Manatec goes to Frankfurt

At Automechanika Frankfurt, Germany, Manatec displayed its range of products.

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The quest for growth took Pondicherry-based Manatec to Automechanika Frankfurt, Germany. Established in 1987, the company, specialising in the design and manufacture of garage equipments like wheel aligners, wheel balancers, two post lifts, gas analysers, smoke meters, and headlamp aligners among others, displayed its product range at the premier auto industry fair. In an effort to draw attention to its technical competence, the company launched the 3D wheel aligner for multi-axle trucks. The product, called the Jumbo 3D Super, is claimed to be the world’s first aligner that can perform run out compensation of up to five axles simultanously. Confident that such products will help it to differentiate itself from the competition, the Jumbo 3D Super, according to Manatec sources, is capable of aligning up to five axles in a single roll of the vehicle, increasing productivity and profitability of the enterprise that performs the wheel alignment.

Manatec also introduced an in-lift 3D wheel aligner at Frankfurt. Another world first according to Manatec sources, the in-lift 3D wheel aligner works such that it uses two cameras to mesaure the alignment angles. Branded as Genie 3D, it comes built in with an alignment lift and the smallest front target plates. Claimed to eliminate the requirement of minimum distance between cameras to targets, the aligner can be installed in the least available space. It was engineered to save on both, cost as well as space, cite Manatec sources. They add that the company has applied for patents for both the products.

Through the development and manufacture of innovative products like the Jumbo 3D Super and Genie 3D, Manatec is keen to highlight its technological competence. Keen to work closely with Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs), Manatec is particularly proud of its competence in design and software. These two, claim Manatec sources, is enabling the company to produce superior quality products. They add that the products that their company makes are supperior to what are found to originate out of China, and at times, even Europe.

Truck, Trailer & Tyre Expo 2016 at Coimbatore


The Truck, Trailer & Tyre Expo 2016 at Coimbatore showcased innovative products

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Organised by Bangalore-based Media Day Marketing, the Truck, Trailer & Tyre Expo 2016 at Coimbatore showcased a wide range of automatic load closing mechanism and struggle-free tyre removal and replacement solutions. The fair, held from August 06 to August 08, 2016, at the Codissia Trade Fair Complex, attracted a good number of visitors from in and around the region. Supported by 25 associations including the Ministry of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping (Government of India), Indo China Promotion Council (ICPC), Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Madurai (TNCCI), Tamil Chamber of Commerce, and other organisations including many federations and associations of trucks, trailers, tyres and petroleum products, the fair contained 70 stalls. Seven out of the seventy exhibitors which participated were joint ventures with companies from the USA, Germany, Japan, China and Turkey, In his inaugural speech, the president of Coimbatore Lorry Owner’s Association K S Kaliaperumal expressed that manpower shortage was one of the major issues faced by truckers. “The products displayed here will be useful to the drivers and fleet operators,” he said.

Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles displayed its Pro Series range of trucks at the show. Notable was the Pro 8000 Series truck among the range that was displayed at the fair. Ashok Leyland displayed the Captain range of trucks. Among the tier suppliers that participated in the show were Kalyani Maxion and Wabco. Kalyani Maxion displayed its range of wheels whereas Wabco displayed its range of braking system components and solutions. Aftermarket suppliers like Luthra Industrial Corporation and Mansons Rubber displayed their products. ATS Elgi showcased a wide range of garage equipment it has developed for CVs. The CV tyre industry was reprsented by Apollo Tyres and Michelin. Both displayed the range of CV tyres they offer. Notable other participants included ICAT and Faro among others. Claimed Rambhau Soundalkar, Director, Media Day Marketing, that the exhibition is the first of its kind where truck, trailer, tyre and components manufacturers came together and shared a common platform. “The Indian commercial vehicle industry is witnessing sizeable investments by OEMs towards upgrading their products, and introducing new models,” opined Soundalkar. “While manufacturers are expanding their manufacturing capacities,” added Soundalkar, “lorry owners and other industry stakeholders will get an insight into the new developments that are taking place in their field.” He also stressed upon the need to understand the utility value of CVs fully. Drawing attention to influential commercial vehicle associations in Namakkal, Salem, Tiruchengode, Sankari, Erode and Coimbatore, Soundalkar expressed that the ttruck, tyre and trailer industry has emerged and is continuing to evolve.

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Attracting visitors from CV intensive regions of Coimbatore, which is known for its industrialisation, apart from people from nearby cities like Salem and Nammakal, the Truck, Trailer & Tyre Expo 2016 provided a good business opportunity for many. The fair provided a good place to seek as well as exchange information pertaining to CV industry. The expo also reflected on tha fact that the state, Tamil Nadu, has a sizeable population of auto ancillaries and auto companies. Tamil Nadu is home to Cv majors Ashok Leyland and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles. It is also home to tier suppliers like Wabco, TVS Group, Simpsons & Co., and various others. Apart from attracting visitors from other South Asian countries according to the organisers, the expo attracted a good number of associations, federations and government bodies from various states. Said Soundalkar, that the event would help to bridge the gap between manufacturers, buyers, sellers, other equipment manufacturers, service providers and allied sectors. “We have succeeded in bringing them under one roof to explore the truck, trailer and tyre market in India. It will provide new opportunities to tap into the growing business potential of the CV industry in India,” he added. Drawing attention to the changes and challenges the CV industry should face, averred an industry expert at the event, “Such fairs provide the opportunity to regional players to come under one roof and highlight their business activities in an effort to grow. “Transport by road continues to be an important mode. The road transport industry is gaining ground by a string of strategic actions. India is the 4th largest commercial vehicle market in the world. In the past five years, the output of CVs has grown three times. Each year there is an increase of 20 per cent. The CV market in India is expected to double to 1.6 million units in the next five years. It is due to the increase in infrastructure spend, rapid urbanisation and entry of major multinational players in the country, that the CV industry will clock good growth,” he added.

