JCB India, a leading manufacturer of earthmoving and construction equipment in the country, provides full solution of products, training, monitoring, parts, and service, backed by a large distribution network. JCB India wants to be a road solutions company from being a road construction products making and repairing company.
Started in early 1980’s with a small plant, JCB India is now re-aligning its products with the consumer needs. From a recent consumer expectations survey, JCB India has realised that product support was the most sought-after demand from the consumers.
JCB has introduced specifically designed ‘Premier Line Solutions’ to give maximum value to its customers through a comprehensive range of customised support packages. The products under this package are the JCB 220LC Xtra, the JCB 305LC, the JCB 370, the 455ZX wheeled-loader and the JCB116 soil compactor.
Another customer-oriented technology is JCB Livelink. It is an innovative telematics technology that enables users to monitor the machines remotely. It maximises productivity of the machines by providing real time alerts on service, operation and security benefits to the owners.
JCB Livelink keeps customers in constant touch with the machine, and informs them on their smart phones about the running time, fuel consumption, status and location of the machine.
JCB India recently organised ‘The Road Construction Solutions Day,’ a one-day event, at its Pune-plant to demonstrate its latest models of excavators, compactors, rollers, loaders, generators and its technical support system.
On the sidelines of the event, Vipin Sondhi, Managing Director and CEO, JCB India, said, “Roads and highways continue to be a major driver for infrastructure growth in India. The government’s focus is evident in the significant outlay it has made for this sector in successive national budgets.”
“JCB’s machines have been contributing to the development of India’s infrastructure for about four decades. Now through its premier road construction solutions, it is committed to contributing and expediting the building of roads and highways in both rural and urban India,” he said.
JCB India estimates 10-11 percent growth in infrastructure sector in the current quarter. “There has not been much happening in real estate, urban rejuvenation, irrigation and Railways sectors. I think, given the emphasis on the infrastructure sector in the country, the growth should have been better,” Sondhi said.
The Indian earthmoving and construction equipment industry had 40 percent growth in 2016, compared to 2015, mainly owing to a stable government, improvement in micro economy, good monsoon, and an impressive revival in the road and highway sectors, according to Jasmeet Singh, Head, Corporate Communications and External Affairs, JCB India. “However, the industry is yet to see the pick of 2011”, he said.
“Under the project Bharat Mala, the government is building 44 highways, stretching over 27,000 km and we believe, JCB India will be a key player in such projects,” Singh said.
The government has allocated Rs 64,980 crore for road and highways for 2017-18, an increase of 11.94 percent from the previous financial year, and Rs 19,000 crore for the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. “The proposal for the development of 2,000 km coastal road is an emerging segment,” he said.
JCB has five plants in India, one in Ballabgarh, two in Pune and two in Jaipur, and 650 dealer outlets. It employs over 5,000 people. The JCB India CEO said, except for the new Jaipur plant, other four plants have utilisation rate of 85 percent of their respective capacities. JCB India exports to Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, and of late, to Russia.
JCB India has plans to bring out more models in the current product range with continuous technical improvement. Its in-house design centre in Pune has been at the forefront of its innovation programmes. Several new models of machines developed by the centre were exhibited and demonstrated at ‘The Road Construction Solutions Day’ event. “Many of them are also exported,” Sondhi said. The company organised live demonstrations of these machines to highlight their utility in the construction of roads. In the large excavator category, the JS 205LC (20 tonne tracked excavator), the JCB 220LC Xtra (22 tonne tracked excavator) and the JCB 305LC (30 tonne tracked excavator) were shown live in action. According to the company, with 10 percent improved fuel efficiency, JS 205LC saves up to Rs 1.3 lakh a year and its special filtration system extends hydraulic life by up to 5,000 hrs, with the hydraulic main return filter change intervals of 1000 hrs, which reduces maintenance costs.
JCB 220LC Xtra, designed to maximise performance, productivity, delivers better operating efficiencies and has the ability to manage the toughest terrains. JCB 220LC Xtra’snew H+ mode increases hydraulic power and output by seven percent and its 14,360 kg of bucket helps in high output even in tough strata with power boost mode.
The new JCB305LC is a multi-use 31 tonne Excavator that builds upon the lineage of the hugely successful JS205LC for even larger projects. The new JCB305LC is a simple to use mechanical machine that complements a host of innovations.
Compactors play a vital role in crushing rocks to achieve better density. In the compactor range, the recently-introduced JCB116 (11 tonne soil compactor) comes with a single drum and was launched in December last year. “With vibrating drum, we achieve density to make roads durable,” a company executive said. It has been designed in such a way that all its parts are accessible for service.
VMT860eco (9 tonne tandem roller) is robust and fuel efficient and it has state-of-the-art JCB engine and in-house JCB service support. The VMT330 (3.3 tonne mini tandem roller) has the high drum thickness of 13.5 mm leads to better stability of drum during operations and longer life. The high drum thinness leads to more output in less number of passes.
The JCB 455ZX, the 5.5 tonne wheeled loader, which is primarily used for bulk material loading was also part of this activity which had 12 machines in all.
JCB’s world class ecoXcellence Backhoe Loader – the 3DX Xtra, the 3 tonne mini excavator – JCB 30Plus and the class leading range of material handling product solutions which include the tele-handler 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 showcased at the event.
All these products are backed by an industry-leading product support network. These outlets are spread across India, employing over 6,000 trained professionals to cater to different customer requirements, Sondhi said