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5th Equipment India Conference 2013: Driving Innovation

5th Equipment India Conference 2013: Driving Innovation

01 Mar 2013
The conference focussed on innovative equipment and solutions and how OEMs are becoming more innovative due to changing user pattern of machines.

Date: February 7, 2013 • Venue: Hotel Sofitel, BKC, Mumbai • Organiser: ASAPP Conferences

Mumbai was the setting for the Fifth Equipment India Conference 2013. Held on February 7, 2013, the conference coincided with the conduct of the bC India 2013 show in the city. The theme of the conference was 'Innovation through inspiration for better penetration.

Pratap Vijay Padode, Editor-In-Chief, Equipment India, offered an overview on the construction and infrastructure industry. He said, "India presented a huge opportunity for the construction equipment industry but there are unique challenges in the building environment.

"Machines manufactured in India are now world class and at par with those manufactured and sold in the international markets. This is spurred by innovations happening in the Indian market that are inspired by the user pattern. Backhoe loaders are the best example of user-based innovation and its versatility has been made possible with the help of attachments."

Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA-India, while delivering the keynote address, said, "In fact, India and China are the two major markets promising high growth potential for global companies.

With the US and European markets shrinking to a certain extent, growth certainly lies in the Asian countries. We are witnessing an exciting and more challenging phase. There is certainly a big requirement for infrastructure development in our country and I think that is going to take our economy forward, though there would be hiccups."

Nath added, "If we track the growth of India from 1991 to the present, I think it has always been in the range of 6 to 10 per cent, never like the huge growth of 20 to 30 per cent as has happened in China. Perhaps this is what gives stability for our market, which has a potential to sustain itself in spite of the ups and downs faced by the industry."

Thomas Loeffler, CEO, bC Expo India, was the Guest of Honour at the inaugural session.

Jaikumar Kamath, Head-Marketing, Case Construction, elaborated on innovations in grading and compaction while also speaking of his company's latest offering for the Indian construction industry in the form of the technologically advanced F Series wheel loaders as well as the new B Series motor graders.

Gilberto Fereira, Product Specialist, Manitowoc, dilated on Manitowoc's remanufacturing programme EnCORE. "MTW has developed a Centre of Excellence (CoE) concept, and the team's primary focus is on supporting the remanufacturing work. By their long years of experience, the team will provide global support on their areas of expertise by providing technical support, field support and commercial support," he said.

V Venkat Ramana, Vice President, Puzzolana Fabricators, spoke on machinery for manufacturing quality aggregates and manufactured sand. He highlighted the advantages of Puzzolana's range of products. Vikas Kapur, Asst Vice President, Valvoline Cummins, in his presentation, elaborated on the changing requirements of lubricants and services in the construction industry while Ganesh Kamat, Technical Advisor, Ganaka Engineers Architect, focused on Green and affordable method for innovations in construction; VV Ramana, Business Head, Srei Equipment Finance, on various aspects of the regulatory reforms in equipment finance;

KK Taparia, Managing Director, Universal Construction Equipment, on the scope of RMC in India and Sushil Rajpurohit, Partner, Knowledgefaber, on the Indian construction industry as a market for construction equipment.

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