastic change with the new innovations and technology available in the market. Many equipment manufacturers are experimenting with new technologies and they are introducing new machine to the market. Advanced material handling equipment facilitate increased efficiency and reliability, with the promise of significant cost-savings over the long-term, without compromising on the process quality. For most of the manufacturing and logistics companies, profitability is hugely dependent on the efficiency and safety of product storage and transportation. Material handling equipment are crucial in managing the movement of inventory within a production facility, warehouse or large stores and also in external applications like loading and unloading. The deployment of modern and automated material handling equipment help businesses to address these concerns by ensuring

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the safety of products and employees, without compromising on the process quality, time and profits. These equipment facilitate increased efficiency and reliability, with the promise of significant cost-savings over the long-term. Material handling equipment that's manual are those systems that use workers to pick goods and move them around a warehouse or bring them line side for production. These types of warehouses might use equipment such as forklifts and conveyors to help the process along, however much of the work is done by humans. Automated warehouses use much more equipment to do the same processes. For example, equipment such as extensive conveyors, sortation machines, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), and SDVs (self-driving vehicles) are used as solutions to move goods. There are several categories of material handling systems that are used in production. The technology used within each can be different – but overlap exists as well. Industrial trucks, storage and handling, and engineered systems are three general system types that are among the most impactful for a broad range of environments. Today, almost all major companies are talking about how digitalisation and the Internet of Things (IoT) is influencing their operations. Digitalisation and IoT are touching every facet of manufacturing and operational activity, helping companies ensure smooth functioning of operations. When it comes to the warehouse, forklifts are already doing quite a bit of the data collection. They are prepared with wireless connectivity and sensors that permit them to gather information from their own internal systems as well as from their enviornment, and

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then transmit this data to management systems. Continuous rise in demand for automation in industries has revolutionized the adoption of automatic material handling equipment. With the appearance of technologies adore artificial intelligence, wireless technologies, and driverless vehicles, the automatic material handling equipment market has witnessed vital growth over the previous few years. The Automated Material Handling Equipment Market is segmented on the lines of its machine type, system type, function, industry vertical and regional. Based on machine type it covers Robots, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS), Automated Conveyors and Sortation Systems, Automated Cranes and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV). Based on system type it covers Unit Load Material Handling Systems and Bulk Load Material Handling Systems. Based on function type it covers Storage, Transportation, Assembly, Packaging, Distribution and Waste Handling. Based on industry vertical it covers Automotive, Metals & Heavy Machinery, Food & Beverages, Chemical, Semiconductor and Electronics, Healthcare, Aviation, E-Commerce and Others. The Indian Warehousing & Material Handling sector is one of the most promising sectors of India’s new economy. Though nascent and not as technologically advanced as its western counterparts, the sector is creating a huge buzz globally by virtue of its sheer potential for growth. Indian economy has continuously recorded high growth rates and became an attractive destination for investments. These factors have formed the foundation for sound business and ambitious growth. Make in India initiative to boost the growth of the manufacturing sector, the market is expecting to see attractive growth in manufacturing and consequently in logistics and distribution activities. Apart from afore mentioned technological trends, a key opportunity for the material handling industry stays in the continued growth potential. This potential, at the same time, includes a challenge, as the industry needs to invest in R&D, production as well as human resources, in order to be able to handle this growth. In India, the major business challenge || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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is to remain cost competitive, while at the same time, offer improved technology solutions to the customers in a dynamic business environment. Clients in India demand customisation of cost competitive technology and that makes it the most important aspect to remain competitive in the market in the long-term.

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Hoisting and moving heavy materials from one point to another around a job site requires the use of specialized machinery. In some cases, a crew may need to suspend the materials when building large-scale projects such as industrial buildings, dams or skyscrapers. The invention of cranes made material handling on a large scale easier for work crews. Hard-to-reach locations where trucks and other construction vehicles cannot traverse may need steel, heavy equipment and supplies. Engineers developed these pieces of heavy equipment to provide stability, distribute weight and offer safety when handling heavy loads at shorter distances. Cranes represent essential components to construction, and crews primarily use them for the heaviest of lifting tasks. Hoists lift and lower by use of a chain, cable, wire or rope. In this sense, cranes are also a type of hoist because they employ wires, cables or ropes for moving objects from one place to another. For small applications, hoists in conjunction with pulleys can be operated by hand. When elbow grease and muscle isn’t enough because of the weight of the object being hoisted, electric, pneumatic or hydraulic-driven hoists may be used. Electric hoists are easy to operate and offer more flexibility, while chain hoists are used for simple lift and lower operations. Materials aren’t the only vital pieces of a construction project that may need hoisting. Workers may need to be hoisted through the use of temporary elevator systems, or lifts, during the construction of larger-scale building projects. It is important to safely secure workers, making them capable of getting to hard-to-reach or elevated areas on a project. Workers can use boom lifts, or boom hoists, to access hard-toreach places. They are common in construction

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but also in maintenance operations such as working on utility poles. On the smaller scale, forklifts and conveyor systems also provide similar functions in terms of handling materials. Conveyor systems operate as a means to transport large quantities of a material such as waste, supplies or equipment over a relatively short distance. Forklifts move small loads over short distances and provide flexibility and maneuverability that conveyors do not. Here’s a look at some of the most common hoisting and material handling devices, including different types of cranes and conveyor systems you may see on a job site. Mobile Cranes: Easy to Relocate on Short-Term Projects: Mobile cranes provide easy relocation at different areas of a job site. Wheels or tracks house most mobile cranes, and they offer adequate weight distribution and maneuverability over rough terrain. However, the design of mobile cranes also presents some safety issues: • They are not capable of lifting loads as heavy as some other types of cranes • They can be prone to overloading because of a lack of safety features

Mobile cranes, however, are the best choice for short-term projects and maximum mobility throughout a varying job site. Their mobility gives them an advantage and can save on the costs of setting up and relocating a more static crane. Derrick Cranes: Lifting up to 200 Tons: These unique cranes feature a mast, a boom and a wheel-driven rotation. When constructing very large, high structures such as multiplelevel apartment complexes, hospitals or other || www.constructionmirror.com ||


industrial buildings, derrick cranes may be employed.

Like the derrick crane, they offer incredible capacity for heavy loads and rotation from a single bull-wheel base. A tower crane’s load capability depends on the height, reach, lifting power and counterweights — and the placement of the load in relation to the jib. Conveyors: Moving Materials from One Place || www.constructionmirror.com ||

They can convey material in a variety of directions, either vertically, horizontally or on an incline, using a consecutive chain belt to push materials through quickly. In most mining operations, and for the movement of concrete, crews employ conveyors. Belt conveyors operate using a rubber belt that runs over a series of drums or pulleys. These types of conveyors handle all kinds of materials, both wet and dry, and can convey thousands of tons of material per hour over long distances. They are also lightweight and have speed control functions to increase or decrease output. For more grain-sized materials, crews may use screw conveyor systems instead. Screw conveyors cost less, but do not handle the large quantities belt conveyors docost less. They operate by a motor that drives a screw or helix over a bearing from one end. Material enters one side and pushes through the conveyor before being carried to the other end by the rotation of the screw. Forklifts: Moving Heavy Materials Back and Forth: Forklifts might not come to mind when you think of a piece of heavy equipment for construction work, but these little workhorses offer versatility and maneuverability in lifting and moving heavy materials or supplies from one place to another. Depending on the application, forklifts have different load capacities, mostly between one and five tons. However, some may be designed for larger load capacities. || November 2020 ||

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These cranes do offer the ability to lift up to 200 tons and have full 360-degree rotation features. They operate under diesel power and electric power. For longer-term projects, derrick cranes are more common than mobile cranes, which are employed on a short-term basis. Tower Cranes: A Bigger Version of the Derrick Crane: Tower cranes are similar to derrick cranes, but they’re mounted on a large steel tower for maximum height and stability. Crews employ them for the construction of skyscrapers and large high-rise buildings. Unlike mobile cranes, tower cranes get deployed for large, long-term projects and are considered some of the safest cranes in use.

to Another: While they may get overlooked because of their simplicity, conveyors fulfill essential functions for heavy equipment utilized at building sites. They offer incredible versatility in transporting large quantities or heavy materials from one area to another.

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they can work much more efficiently. It takes less time to do a job and it is more likely to be done correctly, which means each employee is able to accomplish more.

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Organizing Materials for Availability: In big warehouses where the products are stacked at a particular height and segregated in different categories, material handling equipment such as forklifts and pallet trucks help in organizing materials in different aisle. On the other hand the automated equipment such as conveyer and AGV’s help in maintaining smaller components like light fixtures, gear sticks and other small materials. Safely Transporting Materials from One Place to Other: Transportation is an important aspect of material handling industry, many industries rely on material handling equipment to transport goods within the warehouse and from the loading dock to storage facility or vice versa. Automotive factories make use of conveyors systems to transport larger vehicle components due to efficiency reasons. A conveyor system is faster and much more efficient than a forklift or other manual material handling equipment when transporting hundreds of car doors. However, when carrying multiple small components across workstations, another solution is needed. Developing a proper scheduling process: Innovative carts play an essential role in the scheduling and planning processes in factories. They ensure materials are delivered on time with minimal damage. This, in turn, speeds up the manufacturing process and ensures orders are delivered as promised. With the rise of smart factories, the need for more intelligent carts will increase. So for manufacturers to keep their competitive edge, stakeholders must partner with material handling equipment manufacturers. Improve efficiency: Workers are better able to do their tasks using automated equipment, meaning

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As outlined before the trends & technological innovations are all pointing towards equip’ which will enhance productivity multifold on the shop floor & in warehouses & at the same time enhance safety of the people working with it & do so in an environmentally-friendly manner. The material handling industry will soon see a lot of exciting new developments in the near future & as always will help its customers to maximize their return on the investments. With India’s exponential growth in manufacturing, the need for reorienting material handling equipment has become exigent. Movement of material from the supplier to the factory to the warehouse to the consumer requires speed, efficacy, & resistance to damage. The demand for material handling equipment is soaring, but diesel-powered equip’ consumes more fuel & adds to carbon emissions: a major concern for a world increasingly threatened by climate change. The focus on sustainable alternatives has resulted in the development of an AC motor powered electric forklift truck (FLT) the first of its kind in India. The electric forklift operates with min’ negative impact on the environment. Alongside its sustainable nature, electric FLTs involve a lower cost of ownership. While the initial purchase cost may seem higher, there are long term economic advantages gained from ease of operation & minimal operational costs. By combining the quiet efficiency of electrically-powered operations with round-theclock, powerful delivery, electric FLTs can change the material handling equipment landscape by instituting new standards for safety, efficiency, & ecological viability. Additionally, today are working to enhance FLTs with newer capabilities by leveraging the IoT’s. Aim is to offer predictive maintenance by remotely monitoring the machines & keeping customers informed, ensuring min’ down time. Going environment friendly has found industry-wide camaraderie in sectors such as food & beverage, pharma, & modern retail with almost exclusively purchasing & using electric material handling equipment. CM || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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A genset refers to an equipment whose function is to convert the so-called heat capacity into mechanical energy and then into electrical energy. Briefly, it consists of a motor and an alternator that is coupled and inserted in a base with other elements. A diesel generator (also known as diesel genset) is the combination of a diesel engine with an electric generator (often an alternator) to generate electrical energy. This is a specific case of engine-generator. A diesel compression-ignition engine is usually designed to run on diesel fuel, but some types are adapted for other liquid fuels or natural gas. Diesel generating sets are used in places without connection to a power grid, or as emergency power-supply if the grid fails, as well as for more complex applications such as peak-lopping, grid support and export to the power grid. Diesel gensets are currently the most reliable solution for temporary or mobile power due to their versatile, scalable and weather independent operation. Despite this strong performance increasingly stringent emission regulations, environmental concerns and fluctuating fuel prices can now make a compelling case for genset hybridisation with renewable technologies.

