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Caterpillar showcases 773E and 777E Off-Highway Trucks at IMME

At the International Mining & Machinery Exhibition (IMME) held in Kolkata, Caterpillar presented the Cat773E and 777E Off-Highway Trucks to customers. These machines will be manufactured in Caterpillar’s production facility set up at Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu.

The 773E/777E Off Highway Trucks are fitted with the 567 kW – 3412E - HEUI Engine and 758 kW - C32 Engine respectively. Both trucks meet U.S. EPA Tier 2 equivalent/China Nonroad Stage III emission standards. Both machines are equipped with the new basic Vital Information Management System (VIMS) and are capable of transmitting productivity data when equipped with Truck Production Management System (TPMS) and Product Link. An extensive list of options enables customers to configure their trucks to match their applications and their business objectives.

Rahul Jain, India Region Manager, Global Mining, Caterpillar India, said, "India is an important market. Participating in IMME gives us an opportunity to engage with representatives of a wide range of businesses and to present the strengths of Caterpillar—quality products, advanced technology and excellent after-sales service and support through our unmatched dealer support.” Product support and maintenance service for all the new products will be provided through the vast support service network of Cat’s two dealers in India – GMMCO and TIPL.


Sanghi Ind to raise capacity

Cement maker Sanghi Industries Ltd is planning to further augment its capacity post its expanded production capacity of its plant located at Abdasa in Kutch district. The company is looking at raising Rs 1,200 crore to fund its proposed expansion.

Sanghi, one of the major cement players in western India, has recently increased production capacity of its Kutch cement plant by 1.2 million tonne per annum (MTPA) to 4.1 MTPA. In the second phase, the company is further increasing the capacity to 8.1 MTPA.
Apart from capacity augmentation, the company is establishing 15 MW Waste Heat Recovery System, which will convert waste heat into power. This is likely to come on stream in two years.
With transportation playing a key role in deciding cost of cement, Sanghi is actively looking at tapping the sea route to ship cement from its Kutch plant. The company already operates 1 million metric tonnes per annum captive jetty in Kutch, which transports cement to its existing receiving terminals at Navlakhi in Rajkot district and Dharamtar at Mumbai.
Sanghi is further working on a plan to develop such a terminal at Surat for servicing the South Gujarat market.


Centre plans three solar Ultra Mega Power Projects in Maharashtra

The Central Government has sanctioned three solar ultra mega power projects in Maharashtra. One of them will come up in Vidarbha while the other two will be in Marathwada and Khandesh. An eleven member committee under principal secretary (energy) had been set up to identify the sites for these plants.

It is reported that the installed capacity of each of these plants would be 500MW. The central government has set a target of generating 1.75 lakh MW through new and renewable energy sources by 2022. Of this the share of solar power is 1 lakh MW.


Wirtgen India wins award from Indo German Chamber of Commerce

At the 60th Annual General Meeting of Indo- German Chamber of Commerce held in New Delhi, in October, the award - “For Outstanding Contribution Towards The Promotion Of Indo-German Economic Relations” was given to Wirtgen India for the year 2016 for being the fastest growing company in the Chamber.

This award was presented by Alexander Dobrindt, German Federal Minister of Transport & Digital Infrastructure to Ramesh Palagiri, Managing Director & CEO, Wirtgen India.


Emami to spend Rs 8,500 cr in cement arm

Shortly after foraying into the cement space, the Emami Group is aiming at capacity of 15-20 million tonne (mt) in the next three to five years, from the existing 2.4 mt, investing Rs 8,500 crore to do so. The cement arm of the diversified group will invest Rs 3,500 crore to build a 5.5 mt per annum (mtpa) clinker unit in Chhattisgarh and two grinding units of 1.5 and 2 mtpa each in Odisha and West Bengal.
The Chhattisgarh unit is expected to achieve full capacity utilisation in 2018. In the same year, the Odisha grinding unit is to commence production. The West Bengal unit will start in January next year.
Emami Cement will further invest another Rs 3,500 crore to set up a six mtpa plant in Rajasthan, where it recently won a limestone mining lease. This project is expected to become operational in the next three years. Another two mtpa capacity clinker unit will come up in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, where the group has earmarked Rs 1,500 crore, add reports.
It is also looking at acquiring smaller integrated cement units in central and east India.


20 unused airports ready for RCS

As the Centre finalizes the 'Regional Air Connectivity' scheme, the AAI says as many as 20 unused airports were ready to start operations for regional flights. Another 30 airports can be made ready for operations under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) by making some investments, as per reports. 20 unutilised airports owned by AAI were ready from where flights under RCS can take off. The government plans to have no-frills airports for regional air services and AAI was studying the design parameters for such aerodromes. RCS refers to operation of an air transport service between any two airports, of which at least one has been declared by the Central government as un-served or under-served, according to the draft rules. There are 394 unserved and 16 under-served airports in the country. Under-served aerodromes are those which have less than seven flights a week. Under the new civil aviation policy, the AAI would be the nodal agency for implementation of RCS. According to the AAI, depending on the size of the airport depends the construction cost is about Rs. 1,00,000-1,10,000 per sq m of the terminal building.


