SPML Infra Ltd.
Faizal E Kottikollon,
Founder and Chairman,
KEF Infra and KEF Holdings.
“We engage services of about 80-100 people every year”
SPML Infra Ltd is a infrastructure development company with focus on sustainable development for smart cities, promoting access to essential services to all (water, sanitation, and municipal solid waste management). With over 3 decades of experience and pan India presence, it has executed more than 600 turnkey projects and created significant value for the country, thus touching the lives of millions of people with provision of drinking water facilities, wastewater treatment, integrated sewerage network, better municipal waste management, power transmission and distribution and lighting up homes. Currently SPML is developing infrastructure projects worth USD 900 million and provides drinking water facilities to more than 40 million Indian populations through various projects.
“SPML Infra is among the World’s Top 50 Private Water Companies as per the research conducted by Global Water Intelligence, London. SPML Infra has been continuously featuring for the past 6 years in the bi-annual survey of world water companies,” claims Subhash Sethi, Chairman, SPML Infra Ltd.
Sharing views on employment generation Sethi says, “There are about approximately 1,000 employees’ currently in India and internationally. We engage services of about 80-100 people every year for our various projects. SPML Infra has good number of women employees in its role including key positions in several departments.”
Payroll on direct/indirect basis
SPML Infra has approximately 1,000 professionals (engineering, technology and management) and approximately 80 per cent of the SPML’s employees have been associated with the company for more than five years. There are hundreds of indirect people engaged by the company for its various project execution activities.
Training to be up-to-date
With the advent of modern technology and digitisation of systems, technical and managerial competence is critical towards ensuring timely execution of projects and optimum performance upon commissioning. “SPML provides training to ensure employees stay up-to-date, motivated and productive with relevant training and development programs on a regular basis. Professionals and engineers at office and project sites are trained for new technological advancement in engineering design, IT and IoT initiatives and modern machineries and equipment being used,” explains Sethi.
How are you returning back to the society?
At SPML, social responsibility has been the basis of success right from its inception. “Our approach has been to make enduring social impact through programs that build sustainability,” states Sethi.
SPML Infra has defined its core values – Care, Passion, Awareness and Improvement – to guide in all segments it caters. As a constructive partner in the communities in which it operates, SPML has been doing real works to realise its social responsibility objectives, thereby building value for its clients and employees. Indicative list of Community oriented programs are as under:
• Beti Bachao: campaign started in 2010 in Delhi has spread to several cities in India; mass media campaign has been done in Haryana and Rajasthan to educate the people about the girl child. It has helped community to understand the importance of girl child, their education and healthy upbringing.
• Free Limb Distribution: program started after the inception of the company in 1981 and is continuing. Several camps are organised every year in different cities to distribute free artificial limbs to the needy to overcome their challenges.
• Eye care and Health Camp: is being organised every quarter, in the past 5 years, more than 5000 people have been provided with free health and eye check-up facilities and medicines, spectacles etc. and more than 500 people have got their vision back after free cataract surgery organized by the company.
• Public Awareness Programme: on water, sanitation and environmental conservation with outdoor campaign; environmental awareness programs for resident welfare associations, waste collectors and handlers; regular environmental awareness programs for school students and residents.
• Swacch Bharat Abhiyan: organised by SPML Infra in Delhi’s important market areas and residential colonies to spread the awareness about the importance of cleanliness.
• Social Advertisements for Water and Environment Conservation: SPML believes in “save water is found water”, and to spread this message, regular outdoor and mass media campaigns on “Save Water” and “Conserve Water” is running across Delhi and other cities, a number of hoardings, boards, message boards, bulletins with the messages are put up regularly.
• “Tree Plantation for Water and Environment Conservation” – SPML Infra believes in “save environment – plant trees”, and to spread this message, regular tree plantation is being done at project sites across the country.
SPML Infra has always been touching the lives of millions of people positively by supporting environmental and health-care projects and social, cultural and educational programs.
Besides focusing primarily on the welfare of economically and socially deprived sections of society, SPML also aims at providing economically viable and environment-friendly services for the benefit of millions of people across the nation, while at the same time ensuring the highest standards of safety and environment protection in its operations.
Integrated Management Information System
SPML Infra has indigenously developed an Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) for smart management of water utilities. A powerful enterprise management system designed to meet day to day operations of water distribution utilities, seamlessly manages the entire gamut of services. This is the only system designed specifically as per the working conditions of the Indian water utilities and consumers. Going forward with the development of smart city, this integrated system will be essential for smart operation of water supply and distribution management in the cities.
• SPML has integrated competencies across depth engineering, process technology, project management and resource management to carve out a distinctive identity in its sphere.
• SPML has integrated its processes by installing SAP and thereby allowed itself to become more transparent, reduce delays and hasten project execution.
• The Company developed SPML Aqua, an integrated management information system designed to address day-to-day water distribution issues, across geographies.
• SPML Infra has helped in significantly reducing non-revenue water under UFW Project in Bengaluru by using innovative technology of helium leak detection to accurately identify and locate hidden leaks in large and small pipes, the NRW reduced significantly from 61 percent at the beginning of the project to 33 percent thus saving 16.5 million litres of drinking water per day. From the 16.5 million litres of water saved by this water loss management project, the government of Karnataka has implemented a scheme to provide 10,000 litres free water each month to every household with regularised connection to the economically poor, SC and ST families.