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• Engine: In an engine driven generator, the engine is the main component. It creates mechanical energy that gets converted into electricity. A generator engine's design and size determine the maximum power output it can create by running on a specific fuel or another power source. • Fuel Mechanism: Fuel tank, Fuel pipes, Fuel filter etc. The entire system contains a tank for storage of fuel and fuel pipes connecting the tank and the engine. The fuel pump moves the fuel through the fuel pipes to the engine and a fuel filter helps filter any debris from the fuel before delivery to the engine. This ensures maximum efficiency and increases the durability of the engine. The fuel injector injects the fuel directly into the combustion chamber of the engine. • A lternator: The alternator consists of the stator and the rotor. A set of coils that conduct electricity is called a stator which is a stationary part, whereas a rotor moves to create a constantly rotating electromagnetic field around the stator. • Voltage Regulator: A voltage regulator is primarily used to regulate the voltage produced, which is suitable for the application or purpose of a generator. • Cooling and Exhaust System: the Cooling system is required in a generator to avoid overheating or regulate the temperature when in use. An exhaust is required

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to dispel harmful gases emitted during operation of a generator. Generators often use a fan, coolant or both to control the temperature of the generator at work. • L ubricating System: Since generators comprise of many moving parts, they require regular oiling to ensure smooth functioning. The lubricating system in a generator helps in performing this function. All these components play a crucial role in smooth functioning of a generator. The working principle of a generator is simple. The mechanical energy needed to turn the generator comes from the combustion of fuel through the fuel system. The coiled wires used, spin inside a magnetic field which causes an electric current to flow in the wire. The voltage regulator helps to control the amount of electric current that is produced. The coolant and exhaust system functioning in a generator helps to regulate temperature and dispel gases respectively.

Types of generator

Generators are mainly of two types, Induction (Asynchronous) generator and Synchronous generator. • I nduction Generators: An induction generator is also called as an asynchronous generator. It is a type of Alternating Current (AC) electrical generator, which principally works similar to the working of an induction motor to produce power. Induction generators are operated by mechanically turning their rotors faster than synchronous speed. They are generally very useful in applications such as mini hydro power plants, wind turbines, or in reducing high-pressure gas streams to lower pressure. • S ynchronous generator: In general, a synchronous generator is equipped with two parts, namely rotor and stator. The rotor part consists of field poles and stator part consists of armature conductors. The rotation of field poles induces an alternating voltage which results in electrical power generation. Commercial electrical energy is mainly sourced by synchronous generators. Most common uses of these generators are to convert the || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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mechanical power output of steam turbines, gas turbines, reciprocating engines and hydro turbines into electrical power for the grid which is mainly used in power plants. These generators are designed to operate in complex and rigid processes of marine and industrial applications. They are highly efficient, reliable and certified by the most demanding Marine certifying agencies like DNV, ABS, BV, Lloyds. Common applications of these generators include diesel and gas driven reciprocating engines, prime and standby power and propulsion power for marine vessels. Construction of induction generators is less complicated in comparison to synchronous generators as they do not require brushes and slip ring arrangements. Brushes are required in synchronous generator to supply DC voltage to the rotor for excitation. Diesel Generator Sets are generators that use diesel to run. These are commonly used as backup units for emergency power supply. They are available in both single and three-phase. Diesel engines in these gensets are sturdy and reliable. On the other hand, Natural Gas Generators, which use natural gas, works in a manner similar to other generators, however, they are widely used and efficient means of generating power since it uses the most affordable and effective fuels among non-renewable resources for power generation. But in comparison, diesel generators are far more efficient. Also from a safety point of view, it is more preferable, since diesel is used which is less flammable than other fuel sources. New models of diesel gensets are less noisy. However, they are more expensive and may be bulky. A

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natural gas generator will use more fuel than a diesel generator.

Why are generators needed at construction sites?

Any construction activity requires electric power to run the various equipment and machinery used at sites where construction is taking place. These sites cannot avail grid supply as they are often in remote areas where grid supply does not reach or the grid is unable to supply the required power continuously. This is where the power generation industry comes into play by providing generators to supply the much needed electric power. Typically, construction equipment such as excavators, backhoes, bulldozers and road rollers are self-powered and don’t need generators. However, there are other machinery and tools that require motive power. Generators supply this motive power. Some of the machinery and tools required at a construction site include air compressors, hand drills, chain saws, battery chargers, circular saws and electric welders. Each of these has a power requirement that is different from one another. For instance, a portable air compressor has a power rating of around 1200 W while a typical electric welder would need around 9000 W of power. Another important requirement at construction sites is lighting. Often, contractors undertake construction work during night time and sufficient light is a necessity. Further, contractors carry out a number of administrative tasks through computers, laptops and mobiles. Construction sites often provide temporary accommodation to working staff which needs electric energy to power various appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, fans and kitchen appliances. Thus dedicated generators are required to

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supply electricity to these applications.

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Types of Generators Used at a Construction Site

High powered generators: These are generators that provide huge amounts of power required at large construction sites. For instance, earth moving equipment, material handling equipment, road building equipment and concrete equipment are all part of construction activities requiring a large amount of power. For such kind of applications, generator manufacturers offer heavy duty generators that can provide power output in the range of 200 kW to 2500 kW. Often, some equipment requires startup voltage which is very high and these details should be factored in while determining the total power requirement. Medium powered generators: Medium powered generators that can produce power in the range of 5 kW to 200 kW are required for smaller construction activities such as building single houses, smaller roads, low rise apartments, temporary construction jobs and repair works. Some medium to small sized construction sites would require electric equipment and tools such as circular saws, concrete mixers, tile cutters, vibrators, compressors and temporary lifts or elevators. Medium powered generators can provide the required power at such construction sites. Standby generators: These are generators that can serve the purpose when the main generator supply fails for some reason or the other. These can act as a stop-gap arrangement when the main generator is under repair or maintenance. Portable generators: Construction sites are spread over a large area and it becomes difficult to draw power from a massive central generator. Instead, construction sites make use of several generators of different wattages placed at strategic locations where such power is needed. These generators either have wheels attached to them or are mounted on a base with wheels enabling them to be transported easily from one area to another.

to their wide usage across various applications, ease of availability, and low cost. Increasing utilization of lower rating gensets across domains such as telecom infrastructure in unreliable and off-grid areas would help 5 kVA-75 kVA diesel genset market segment to maintain its dominance during the forecast period. Few of the major players operating in India diesel gensets market are Cummins India Limited (CIL), Kirloskar Oil Engines Limited (KOEL), Mahindra Powerol Limited, Caterpillar India Private Limited, Greaves Cotton Limited, Ashok Leyland Ltd., Escorts Ltd., VE Commercial Vehicles Limited, TAFE Motors and Tractors Limited, Kohler India Corporation Pvt Ltd, etc. Growth in end-use industries such as manufacturing and construction is expected to result in the generation of a high-volume demand for diesel generators for commercial applications, thereby, driving the Indian diesel genset market. The Indian manufacturing industry is poised for growth on account of private and public investments, government schemes, development of special economic zones, and improvement in transportation and logistics network. Diesel generators are widely employed in manufacturing facilities owing to uncertainty, power-intensive production lines, and the need for a reliable backup power source. Thus, growth in the manufacturing industry during the forecast period is expected to drive the demand for diesel generators in the country. Increasing penetration of electricity grids and growing implementation of laws and regulations aimed at curbing environmental emissions are expected to hinder the growth of the Indian diesel genset market in the near future. In recent years, the regulatory agencies in India have adopted stringent regulations for diesel generators owing to the detrimental environmental impact and carcinogenic nature of these gensets. CM

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Xtreme Cooler is military grade ductable industrial & commercial high performance evaporative air cooling systems. The delivered air is cool & 100% fresh, at much lower cost than refrigerated cooling methods or traditional Air Washers. Evaporative cooling is fast becoming the only viable option for cooling large sheds & factories or at places where extreme heat/ fumes/chemical/smell is generating.

Amit Paul Singh Head-Business Development

Xtreme Coolers Pvt. LTD.

Q. Please enlighten us about the journey of Xtreme Coolers.

The genesis of the company on the industrial landscape took place in 2008. Starting its operations on a small scale, today, Xtreme Coolers Private Limited. Is one of the formidable forces in the evaporative cooler industry. Having Research & Development, New Product Development & Production facilities. At present, 100 plus dedicated, experienced and efficient team, working under the flagship of the company, makes Xtreme Coolers Pvt. Ltd. one of the market leader in the category.

Q. What are the different projects commissioned by the company.

We have worked on many projects of various scales in the domestic (Indian) market, with some of the elite brands like: Hero MotoCorp, FIAT India Automobiles Ltd., amazon India, Kellogg India Pvt. Ltd., Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd., Future Group…… to name a few.

Q. What are the products offered by the company? What

is the company’s footprint in India?

Next Generation, energy efficient, Evaporative Air Coolers and Natural Ventilation Solutions. We also offer Infrared radiation heating, the most healthy and economical comfort heating option available. Our installations are spread across pan India from Leh to Chennai and from Ahmedabad to Guwahati. We offer highest quality products with low failure rate and an efficient quick responding proficient service team for “After Sales Service Support”.

Q. How is business in the time of COVID outbreak? How

the lockdown has hampered the business?

In our case lockdown has presented a unique opportunity

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as more and more people are becoming aware of the fact that requirement of natural ventilation is best for health and hygienic surroundings. As mentioned earlier Xtreme Coolers work on the principle of fresh air & natural ventilation and in the present COVID outbreak everybody understands the importance of natural ventilation now hence business has been really going great for us.

Q. What are the different areas in which you operate?

The different areas in which we operate are: Evaporative Air Coolers, Natural Ventilation and Radiation Heaters, in short complete HVAC solution providers as per the client’s need.

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. Why proper cooling system is important for the highrise buildings?

Proper cooling system is important in both high rise as well as single level buildings. More important is natural ventilation which is utmost required for hygienic and healthy living. We offer ultimate natural ventilation solutions for any kind of buildings.

Q. How your products are different from competition?

Our products are most energy efficient, we are focused on providing natural comfortable environment with lowest power consumption. Our motto: “Fresh Air is Best Air”

Q. What are the future plans of the company in order to

get a good profit?

We are just venturing in to our next cycle of growth with even more advanced and economical products and a robust national sales network. CM For More Info Visit us at: www.xtremecooler.com || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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R.MADHAVAN Managing Director

Excel Generators PVT. LTD.

We started off by selling Diesel Generator Sets as our only focused product. After gaining an immense brand value and experience for two decades, we released that we need more value addition for the quality of job we were doing.

Q. Please tell us about Excel Generators. How’s your Q. After Sales Service is an important aspect of Indian

journey in India so far.

Excel’s journey from the last 2.5 Decades in the Power Generation Market has done many impossible things to which the market was woken up with a shock. The change and the new approach which Excel brought forward impacted the market Pan-India, hence modifying the thought to purchasing and providing higher preference to products which have a superior quality and efficiency.

Q. What are the different products available in your product bucket? What differentiate you from other manufacturers?

We started off by selling Diesel Generator Sets as our only focused product. After gaining an immense brand value and experience for two decades, we released that we need more value addition for the quality of job we were doing. Hence, we decided to get DRUPS from KINOLT (Euro-Diesel), creating a very impactful venture. We are Channel Partners with Bloom Energy for Fuel Cell Technology for Power Generation also with Yinlong (UAE) for LTO batteries.

