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Govt awarded Contracts worth Rs 1 lakh cr for national highways upgrades

The government has awarded contracts worth over Rs 1.09 lakh crore for two- and four-laning of national highways in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Jharkhand since 2014-15, as per reports. The contracts are for 297 projects amounting to Rs 1,09,043 crore, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Mansukh Lal Mandaviya informed recently. He added that altogether, the projects would spread across a total length of 13,433 km of national highways in the six states.


Accolade for Wirtgen Group

The German Brand Institute in Berlin decorated the Wirtgen Group with the German Brand Award 2017 for its Corporate Design. The Award, initiated by the German design authority, is awarded by a high-profile expert panel consisting of experts in brand economy and brand science. It is the decoration for successful brand management in Germany. Only companies nominated by the German Brand institute, its brand scouts and expert panels are allowed to participate in the competition.
The Wirtgen Group award in the categories “Brand Strategy” and “Brand Design” represents the appraisal of an extensive process lasting three years and placing the complete Wirtgen Group brand architecture on a new, uniform and sustainable foundation.

“I’m receiving the award as the representative of the Wirtgen Group product brands’ marketing departments. The award is mainly the result of a top team achievement,” says Martin Heitz, Head of Marketing Wirtgen and responsible for the CI Relaunch project.

In order to underscore the synergies and team spirit of the individual brands as well as the group, the Wirtgen Group revised its complete Corporate Identity and implemented it in all five German brand headquarters, 55 sales and service subsidiaries and more than 150 dealers worldwide up to the smallest detail.


GHMC to make 48 MW waste-based power plant

In order to set up a power plant based on municipal solid waste, with an installed capacity of 48 MW by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), the expert appraisal committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes has issued terms of reference for the process of environmental clearance.

According to the details submitted to the expert panel of the MoEF, the proposals are for setting up waste-to-energy (WtE) power plant based on municipal solid waste (MSW) at Jawaharnagar of Kapra mandal in Medchal district on the outskirts of the city with an estimated cost of Rs 720 crore.


Essar arm to make coal terminal at Beira Port

Essar Ports has signed a 30-year concession agreement with the Government of Mozambique to develop a new coal terminal at Beira Port as part of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project. The project will be executed through a subsidiary, New Coal Terminal Beira, SA (NCTB SA), which is a joint venture between Essar (which will own 70 per cent) and Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM).
The project will enhance the coal handling capacity of Mozambique by 20 million tonne per annum (MTPA) in two phases of 10 MTPA each. Mozambique is estimated to have reserves of over 23 billion tonnes of coal, which makes the country a major coal exporter that is well placed to cater to the international steel and power industries, especially in India, China, Japan and Korea.

The NCTB has dedicated rail connectivity to Mozambique’s coal mining belt in the Tete region, which CFM has recently enhanced to a capacity of 20 MTPA. The first phase of this project will be developed at a cost of close to $275 million and will entail developing dedicated berths, along with state-of-the-art, mechanised and environment-friendly systems.


Birla Corp plans Rs 2,400-crore cement project

In order to increase its cement production capacity from the current 15.5 million tonne per annum (mtpa) to nearly 20 mtpa in the next five years, Birla Corporation is planning a four mtpa project in Mukutban, Yavatmal in Maharashtra. The investment envisaged is Rs 2,400 crore, and the land has been acquired too, as per reports.

The eastern region is seeing the highest rise in demand and many companies including JSW, Emami, Shree Cement, are setting up new capacity.
It is reported that an increase of 38 per cent and 23 per cent in the government’s fund allocation in its annual Budget for the housing and roads sectors, respectively, to Rs 23,000 crore and Rs 64,900 crore, is expected to boost cement uptake.


JCB India exhibits range of Road Solutions

JCB India Ltd has showcased its range of class leading, Made-in-India Road Construction Solutions at an event held at its state-of-the-art factory in Pune. Through this day-long event, JCB established its transformation into a Full Range Infrastructure Equipment Partner, especially in the area of Road construction.