What are the changing trends in the infrastructure development in India?
India is witnessing a sustained growth in infrastructure buildup powered by increased expenditures on housing, roads, ports, water supply, railways and airport development. Infrastructure projects continue to provide lucrative opportunities for steel, zinc and aluminum producers. With the government approving private sector participation in the bidding process, the sectoral efficiency is expected to increase and promote healthy competition. “India’s infrastructure sector is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.1 per cent between 2016 and 2021,” says Sethi.
Eco-friendliness is driving infrastructure sector such as renewable, urban water and gas distribution, transportation, and power transmission system. Other new areas include solid and liquid waste disposal and waste-to-energy projects combined with the planned 100 smart cities. The transportation system has under gone change with autonomous vehicles set to radically transform surface transport. India is already mulling regulations to allow testing of the technology. This will lead to a sea change in how roads are built for cars requiring lesser space and greater speed and the intense use of sensors and IT systems.
He adds, “Having executed 600 plus infrastructure projects in the power, water, irrigation and wastewater treatment segments over the past three decades, SPML Infra is attractively placed to bag large and complex projects across India.”
“We have 1400 employees”
At KEF Infra is bridging the gap in access to quality infrastructure by relooking at the way the world builds, and creating a model that will deliver quality and sustainable infrastructure faster than ever before. Founded in India in 2014 by successful entrepreneur Faizal E Kottikollon, Founder and Chairman of KEF Infra and KEF Holdings, it is a technology-driven company, and pioneers in end-to-end offsite manufacturing in the country. “In a short span of three years, we have demonstrated our ability to bring world-class proficiency in design, engineering, manufacturing, assembly and project management all under one roof,” says Kottikollon.
He adds, “We are transforming the way buildings and basic services are created and delivered in India. KEF Infra is paving the path for Industry 4.0 by integrating world-class technology with software solutions such as BIM (Building Information Modelling) thus significantly reducing costs and increasing efficiencies in infrastructure development.”
“Our KEF Infra One Industrial Park in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu, is the world’s largest and most integrated offsite manufacturing facility,” he states. It is spread over 42 acres and features cutting edge manufacturing units for precast, Prefabricated Pods and Modular MEP, Joinery and Fit –Outs and Aluminium and Glazing. At KEF Infra One- it is manufacturing hospitals, schools, hotels, homes and commercial buildings faster than
In 2017, KEF Infra delivered the 400,000 sq. ft. Meitra Hospital (500 Beds in two phases; 209 completed) in Kerala, within a record time of 18 months, and manufactured 175 public canteens and 20 kitchens as part of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s Indira Canteens Project, in Karnataka. In addition, we handed over the Embassy 7B project, a 1.7 million sq. ft. commercial building for the Embassy Group, which was completed in 13.5 months, in Bengaluru and Infosys Building Phase 2 in Bengaluru which is a 500,000 sq. ft. building completed in 15 Months.
Currently, KEF Infra is executing a 1 million sq. ft. college hospital for KMCH in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, phase 2 of manufacturing 262 Indira Canteens cum kitchen across Karnataka and a 2 million sq. ft. mall for Lulu in Lucknow. The firm has also signed on GKNM hospitals in Coimbatore as a client.
Briefing on the number of employees currently we have 1400, and for the last three year numbers are 400 in 2015, 850 in 2016 and 1200 in 2017.
Payroll on direct/indirect basis
Briefing on the pay role Kottikollon says, “Our total staff count is 2,000 employees, 1400 permanent 70 per cent direct staff, 600 contract workers 30 per cent of our workforce is contractual /indirect.”
Training is provided at KEF through internal experts and external trainers. Training is provided in the following fields equipment training, technical training, process training, HSE training, quality training and technology excellence training.
In addition Kottikollon said in 2017 key statistics were 35 training sessions conducted, 1330 hours of training conducted (split between offsite and onsite), 1050 Employees attended the varied training sessions conducted.
Faizal and Shabana Foundation
KEF Infra’s social responsibility initiatives come under KEF’S Global Initiatives which are led by the Faizal and Shabana Foundation.
Driven by the vision of – Giving to Create Impact, the Faizal and Shabana Foundation has worked in six critical areas of development: Education and youth development, healthcare and wellness support, regenerative sustainable development, humanitarian aid and assistance; community outreach and support; and art and culture development. Under this the foundation has covered programmes such as PRISM (Promoting Regional Schools to International Standards through Multiple Interventions) in collaboration with the Government of Kerala; Research Support Program for Manipal University. The foundation has also adopted a whole panchayat covering over 1,500 families in Krishnagiri, Tamil Nadu which is close to the “KEF Infra Factory and introduced a village intervention model to create sustainable development through the Krishnagiri Village Development Program.
Informing about the technology Kottikollon says, “We are pioneers in implementing BIM (Building Information Modelling) thus significantly reducing costs and increasing efficiencies in infrastructure development.”