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. How you see construction industry of India as a market of generators? What are the main markets catered by the company?

Major Construction companies have 2 types of requirementstheir inhouse project and the project they do for a third party. We take high interest in their inhouse project as they require and are interested in high quality jobs. The trends are changing very fast and we are fully equipped to go with the flow. We cater to many markets like pharma, automotive, hospitality, airports, IT Data Centers, to name a few.

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market, how Excel Generator is tackling this aspect of market?

True, After Sales Service is very important, we need to be equipped to handle any situation and Excel’s Service Team is always available, fully equipped and ready to support any challenges.

Q. What are the current trends and innovations impacting the market?

If the Central Govt imposes the rules as they did in Delhi & NCR area, the usage of D.G.Sets would be minimized, therefore, there needs to be new products and batteries to provide a substitution to DG Sets and also leave behind a lesser carbon footprint.

Q. As the government is focusing on the better air quality

and making norms for emission caused by generators as well. What are your views on this?

Now, they are only focused on the New Projects. There will be a significant betterment in the air quality if the older projects fall into an amended set of pollution control rules. Also, the Govt is constantly trying to reduce the Power cuts for most of the Industries, hence reducing the usage of D.G. Sets. Preserving the Earth is our top priority.

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. Tell us about your company strategies undertaken to increase profitability.

Our new product will take care of the future requirement and to comply with sustainability. CM For More Info Visit us at: www.excelgenerators.com || www.constructionmirror.com ||


Balaji Construction Machines & Spares is known for manufacturing, exporting and trading the best quality of Construction Equipment & Machines. The product range offered by us inclusive of Pan Mixers, Color Mixer and Brick Block Making Machine.

Balasaheb Gonugade Founder

Balaji construction machines and spares

Q. Please enlighten us about the journey of Balaji Construction Machinery & Spares till now.

Balaji Construction Machines and Spares established in 2007 to manufacture innovated machines used in construction industry. Machines that will make the work easy, fast and economical with reduced worker fatigue. Till today Balaji had reached all over India and more than 7 countries by way of export of our products. Balaji had 30,000 SqFt. Working area, well organized staff and workforce.

Our strength –

Technical Team • Mr. Balasaheb Gonugade, B.E. Mechanical Managing Director (30 Years Experience) • Mr. Pranav Gonugade, B.E. Mechanical Proprietor of Balaji Construction machines and Spares (4 years Experience) • Mr. Shubham Gonugade, B.E. Electrical Proprietor of Balaji Construction machines and Spares (2 years Experience) • Mr. Kalidar Mirajkar, B.E. Mechanical Consultant (47 Years Experience) • Mr. Manish Kandarkar, B.E. Electrical Consultant (31 Years Experience)

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Interlocking concrete block making machine Press pavers making machine Wet cast pavers plant (From manual to automatic) Ready mix plaster and dry mortar plants (From manual to automatic)

Q. What is the present demand scenario of construction

equipment industry in India?

The demand scenario for our equipment in India is good. Development of smart cities have good demand for our products.

Q. Define the USP’s of your products. What makes you

different from other manufacturers?

Our products are the most cost effective, sturdy and based on good engineering practices. We give project which saves manpower, electricity, space and money. We are with client to serve since layouts, machine selection, design and cost effectiveness production.

Q. How you help the customers in choosing best product

for their applications?

We have N number of options for a particular products. We are very open to suggest others machines, whenever necessary. We are of the opinion that if our client with prosper he will give more business to us. We never remain partial.

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. What are the new technologies you are opting in order to provide good services to your customers?

Use of IT products, CNC machines, on line support facility, Data collection and analysis are some.

. What are your growth plans for coming quarters? Q. What are the different products you offer for the Q Development of few new products, manpower training, construction industry?

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production growth of 20 %. Adding some new machines.

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Tyre Industry Tyre industry: Wheels on which an Economy Rides


Tyre demand originates from two categories – OEM (Original Equipment manufacturing) and replacement segment. Demand from replacement segment dominates the Indian market contributing about 70% of total revenue, whereas OEM and Export accounts for balance 30%. In volume terms Replacement segment contributes 60% and the balance 40% is contributed by Export and OEM. Consumption of OEM depends on the new sales of automobiles while the replacement segment is dependent upon usage pattern and cycles. The industry involves about 0.5 million people who directly and indirectly derive their livelihood from the industry, involving farmers and agriculturalists, 0.15 million in manufacturing and about 1 million in service and after markets. The tyre industry needs to excel in the key parameters of competitiveness in international markets for increasing its share in the global trade. Indian tyres are exported to more than 100 countries and about 20% of revenue is generated from exports. In the overall unit sale of tyres, Commercial segments contributes 21%, two & three wheelers contributes about 55% while the remaining 24% comes from passenger cars. Tyres are the integral part of the automobile sector, tyres are used on all types of vehicles, from cars to earthmovers to airplanes. Tyres


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enable vehicle performance by providing for traction, braking, steering, and load support. Tyres are inflated with air, which provides a flexible cushion between the vehicle and the road that smoothes out shock and provides for a comfortable ride quality. A tyre is a more complicated product than we might think. It is built with different elements which influences its driving characteristics. If India continues to grow at its current growth rate, over the next two decades then the Indian market will see great transformation. Average household income will triple over the next two decades and India will become fifth largest consumer in the world economy by 2025. India is one of the most attractive market with the rise in income of middle class which will drive the passenger car industry and subsequently there will be growth in tyre industry. India is still at its growth stage and government of India is planning to push it to 2 or 3 tier cities which will drive demand for aircraft tyre due to governments UDAAN scheme. This scheme proposes to build 100 new airports. Tyre industry is an integral part of auto industry. Demand for OEM tyre is directly related to auto production. As per automotive mission plan 2026, Indian automotive industry is expected to grow about 4 times in value from its output of 4.64 lakh crores to 16.16 lakh crores by 2026. Radialisation has emerged as

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the key factor in contribution to the growth of tyre industry. The passenger car tyre segment has about 98% radialisation, buses & truck segment has 36% whereas light commercial vehicles have 40% radialised tyre. Growing awareness of the cost benefits, continuous improvement in the road infrastructure and stringent overloading norms and new radial capacities, to increase radialisation levels in the commercial vehicle space by 65%-70% over the next four years. There is enormous scope for radialisation in India and increased investment in capacity expansion will yield significant benefits to this industry.

Basic elements of Tyres

Tread: The tread is the outermost covering of the tyre, and it is the only part that normally comes in contact with the road surface. It, therefore, must be designed to protect the body of the tyre from cuts and wear. Depending on the intended use of the tyre, the rubber compound applied to the tread will be changed to customize cut tread pattern also has a large effect on the performance of the tyre. A number of tread patterns are available for different types of operations. These patterns feature excellent cut resistance, traction and longer serviceability. These factors are taken into consideration when recommending a tyre best suited for the operation. A proper tread design improves traction, improves handling

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The carcass forms a semi-rigid frame for the compressed air, but it is flexible enough to absorb some shocks and jolts. The carcass of the Bias tyre consists of a number of rubber coated layers of fabric called piles‖. The carcass determines the strength of the tyre and the ability to flex. Liner: In tubeless tyres, this is composed of two or more layers of rubber, designed to retain air or liquid under pressure. The inner walls of tubeless tyres are lined. The liner is made of an 6 air-impermeable rubber compound and is comparable to tubes used in tube type tyres. Tubeless tyre generally weigh less than comparable tube type tyres and are simpler to maintain tube and flap are eliminated. Bead & Belts: The beads fix the tyre to the rim to support the load. Belts in radial tyres stabilizer bias ply belts under the base rubber give added protection to the radial plies underneath and determine the shape of the footprint. Steel Breakers: The steel breaker tyre has steel cord breaker that give it very high cut resistance. It is especially useful where sharp rocks are problem, and is applicable to loader, dozer, dump truck, and occasionally earthmover type tyres. The adhesiveness between the steel cord and rubber is more susceptible to heat damage than that of nylon cord and rubber. Steel breakers that extend to the sidewall are also available for jobs where high side cut resistance is required.

Manufacturing Process of a Tyre

A simple round looking tyre is manufactured by complex assembly of more than 250 raw materials amongst which the major components include natural & synthetic rubber, nylon tire fabric, bead wire, carbon black, reinforcing non-black fillers like silica, vulcanizing agents & anti-oxidants. The process begins with the mixing of basic rubbers with process oils, carbon black, pigments, antioxidants, accelerators and other additives, each of which contributes certain properties to the compound. These ingredients are mixed in giant blenders called Banbury machines operating under || November 2020 ||

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and increases Durability. It also has a direct effect on ride comfort, noise level and fuel efficiency. There are hundreds of tread patterns available. In amongst all these patterns, there are three basic types of tread patterns: Symmetrical: They are consistent across the tyre's face. Both halves of the tread face are the same design. Asymmetrical: The tread pattern changes across the face of the tyre. These designs normally incorporate larger tread blocks on the outer portion for increased stability during cornering. The smaller inner blocks and greater use of grooves help to disperse water and heat. Asymmetrical tyres tend to also be unidirectional tyres. Unidirectional: They are designed to rotate in only one direction, these tyres enhance straight-line acceleration by reducing rolling resistance. They also provide shorter stopping distance. Unidirectional tyres must be dedicated to a specific side of the vehicle, so the information on the sidewall will always include a rotational direction arrow. Make sure the tyres rotate in this direction or you'll get into all sorts of trouble. Plies: A tyre is composed of a number of layers or plies. These plies are high tensile nylon cords which are loosely woven together and coated on both sides with a rubber compound. These layers of plies help contain the inflation pressure of the tyre in supporting the load. The high-tensile nylon cords have a greater resistance to shock, cutting and heat. This improves the durability of the tyre. Sidewall: The side walls are composed of flexible, crack resistant rubber, and protect the carcass from damage. For jobs where chuck holes, large rocks, etc. are a problem, tyres with high cut resistant sidewalls can be used. The sidewalls are designed to cushion the body plies from shock and cutting, while being able to flex and bend without cracking. The sidewall must also be able to withstand the ravages of the weather without deterioration. Carcass or Cord Body: The compressed air in a tyre supports the load placed on the tyre.

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high heat and pressure. They blend the many ingredients together into homogenized batch of black material with the consistency of gum. The mixing process is computer-controlled to assure uniformity. The compounded materials are then sent to the next stage of processing for further processing into sidewalls, treads or other parts of the tyre. Then the task of assembling the tyre begins. The first component to go on the tyre building machine is the inner liner, a special rubber that is resistant to air and moisture penetration and takes the place of an inner tube. Next comes the body plies and belts, which are often made from polyester and steel – Plies and belts give the tyre strength while also providing flexibility. The belts are cut to the precise angle and size specified by the tyre engineer to provide the desired ride and handling characteristics. Bronze-coated strands of steel wire, fashioned into two hoops, are implanted into the sidewall of the tyres to form the bead, which assures an airtight fit with the rim of the wheel. The strands are aligned into a ribbon coated with rubber for adhesion, then wound into loops that are then wrapped together to secure them until they are assembled with the rest of the tyre. Radial tyres are built on one or two tyre machines. The tyre starts with a double layer of synthetic gum rubber called an inner liner that will seal in air and make the tyre tubeless. Then, come two layers of ply fabric, the cords – two strips called apexes stiffen the area just above the bead. Next, a pair of chafer strips

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is added to resist the chafing from the wheel rim when mounted on a car. The tyre building machine pre-shapes radial tyres into a form which is very close to their final dimension to check whether components are placed in proper position before the tyre goes into the mold. Now the tyre builder adds the steel belts that resist punctures and hold the tread firmly against the road. The tread is the last part to go on the tyre and is pressed firmly together by automatic rollers. The end result is called a “green” or uncured tyre, ready for inspection and curing. The curing press is where tyres get their final shape and tread pattern. Hot molds like giant waffle irons shape and vulcanize the tyre. The molds are engraved with the tread pattern, the sidewall markings of the manufacturer. Tyres are cured at over 300 degrees for 12 to 25 minutes, depending on their size. As the press swings open, the tyres are ejected from their molds onto a long conveyor belt that carries them to final finish and inspection bay. Radial Tyres : To increase structural integrity, radial tyres are constructed with perpendicular polyester plies and crisscrossing steel belts underneath the tread. This construction provides a smooth ride and extends the life of the tyre. Radial tyres are generally used for long-haul towing, travel trailers, toy haulers, larger boats and livestock. Bias Tyres: A bias tyre’s construction consists of internally crisscrossing nylon cord plies at a 30 to 45-degree angle to the tread center line. This design gives the tire a tough and || www.constructionmirror.com ||


rugged build and increases sidewall puncture resistance. Bias technology is generally used for construction, agriculture, marine and utility applications. Radial tyre generally cost 20-25% higher compared to Bias tyres however, as larger amount of steel is required the cost of manufacturing also slightly increases and it also increases the wear n tear of the tyre. Radialisation of T&B & LCV tyres has improved over last two years and is expected to improve further as commercial vehicle OEMs have started using radial technology.

