Bharat Earth Movers Limited
Commanding a 70 per cent share of the domestic earthmover industry, Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, a PSU catering to the defence sector, rules the construction equipment market.
BEML produces a vast range of earth moving equipment, railway coaches and defence equipment through various foreign technical tie-ups. The company has collaborated with Komatsu, Japan, for the production of dozers and excavators; with WABCO of the Dresser group, US, for dumpers; and, with two Austrian firms, Voest Alpine and IGM Rooboter Systeme, for manufacturing road headers and industrial robots.
The company's Mysore plant is used to manufacture off-highway dumpers, motor graders and internal combustion diesel engines. The Kolar Gold Fields unit manufactures earth moving equipments like dozers, hydraulic excavators, rope shovels, loaders, transmission and allied equipments and defence aggregates.
To take advantage of the hectic activity in road construction in the country, BEML plans to develop a one-stop shop for road construction that would offer all earthmoving equipment necessary for mega road projects. The company also hopes to add a few more products to its portfolio by tying up with leading multinationals. The company is already in talks with Steelfields, UK, for the supply of batch-mixing plants; with Kawasaki, Japan, for pavers; and, with Europactor, Spain, for vibrator compactors.
With major thrust being given to infrastructure sectors, the potential for further growth in construction equipment has increased manifold. But then so has competition from new private entrants. The company is, therefore, exploring the possibility of extending its operations to the maintenance of earthmoving equipment at project sites itself.
For details contact: Bharat Earth Movers Ltd, 'BEML Soudha', 23/1, IV Main, Sampangiramanagar, Bangalore- 560 027. Tel: 080-2224141, Fax: 080-222 6883.
Jessop and Braithwaite
Jessop & Co. Ltd and Braithwaite & Co., both subsidiaries of Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam Ltd, are engaged in the production of construction equipment machinery.
JCL is one of India's oldest engineering companies (established in 1788) engaged in the design, development, manufacture and supply of a diversified range of heavy engineering equipment and systems, and servicing such industries as power plants, Indian Railways, ports and public works departments.
The company has four main divisions of which two are involved in construction equipment manufacturing:
* Structural and mechanical division produces crane and tong, hydro-mechanical equipment such as hydraulic gates and radial gates, and railway wagon and steel bridges. It has manufactured 450Te capacity ladle crane for SAIL; up to 120Te capacity level luffing crane, 140Te capacity railway break down crane; and, RTG and RMG cranes for ports. In the past, the company has been associated with NEI Clarke Chapman, UK; Hitachi, Japan; and, KONE, Finland.
* The company's road roller division produces road rollers and vibratory compactors at its manufacturing plant at Dum Dum, which has a capacity of 1,200 rollers per year.
JCL was declared sick in 1995. Further, the company has been experiencing mixed fortunes in recent years. The disinvestment process of JCL reached a standstill recently following a stay order issued by the Kolkata High Court.
Braithwaite produces general and special purpose cranes, including container handling cranes, rail mounted diesel loco break down cranes, besides manufacturing railway wagons and steel structurals at three manufacturing units-Clive Works, Victoria Works and Angus Works.
For details contact: BBUNL Group of Companies, Bharat Bhari Udyog Nigam Ltd, 26, Raja Santosh Road, Calcutta 700 027. Tel: 4795278, 4796539; Fax: 4797046
Heavy Engineering Corporation
Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd, a PSU under the Union Ministry for Heavy Industries, was incorporated in 1958 with foreign collaboration. The company's plants were established at Dhurwa and Hatia regions, about 10 km from Ranchi.
The corporation manufactures a wide range of material handling and other equipment like excavators, wagon tipplers, EOT cranes, plaining machines and boring machines, as also casting and forgings and steel plant equipment at its three engineering units-heavy machine building plant, heavy machine tools plant and the foundry forge plant. The heavy machine building plant was set up with assistance from the erstwhile USSR. Its main function is to design and manufacture equipment and spares for different sectors. In the current year, the PSU is expected to produce goods worth Rs 242 crore as against production of Rs 214 crore in 2000-01.
HECL has a licensing arrangement with Ransome Rapier, UK, and a technical collaboration agreement with Bucyrus Erie, US, to manufacture mining equipment.
The company, which has been making losses for the past few years, is expected to do no better in the current year with a loss of nearly Rs 60 crore. A revival and restructuring plan sanctioned by BIFR is currently under implementation. The government has already carried out a financial restructuring programme by pumping in Rs 371.5 crore.
For details contact: Heavy Engineering Corporation Ltd, Plant Plaza Road, P.O. Dhurwa, Ranchi-834004. Fax: 00651-408571