The company uses building information modeling (BIM) to virtually design, plan and assemble any building before its start on site. The company virtually construct the whole project by creating a detailed 4d simulation of all the activities that helps in planning a comprehensive coordinated process to avoid problems on site minimising both cost and time on a project.
What are the changing trends in the Precast segment in India?
“Precast is just one part of offsite manufacturing. At KEF we are pioneers in offsite manufacturing which means we can manufacture buildings-end-to-end at our factory and deliver it at site which includes, precast elements, modular MEP and bathroom pods, joinery products and aluminium glazing. We can build entire rooms and deliver them at site. Each aspect of the process is mapped out using BIM Building Information Modelling) thus significantly reducing costs and increasing efficiencies in infrastructure development,” said Kottikollon while briefing about the changing trends in precast segment.
Raising the Estate
Ms Manju Yagnik,
“We have 20:80 ratio of female to male employees”
Having established itself over 50 years, Ajmera Group is recognised as one of major real estate company. The reach and interest of the Ajmera Group has only grown with time and has extended to other realms, such as solar power, sports, vaults security, cement and social welfare. The company now has a strong presence in and around Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Bangalore as well as an international project in Bahrain. “Quality, innovative construction technology, comfort, aesthetic appeal and maximum value for your money are few attributes that enrich Ajmera with the belief that people have entrusted in them,” says Ajmera.
Informing about the employment generation Ajmera says, “Average 115 vacancies per year is generated across organisaiton and the current statistics indicate that we have 20:80 ratio of female to male employees.”
Training construction workers
Some of the training the company gives are Cost reduction workshop, GST programme RERA workshop sales, marketing and CRM, general project management. “Apart from these, we have also delivered training the construction workers of our sites in the skills of masonary, carpentary and bar bending,” informs Ajmera.
Contributing to the upliftment
Ajmera Group strongly believes in giving back to the Society and contributing to the wellbeing and upliftment of the lesser fortunate.
Besides constructing schools and colleges, education of meritorious students are also sponsored through scholarships from our Trusts. Following us the list of activities undertaken under by the company CSR:
• Health related activities: At Vasavad, a rural area, a full-fledged Hospital with 40 beds (in 1979-80) has been constructed , in addition to operating Mobile Dispensary (between 1981-91) and organising free medical camps and providing subsidies for heart valve replacement for rural patients
• Drought and flood relief: In Saurashtra region, during drought and flooding, Smt. Samjuben Shamalji Ajmera Trust (SSAT) provided food, medicines, clothing and financial aid to the affected.
• Rural development: Gondal Taluka has been ear marked for development of Water resources and other social activities. SSAT has also been selected by the Govt. of Gujarat as PIA to take up the activities under Water shed Development Program
• Earthquake relief: During the Latur earthquake in 1994, SSAT had rushed a team of 100 members headed by senior trustees and family members to help the affected people.
• PANKH-Training and placements for specially abled adults to give them skills to earn livelihood. This initiative was undertaken jointly in association with TRRAIN who provides training skills for physically challenged / differently abled and provide them placements with leading Retail outlets. Ajmera Group have sponsored approx. 80 students this year in centres of Ahmedbad and Bangalore.
• Medical Help -Our trust also support’s by medical costs for heart related surgeries / treatment at Kikabai hospital to needy.
The company has actively deployed the latest construction technologies switched some of its processes methods to make it more eco-friendly. The products are GGBS in concrete instead of cement. MIVAN technology to avoid plaster making debris generation to zero level and usage of vercicell on podium to create drainage.”
What are the changing trends in the real estate industry in India?
It is really important for construction industry to adapt to changing environment and thereby be more technology savvy, believes Ajmera. He says, “Standardisation and optimisation are worthy goals, but they are unlikely on their own to produce transformational progress. In the future, successful owners and contractors are likely to be those with a strategic vision that can expediently innovate and adapt, and cultivate a workforce and culture that embraces new technology while respecting the proven effectiveness of sound project management. Strategic planning and effective monitoring of goal will be the future success of any organisation.”
“We are an equal-opportunity employer”
Aparna Constructions and Estates Pvt Ltd specialises in building world-class, fully integrated communities comprising of apartments, villas and plots. Aparna is an ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified company. Established in 1996, the company has proven itself as the epitome of construction excellence. The company has successfully completed 36 projects in Hyderabad and Bengaluru totalling to 20 million sq. ft. of construction in residential and commercial segments, with another 10 million sq.ft in the pipeline. Along the way, the company has a customer base with over 12,000. Recently, ACEPL also expanded its footprint beyond Hyderabad with luxury projects in the Silicon Valley of India – Bengaluru and Vijayawada respectively. With a mission to become the standard bearer for the real estate industry, the founding team held an unwavering vision to offer beautiful living spaces with uncompromising standards of construction and environmental sustainability. From value housing to ultra-luxury living, every Aparna project is professionally managed from inception to not only surpass expectations in quality and craftsmanship, but also deliver on-time project completion.
Currently employ 1250 plus
Since 1996, Aparna has been one of the largest employers in Hyderabad. “We are an equal-opportunity employer with employees from all walks of life. We currently employ 1250 plus people with a manpower growth rate of 10.07 per cent every year,” informs Rakesh Reddy, Director, ACEPL.