Recent Developments in Tyre Industry

• M ahansaria Tyres Private Limited (MTP) commenced manufacturing at its greenfield off highway tyre factory in Panoli, in the western Indian state of Gujarat. • T he Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. is set to build a new plant at Atchutapuram Industrial Park, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India to expand ATG’s (Alliance Tire Group) tyre production capacity. The new plant will have a daily production capacity of 55 tons (rubber weight), with planned capital investment totalling US$165 million. Construction will start in the third quarter of 2020 and the new plant is scheduled to come on line in the first quarter of 2023. • BKT’s wide range of specialist Off-Highway tires welcomes a new, truly Giant product. It is the EARTHMAX SR 468 and it has been designed to fit out rigid dump trucks. So far the prototype has been made in the

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40.00 R 57 size and is ready to be tested in coming months by BKT engineers. Despite the pandemic and the extreme difficulties caused by the situation, BKT achieved the impossible: going ahead very determinedly but with a similar focus on people, who are the company’s real assets.

Market

Tyre Industry is known for its capital-intensive structure where 60% to 65% of the revenues is raw material cost. The other important cost involved are SG&A (selling general & administrative) which roughly contribute from 6% to 12% of the revenues and employee cost contributing from 7% to 14% of revenues. T&B tyres in India generates the major revenue i.e. 55% of total revenue whereas globally it’s the PCR (Passenger Car Radials) contribute the largest portion of the revenue. This is mainly because of very low penetration of passenger vehicles in India – below 20 per 1,000 people whereas in China the number is 69 per 1,000 people and 786 per 1,000 people in US. In terms of volume (tonnage) T&B contributes around 50% of the total volume The demand from OEM’s is widely spread across the segment where T&B contributed 35% and PVs & 2/3 Wheeler’s contributed 25% & 22% respectively. In term of the replacement segment the demand was more skewed towards the T&B tyres which contributed 61% and PVs & 2/3 Wheeler’s contributed 14% & 9% respectively. CM

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Mining Equipment Mining Process and Use of Different Equipment


Mining is one of the key growth drivers of most economies. There are many different works which takes place in a mine that are site preparation to loading and hauling. The demand for mining equipment is completely dependent on the mining operation and the upcoming emission norms. As the operators face major challenges in the underground mining activities due to high risk and location access, majority of the manufacturers are tapping this as an opportunity. There has been immense product development and R&D activities for underground mining by the manufacturers leading to which the electric and autonomous mining fleet are the upcoming inventions. The electric mining trucks are expected to have a significant stake in underground mining. Also, to reduce human errors and improve the safety standards in underground mining, the autonomous fleets are targeted in this particular segment. Not only can efficient mining equipment help to keep your business running seamlessly, the right standards of equipment can help to improve more than just the concerns of removing more material in less time and reducing costs. For example, some hybrid mining materials can help to improve underground air quality, which can then ultimately reduce the amount of pollution which is being produced as a result of the


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business’ activities. With more regulations being implemented by governments concerned with climate change and the impact of mining on the environment, implementing equipment that is not only efficient in terms of reducing cost, but also provides minimal environmental impact, is a win-win situation for businesses. Mining is an important economic activity in India. India is one of the largest exporters of iron ore, chromite, bauxite, mica and manganese, and it is ranked fifth among the mineral-producing countries in terms of volume of production. Mining is one of the oldest industries in the world. Mining production techniques have passed through a rapid change from artificial production, mechanized production, and on-site remote-control production, to intelligent and fully automated production. In order to move the mining industry forward, mechanization tools have been developed, single-equipment and independent systems have been automated, and the entire mining production process has been highly automated. By integrating information technology with the industrialization of mining technology, intelligent mining technology has been rapidly developed, based on mechanized and automated mining, as shown in. This0 has resulted in the gradual upgrading of intelligent processes in mining equipment; unmanned and centralized mining equipment have now entered the stage of practical application, which will significantly advance the automation and information technology used in mining. Integrated communication, sensors, artificial

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intelligence, virtual reality, information technologies, computer technologies, and unmanned control equipment were combined in order to achieve intelligent mining technologies, as shown in. Such technologies are based on precise, reliable, and accurate decision-making and production process management through real-time monitoring; they allow mine production to be maintained at the optimum level, and lead to improved mining efficiency and economic benefits. In this way, green, safe, and efficient mining can be achieved. The three major components of mining (exploration, mining, and processing) overlap somewhat. After a mineral deposit has been identified through exploration, the industry must make a considerable investment in mine development before production begins. Further exploration near the deposit and further development drilling within the deposit are done while the mining is ongoing. Comminution i.e., the breaking of rock to facilitate the separation of ore minerals from waste, combines blasting (a unit process of mining) with crushing and grinding (processing steps). In-site mining, which is treated under a separate heading in this chapter, is a special case that combines aspects of mining and processing but does not require the excavation, comminution, and waste disposal steps. The major components can also be combined innovatively, such as when in-site leaching of copper is undertaken after conventional mining has rubblized ore in underground blockcaving operations.

Exploration

Modern mineral exploration has been driven largely by technology. Many mineral discoveries since the 1950s can be attributed to geophysical and geochemical technologies developed by both industry and government. Even though industrial investment in in-house exploration research and development in the United States decreased during the 1990s, new technologies, such as tomographic imaging (developed by the medical community) and GPS (developed by the defense community), were newly applied to mineral exploration. || www.constructionmirror.com ||


Research in basic geological sciences, geophysical and geochemical methods, and drilling technologies could improve the effectiveness and productivity of mineral exploration. These fields sometimes overlap, and developments in one area are likely to cross-fertilize research and development in other areas.

Mining

Mining can be broadly divided into two categories: surface mining and underground mining. Nonentry mining is associated with in-situ mining and augering. Each type of mining has numerous variations, depending on the combination of deposit type, rock strength, depth, thickness, inclination, roof, and floor strata. The extraction of narrow veins, steeply inclined deposits, and deposits at great depth present significant challenges. Surface mining, wherever applicable, is more advantageous than underground mining in terms of ore recovery, operational flexibility, productivity, safety, and cost. Currently, almost all nonmetallic minerals (more than 95 percent), most metallic ores (more than 90 percent), and a large fraction of coal (more than 60 percent) are mined by surface methods (Hartman, 1987). However, as surface mineral deposits are exhausted, underground mining will inevitably become more prevalent. In addition, as more easily minable deposits are depleted, mining technology and equipment and mining systems for extracting problematic

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deposits will have to be developed. • Surface Mining: Surface mining is a generic term describing several methods of mining mineral deposits from the surface, which entails removing the vegetation, top soil, and rock (called overburden materials) above the mineral deposit, removing the deposit, and reclaiming the affected land for postmining land use. The most important factors determining whether surface mining can be done today are economic and technical— the price for the product, the cost of production, the quality and quantity of the deposit, the volume of overburden to be removed per ton of the deposit, and the feasibility of reclamation. The practice of surface mining is quite complex and can involve all or several of the following steps: site preparation, overburden drilling and blasting, loading and hauling overburden (waste), drilling and blasting the deposit, loading and hauling the ore, and reclaiming the site. Surface mining methods can be broadly classified as open-pit mining, which includes quarrying, strip mining, contour mining, dredging, and hydraulic mining. Topography and the physical characteristics of the deposit strongly influence the choice of method. In open-pit mining waste is transported to a disposal site, and the ore is transported to a downstream processing site. This method commonly involves a sequence of benches from the surface to the deposit. As the open pit goes deeper into the ground, all of the benches above are extended outward. In appearance, an open-pit excavation resembles an inverted pyramid with its tip in the Earth. Large open-pit copper

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mines can produce up to a million tons of waste and ore per day and can be mined at that rate for decades. Quarrying is similar to open-pit mining except the term is commonly applied to the extraction of dimension stone and aggregates. • U nderground Mining: Underground mining is used when the deposit is too deep for surface mining or there is a restriction on the use of the surface land. The deposit is accessed from the surface by vertical shafts, horizontal adits, or inclines (Figure 3-5). The deposit itself is developed by criss-crossing openings (called levels, cross-cuts, raises, etc.) in the orebody, not only to create blocks of ore to be extracted according to a scheme but also to provide for human access, the transport of ore and waste, and adequate ventilation. The drilling, blasting, loading, and transporting of ore from active working areas (faces) are carried out according to a mining plan. If the deposit is soft, such as coal, potash, or salt, mechanical means can be used to cut and load the deposit, thereby eliminating the need for drilling and blasting. In hard-rock mines carefully planned drilling into the ore and blasting with dynamite or ammonium-nitrate explosives are common. Underground metal-mining methods may be unsupported, supported, and caving methods, and there are numerous variations of each. Open stopes, room-and-pillar, and sublevel stoping methods are the most common unsupported methods; cut-and-fill stoping when the fill is often waste from the mine and mill tailings is the most common method of supported underground mining.

Processing

Mineral and coal processing encompasses unit processes required to size, separate, and process

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minerals for eventual use. Unit processes include comminution (crushing and grinding), sizing (screening or classifying), separation (physical or chemical), dewatering (thickening, filtration, or drying), and hydrometallurgical or chemical processing. Pyrometallurgical processing (smelting of mineral concentrates) is not discussed in this report. Coal processing, mainly for reducing ash and sulfur contents in the mined raw coal, requires a subset of processing technologies. Some problems in coal processing arise from the way the sulfur and ash are bonded and the need to keep the water content in the cleaned coal low. Different unit processes described in this section are required in specific cases; some processes are designed especially for the treatment of a particular mineral commodity. Therefore, the committee established a technical framework and broad economic principles as a basis for recommending categories of research and development. The key environmental, health, and safety risks and benefits of these technologies are also highlighted.

