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R&D on construction equipment targets greater cost efficiency

Efforts are geared toward units that can offer more convenience and savings.

India's construction equipment suppliers are expanding their selections to include models with better price-performance ratios. In doing so, they hope to penetrate South America, South Africa and other emerging economies further. Growth in exports is expected to reach double-digit rates.

Gamzen Plast
Gamzen Plast offers mobile and fixed batching plants.

A number of makers also aim to sharpen their edge in the domestic market, where public and private investment in infrastructure is on the upswing. Competition is forecast to come from both new and established players.

Addressing concerns on rising labor outlay, R&D work at many enterprises revolves around automating functions and making units easier to operate. Others are finding ways to optimize their designs' raw materials usage and thereby boost output. Lower maintenance cost is a key objective as well.

A number of suppliers are going for versatile lines. Under this effort, several have released portable concrete mixers with the capability of batching plants.

Speedcrafts Ltd, for instance, offers a model that can turn out 20m3 per hour. Priced at $8,000, the unit employs a pan mixer and a 30hp motor. The controls are fully automatic.

A mobile batching plant that goes for $10,000 at Gamzen Plast Pvt. Ltd is capable of producing 9m3 per hour. The machine has a 7.5hp 3-phase motor, reversing drum mixer and 2 or 3-bin feeding hopper.

Buildtech Industries offers the model 10/7 mixer that can process concrete and mortar. Priced at $2,200, the machine has a capacity of 200L for mixed material. Optional features include a hopper, water tank and shaker gear.

For skid steer loaders, manufacturers are designing units to accommodate a wider range of attachments.

At Gamzen Plast, the selection includes a 4WD type that can be fi tted with tools for excavating, raking, loading and crushing.

Industry demographics
Industry demographics

India is home to about 200 manufacturers of construction equipment. Most companies are located in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Suppliers offer road construction, earth moving, materials preparation and handling, tunneling and drilling equipment.

Priced between $1,800 and $20,000, the selection includes reversing drum mixers with 1,000L capacity, skid steer loaders, batching plants and diesel road rollers.

About 3 percent of the industry's output is sent abroad. Among the key export categories are concrete mixers, 20 and 50m3 batching plants, compactors, skid steer loaders and mini dumpers.

Overseas shipments are sent mostly to the Middle East and Africa. South America, the US, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia are also major markets.

Note:This article was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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