Women make up 5 per cent
“As a leading real estate developer, we are proud that women up make up 5 per cent of our total workforce at ACEPL. We have a dedicated cell for all women employees to directly and confidentially communicate with the leadership team,” says Reddy while briefing on the women employment.
Payroll on direct/indirect basis
Briefing on the pay role Reddy states, “We pay competitive wages for all ACEPL employees and contracted labour. We ensure fairness and on-time payments to everyone associated with ACEPL.”
Training with latest methodologies
“The driving force behind the immense growth of ACEPL is our team,” states Reddy. He adds, “We train our staff for current and future requirements, with the latest methodologies and techniques to impeccably serve the organisational goals in turn benefitting our customers. We conduct continuous training and development interventions covering all aspects of management, engineering and self-improvement, in the process of constantly striving for a vibrant organisation. Training interventions are led by in-house trainers as well as invited guests and eminent speakers from the industry. ACEPL is the only real estate company in Hyderabad with 1250 plus fully trained manpower.”
Empower the underprivileged
Informing about ACEPL’s contribution towards society Reddy says, “ANSWER (Aparna Novel Society for Welfare and Research), is the CSR initiative of Aparna Group. Striving to empower the underprivileged, its main objective is to provide education, vocational training, accommodation and sponsor students for higher studies. Through ANSWER, Aparna Group has been able to support the local community and provide a better future for the next generation.”
Aparna Constructions has adopted Mivan Technology for two of its projects – Aparna Serene Park and Aparna Sarovar Zenith. Mivan technology is suitable for constructing large number of houses in a short span of time using room size forms to construct walls and slabs in one continuous pour on concrete. Aluminium Wall Formwork, commonly known as MIVAN technology is an excellent replacement to the conventional technology with marked advantages of quality, time and requirement of skilled resources, as the structure is generally designed as load-bearing walls and slabs and the whole assembly is shuttered and poured monolithically giving it a very distinctive advantage in terms of structural stability, both on lateral movements, seismic forces and effect of wind forces on high rise building.
It is very cost effective for similar building layouts and for the plinth work. This system is very unique as all the components in buildings, including slabs, beams, walls, columns, staircases and balconies are of concrete and there is no need for block works or brick works.
This technology offers higher efficiency close to zero wastage and a massive reduction in the skilled resources required for constructing the shell and core of the building thereby substantially bringing down the overall cost of the project. However this is a game of volumes, requiring large scaled projects with similar layouts in order to gain the cost-effective benefit.
The advantages at the site level are as follows:
• Tidier and more workmanlike
• Speed in erecting and dismantling forms
• Greater control of accuracy and workmanship
• The straightness of RC wall
• Superb concrete finish, quality improvement
• Hardly has skim finish crack at ceiling level
The advantages after the Completion are as follows:
• Lesser water seepage problem
• Strong, solid, rigid, durable and low maintenance
• Fire resistance
• Earthquake resistance
What are the changing trends in the real estate industry in India?
Explaining about the changing trends Reddy says, “Home buyers in India are becoming more discerning in their search for high quality projects. With increasing priority, home buyers value the importance of being environmentally responsible. ACEPL projects are designed keeping these home buyers in mind, without compromising on premium amenities. As a company, ACEPL realises that eco-friendly initiatives in the real estate industry can help address national concerns including water efficiency, energy efficiency, reduction in fossil fuel use, handling of consumer waste and conserving natural resources. Most importantly, these initiatives can enhance the health and well-being of residents.”
Affordable housing projects were given a significant push when Union Budget 2017-18 granted infrastructure status to the government’s flagship program, Housing for All by 2022. “Since the affordable housing sector is the most incentivised segment for both builders and buyers, many reputed developers are now launching projects in the affordable segment,” informs Reddy.
He adds, “The lowering of interest rates on home loans has revitalised the market as well. The availability of affordable home loans has widened the demographic of the market. Banks are introducing financing options that target young urban working professionals who have the desire for home ownership and the capacity for repayment.”
“Building employee bench strength”
Established in 1973, Nahar Group is a real estate developer headquartered in Mumbai. The Group has developed 15 million sq. ft. of prime real estate projects, making it one of the names to reckon with. The group having proved its proficiency in developing integrated townships, lifestyle residences and industrial space, has also marked its footprint in the field of education with Nahar International School which is affiliated to Cambridge School Network, and in Healthcare through Nahar Medical Center incorporated with technologically advanced diagnostic facilities.
The group is now expanding exponentially by constructing about one million sq. ft. annually. Guided by the visionary leadership of Sukhraj Nahar, Chairman and Managing Director and Manju Yagnik, Vice Chairperson, Nahar Group is recognised for its quality, reliability and professional approach. Under their able leadership, the Group has earned prestigious awards for its domain expertise, management practices and corporate social responsibilities. These include the Township Award at Pan-India level instituted by Times Glory, Award for the Best Garden and greenery by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, ‘Corporate Governance and Business Excellence’ Award by Star Report, Excellence in Innovative Marketing Award from MCHI, Project of the Year Award, the coveted ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ award, ‘Female Real Estate Professional’ of the year, Women Super Achiever’s Award in Real Estate Sector by ABP News and the Best Developer in Residential Infrastructure by Construction Source India. Nahar Group has also been honoured with ‘Economic Times Best Realty Brand 2015’ award and has been recognised by HDFC for building a better future.