Different Mining Equipment

Mining Drills: Mining drills are an essential tool for any mining operation. Underground mining is done when minerals or rocks are positioned at a fair distance underneath the ground and need to be brought up to the surface. Specialised underground mining equipment such as diggers, loaders, and trucks are used to excavate raw materials and transferred to the surface with lifts for future processing. In order to place explosive charges, mining drills are required to free the minerals from overburden material. Over the years, underground mining techniques have improved significantly and remote controlled machinery have slowly been introduced for better drilling efficiency. Mining drills also help create descending holes underground. Miners that are required to work underground use mining drills to create entry and exit points. Mining drills ensure the holes are large enough for the workers to go through. Blasting tools: Blasting tools are a key || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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component of the mining industry. These tools are used to fracture large materials through the use of explosives to separate the sought-after product from the waste material. Blasting tools are also used to eliminate pockets of unwanted material that prohibit workers and mining equipment from reaching the seams of the sought-after material. To minimise material handling costs, unmanned drill rigs will drill predetermined holes on a blast face. This ensures that a specific size fraction of the material is acquired and minimise liberated overburden as much as possible. Once this process is finished, the blasted rocks and other material are recovered by an excavator. The material is then transported to a central conveying system where it will be directed to the surface or through a skip and hoist system. Blasting tools are also required for open pit mining operations. Successful mining operations rely on good blast designs as excessive explosives and poor practice can contribute to structural damage in rocks and result in unwanted caving. Earth movers: For mining operations above the surface, earth movers are required. These types of machinery are used to transport loose soil from one location to another. Earth miners play a crucial role in the mining industry because these machines are designed to facilitate large mining and earthmoving projects. Along with the specialised skills of the operator, pushing material, scooping loose soil, and removing material are done by using earth movers. Earth movers work in close tandem with bulldozers. Without this heavy duty equipment, the industry would struggle to conduct earthwork operations in an efficient manner. Aside from transporting large quantities of earth, earth movers are also used to remove waste material or overburden. This allows excavators to separate the mineral of interest from the waste material. Bulldozers are then used to create a working space by moving overburden and making room for excavators and haul trucks.

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Crushing equipment: As the name implies, crushing equipment are used to reduce the size of large materials like rock and stone into sellable pieces. Crushing equipment come in different shapes and sizes to accommodate a wide range of crushing needs while maximising productivity and reduction rate. Crushing equipment is designed specifically for breaking down material into manageable pieces for easier conveying. This type of equipment plays an important role in the material handling process by reducing costs associated with handling large materials. Mining and quarrying industries are the primary users of crushing equipment. Raw material is acquired underground which then goes through an extensive material handling system. The material is transported from the mine into the crusher which is then screened to separate the usable material from the waste material. Crushing equipment works in tandem with other mining equipment to achieve an end product to use for winterization road construction, and other similar projects. Screening equipment: Screening equipment are machines that are designed to sort out raw materials by filtering the usable material from the waste material. When paired with a crusher, you can create a full-circuit system to allow a more seamless material handling process. This is the most effective solution to separate materials to achieve an end product that’s sellable in the marketplace. This type of equipment uses vibrations along with a screen that separates the materials. The usable material is collected in a catching area and the unusable material is caught in the screen. Screening dirt that removes large debris is a cost-effective way to acquire usable material for your next project. It is imperative that you are knowledgable on equipment such as vibrating screens and vibrating feeders. Feeding, conveying, and analysis equipment: When the material is ready for crushing, a conveying unit will help control the amount of material that gets fed in the crusher. || www.constructionmirror.com ||


This helps reduce unwanted repair costs by preventing the crusher from getting damaged due to the large pieces of material it crushes. Combining a feeder with a conveying unit helps improve the efficiency of the crusher to achieve the desired product. Feeding and conveying equipment work in tandem to control material flow in the crusher. Without these two equipments, your crusher will suffer significant damage over time. Analysis equipment such as a scale system is also an important tool in the mining industry. The regulates material load and monitors production output. There are systems out there that allow you to take a sample while the material is on the conveyor belt to ensure thorough product quality.

Importance of Efficient Mining Equipment

Reliability: The more reliable your equipment, the less likely you are to have to continually repair or replace it, saving you time and money. When it comes to heavy-duty machinery such as a mining dump truck for example, the construction and mining site is unlikely to function well if the truck is in need of repairs on a regular basis. Ensuring that the equipment that you purchase is completely reliable will help to guarantee that your business maintains consistent levels of productivity at all times. Improve Efficiency Below Ground & On The Surface: Not only can efficient mining equipment help to keep your business running seamlessly, the right standards of equipment can help to improve more than just the concerns of removing more material in less time and reducing costs. For example, some hybrid mining materials can help to improve underground air quality, which can then ultimately reduce the amount of pollution which is being produced as a result of the business’ activities. With more regulations being implemented by governments concerned with climate change and the impact of mining on the environment, implementing equipment that is not only efficient in terms of reducing cost, but also provides minimal environmental impact, is a win-win situation for businesses. Cost: Over the past century, more mining sites || www.constructionmirror.com ||

have continued to invest large amounts of money in extensive sets of large equipment. As a result, businesses are having to decrease their unit cost by improving the productivity of their mine, and understanding exactly how to measure the overall equipment effectiveness can help to ensure that the performance of the site is up to the relevant standards. The mining industry is entirely dependent on the equipment being used, and as a result, it is important that costs are reduced not only in terms of the equipment that they are buying, but the usage of the equipment. Previously, it would cost large amounts of money simply to run the machines required to produce the levels of material which matched consumer demand. Now however, businesses are able to look at forms of automation and alternative technologies which, while requiring large amounts of investment, continue to reduce the costs of business output dramatically over a long-term period. Reduction in Operating Time: The more efficient a piece of equipment is, the more of an impact it will have on reducing operating time. This is hugely important for businesses who are looking to pump out increased levels of materials as a result of increasing demands on the industry, but without compromising on the quality of what they are producing. Finding the right equipment which takes this into account can help to ensure that mining companies are consistently operating at optimum levels. CM

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Building Infrastructure: The aspirations of a modern India


Building Infrastructure that befits the aspirations of a modern India is perhaps the most important task in front of any government. However, unlike many other countries that climbed the ladder of growth, India presents a rather unique challenge. On the one hand it has still to solve legacy infrastructure issues of twentieth century and on the other it also aspires to match, or in some cases indeed exceed, the infrastructure capabilities of the most developed nations in the twenty first century. So while there were still more than 18,000 villages that were unelectrified since Independence, India was also simultaneously successfully erecting the world's largest Direct Benefit Transfer regime. The Government of India has projected very large investment requirements for providing infrastructure to specified norms and also supporting the growth process. They have also identified the need for introducing modern technologies to increase the speed and efficiency of developing this infrastructure. Therefore,


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the Government of India is actively striving towards stimulating construction activities in the country. Over the last 10 years of green building innovation and the construction of smart cities and communities, it’s that what gets measured gets done. What gets done gets improved. And what gets improved, gets replicated. By tracking and measuring building and community performance, cities, states and nations can make improvements, raise the standard of living for all and become true catalysts to reversing the greatest existential threat of our times: climate change. With much of the world’s population staying home because of Covid-19, we’ve seen a meaningful reduction in emissions around the globe. As countries and economies reopen in stages and people return to work and their pre-pandemic routines, it’s time for governments at all levels to lead with thoughtful strategies so we can continue this positive climate trend. At the same time, we need to continue to address the lack of affordable housing that puts Indians living below the poverty lines most at risk during environmental and health catastrophes and pandemics. The government has also made housing for all a national priority with the introduction of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in

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2015, which set in place a goal of providing affordable housing to the urban poor by 2022. Less than two years later, PMAY’s goal was expanded to include those living in rural areas as well. We need to build greater awareness of the impact that our buildings and spaces have on our natural resources and human health.

The new innovations in the construction industry are as follows: Internet of Things (IoT)- There is a continued rise in adoption of data-driven technology in construction. Many other new innovations are helping in creating new efficiencies for the construction industry. Embedded sensors on a connected worksite create huge opportunities for collecting and managing data on safety, material performance, and operational workflow, just to name a few. Smart devices and wearable construction technology, as well as sensors and on-site cameras can be tied in to construction management software and give a much clearer picture of building progress and real-time status reporting. This integration will affect not only the flow of a project, but also provide vital data that can be examined after handover to become a part of operational management. Sensors that provide information on environmental conditions and structural performance are of particular importance in this area.

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Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) - Virtual Reality, no longer the sole province of video games, is another technology that is on the rise and, along with it, Augmented Reality. The tools that bring VR and AR to the worksite are becoming more and more omnipresent (and also more user-friendly) and as this technology becomes more integrated in the digital workflow, the possibilities that open up seem limitless. Virtual reality in construction allows real-time comparison of 3D models to physical spaces; overlay of location and position data (wireframes) during installation; virtual walkthroughs with project stakeholder, these are just the beginning. VR and AR tools are already reducing rework and increasing safety. It can also be used to increase the precision of complex installations, and is creating a whole new world of possibilities for collaboration between innovative designers and builders. Autonomous Equipment & Use of Drones- As VR is enhancing the productivity of humans, automation and robotics is providing a path to greater safety and efficiency, including the use of drones in construction. Sending a drone to inspect a jobsite saves time and keeps the technician on the ground instead of climbing scaffolds and navigating the potential hazards of a working site. One example of this, a drone, can generate a 3D model of a site that allows automatic calculation of area, volume of earth to be moved, and other information that once required several human hours to

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accomplish. Building Information Management (BIM)Building Information Management (BIM) has proven stunningly versatile, allowing architects, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors to collaborate on the fine details of design and construction by using the same database and computer model. As mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) professionals are aware, BIM involves all project stakeholders working collaboratively on a detailed 3D model that includes all the functional systems of a building, such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical installations, as well as the aesthetics of walls, windows, and roofs. BIM is a collaborative process from beginning to end, it allows all parties working on a project to visualize and analyze design decisions, and pinpoint interferences and other errors, before work begins on site. Pollution fighting buildings- Also known as ‘vertical forests’, they are high-rise forest buildings designed to tackle air pollution. Pollution fighting buildings will be home to over 1,000 trees and 2,500 shrubs to absorb pollution in the air and to help filter it to make the air cleaner. Trees are highly productive in absorbing carbon dioxide, making this a cost-effective construction innovation. Many metro cities are opting pollution free building for better living environment and sustainability.

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Green Buildings Green building, or sustainable design, is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials, and of reducing impacts on human health and the environment for the entire lifecycle of a building. Greenbuilding concepts extend beyond the walls of buildings and include site planning, community and land-use planning issues as well. The ideal green building would be a building project that would allow you to preserve most of the natural environment around the project site, while still being able to produce a building that is going to serve a purpose. The construction and operation will promote a healthy environment for all involved, and it will not disrupt the land, water, resources and energy in and around the building. This is the actual definition of a green building. The innovative and advance technologies with new approaches tend to supplement current practices in making greener structures, the advantages of which can extend from natural to financial and to social. By embracing greener practices, we can take most extreme preferred standpoint of ecological and monetary execution. Elements of Green Buildings 1. Materials for Green Buildings: Building and construction activities worldwide consumes 3 billion tons of raw materials each year or 40 percent of total global use. Using green building materials and products promotes conservation

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of dwindling nonrenewable resources internationally. Materials for a green building are obtained from natural, renewable sources that have been managed and harvested in a sustainable way; or they are obtained locally to reduce the embedded energy costs of transportation; or salvaged from reclaimed materials at nearby sites. Materials are assessed using green specifications that look at their Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in terms of their embodied energy, durability, recycled content, waste minimisation, and their ability to be reused or recycled. 2. Energy Systems in Green Buildings: Passive solar design will dramatically reduce the heating and cooling costs of a building, as will high levels of insulation and energyefficient windows. Natural daylight design reduces a building’s electricity needs, and improves people’s health and productivity. Green buildings also incorporate energyefficient lighting, low energy appliances, and renewable energy technologies such as wind turbines and solar panels. 3. Water Management in Green Building: Minimising water use can be achieved by installing groundwater and rainwater catchment systems that recycle water for irrigation or toilet flushing; waterefficient appliances, such as low flow showerheads, self-closing or sprays taps; low-flush toilets, or waterless composting toilets. Installing point of use hot water systems and lagging pipes saves on water heating.