Department of Heavy Industry to launch Industry 4.0 at Win India 2016 in Mumbai

Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt Ltd has announced the 10th edition of WIN INDIA 2016 scheduled to be held from December 1-3, 2016 at the MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai. Further to this, the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Government of India and Win India announced its continued partnership to work jointly towards promoting India’s high tech engineering and capital goods manufacturing industry as a part of Government of India’s ‘Make In India’ campaign. Win India 2016 will cover the entire lifecycle of Industry 4.0 - industrial automation, hydraulics & pneumatics, warehousing and logistics, in three specialized trade fairs - Industrial Automation India (IA India), Motion Drive & Automation India (MDA India) and CeMAT India.

To announce the collaboration, present at the conference were Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India, S N Roy, Chairman -FICCI Capital Goods Committee and CEO & Managing Director, L&T Power Ltd, Kannan Vishvanath, Senior Member, SIMHEM (Society for Indian Materials Handling Equipment Manufacturers), Dattatreya Gaur, Vice President, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd., and Mehul Lanvers-Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt Ltd.

WIN INDIA 2016, a unique destination for showcasing the relevance of Industry 4.0 to Indian manufacturing industry, will highlight India’s unrelenting march towards becoming a manufacturing powerhouse in the region. As per a recent report compiled by Nikkei and research firm Markit, the overall order booking for the Indian manufacturing sector rose to a 22-month high in October 2016. This indicates that the vital signs for the sector are truly on course and would be aptly demonstrated at the trade fairs.

Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, said, “As per various Government schemes, we are expecting a threefold increase in growth in capital goods production and employment by 2025 and a 3.5 times increase in the manufacturing sector by 2026. With this boost in the manufacturing sector, WIN INDIA 2016 will be an exciting avenue for the industry to launch and showcase new products and industry 4.0 technologies. WIN INDIA serves the modern technology induction aspect of ‘Make In India’.”

Cavas Dumasia, Secretary – SIMHEM and Vice President – Marketing & Sales, Godrej Material Handling, said, “One of the important objectives of SIMHEM is to inform users of the benefits of mechanized material handling equipment through training programs, seminars, trade fairs etc. CeMAT India is a great platform for the material handling sector in India and with its partnership with SIMHEM, we see growth opportunities for our members as well as other integrated industry to promote their business and develop leads. SIMHEM & CeMAT India are two leading brands in the material handling sector in India and what better than joining hands to expand the market.”

WIN INDIA will also see a participation of more than 200 exhibitors, launching and showcasing their new products and technologies from around the globe. WIN INDIA 2016 has representations from China, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, UAE and USA. Some of the leading brands that will be participating are Siemens, Robert Bosch Engineering, Festo, Camozzi, Larsen & Toubro, Rittal, Nord Systems, Jungheinrich Lift Trucks India, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd, Mahindra Logistics, Pilz India, Intouch, Grey Orange Robotics, Kompress India, Exide Industries Ltd, NASH Robotics & Automation Pvt Ltd, Concord Hydraulics Pvt Ltd, ABM Drivers India, Eppinger and Ningbo Degson amongst others. Dattatreya Gaur from Robert Bosch Engineering talked about their products and technologies that will be displayed at WIN INDIA and the role of the Government and WIN INDIA in boosting the industry.

“FICCI is happy to partner with Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) and Hannover Milano Fairs India (HMFI), once again in organizing WIN INDIA, which is emerging as a prominent show for the capital goods and automation industry. The capital goods sector in India in which 80% enterprises are from MSME sector, needs latest and strategic technology in various spheres. The sector is also gearing up for the new wave of Industry 4.0. With Prime Minister’s Make in India initiative, we are aspiring to be the manufacturing hub for capital goods across the value chain” said S N Roy, Chairman- FICCI Capital Goods Committee.

Mehul Lanvers Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. said, “In the pursuit of increasing the manufacturing capacity of India, we see a major potential for the growth of capital goods manufacturing industry. With support from Department of Heavy Industries and various other industrial associations like FICCI, SIMHEM, FPSI, VDMA, AIA and IVS, the industry is here to stay and grow. We have witnessed the commitment and efforts from our exhibiting companies for driving new and innovative technologies and products in the manufacturing space. At WIN INDIA, we continue to provide this large platform for enterprise and user industry to interact, creating a complete solution marketplace.”

WIN INDIA 2016 will present interactive features such as ‘Automation Training Zone’ along with AIA (Automation Industry Association), MDA FORUM by VDMA, Intralogistics 4.0 Conference and Masterclass for Supply Chain Professionals organized by ISCM, CEO Conclave by FPSI, Vacuum Technology Workshop etc. With the objective of bringing industrial associations together, WIN INDIA has partnered with associations such as SIMHEM, FPSI (Fluid Power Society of India), VDMA (German Engineering Association), AIA (Automation Industry Association), Indian Vacuum Society, SME Chambers of Commerce, Bombay Industries Associations, Association for Multimodal transporters, Taloja Industries Association and Bombay Goods Transport Association.

WIN INDIA is organized by Hannover Milano Fairs India Pvt Ltd, Deutsche Messe’s subsidiary in India, and belongs to Deutsche Messe’s HANNOVER MESSE Worldwide portfolio, which includes events in Brazil, China, Italy, Turkey, and the United States.


Andhra to lay 1,000 km roads in 3 years

The government has decided to revamp the road network in Andhra Pradesh. The roads and buildings department has been mandated to launch the works cleared by the government on war footing basis and finish as per the schedules. Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has directed the officials of R and B to complete at least 400 km of work in the first year itself.
The government has readied a blue print to lay nearly 1300-1400km long roads across the state by 2019. The R&B department estimated that it would require at least Rs 1000-Rs 1500 crore to complete the 1300-1400 km road network.