More than 50 per cent of women workforce
Briefing on the employee generation Manju Yagnik, Vice Chairperson, Nahar Group says, “Nahar Group has been building its employee bench strength over the years.
We believe that it is imperative to focus and develop the strengths of our employees to maximise on opportunities and provide growth to each. We value diversity and embrace high ethical standards of having an inclusive workplace culture where both men and women have an environment to succeed. Today, we have more than 200 employee strength working for the group out of which more than 50 comprise of women workforce, which is a positive growth sign. With the real estate sector getting more organised, the expansion of companies and requirement of talent has prompted the inclusion of more women in
Periodic on-site training programme
Informing on the training at Nahar Group Yagnik says, “As we believe that it is imperative to focus and develop the strengths of our employees, at Nahar Group our senior general manager construction periodically carries out on-site training programs where by good construction practices as well as safety standards are discussed and reiterated.”
How is Nahar Group returning to society?
On the CSR front, the group has set up multiple charitable institutions towards education, healthcare, drought or flood affected people, animal-care, literature and sports. In addition to running six primary schools in rural areas of Rajasthan, the group has set up medical research center and hospitals in Rajasthan and Gujarat that offer free ambulance and healthcare services. Nahar Group has been extending support to AIDS Awareness Campaign, Campaign against Female Feticide and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) among other causes. “Nahar Group has been the first to initiate Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign in Mulund and Chandivali after it was announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was supported by the celebrities, politicians and industrialists,” says Yagnik.
“CE employs about 200,000 people”
Mr. Jasmeet Singh,
Head Corporate Communications and External Relations,
Power Technique Customer Centre,
Head – Marketing & Business Development,
Hyundai Construction Equipment India Pvt
Director & CEO,
Sany South Asia and Sany Heavy Industry India Pvt Ltd.
General Manager – Industrial and OEMs,
GS Caltex India Pvt Ltd
“Direct and indirect employment in Indian construction equipment industry is around 200,000 ”
A spokesperson from Indian Construction Equipment Manufactures’ Association ICEMA says, “Direct and indirect employment in Indian Construction Equipment Industry is around 2 Lakh.”
With regard to technology adoption, ICEMA says the market has already started demanding products with enhanced connectivity and electronic systems. However, production of ECE with technologies such as telematics, GPS, electronic control systems, and real-time remote performance monitoring equipment is at a nascent stage. Suppliers will have to quickly adapt to meet the growing demand from end users. From a regulatory standpoint, greater emphasis is being placed on greener vehicles with lower carbon dioxide emissions and better fuel economy. In addition to the latest technologies, suppliers will have to incorporate more technologies compliant with Bharat Stage IV emission standards and other advanced fuel efficient technologies.
The industry is estimated at Rs 29,330 crore in (2016-17) and Rs 56,000 crore (2021-22). In addition, the volume in units were about 1,20,000 in 2019-20(E). The investment in CE has been about $1 trillion during the 12th five year plan.
Creating employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth
JCB India Ltd is a largest manufacturer of earthmoving and construction equipment in India. The company started as a joint venture in 1979 and is now a fully owned subsidiary of J.C Bamford Excavators, United Kingdom. With five state-of-the-art factories in India, it today manufactures a wide range of world-class equipment, not only for India, but also for global markets. With all plants operating on the principle of One Global Quality, JCB India is a manufacturing hub for global markets. Products made in these factories have been exported to more than 90 countries around the world.
JCB introduced the iconic Backhoe Loader in India close to four decades ago and has since expanded its product range to over 50 different models in eight product categories. JCB’s Ballabgarh factory near New Delhi, which is the world’s largest factory for Backhoe Loaders, is also the Headquarters for JCB India. This facility, apart from Backhoe Loaders, also manufactures Telehandlers, Diesel Generators and Diesel Engines.
The company expanded its operations in 2006 and 2007 by setting up two factories at Pune for its Heavyline business. These factories manufacture Tracked Excavators, Wheeled Loaders, Compaction equipment and Fabrications for the Group. With over 400 engineers, Pune also has JCB’s largest Design Center outside of the United Kingdom.
A further investment in India was made at Jaipur in 2014 with the inauguration of a 114-acre, eco-friendly, and green manufacturing facility. This facility today manufactures Fabrications, Mini Excavators, Skid Steers and the iconic Backhoe Loaders.
Five strategically set up warehouses at Pune, Chennai, Faridabad, Kolkata and Guwahati support these dealerships and outlets for parts supplies. The network also extends to the South Asia Region of Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, where JCB businesses are managed by the Indian Operations.
It has also built and supported an indigenised supply chain for the manufacturing of its products. Over 380 world-class Indian suppliers are aligned to JCB’s Group objectives and have grown along with JCB through various supplier development initiatives.
Jasmeet Singh, Head-Corporate Communications and External Relations, JCB India adds, “For close to four decades, JCB has remained committed to India and has contributed to building world class infrastructure. It has launched innovative India centric products and has expanded by way of new factories with Customer Focus and One Global Quality being at the core of its operations.”