Rainwater Harvesting Techniques for Green Buildings There are two main techniques of rainwater harvestings

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3D Printing in Construction- There has been a substantial amount of research into the use of 3D printing to build components of buildings and entire buildings. 3D printing in construction is completed by “super-size printers” that use a special concrete and composite mixture. This mixture is far thicker than your regular concrete, and therefore self-supporting as it sets. 3D printing offers endless possibilities in construction, architecture and design. 3D printing doesn’t only offer new shapes and design possibilities, but also lowers the cost of construction and produces more precise buildings.

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4. Health Components of Green Building: Using non-toxic materials and products will improve indoor air quality, and reduce the rate of asthma, allergy and sick building syndrome. These materials are emission-free, have low or no VOC content, and are moisture resistant to deter moulds, spores and other microbes. Indoor air quality is also addressed through ventilation systems and materials that control humidity and allow a building to breathe.

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Green buildings are becoming popular world over including in India partly because of its being eco friendly and environmentally compatible and partly because it saves energy, water, restrict environmental pollution and provide natural comfort. However, significant research needs to be undertaken in terms of finding eco friendly construction materials, designed planning, energy and water saving techniques, construction of cool or green roofs, cool pavements, and so on so forth. Government and policy makers should make mandatory provisions under their legislative framework to develop green buildings in the urban planning process.

Architectural Lighting in Building Infrastructure It’s a well known fact that light brings life to any structure or infrastructure. Wide interest has developed in light and lighting, not least because the growing awareness of architectural quality has given rise to an increased demand for good architectural lighting. Standardised lighting concepts may have sufficed to light the concrete architecture of the recent past, but the varied and distinctive architecture of modern-day buildings requires equally differentiated and distinctive lighting. Architectural lighting design is facing new challenges. Fast developing tools in architecture and other associated professions exert huge external pressure on architectural lighting design. The rule oriented and systematic lighting design process era has slowly started to fade away. Lighting Designs The scientific application of artificial lighting is a relatively young discipline. In contrast to day

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lighting, which looks back on a tradition that developed gradually over several thousand years, the need to develop concepts for artificial lighting only became a requirement in the last century or two. Just 200 years ago planning using artificial light sources was confined to deciding where best to position the few candles or oil lamps available. Not really what might be referred to as adequate lighting design. Only in the last one hundred years, with the rapid development of efficient light sources, has lighting design acquired the tools that allow artificial lighting to be produced with adequate luminance levels. This development is accompanied, however, by the task of defining the objectives and methods behind this new discipline, of deciding on the criteria by which the artificial light that is now available is to be applied. Quantitative Lighting Design: The first and to date most effective concept has given rise to a set of standards or criteria for the lighting of workplaces. While decisions with regard to lighting in the private sector can be limited to the choice of suitably attractive luminaires, there is a clear interest in the field of the lighting of workplaces to develop effective and efficient forms of lighting. The main concern is which illuminance levels and types of lighting will ensure optimum visual performance, high productivity and safety at operating costs which are affordable. Both aspects of this task were examined in detail, i.e. both the physiological question of the correlation of visual performance and lighting, and the technical question of establishing criteria by which the quality of a lighting installation can be measured. The concept of quantitative lighting design with illuminance as the central criterion, followed by uniformity, luminous colour, shadow quality and the degree of glare limitation, developed at a relatively early stage. Taking such criteria as a basis, standards were compiled containing minimum illuminance levels on the relevant working area for a wide variety of activities, plus the minimum requirements for the other quality criteria || www.constructionmirror.com ||


Luminance-based design: A quantitative lighting design concept that is oriented primarily towards providing a recommended illuminance level, lacks the criteria to develop a concept that goes beyond the requirements that would ensure productivity and safety to meet the needs of the architecture and the persons using the architectural space. In response to this problem a new kind of lighting philosophy is developed, as represented in Waldram’s “designed appearance” and Bartenbach’s “stable perception” models, for example. The aim of this approach is a process that not only provides adequate lighting for visual tasks but is also able to describe and plan the optical effect of an entire space. To be able to plan the visual effect of an environment the central reference quantity has to be changed. Instead of illuminance, which describes only the technical performance of a lighting installation, it is luminance that becomes the basic criteria, a dimension

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that arises from the correlation of light and lit environment, thereby forming the basis for human perception. Changing the central quantity to luminance means that brightness and contrast ratios can be established for the entire perceived space, be it between visual task and background, between individual objects or between objects and their surroundings. This change of criteria does not make much difference to the lighting of visual tasks at the workplace, since the effect of different contrast ratios on visual performance are known and have been taken into consideration according to the degree of difficulty defined for the specific visual tasks. This does not apply for the lighting effect in the entire space. Considering luminance levels in this way means that brightness ratios produced by a lighting installation in correlation with the architecture and the illuminated objects can be ascertained and lighting concepts developed based on the distribution of brightness. CM

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We started in 1989 by making concrete block machines and then entered in to making of all construction machines. We have 31 years of experience in making construction equipments having sold more than 10000 equipments of all types worldwide—we have catered all types of clients from Indian market to international market

RAHUL CHOPADE Managing Director

RHISHIKESH ENGINEERS PVT. LTD.

Q. Please enlighten us about your company and its

present scenario of the economy?

We started in 1989 making concrete block machines and then entered in to making of all construction machines and in 2015 we made JV with Italian company dumec for manufacturing of self loader concrete mixer.

Q. Define the USP’s of your products. What makes you

journey till now.

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. What are the different products available in your product bucket? 1-Concrete mixers 2-Concrete block machine 3-Sand screening washing machines 4-Bar bending cutting machine 5-Construction lifts 6-Batching plants 7-Compactors and rollers 8-Stone crushing plants.

Q. How you see the construction equipment industry of

India?

India is developing country and future seems to bright because we have good government that is concentration of road network of india which is basic of growth of any country. So, construction equipment sector will grow.

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It's achievable because Indian economy is becoming financial strong due good GST collection all India.

different from other manufacturers?

We have great experience of 31 years in making construction equipments having sold more than 10000 equipments of all types worldwide we have catered all types of clients from Indian market to international market.

Q. How you help the customers in choosing best product

for their applications?

As said earlier our experience matters at the end of the day as we have foreign partners from where we can source high machines for special projects.

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. What are the new technologies you are opting in order to provide good services to your customers?

As said we have foreign partners we get access to new design and technologies that gives added advantage to customers with high quality machines that we build.

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. How Covid-19 has affected your business? What are your growth plans for coming quarters?

Yes its unexpected un seen circumstances that we are going through lets hope for the best. CM For More Info Visit us at: www.constroequipments.com || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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The technological development is privy to advancement in every industry. When we look at the transportation sector, the stakeholders have lot of investment and innovations in pipeline. Road freight transport is the backbone of trade and commerce in our country. Trucks function as part of a logistics chain whose components also include inland waterways, shipping, air and rail transport. While separately, each has its own advantages, combined they form an integrated system. The other transport modes also depend on trucks to transfer freight to and from depots, rail terminals, airfields and ports. . The nucleus of the futuristic products will have more emphasis on energy efficiency, alternate fuels, emission reduction, safety and weight reduction. Indian Commercial Vehicles (CV) manufacturers are going towards the new innovations and making the required changes in their products. Many manufacturers are testing different technologies to make their products different from others. Indian customers have been gradually exposed to sophisticated technological products from foreign OEMs are creating excitement, further

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driving customer’s futuristic demands towards greater quality, safer and more reliable products of appropriate technologies at reasonable costs. Connectivity of trucks on the move is going to be a key game changer for the main fleets, challenge being the skill level of drivers, availability of Internet across the route or other alternative plans. With heightened sensitivity towards environmental issues, stringent directives regarding optimum fuel efficiency and emission reduction are on the horizon. Manufacturing of engines that are mindful of nitrogen oxide release and particulate matter discharge is already in progress. Further, the CV OEMs are looking into exploring alternate energy sources, natural gas and hybrid vehicles being the prime contenders. Indian roads are still not that much perfect, trucks have to face a lot of potholes and severely affected roads in monsoon. The condition of roads will not improve much as the cities are keep expanding along with the growth in population & industries. To tackle this condition of Indian roads, it’s important that the trucks should be well equipped with good or intelligent suspension technology in order to provide ride comfort for drivers and lesser pilferage of the cargo. The automotive industry in India, both technologically and manufacturing wise, is a very mature industry on its way to becoming one of the world's biggest. The country's growth, has increased over the last five years and is higher than the average growth among the emerging and developing economies. There has been a rise in expenditure on road projects, irrigation works, port development, aviation, industrial development, railways, and energy. These projects also come with shorter execution deadlines. Additionally, initiatives such as Housing for All, Smart Cities are fueling growth of urban infrastructure and construction development. This has led to a heightened focus on requirement of high performance tippers. It is not just the infrastructure projects that have led to this change; growth in the mining sector too has been a major catalyst.

New Norms and Shift towards Technology

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BS III to BS IV - has proved to be an inflection point for the introduction of new tech features in the truck segment. OEMs have equipped their trucks with sophisticated features which were otherwise seen, so far, only in passenger vehicles. Importantly, they offer far more convenient after-sales services. Today, manufacturers are attracting buyers on fuel efficiency, drivability, safety and comfort. For instance, new safety technology such as Electronic Stability Control, Automatic Traction Control and “Hill start” aid are being made available that will go a long way in preventing truck accidents. For instance, Automatic Traction Control prevents wheel-spin during acceleration under different surface conditions, especially slippery surfaces like mines, water and ice. This prevents loss of traction of one or more wheels and further helps increase tyre life by averting loss of traction of one or more wheels. Similarly, Hill Start Aid prevents roll-back of vehicle during “Stop & Go” situation on an uphill gradient and helps minimize clutch and brake liner wear. To meet the BS IV norms, OEMs are making use of either exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR) technology or selective catalytic reduction (SCR). EGR works by re-circulating a portion of an engine’s exhaust gas back into an engine’s cylinders. SCR is a more widely accepted process for higher HP engines that uses a catalyst to convert oxides of nitrogen in exhaust gases to nitrogen and water, which are released into the air. Mining activity largely demands off-site and far-away operations, wherein the efficiency of tippers needs to be very high. For instance, today’s tipper trucks have comfortable cabins, proven powertrain, robust chassis, and better payload capacity. The chassis used in mining tippers are strong to perform in rugged conditions. The frames used in mining tippers are reinforced and have thicker dimensions to carry more load. With the action in the mining sector expected to speed up, we believe that there will be a robust demand for tipper trucks for the next two to three years. With the working conditions in the mining sector being tough, OEMs are || www.constructionmirror.com ||


Trucking before Telematics

• GPS: Earlier when a truck driver had to deliver the shipment and various assets to a new and unknown area, the driver is only dependable on people around him, which results in delayed delivery. • M echanical Diagnostics: It looks after operational information such as fuel consumption, mileage, and other real-time components. But earlier, the driver had no tool or assistance to track fuel consumption rates or know beforehand the upcoming servicing routines. He had to simply rely on his understanding of the vehicle. • D river Behaviour: As a truck business owner, before truck telematics emerged, there was no way for you to know how your driver was treating your vehicle. Further, you had no idea if your driver was indulging in rash driving, unnecessary idling or was going off the predetermined route.

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• F leet Security and Control: The most crucial role of management is proving security. So you can imagine how tiresome and complicated it was to do security checks and other operations manually. Not to mention, dull and unquestionably less effective.

