Building infrastructure, the world over!

JCB machines have been contributingto the building of world-class infrastructure in the country for over 40 years.Moreover, these ‘Made in India’ machines have been exported to over 110countries. Delivering a combination of value, new digital technology, andworld-class quality, JCB aims to continue to bring global technologies andskillsets to India, through indigenous manufacturing, writes Deepak Shetty.


“As we go ahead, we will continueto invest in smart technologies and bring in more innovation to offer unmatchedbenefits to customers and end-users.”Deepak Shetty, CEO & MD, JCB India.


Infrastructure development and thegrowth of the economy are interlinked. I believe that the opportunities for ourIndustry will significantly open with the continued thrust on buildingInfrastructure. This was also reflected in the Budget 2021-22 announcements andit was heartening to note that the two key areas which needed strong focus – Infrastructuredevelopment and Health care –have been given the impetus.

The outlay for the Ministry of RoadTransport and Highways is the highest ever this year. The capital expenditureallocation for FY 2021–2022 is also much greater than the previous years. Encouragingly,Railways is set to emerge as a growth driver in addition to Roads and Highways,which was long overdue.

A record allocation for RailwayCorridors and other Structural Developments has been made. This will certainlyhelp in generating on-ground activity in the sector.

With the formation of a DevelopmentFinance Institute (DFI), the stress in Capital Requirements for long-terminfrastructure projects should significantly ease out. This was also criticalto infrastructure development and was a long-standing request of the Industry.

At a National level, large projects,like Sagarmala and Bharatmala, would drive demand for construction equipment. Additionally,the creation of 100 new airports, Smart cities, and Metro projects willcertainly open up newer opportunities ultimately resulting in improved demand. Ruralroads will also contribute significantly as the rural economy is set to beanother growth driver.

All these projects will not onlyrequire the best quality output but will also need work to be completed intight timelines thus creating a need for specialised, intelligent andtechnologically advanced construction equipment.


JCB Compactors – Made in India, for the world

JCB manufactures a wide range ofCompactors in India. Our State-of-the-art facility in Pune is the globalmanufacturing hub for compactors. These ‘Made in India’ machines are not onlybuilding infrastructure in India but are equally popular in the South AsiaRegion and other parts of the world. They are exported from India to developedmarkets such as the US of A, UK, and Europe.

We have the JCB116, a SoilCompactor, the VMT860, which is a Tandem Roller, and the VMT330, which is asmaller 3T category Tandem Roller. Exclusively designed to cater to the roadconstruction needs of our customers, JCB Road Solutions offer a comprehensiverange.

Every JCB Compactor is equippedwith unique features and a robust structure. Designed for productivity, therange is suitable for various projects, depending upon the volume of compactionwork. Whether it is a single drum Soil Compactor or a Vibratory Tandem roadroller, every JCB Compactor offers high efficiency and productivity.

The JCB116 soil compactor leads thecompaction industry in output with one of the best Compaction per pass. Inaddition, the machine is equipped with LiveLink and IntelliCompaction – aCompaction Monitoring System that assists in optimising the number of passesand enables monitoring of performance with real time compaction information.

It is an innovation which isdisrupting the way compaction is carried out. It measures relative compactiondensity, which is continuously displayed to the operator using a colour LCDscreen. This helps the operator to avoid both excessive and lower than requiredcompaction level with predetermined set values as reference. It also enables insaving time and resources by avoiding repeated compaction. The machineoptimises the number of passes and enables monitoring of performance to achievehigh productivity.

The JCB116 has an operating weightof 11,250 kg, Engine Power of 100 hp, and a Drum width of 2,100 mm. It isbacked by JCB premier line solutions, a lifetime lubricated central joint,higher centrifugal force of 256 KN, and an advanced telematics technology. Itis a single drum soil compactor that offers superior productivity and leads theindustry in output with the best compaction per pass.

JCB’s vibratory tandem road rollersare designed for reliability, low cost of operation, manoeuvrability,performance, and high operator comfort. They are developed for reliability, lowcost of operation, operational safety, and serviceability. The VMT 860 has a DrumWidth of 1,675 mm, Maximum Engine Power of 76 hp, and Machine Operating Weightof 8,750 kg.