5,000 people in Indian operations
“Today, JCB employs 5,000 people in its Indian operations and has a network of more than 60 dealers and 650 outlets spread throughout India, who further employ 6,000 professionally trained personnel,” informs Singh. He adds, “These far reaching outlets provide the vital product support to customers for their equipment. JCB is also creating employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth through its 15 Operator Training Centres in India.”
Promoting access to viable education and employable skills
JCB is committed to CSR through the Lady Bamford Charitable Trust which works in partnership with local communities and relevant stakeholders to facilitate individuals and groups from the disadvantaged sections for accessing a better quality of life. Registered in the year 2000, the Trust is active in communities around its three factories in Delhi-NCR, Pune, and Jaipur. “Presently, the Trust reaches out to 54 government schools, nine vocational training and 16,000 students and trainees,” informs Singh.
• Promoting and providing access to viable education and employable skills to students from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, with a focus on girl child
• Promoting and providing training in traditional Indian handloom and handicraft skills for persons and/or groups from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities with a focus on women.
• Additionally, to support, design and implement relevant projects (both public and private) on innovation and scaling up of viable employable skills and quality of education and
• To partner with the government departments, government projects, other NGOs and most importantly with the communities themselves to implement the above objectives.
The Trust works with the government schools to ensure that there are lesser student drop-outs and there is access to quality education. The project is also designed to ensure that government school students remain in the education system after school and move towards skilled career paths.
Additionally Singh says, “It also engages with the women community through various vocational training programme such as handlooms and handicrafts training. These projects are aimed at improving the overall quality of life for people.” Apart from this, skill training in handlooms and handicrafts, the Trust has formed over 40 Self Help Groups and over 450 women are active members of these groups. From spreading awareness on women issues and gender issues, regular life skills sessions are also organised for the members.
Also, The Lady Bamford Foundation, based out of Jaipur, works with the research, design, up skilling, market creation and access for traditional artisans of indigo dye.
Livelink: Advanced Telematics technology
One of the game changing technologies introduced by JCB India is Livelink which is an Advanced Telematics technology that enables users to get SMS alerts on their mobile phones or smart devices regarding service alerts, operations and security of their machines. The information is available in real time regarding the health of the machine including engines and gives vital information to the customer in terms of no. of hours the machine has been operational, service intervals, fuel levels, malfunctions if any, etc.
Singh adds, “Through this state-of-the-art technology, JCB has radically changed and improved the customer experience with its machines. Livelink also provides an opportunity to customers to maximise their returns on investment through better management of their assets.”
To monitor these machines in real time, the company has set up a world class command centre at its Ballabgarh facility. “Our dealerships have also set up similar Livelink command centres to ensure that real time support is provided to the customers as they can now plan for service schedules and also engage with users and customers in preventive maintenance. Today, over 75,000 Livelink enabled machines are working successfully in India,” informs Singh.
JCB also introduced multiple mobile applications which ensure all the relevant information is just a click away for users. Applications such as JCB Livelink, Smart Diagnostic, Parts E-sell and Digital product manuals will re-define how customers interact with manufacturers. All these applications are aimed at improving the overall customer experience by providing all the important information in real time. For instance, the Parts E-Sell appis designed to ease the order for Parts, tracking of Part shipment and provides the ease of selling Parts online.
On the product front, JCB has introduced a Backhoe Loader with five world’s first features, including an AMT which is an Automated Manual Transmission called Easy Shift. “JCB India is the first manufacturer in the world to offer Easy Shift AMT on a Backhoe Loader. It allows gear shifting to take place with little operator effort through a rotating knob below steering wheel thus, replacing the gear lever. This facilitates ease of operation, a rested operator and also ensures better productivity,” says Singh.
Moreover, this new Backhoe Loader is packed with 30 new innovative features, including 15 industry firsts, and five World’s first such as an SOS switch, Economy and Power Mode, Guide me home, Smart App machine Diagnostics.
In JCB’s Premier Line range of products, the 11T JCB Soil Compactors – the JCB 116 Soil Compactor is a first in the industry to have Compaction Monitoring System (CMS) integrated with Livelink. The CMS ensures uniform compaction by optimising the overall compaction process. The on-board Digital display for real time monitoring ensures accuracy in compaction, helps to reduce number of passes and saves fuel and time. This unique system not only improves the quality of compaction, but also provides real time alerts on over-compaction.
Similarly, the Loader Productivity Management System (LPMS) in the 5.5T Wheeled Loader – the JCB455ZX helps in real time monitoring of individual weight of loaded bucket, Total Accumulated Weight, Tare weight, and Number of loaded buckets. Its integration with JCB LiveLink is another Industry First that is used to transmit the monitored value to server for analytics and report generation.
Training young people on construction machine operations and maintenance
A young country means having more innovative minds, once skilled. The Indian government has put an impetus on skills training as it is the key factor for the economic and social growth of any country. To convert the growing challenges into opportunities, India needs talented, trained, certified and skilled manpower.
Briefing on the skilling and training activities at JCB India Singh says, “In an endeavour to support government’s skilling initiatives, JCB India continues training young people on construction machine operations and maintenance through its 15 Operator Training Centres in India. It is a significant step taken by the company to create employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth. Till date, over 25,000 candidates have been trained at these centres.”
