‘Centre’s infrastructure push driving demand for construction machinery’

4/5/2022 11:44:00 AM

                The Centre’s infrastructure push has led to a notable growth in demand for construction equipment and related equipment surpassing pre-Covid level demand.

Companies engaged in production and supply of earth moving equipment, piling and mining equipment have seen a robust jump in demand over the last three months, especially after 
the Union Budget, say officials.

The construction equipment segment and the commercial vehicle industry are considered to be the barometer of economic activity. Sales of medium and heavy trucks and buses 
during FY22 by the two biggest CV players — Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland — grew by 51 per cent and 41 per cent respectively. Though it is on a low base, the level of machine 
utilisation in
the past few months has shot up considerably. 

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Deepak Shetty, CEO and Managing Director, JCB India, said, “After a challenging two years due to the pandemic, we are seeing business coming back to pre-Covid levels backed by 
revival of the business sentiments. Announcements like the Gati Shakti and the institutionalising of NABFID are positive developments. Despite the disruptions, last year was the third 
best year ever for us.”

Kamal Bali, President and Managing Director, Volvo Group, India said, “In the January-March quarter, we saw a sharp uptick in road construction activity, especially from February 
onwards. Mining industry applications peaked with an increase of over 40 per cent in the last fiscal but supply chain constraints restricted our deliveries.” Volvo’s construction
equipment range saw its FY22 volumes hit pre-pandemic levels with a growth of 20 per cent, however, Bali did not share absolute sales numbers for the year.

Volvo plans to add additional models for manufacturing in India at its Bangalore facilities in FY23.

Demand has been strong for China-headquartered heavy equipment manufacturer Sany Heavy Industries. 

Deepak Garg, Managing Director, Sany Heavy Industries India said, “Our annual production capacity is close to 8,000 and currently we are producing close to 6,000 units a year. One 
year down the line we might have to add further capacity taking it to 16,000 units. We are optimistic of FY23 keeping in mind the investments that the government spoke about.”

Source: Business Line

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