CE-makers bet big on market revival

With all eyes on the burgeoning Indian construction equipment sector, propelled by growing infrastructure development, many global CE manufacturers made their plans for the market clear, when they offered their wares to the market at EXCON 2017.

Construction and earth moving equipment major JCB showcased a line-up of intelligent machines, leveraging digital technology by integrating Big Data and IoT in its products and services.

"The new range of intelligent machines exhibits the blend of technology and digital innovation to meet the demand for world class machines to build India's Next Gen Infrastructure," JCB India MD and CEO Vipin Sondhi said.

The company introduced its new backhoe loader with an automated manual transmission called Easy Shift. It also introduced the JCB 380LC, a 38-tonne tracked excavator.

Rival Caterpillar launched four new products, aiming to deepen its presence in the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors.

The new range of products include an advanced series of backhoe loaders (426F2and 424B2), Hindustan wheel loader (2021D2) and Cat excavators (336D2 and 349D2).

"We are well positioned to partner in India's growth story - especially 'Make in India' - with our wide range, which is manufactured in India, for India and also for the world," said Caterpillar India Country Head and MD Vivek Vanmeeganathan.

TIL launched new cranes and a reach stacker, seeing growing traction in the heavy load-movement and port segments. The MOBILOAD 315 pick-n-carry crane, the RT 750 rough terrain crane, and Hyster-TIL ReachStacker, were on display at the event.

US-based CASE Construction Equipment has expanded its range, unveiling the 752EX Vibratory Tandem Compactor, 770EX OL Only Loader, and an upgraded PRO Series backhoe loader, while SCHWING Stetter India launched as many as 18 products, which include variants of stationary concrete pumps, batching plant, self-loading mixer, plastering pump, cranes, and drilling solutions, among others.

Tata Motors has displayed a wide heavy-duty tipper range with ULTIMAAX suspension. The new trucks being showcased are PRIMA LX 3130.K 19 CuM scoop tipper, PRIMA LX 2525.K 16 CuM box tipper with Ultimaax suspension, PRIMA LX 3125.K 23 CuM box tipper, SIGNA 3718.TK 24 CuM box tipper, SIGNA 2518.K 7 CuM Transit Mixer with bogie suspension, and SIGNA 4923.S 14X2 CuM sideways tip trailer.

"This year, our focus is on mining and road construction industry, as there is a positive movement in macroeconomic indicators in these segments. The products on display will be equipped with globally renowned Cummins SCR technology, heavy duty ULTIMAAX Suspension System, factory fitted comfortable AC SIGNA cabins and light weight but stronger tipper bodies," Tata Motors Head (Sales and Marketing Medium and Heavy Commercial Vehicles) Rajesh Kaul said.

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