He adds, “The Operator Training Centres located across India run a one month certified course which includes both, classroom and practical training on how to operate JCB machines safely and productively. Additionally, JCB also provides a 16 week detailed induction program at the welding training school at the Jaipur facility for fresh ITI and Diploma graduates. The programme focuses on providing both, the technical as well as the soft skills needed to excel in their respective fields.”
JCB also has four regional training centres where technical skills are imparted to over 4,500 technicians working at our dealerships thus, updating their skills regularly.
What are the changing trends in the construction equipment?
“With government’s thrust on creating world class infrastructure, both in rural and urban India, the Indian Construction Equipment Industry is going through an exciting phase,” states Singh. He adds,
“Implementation of infra projects and considerable outlays by the government in consecutive Union Budgets are contributing to this growth in the Indian Construction Equipment Industry.”
He notes, “Roads and Highways followed by water conservation and irrigation are the leading growth sectors at present. Going forward, implementation of projects such as Sagarmala, Bharatmala, Jal Marg Vikas, Smart Cities and AMRUT housing will further create favourable demand for construction equipment.”
Another trend emerging is the growing demand for specialised, intelligent and innovative construction equipment as it not only improves the overall output of the project, but also helps in maintaining site efficiency, leading to timely completion of projects.
Recently, JCB has introduced a wide range of smart machines which exhibit a blend of technology and digital innovation to meet the demand for world class machines to build India’s Next Gen Infrastructure.
The company introduced the iconic JCB Backhoe Loader with 30 new innovative features, including 15 industry firsts, and five World’s first including an AMT which is an Automated Manual Transmission called Easy Shift. Apart from this, this world class machine comes with as an SOS switch, Economy and Power Mode, Guide me home, and Smart App machine Diagnostics.
JCB has further strengthened its position in the Excavator segment by introducing an all new 38T Tracked Excavator with two variants – the JCB 380LC Xtra and the JCB 380LC Quarry Master (QM). This is JCB India’s largest Made in India Excavator.
“All these innovations are aimed at providing the most technologically advanced and innovative products to our customers,” concludes Singh.
“We have dedicated training centres”
CASE Construction Equipment is a brand of CNH Industrial N.V., a global leader in the capital goods sector that, through its various businesses, designs, produces and sells agricultural and construction equipment, trucks, commercial vehicles, buses and specialty vehicles.
With more than 90 models carrying the CASE name and colors, the brand’s product line up boasts a solution to meet almost every requirement. Equipment such as loader backhoes, vibratory compactors, motor graders, crawler dozers, wheel loaders, skid steer loaders, have been designed to face extreme climate conditions and operate in demanding situations. “Moreover, for over a century, CASE has earned an enviable reputation as a supplier to armed forces and other specialist organisations around the world engaged in activities such as dismantling land mines and re-building communities devastated by natural disasters,” says Ajay Aneja, Brand Leader, CASE India.
CASE Construction is present in India since 1989, earlier as a technology provider, then as a joint venture partner of an Indian company, and finally as a wholly owned subsidiary of CNH Industrial. “CASE India has consistently remained a market leader in the Vibratory Compactor segment and the only company to have sold over 11,000 units in India. With more than 25,000 Loader Backhoes and 300 Motor Graders sold in the country, CASE India is a Top Tier player in these product segments,” informs Aneja.
The ethical principle
CSR is the ethical principle that an organisation should be responsible for how its behaviour might affect society and the environment. According to the new norm by the ministry of corporate affairs, companies will have to spend 2 per cent of their three-year average annual net profit on CSR activities in each financial year. Informing about the CSR activities Aneja says, “CASE understand the responsibility which it has on its shoulders, and for the same purpose we have dedicated training centres which organises training programs all-round the year. We have also started an initiative where unemployed/unskilled people are registered for training on loader backhoes to help them in becoming a skilled operator. This will eventually benefit them in getting good employment opportunities.”
“CASE India recently introduced revolutionary technology, “EAGLE EYE” for enhancing the performance and efficiency of the machine,” states Aneja. He adds, “This is an Asset Monitoring System that combines Internet, cellular and GPS technologies. This system helps to keep an eye on every significant detail such as real time location of the machine, operating hours, cumulative hour meter reading and warning text alerts for critical parameter.
What are some changing trends in infrastructure development?
Infra development has always been a priority for the government. In the 2017 budget, the government had increased the total allocation in the infrastructure sector by over 10 percent. “The Construction Equipment industry has witness a strong growth because a lot of construction is happening in the country. The government is intensely focused on developing world-class infrastructure, backed by its ability to facilitate quick implementation of projects, financing and simplification of procedures for project awards and clearances. Prestigious projects like Sagarmala, Bharatamala, National Highway Projects and Rural road flagship schemes are result of the same,” says Aneja.
Atlas Copco India has about 3000 employees
Atlas Copco (India) Ltd started operations in 1960, and has 22 offices across India, the registered office being at Pune. Atlas Copco (India) Ltd has about 3000 employees. The 90 employee Power Technique team in Atlas Copco focuses on portable air compressors, light towers and pneumatic handheld tools and is ably supported by more than 40 strong dealer team and growing. From a single plant facility in Dapodi, Pune, today our portable air compressors, light towers and handheld tools are manufactured in our state of the art facility in Chakan, Pune.