Benefits of Truck Telematics

The complications faced by the trucking industry are different from the usual fleet industry. Now, let’s take a look at the major benefits of using telematics Devices in the trucking industry. • Increase in Efficiency: Telematics allows the fleet manager to have real-time communication with the driver. This builds a good relationship between them. It also motivates the driver as he knows his manager will be of help to him if he is in trouble. Advanced routes and mapping system help the driver to avoid long roads and being stuck in unnecessary traffic because of the Traffic Update feature. Ultimately, reducing the time taken to reach the destination. • Safety: This is very crucial, as we are aware of how dangerous and unpredictable the roads can be in India. The Weather Update feature helps the driver in keeping a track of the climate and conditions of the area, thus planning his trip accordingly. Also, being aware of the fact that his time on the job is under surveillance and knowing that the movements are being tracked, this keeps the drivers in check. • J ob Satisfaction: The two most major aspects which ensure the growth of a business are keeping the customer happy as well as employee satisfaction. The efficient management that comes with Truck Telematics will not only improve the driver behavior status but will also make them appreciate their work. • Reduction in Operation Cost: Since the operations in trucking business are carried out in a large number, saving even a few idle minutes can mean preventing wastage of large amount of fuel which will not only save your money but will also help in utilizing the resource properly.

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also focusing on the design, as it needs to be strong, sturdy and reliable. There is also a renewed focus on after-sales services as the vehicles plying in mines usually run for two shifts in a day and are exposed to extreme conditions. To compete in the CV space, companies must innovate and adopt advances in the areas of advanced safety, user experience, data and power distribution and connected services. Technological developments in the CV space are proliferating on the road, with some of this technology becoming mandatory soon. Innovative technology in commercial vehicles offers enormous potential for reducing carbon emissions, for automation and for safety. Truck Telematics: Truck Telematics allows us to utilise that side of technology which makes data sharing possible with the help of long-distance transmission. Interestingly, the word originated from the combination of two French words, which mean telecommunications and data/ information. Over the past few years, the trucking industry has witnessed some massive enhancements due to the assistance of telematics.

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• Monitor Safety Habits: Every movement of the driver including how fast the vehicle is going, acceleration rate, braking time and other factors are being measured. Thus, this helps in evaluating the driver with the standard requirements of the company. Finally, this helps in improving the work rate of the company as drivers are essentially the backbone of the transportation industry. • Scheduled Alerts for Repairs: The FMS, using IoT can detect and inform the driver as well as the manager if the vehicle needs attention. This makes sure that your truck is performing well and is not facing any trouble. • Offer Superior Driver User Experience: Due to the involvement of UI/UX, drivers can now participate in the rewarding system. This is like recognition for the drivers who have a good delivery time and exceed safety goals. • Enhance Security: The use of telematics enables managers and drivers to store data virtually using cloud computing. This enhances the security of the documents in case of emergency.

Shifting Focus towards LCV Segment

A fast-growing online retail industry as well as increasing movement of essential goods such as fruits and vegetables is also helping drive demand for LCVs. Tata Motors Ltd, Ashok Leyland Ltd and Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd (M&M), India’s top three commercial vehicle makers, plan to produce 15% more light commercial vehicles, or LCVs, in the September quarter year-on-year, said four people aware of the matter. The companies are intensifying their focus on the LCV segment on hopes of robust demand in the rural and semi-urban markets that have been relatively less affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Rural and semi-urban markets contribute close to 75% of the total LCV sales for the leading manufacturers, including M&M’s Bolero pickup, Tata Motor’s Ace and Ashok Leyland’s Dost," said one of the four people cited above. Several migrant workers have bought their own light

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commercial vehicles as they are considering self-employment or jobs closer to their homes as a better bet than returning to the cities. Also, increased government spending in the rural areas, job creation is contributing to this phenomenon. This also is a peak season for transporting farm produce and construction materials. In the June quarter, M&M, Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland posted declines of more than 67%, 85% and 79%, respectively, in LCV sales, amid a strict lockdown during most of the period. However, the growth expectations in the September quarter indicates that the automakers are confident of a revival in LCV demand, especially in rural and semi-urban markets. Production of medium and heavy commercial vehicles, or MHCVs, is estimated to decline 40% in the September quarter as the category struggles with excess load carrying capacity, low freight availability and a shortage of drivers.

Recent Developments in CV Industry

• VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors NSE 3.30 % joint venture, on Monday reported an 11.9 per cent increase in sales for October at 4,200 units. The company had sold 3,755 units in October 2019. Eicher branded trucks and buses recorded total sales of 4,130 units last month as compared to 3,681units in the year-ago month, up 12.2 per cent. In the domestic market, sales of Eicher branded trucks and buses were at 3,815 units last month as against 3,309 units the same month a year ago, up 15.3 per cent, the company said. Exports of the Eicher brand of commercial vehicles were at 315 units in October as compared to 372 units in same month last, a dip of 15.3 per cent. • Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) inaugurated 10 new touchpoints for BharatBenz commercial vehicles. The new facilities will add around 300,000 square feet of workshop space all together, including more than 40 mechanical bays. In September this year, DICV announced plans to expand the BharatBenz dealer || www.constructionmirror.com ||


network by 10 percent, exceeding 250 outlets by the end of 2020. With the opening of these new touchpoints, the company moves a step closer to its goal of cutting distance between dealerships from 160km to 120km. In some regions, such as Kerala, the distance between touchpoints has been reduced to 70km. This increases the network’s service capacity to over 40,000 vehicles a month and significantly improves the brand’s reach in regional areas. The new touchpoints are located in Muzaffarnagar and Kotputli in the Northern region, Marthandam, Namakkal, Mallanna Sagar, Koothattukulam and Haripad in the Southern region and Mehsana, Rajnandgaon and Mahad in the Western region. • Ashok Leyland today launched the Boss LE and LX Trucks, equipped with the company’s i-Gen6 BS-VI technology. The Boss range is one of Ashok Leyland’s leading brands in the Intermediate Commercial Vehicle (ICV) segment. These two vehicles will address the 11.1 tonne to 14.05 tonne GVW market. Customers can choose from multiple combinations – loading span from 14 feet to 24 feet and body type options of high side deck, fixed side deck, drop side deck, cab chassis, container and tipper. The pricing for the Boss LE and LX starts from Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai / Delhi / Chennai). The vehicle will be manufactured at the Ennore plant for the southern India market and at the Pantnagar plant for the Northern market. The Boss platform offers multiple applications including usage for parcel and courier, poultry, white goods, agri-perishable, e-commerce, FMCG, auto parts and reefer, among others. Customers can choose from two cabin options. Ashok Leyland says Boss LE and LX buyers can expect multiple improvement over BS IV technology like up to 7% higher fluid efficiency, up to 5% better tyre life, up to 30% longer service interval and up to 5% lower maintenance cost. The Boss ICV will be available as a fully-built option with class-leading ergonomic and safety features for the driver. It comes bundled with

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digital solutions like i-Alert, remote diagnostics. • Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has added another important milestone to its list with over 35,000 commercial vehicles and 150 million parts exported from the country. The CV maker has also added Malaysia as a new CKD market. The CKD (completely knocked down) vehicles are exported in parts and then assembled locally. DICV already exports these to Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam and Indonesia. In fact, Daimler India Commercial Vehicle is the only Daimler location worldwide that produces engines, transmissions, trucks and buses at the same site under four brands – BharatBenz, FUSO, Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner. • Tata Motors, one of India’s leading commercial vehicles manufacturer has launched the Signa 5525.S, which it says is the country’s highest GCW prime mover (tractor) in 4x2 segment. The Signa 5525.S 4x2 claims an unmatched 55-tonne GCW offers unique value proposition for customers to maximise profitability. The Signa 5525.S 4x2 prime mover is powered by Cummins 6.7-litre engine with a power rating of 250hp and torque rating of 950Nm from 1000-1800rpm, which it says ensures fatigue-less driving and reduced turnaround time for more trips and higher revenue. The drivetrain is designed with industry-proven G1150 9-speed gearbox, 430mm dia. organic clutch, and heavy-duty RA110 rear axle with enhanced pulling power; designed for demanding terrain and multiple application requirements. The Signa 5525.S is equipped with 3 distinct drive modes – light, medium and heavy, and is coupled with Gear shift Advisor to ensure optimum power and torque selection, based on the load and terrain, and on-drive coaching for right gear selection ensuring high fuel efficiency and the lowest total cost of operations in its segment.

Commercial Vehicle Market

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dip in sales is going to be more severe in medium and heavy commercial vehicle (M&HCV) segment than the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment. In FY20, the domestic commercial vehicle industry clocked sales of 7.17 lakh units. The contraction in LCV segment is expected to be limited as demand from rural and semi-urban markets is expected to recover faster on account of higher agriculture output on the back of good monsoons during the current year. Truck utilisation levels remained under pressure during Q1 FY21 (April to June) due to Covid-19 lockdown and various restrictions on movement across the country. Industry body associations say fleet utilisation among operators was 30 to 35 per cent during May and has gradually risen up to 50 to 60 per cent during June as more sectors opened up after relaxation of lockdown restrictions. Also, currently truck fleet operators are witnessing a shortage of drivers as most of them had returned to native places in view of the nationwide lockdown. Demand environment is expected to remain low in the coming months as well due to the slowing economy on account of COVID-19 impact. Given the overcapacity situation, freight rates are expected to remain under pressure despite an increase in diesel prices which could impact the profitability of fleet operators during FY21. Therefore, said Care, it is expected that fleet operators might defer their new commercial vehicle purchases in the near-term. While this is likely to impact the financial performance of various domestic commercial vehicle players, a majority of them are better placed to manoeuvre the downtrend than in

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the past. Demand revival could be hastened in case of implementation of long due scrappage policy, reduction in Goods and Services Tax rates from the current 28 per cent along with substantial economic measures including the government's push towards additional infrastructure projects. In the April-June period of financial year 2021, as per data, the total CV (commercial vehicle) sale in the country stood at 31,636, a decline of 85 per cent year-on-year as the country remained in the Coronavirus-induced lockdown for most part of the June quarter and, most of the trade and business activities coming to a temporary halt. A 30 per cent decline in sales volume on an already weak base would lead to a nearly six-fold increase in a net loss to Rs 6,000 crore for commercial vehicle (CV) makers this fiscal Two consecutive years of high de-growth are likely to result in CV volume reaching its lowest point in 10 years. With utilisation down to a third, high fixed costs would dent the profitability of CV makers. Noting that commercial vehicles are a critical logistical link to the economy, it said a quick recovery in sales volume is critical as a slower rebound can elongate the pain for manufacturers. According to Crisil, the CV makers were already hit by new overloading norms and a slowing economy when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, and sales volume had fallen 29 per cent in the fiscal year ended March 2020. The resultant sharp slowdown in industrial activity has hard-braked sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles (MHCVs), which account for two-thirds of the industry revenue. Sales of light commercial vehicles (LCVs) may fare better with support from the rural economy and private consumption The recovery is predicated on an expected pick-up in both industrial activity and private consumption, said the release adding commercial vehicles are a critical logistical link to the economy and hence sales volume is likely to bounce back next fiscal to reach almost fiscal 2020 level. CM || www.constructionmirror.com ||


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Young Entrepreneur Pranjal Agrawal Sets Up 200k sq. feet Plant- Hermosa Wonder Factory Amidst the Lockdown

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Aligning with industry 4.0 and mission Aatmanirbhar Bharat, this plant designed with infrastructure investments of more than 30 crores infuses the balance of art and technology into its structure and processes Rajasthan based home decor Design Studio Hèrmosa, known for clean and sharp Indian aesthetics in the affordable luxury furniture segment recently celebrated its two-year journey with interior queen, Gauri Khan. Taking forward Mr. Pranjal Agrawal’s creative vision of changing the landscape of interior design in India, the Hèrmosa Wonder Factory is a state-of-the-art facility set to manufacture furniture and home decor pieces. Located 25 kms. from Kota, Rajasthan and covering an expanse of over 200k sq. feet, the factory not only brings to life technology and art with its futuristic appeal, but also ensures safety of all its staff employees. The concept was to create a modern day philosophy of art converted into a natural form of architecture fitting into the bare landscape of Kota, Rajasthan. Commenting on the new move, Mr. Pranjal Agrawal, CEO Hèrmosa Design Studio adds, “My vision for Hèrmosa as a hundred per cent Made in India brand, has always been to give our customers in mini