It has a maintenance free vibrationsystem and articulation joint. The compactor’s two operator seats, tilt-steeringwheel, and rotating seats assure optimum comfort.

The VMT330 is a JCB Mini TandemRoller that is ideal as an entry-level road construction machine. The machinehas a Drum Size of 1250 mm, Maximum Engine Power of 45hp and a MachineOperating Weight of 3,300 kg.

It is best suited for applicationssuch as highway road shoulders, retaining the walls of flyovers, footpaths,trenches, service roads, industrial and residential columns, and rural roads. Themachine has a fuel efficient engine, higher productivity, unique drum offset,free vibration system, and articulation joint.

The JCB Compaction machines haveoptimised front and rear weight distribution, amplitude, and frequencycombinations. They also have high centrifugal forces with a new balanced suspensionsystem to ensure highest energy transfer, be it soil or asphalt application.

The design of the JCB's vibratorysystem with a single-piece eccentric shaft and overturning weights is wellproven. It delivers excellent compaction performance for all applications.

This also results in improvedmanoeuvrability as the vibratory drum remains stable on compacted, level, aswell as on gradients. Higher energy transfer ensures minimum passes required toachieve required compaction.

While this design offers high levelof performance, it also keeps it simple to operate through two amplitudesettings to select from, based on the application. This vibration system keepsthe design architecture simple for long life and ease of service. The focus hasbeen to keep the equipment robust and high on productivity.


New Technologies in the Sector – Digital Interventions

JCB India has pioneered theintegration of digital technology in its range of machines through advancedTelematics called ‘LiveLink’. These machines work in off-road and often remotelocations and LiveLink helps in remote monitoring and fleet management on keyparameters of Service, Operations, and Security of equipment.

This technology today helps over180,000 JCB machines communicate in real-time on machine location, operations,performance, downtime, service alerts, and security. It enables better sitemanagement and equipment utilisation, thereby improving operational efficiencyand cost-saving. Features, such as geofencing and time-fencing, havesignificantly enhanced the security of these machines.

Technology has been transformingthe way machine-to-machine and machine-to-customer communication is being done.All vital information about the machine is available to customers on theirmobile devices through a web browser or also through the ‘LiveLink’ mobileapplication.

Additionally, the system also sendsout alert SMSs to registered mobile numbers. It incorporates GPS,telecommunications, machine electronics and IoT, enabling the equipment toremain in contact with the owner, dealer and JCB.

Accurate monitoring ofmachine-hours and service alerts improve maintenance. Technical alerts andmaintenance history data helps customers manage the machine’s health formaximum uptime and return on investment. Early warnings with detailed machinehistory enable users to plan work effectively.

This cutting-edge technology canhelp lower servicing and running costs by ensuring machines are operated totheir optimum performance, reducing fuel consumption, and unnecessary machinewear. By monitoring idle-time and real-time fuel consumption, LiveLink helpsmanage the whole life cost of ownership, driving down costs, and driving upproductivity. It also helps keep machines safe and improves control over machinemisuse.


JCB India’s commitment to Make-In-India and an Aatmanirbhar Bharat

The ‘Make in India’ programme waslaunched with a focus on making India a manufacturing hub for the world. Today,it has dovetailed into ‘Vocal for Local’ and an ambition to become‘AatmaNirbhar’, or Self Reliant.

JCB India is an embodiment of theHon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of an ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat’. Our machines havebeen contributing to the building of world-class infrastructure in the countryfor over 40 years and we are proud that these made in India machines have beenexported to over 110 countries today. They are building infrastructure theworld over.

We, today, have fivestate-of-the-art factories in Delhi-NCR, Pune and Jaipur, all of which operateon the principle of ‘One Global Quality’. Our Jaipur factory is also a genderdiverse facility, with almost 33 per cent of the workforce on the shop floorbeing women. Our sixth factory at Vadodara, which will focus on exports ofcomponents, is currently being constructed.

Innovation has been the cornerstoneof JCB’s operations around the world. In India, we have a full Design andInnovation centre at Pune which is our largest outside of the UK. This facilitydevelops exciting and new technologies for the future for Global and Domesticprojects. We, thus, Innovate, Design, Manufacture, Sell and Export from India.

