JCB eyes 10-15 pc sales growth

"The economy is reviving...sectors such as real estate and power are picking up. We expect a 10-15 per cent jump in our sales in CY'2010," JCB India's Associate Vice-President (Marketing) Amit Gossain said here on Tuesday.

The company has a target of over 12,000 machine sales by December 31 this year, Gossain said, adding this may go up by another 130-180 machines in the next calender year.

"Sales are picking up as infrastructure projects start kicking-off. We see a good sales growth coming in from upcoming mega road and power projects," Gossain said.

JCB India, a fully-owned subsidiary of the UK-based JC Bamford Excavators, manufactures products such as tracked excavators, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders, vibratory compactors, telehandlers, skid steers and soil componators.

The company believes that excavators demand would perk up as the infrastructure sector is already exhibiting a pick-up.

The Planning Commission has estimated a planned investment of USD 500 billion in the infrastructure sector in the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012). The investment in the roads sector during the 11th Five Year Plan is projected at USD 93.11 billion.

It is estimated that the construction equipment industry in India is expected to register a growth of USD 12-13 billion by 2015.

JCB has recently pumped in Rs 300-crore into its backhoe loader factory at Ballabgarh in Haryana to ramp up existing production capacity from 50 to 100 machines a day.

"The Ballabgarh plant will now facilitate the company's export ambitions," he said.

The company, which did not show a good performance in the last quarter due to the global downturn, is expecting to clock a healthy profit in the next quarter.

However, Gossain did not divulge the amount of profit the company expects to clock.

The company has three plants in India (one in Haryana and two in Pune). It has 48 dealers and over 320 outlets pan-India.

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