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Pranjal Agrawal CEO Hèrmosa Design Studio metros and towns premium designs with durability at affordable prices. The Hèrmosa Wonderfactory was set up keeping in mind industry 4.0 so we can deliver to mass consumers without hampering the quality. This is a proud moment, as Hèrmosa products come to life through the hands of the best designed, most skilled artisans, advanced technology and mindfully sourced raw materials. The factory will help support our growth goals of 75-100 crore growth in the next three years from E-Comm, Exports and Co-living integration projects.” In the day, fitting into the dunes of Rajasthan with a brilliant play of lights and shadows inside and outside of the structure, while in the dawn they stand tall piercing into the ground to show the form of art and culture within for the craftsman inside, this space was designed in partnership with SCHULER Consulting, a leading German technology and service company in the woodworking industry. Commenting on the collaboration, Mr Marc Pfetzing, Senior Manager, Schuler Consulting Asia shared “Exciting project with a winning team! Schuler together with Hèrmosa have set a new bar in production standards in India with a factory design creating a world-class factory complementary to the whole Hèrmosa culture.” In recent times, homebuyer trends, especially in tier-II and Tier III cities have evolved in terms of tastes and preferences. This wave, coupled with a rise in demand for affordable housing and a discerning taste for home décor, pushed for better growth prospects in the H&I market. Pranjal Agrawal, the mastermind behind Hèrmosa has always been one-step ahead, carefully identifying market gaps in these cities to best craft home decor solutions with a premium aesthetic and functional appeal at an affordable price, creating a unique space in the decor segment. CM

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Year 2005, a revolution of sort happened in the Industry of Construction & Mining. Goa mining Industry was in growth mode. Equipment investment was largely planned by most of the corporates in Goa. One such Company embarked on a large fleet of machines to be invested. However, their condition of selecting equipment was not only of Industry’s best in line fuel efficient and productive machines but, from a supplier who could offer a complete end to end service of operations and maintenance. Svenska Technologies Private Limited, Dealership of Volvo Construction Equipment bagged the prestigious order of over 5 million USD. This is when the challenge of managing the contract of over 25 machines with drivers, operators, mechanics, technicians, supervisors, engineers and project managers a total of 75 odd people was a tall task. The Concept of ‘YOU BUY – WE RUN” was first of its kind in the Industry and it became greatly successful. This followed with more such orders and more demand of trained manpower to be deployed, which was seldom available in market.

Since 2007 till 2018, the industry saw dynamic economic ups & downs, yet it maintained a steady growth average 12% CAGR and became a 7 billion USD worth of industry. India is on the path of modernisation with rapid progress in infrastructure development. The investment in the infrastructure sector in India is pegged at Rs 1,80,000 crore. This will be accompanied by the increasing demand for highly skilled technicians and trained and qualified after-sales support personnel to handle the latest technology. Indian technicians have acquired their skills over years of handling construction equipment. However, the last few decades have seen the introduction of sophisticated equipment with electronic and computerised control systems. Industry figures indicate that next five years the industry shall continue to grow with an average of 100 thousand machine market annually. These machines pumped in the industry will certainly need to be supported with large number of operators and service engineers, estimated to about 50K operators and nearly 7000 technicians year on year.

SIT started in 2007 as an inhouse effort and later incorporated as a section 8 company in 2011, to serve the purpose of growing demand of trained manpower as operators, mechanics, technicians, and engineers.

Svenska Institute of Technology is essentially now Competency & Skill Development Centre, formed to prepare young engineers, technicians & Operators for a bright future in maintenance & Operations of construction, mining, road equipment and heavy vehicles.

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has been relying on operators who have learned from being a helper to operator, which was essentially due to olden technology machines which never had computerisation and sophistication. However, now almost all machines are electronically controlled and has high dependence of Operator interface with display and control units while in operations. This changed advanced technology demands operators to be more learned and adapting to new techniques.

Machines Sold to customer seldom gets the best of its productivity and fuel efficiency due to lack of operational skills of the operators and supervisors who monitor filed operations. Hitherto, the Industry

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Svenska Institute has therefore introduced SIMULATOR based training of fresh recruits as operators with minimum ITI background, and a certification program for existing Operators for their knowledge and Skills. Investment in advanced machinery pays rich dividend only if, the best is derived by the operations, which is only depends on OPERATOR SKILLS. Otherwise it’s an underutilisation of Asset. Customers who own various brands of machineries are also offered a specially designed program for their “Mechanical Helpers” and “Assistant Technicians” a program of Basic Maintenance Practices. This helps customer to improve their overall fleet availability and productivity and helps them reduce Cost.

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Promoter has 20 years of Professional background from Industry, and as an entrepreneur and business head for 20 years as Volvo CE Dealer. This visionary concept is that of Mr. Mangesh Vaidya, who strongly believes that there is “No substitute to a Knowledgeable and Skilled Workforce”. Institute therefore offers to Coach across all brands of machineries, young recruits of OEMs and their dealership, a specially designed program for ITI candidates, Diploma & Graduate engineer candidates, a dedicated EARN and LEARN program of 100 hours to 800 hours. Institute has designed the Learning Program based on COACHING MODEL and NOT TRAINING model. Since, Skills imparted and knowledge shared is practical oriented, every candidate’s speed of learning and assimilation is therefore a key to success. Workshop and OJT is unique to this course. Institute has embarked on collaborating with Polytechnics & Technical Institutions to offer the six months course to students who are keen to join this industry and certify them with Level 3 & level 4 Courses as per the National Skill Development Council’s and the Infrastructure Equipment Skill Council designated program apart from the well-honed SIT Certification. These certified candidates are offered to industry and customers alike.

Svenska Institute has its Operations in Goa and Nagpur for offering workshop and OJT part of the course, and currently offers ONLINE live theory classes, practicals of workshop and OJT continues to be a field activity. Our Motto - make every ASPIRING INDIVIDUAL Successful. CM

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ADVERTISEMENT INDEX Acme Air Equipments Co. Pvt. Ltd. .................................

25

Kobelco Construction Equipment India Pvt. Ltd. ......... IBC

Ajax Engineering Pvt. Ltd. .................................................... GF

Kohler Co., ................................................................................

Aggcon Equipments International Pvt. Ltd. .................... 109

Larsen & Toubro Ltd. ............................................................ IFC

Akona Engineering Pvt. Ltd. ................................................

23

Mahindra Powerol ...................................................................

83

Ammann India Pvt. Ltd. .......................................................

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Mulchand Bherulal Group ....................................................

75

Bauma Conexpo India 2021 .................................................

79

Nilang Asphalt Equipments Pvt. Ltd. ...............................

43

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Case Construction ................................................................... P-01

Putzmeister Concrete Machines Pvt. Ltd. ....................... P-05

CEAT Limited ........................................................................... 103

Rhishikesh Engineers Pvt. Ltd. ............................................

DIBEX 2021 ................................................................................ 85

Roof India Exhibition ............................................................. 125

Earthcon Expo 2020 ............................................................... 39

Sandvik Asia Pvt. Ltd. ........................................................... P-07

Electro Magnetic Industries ............................................... 34-35

SEC RJMT ..................................................................................

Escorts Construction Equipment Pvt. Ltd. .....................

BC

SRONS Engineers .................................................................... 129

Fine Equipments India Pvt. Ltd. ........................................

13

Svenska Institute of Technology .........................................

19

IFAT India Expo ....................................................................... 89

Toshniwal ...................................................................................

113

India Warehousing Show 2020 ........................................... 132

Trimble Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. ...................................... P-03

Innomac Engineering Industries Pvt. Ltd. ........................

31

Unipave Engineering Products .............................................

71

Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. .....................................................

29

Uniter Engineering Products ................................................

55

Jk Tyre & Industries Ltd. .....................................................

FC

VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd. .............................................. 123

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EVENT DIARY Postponed Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

03-05 Dec 2020 BEC, Goregaon, Mumbai

www.indiabuildtech.com

India Buildtech 2020 provide an excellent opportunity for Indian & global players to showcase the very best of technologies in the areas of sustainable buildings developments. Exhibitors will display their innovationsgreen building products technologies, Equipments & Machineries to prospective collaborators and policy makers and will be able to connect and network with fellow entrepreneurs.

www.concreteshowindia.com

Concrete Show India (CSI) 2019, the three day (16th - 18th May 2019) trade show hosted by UBM India, commenced today at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. It is the only expo in the country exclusively dedicated to the Construction and Infrastructure sector covering key areas including roads and highways, housing, airports, ports, power, rail, dams & bridges.

17-19 Dec 2020

20 - 23 Jan 2021

Bangalore International Exhibition Centre

India Expo Centre, Greater Noida

www.roofindia.com

India is the 2nd fastest growing major economy in the world and inspite of the global economic scenario, the Building Construction & Infrastructure industry in India continues to boom. Pre-engineered Buildings/Factories, Airport modernization / new airports projects, Metro Rail, New Hotel / Resorts, IT Parks, Retail Malls, Hypermarkets, Multiplexes, Integrated Townships etc are still buzzwords today in India's booming Building Construction & Infrastructure industry.

www.dibex.org

DIBEX 2020 Exhibition will showcase the latest technology and innovative products used in the infrastructure, building and construction industry. This event will be an excellent platform for exhibitors to publicise and display their products, innovation, services and also build brand image alongside developing leadership to improve market position in global areas.

24-26 Mar 2021 Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

4-6 March 2021 Mumbai, India www.india.intermatconstruction.com

Intermat is the international trade show for construction machinery & materials and among the top 3 construction show worldwide organized by Comexposium- the leading European Event Organisers. Comexposium has officially associated with Inter Ads- An Indian trade show organizer, to create a new Intermat India Show which will provide the best across to the construction industry in the entire Indian region. India is the one of the world's most dynamic and fast growing regiobs companies and brands in a strategic location.

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www.smartcitiesindia.com

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The focus of the Union government augurs well with its urban development programmes such as AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission, National Solar Mission, National Mission for Clean Ganga, FAME II, PMAY, Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, Startup India, etc. that positively impact the Smart Cities Mission.

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10 - 11 Dec 2020 CIDCO Exhibition center, Mumbai www.cementexpo.in

CEMENT EXPO is one-stop- industry platform to source Cement and concrete, Equipments, Construction & Infrastructure technologies, products and services that reduce your costs, optimize project execution times and increase returns. Access to National, International and local brands that will help you meet your project requirements Discover end-to- end solutions that will help you optimize operations, reduce downtime and maximize profitability.

23-26 Feb 2021 Huda Ground, Gurgaon, India www.bcindia.com

Bauma CONEXPO India is the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles provides the construction industry in India with a professional platform for networking, investment and the exchange of ideas and information. The show launched in 2011 and did an impressive job of putting this quality standard to the test.

Ahmedabad, India

www.earthconexpo.com

With the country currently growing at 7.6% GDP and a vision of adding 2% to the GDP of the country through infrastructure, the Government of India is on an ambitious project to overhauling the country's infrastructure. Towards this, the government has embarked on a large initiative to accelerate infrastructure growth in the country. Form Roadways to Airways, Ports to Airports, Irrigation, Dams, Railways, Power Production Capacity and Smart Cities are the thrust areas for investments.

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