JCB is focusing on the greateradoption of technologies like Telematics, IoT, big data, and data analyticsalong with machine learning in its products.


New trends in Product Support

‘After-Sales Support’ is one of thekey deciding factors in the overall buying cycle of a product. Infrastructure developmentprojects demand specialised, intelligent and technologically advancedConstruction Equipment. This has to be supported by consistent, quick, andeffective after-sales services to achieve the best quality output on tighttimelines.

With a wide distribution network ofover 60+ dealers and over 700 outlets across India, JCB India provides anunmatched distribution and service network to its customers. It is imperativethat well-connected product support minimises downtime and maximisesproductivity.

Our dealers employ about 8,000professionally trained personnel in India and the dealerships provide vital productsupport to customers for their equipment.

JCB also invests in the skillingand training of its dealers and product support teams. Additionally, fivestrategically set up parts warehouses at Pune, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Guwahati,and the recently inaugurated warehouse at Bhaproda near New Delhi, which is theindustry’s largest parts warehouse with an area of about 160,000 sq.ft.,support these dealerships for parts supplies.

As we go ahead, we will continue toinvest in smart technologies and bring in more innovation to offer unmatchedbenefits to customers and end-users. JCB has pioneered the integration ofdigital technology for customer support, which is an industry first.

The JCB genuine parts applicationenables customers to order parts for their JCB products online. Further, aninternal tool – Smart Serve – has been developed to help dealerships supportengineers to improve efficiency and productivity, thereby improvingprofitability.


Outlook for the next couple of years

Leading up to the budget, we hadmade key Industry recommendations, especially since we are just beginning tocome out of a very difficult time due to the pandemic. It is, thus, hearteningto note that the two key areas which needed strong focus in the budget havebeen given the impetus – these being Infrastructure development and Healthcare. The outlay for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is the highestever this year. The capital expenditure allocation for FY 2021–2022 is alsomuch greater than the previous years.

Encouragingly, Railways is set toemerge as a growth driver in addition to Roads and Highways, which was longoverdue. A record allocation for Railway Corridors and other StructuralDevelopments has been made. This will certainly help in generating on groundactivity in the sector.

With the formation of a DevelopmentFinance Institute (DFI), the stress in Capital Requirements for long-terminfrastructure projects should significantly ease out. This was critical toinfrastructure development. The Government has shown a strong intent towardsgenerating funds by proposing a Privatisation drive and Monetisation of assets.Another positive in the budget announcement is focus on Hydrogen Energy and theaim to create an ecosystem for Alternative Fuels.

Infrastructure development has amultiplier effect in the creation of jobs and livelihoods. We feel that thebudget will support the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) and other LargeScale Infrastructure projects, thus creating more opportunities forConstruction Equipment Manufacturers.

With the Government’s increasedthrust on infrastructure development, two key sectors are set to emerge in thecoming years – the first being Infrastructure development in both, Rural andUrban India, and the other will be the creation of world-class Healthcare Infrastructureacross the country.

Rural India is set to emerge as astrong growth driver, especially with the recent push by the Government throughprogrammes, such as PMGSY. Schools, colleges, industries will need to becreated and segments like municipal waste, village roads, rural infra are setto grow.

From a healthcare infrastructureperspective, we need to revolutionise the sector with world-class on groundhealthcare facilities built across the country. Hospitals, Institutes, researchfacilities, etc., will need to be scaled up, all of which would again requirethe use of smart construction equipment. This must continue as infrastructurecreation also opens up opportunities for allied industries like raw material,quarrying, equipment manufacturing, etc., while also creating jobs andlivelihoods.

Encouragingly, the modernisation ofRailways, Interlinking of Rivers and Canals and programmes such as the JalJeevan Mission can become significant growth drivers for the ConstructionEquipment Industry.

At JCB, with a wide range ofproducts, we look forward to being a part of the Infrastructure growth storyfor India in the coming years. JCB products deliver a combination of value, newdigital technology and world-class quality and aim to continue to bring globaltechnologies and skillsets to India, through indigenous manufacturing.


Deepak Shetty, CEO and ManagingDirector, JCB India Limited. 

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