“Make in India”….This is how Atlas Copco makes it possible:
Nitin Lall, General Manager, Power Technique Customer Centre, Atlas Copco say, “Products such our portable air compressors with the most advanced technology are manufactured in Atlas Copco’s state of the art factory in Chakan, Pune. All Atlas Copco waterwell compressors are localised products which are designed specifically for the Indian market applications and manufactured in India thereby contributing to India’s “Make in India” dream.”
He adds, “Atlas Copco is a big investor in R&D in India. As leaders in innovation, we focus on localisation and developing new technology. In 2013, Atlas Copco invested in a greenfield state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Chakan, Pune. This investment was with an eye to our future growth in the country. The plant is three times the size of our old facility at Dapodi, Pune, and therefore, will be quite sufficient to meet our immediate as well as future demands, both locally and for some overseas markets. The Chakan plant will be utilised in the future for our indigenisation projects for generators and pumps.”
Continuous field trials
Briefing on the Skilling activities Lall informs, “We do continuous field trials on site under actual tough working conditions. Live product demonstrations at site prove the equipment performance where customers can gain confidence in our products and can witness the operating requirements and safety standards which are followed with our portable air compressors, light towers and handheld equipment.”
He adds, “We believe in constantly upgrading the product knowledge and hands on experience where mandatory trainings are not just restricted to the Atlas Copco team and our dealer sales and service teams but also frequent trainings are conducted for our equipment operators. We strive to keep on improving the skill of operators and investing in skilling India while keeping the operators of the premium Atlas Copco power equipment engages in safe operations on site.”
Training and safety standards
“Training and development of our sales, after sales team as well as dealers is a continuous process,” states Lall. He adds, “They undergo training and refreshment courses at regular intervals. We have also started “one number concept” 1800 200 0030 for all supports and complaints in order to have a better control of the situation. Our service engineers are also trained on major sub assembly like engines. We refer to the engine manufacturer only for critical problems. With a keen interest in core competency building within our after sales team, we are able to meet the market expectation of getting the right product information and service on time. All this is conducted in environments ensuring the highest safety standards.”
Further the aftermarket support has been a key differentiator which offers it a competitive advantage. High quality parts and spares, extended warranty programs, toll free one number to register customer queries/complaints, regular equipment health checkup service camps as well as a highly skilled service team, have enabled Atlas Copco Power Technique to enhance its offering to the end customer. Equipped with this deep understanding on product operation as well as the need for the recommended safety requirements on site, the company’s team disseminates this knowledge to the operators on site during field trials as well on site commissioning of the equipment.”
Water for All
Water changes lives: Supported by the entire Atlas Copco Group, Atlas Copco India manages the Water for All CSR initiative in India. Since 1984 Water for All is supporting projects that give people in need access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. It is the Atlas Copco Group’s main community engagement initiative financed by voluntary employee donations which are boosted two times by the company. All in all, around 2 million people have received access to water thanks to Water for All, Lall informs about the CSR activities.
He adds, “The Jaldoot project in Maharashtra in India has ensured that over 27 villages are part of this project, with a total population of around 50,000 people. The main aim is to reduce the over-dependency on the monsoon rains by supporting new ways of rain harvesting, facilitating a more long-term water supply both for drinking and agriculture. Water for All India took on the challenge to make a difference to the community, identifying more than 27 villages, with a total population of around 50,000 people.’
100 per cent of this money goes to funding projects that give people in need access to clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.
“Our employee strength is 1400 including contract employees”
“Hyundai Construction Equipment India Pvt. Ltd has around 500 people on payroll, and on contractual basis it has about 4,500. Our employee strength is 1400 (including contract employees),” informs Sharwan Agnihotri, Head- Marketing and Business Development Hyundai Construction Equipment India Pvt Ltd. The IESC certification done for about 500 operators and technicians. The company is targeting to certify around 1,500 operators and technicians this year in RPL4 programme. Company is involved in CSR initiatives like giving excavators to villagers from excavation of ponds for rain water harvesting, water supply to drought prone areas, sponsoring health check up and books to school children etc.
“On payroll, the total strength of the company is around 450”
With regard to company strength, and payroll, Deepak Garg. Director & CEO, Sany South Asia and Sany Heavy Industry India, says, “In south Asia, we have 30 dealers which also includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Srilanka and Maldives and India we have 25 dealers network of more than 100 offices and service team which is close to 350 people in India including the dealership. Payroll of the company could be 120. On payroll the total strength of the company is around 450 now.” Jayanta Ray, General Manager – Industrial and OEMs, GS Caltex India Pvt Ltd says, “Each OEMs have unique set of requirements and demands. As far as Mining and construction equipments OEMs , their focus is to get more output at the lowest energy consumption . Changing emission standards , severe operating conditions and design changes are also posing challenges on lubricant formulation design and its parameters . The high performance lubricants from GS Caltex address these challenges to offer ultimate reliability at all temperatures, lower oil consumption, significantly lower fuel consumption and specifically extended service intervals.”