“Roads and Highways continue to be a major driver for infrastructure growth in India and the Government’s focus is evident through the significant outlay it has made towards this sector in successive National Budgets.” said Vipin Sondhi, MD & CEO, JCB India Ltd. “JCB’s machines have been contributing to the development of India’s infrastructure for close to four decades. Now through its Premier Line Road Construction Solutions, it is committed to contributing and expediting the building of Roads and Highways in both, rural and urban India. JCB provides a full solution of products, training, monitoring, parts, and service, backed by the largest distribution network in India.”

JCB India organised a live demonstration of its machines to highlight the utility of each of the product that plays a pivotal role in the construction of Roads. In the large Excavator category, the JS 205LC (20T Tracked Excavator), the JCB 220LC Xtra (22T Tracked Excavator) and the JCB 305LC (30T Tracked Excavator) were shown live in action.

In the Compactor range, the recently introduced JCB116 (11T Soil Compactor), the VMT860eco (9T Tandem Roller) and the VMT330 (3.3T Mini Tandem Roller) were demonstrated. The JCB 455ZX, the 5.5T Wheeled Loader which is primarily used for bulk material loading was also part of this activity which had 12 machines in all.

He added, “Our in-house Design Centre in Pune has been at the forefront of all our innovation programmes which includes the range of machines exhibited and demonstrated at this event. Products manufactured at the Pune facility are sold not only in India, but are also exported to various countries around the world.”
JCB’s world class ecoXcellence Backhoe Loader – the 3DX Xtra, the 3T Mini Excavator - JCB 30Plus and the class leading range of Material Handling product solutions which includes the Telehandler and the Skid Steer Loader were also part of the demonstration activities at the work site.

The utility of JCB’s GQ100Kva Diesel Genset and the leading range of attachments such as Man Basket, Auger, Rock Breaker, Pallet Fork and Sweeper Collector etc. were also experienced at the event.

With Internet of things becoming an important part of our daily operations, JCB Livelink has gained immense popularity in the industry. JCB Livelink is an innovative telematics technology that enables users to remotely monitor machines. It maximises the productivity of the machines by providing real time alerts on Service, Operation and Security benefits to the machines owners.
All these products are backed by an industry leading product support network. JCB India has over 60 dealers and 650 outlets, making it the largest dealership network in the construction and earthmoving equipment industry. These outlets are spread across India, employing over 6,000 trained professionals to cater to different customer requirements.

To ensure that customers derive the maximum from our machines, JCB recently introduced “Premier Line Solutions” which are specifically designed to give maximum value to customers through a comprehensive range of customised support packages. These packages offer real time and proactive product support solutions. Products included under the JCB Premier Line Solutions are the JCB 220LC Xtra, the JCB 305LC, the JCB 370, the 455ZX Wheeled Loader and the JCB116 Soil Compactor. All JCB machines are manufactured on the company philosophy of “One Global Quality” are not only sold in India, but are also exported to over 70 countries around the world.


Case delivers 10,000th vibratory compactor in India

Case Construction Equipment has introduced its 10,000th vibratory compactor at manufacturing plant in Pithampur, leading to highest sales volume in 25 years of operation. The road construction companies across the country have appreciated the simple design of Case vibratory compactors, which makes it easy to use and to maintain, and their exceptional reliability.
Abhijit Gupta, Brand Leader for Case CE India, said, “These achievements are testament to the popularity of Case vibratory compactors in India. Case is the absolute leader in this market segment in the country.”
The Pithampur plant has been able to meet the resulting hike in demand, keeping pace with this fast growing market, and exported its highly successful vibratory compactors to other countries.


Adani Cementation to set up plants in Gujarat, Karnataka

Adani Cementation, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Enterprises, is in the process of setting up cement-grinding and clinker facilities at Mundra in Gujarat and Udupi in Karnataka. The cost for setting up two grinding plants is estimated at Rs 1,120 crore. The engineering consultancy would be invited to bid these 2 million tonne per annum (mtpa) cement-grinding plants. The grinding plants at Mundra and Udupi would require fly-ash of around 2,150 tonne per day, Gypsum would be 245 tonne per day, while Clinker would be around 3,700 tonne per day. Besides, the company will also set up a 5 mtpa clinker grinding facility at Lakhpat in Gujarat. The clinker plant will cost anywhere between Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 2,000 crore. While an investment of Rs 15 crore would be towards pollution-control measures at the grinding facilities. The project is likely to be completed in 24 months period, fulfilling the growing demand of cement in south and west India.