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Held at Coimbatore, which is home to automotive workshop equipment specialists like Elgi and auto components manufacturers like Pricol and Roots, the fair provided exhibitors with a quality trading platform.

SETA 2016 looks at greener transportation in ASEAN region


At the ‘Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia (SETA) 2016’ international exhibition held at Thailand, alternate fuels, efficiency policies, sustainable low carbon transport, viability of electrical system in the transport sector were delved upon.

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Anitudh Raheja

At the ‘Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia (SETA) 2016’ international exhibition held at Bangkok, Thailand, recently, alternative fuels, their efficiency policies, sustainable low carbon transport, viability of electrical system in the transport sector – in the ASEAN region especially, were delved upon. With the theme of securing Asia’s energy future, the Ministry of Energy of Thailand and Nuclear Society of Thailand jointly organised the three day international exhibition and conference to encourage economic integration and scale up investments through favourable policies in the ASEAN region. Held at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Thailand, the event drew delegates from the government, transport sector and energy companies. The delegates discussed on ways to reduce CO2 emissions and deliver more efficient and sustainable transport in the future. Closely supported by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand, the event, managed by GAT International Ltd., was hosted over an exhibition space of over 5000 sq. ft.

Witnessing footfall of over 5000 visitors from 35 countries including Asia, Europe and US, the event focused upon energy requirement. Discussion revolved around the subject of demand in the ASEAN region, which includes India and China. Energy requirement in the Asean region is the fastest in world. Apart from the display of various state-of-the-art technologies and innovations, the event provided a platform for country-specific platforms dedicated to India, Japan and UK. Over a hundred topics were discussed at the event. Most of them were on alternate fuels and their efficiency; on policies pertaining to greener fuels; on sustainable low carbon transport, and the viability of an electrical system in the transport sector. Two panel discussions took place. They addressed topics like how the ASEAN region can deal with climate change based on the Paris agreement and economic integration. Parallel to it, eminent Indian speakers also joined in to share their insights. They also celebrated India Energy Day at the event.

‘Make in India’ at the heart of Defexpo India 2016

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Display of special vehicles from commercial vehicle manufacturers at the Defexpo 2016, Goa, spoke about ‘Make in India’.

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Team CV

The highlight of the Defence Expo 2016 held at Goa between March 28 and March 31, 2016, was the stress to ‘Make in India’. The exhibition, also called as Defexpo India 2016, marked the ninth in the series of biennial land, naval and internal homeland security systems exhibition organised by Defence Exhibition Organisation under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India. An important development at the fair was the unveiling of the new Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 (DPP 2016). The DPP 2016 highlighted the Make I and Make II category of projects. The Make I projects would be funded by the Government whereas the later would be funded by the industry. It is structured to provide the necessary leverage to make adequate investments, build the required capabilities, and match up to the contemporary and futuristic requirements of the Indian armed forces.

Stating that Indian companies have started believing in defence production, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, mentioned that projects under the Make I sub category will get government funding of 90 per cent, released in a phased manner, and based on the progress of the scheme, as per terms agreed between Ministry of Defence and the vendor. Projects under Make II sub category, claimed sources aware of the new development, will involve prototype development of equipment or system or platform or their upgrades; their sub-systems or sub-assembly or assemblies (components) with a focus on import substitution, for which no government funding will be provided for prototype development purposes. Providing impetus on defence sector among the 25 sectors of industry, the ‘Make in India’ initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2014. Expected to hike the contribution of the manufacturing sector to 25 per cent of the gross domestic product or GDP, the provision of ‘Make’ category of capital acquisition is a key pillar for realising the vision behind the initiative. Over 1000 arms vendors made it to the fair.

Bharat Forge and AM General team up for light specialist vehicle program

World renowned auto components manufacturer, Bharat Forge announced a tie-up with AM General, the maker of HMMWV, which is also known as Hummer or Hummvee, to ‘build in India’ a Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV). The program will see the two partners bank upon AM General’s battle-tested HMMWV as the LSV platform. To be made in India, the LSV is aimed at the Indian Army. The Indian Army, according to Bharat Forge sources, has stipulated in its information request that the LSV needs to be capable of performing reconnaissance and patrol roles for all arms, provide space and cross mobility in all terrains (including high altitude and deserts) to small parties and teams (approximately six), and operate independently in the battle field. “The teaming up with world-renowned light tactical vehicle provider AM General will lead to the provision of a cost effective and best-in-class mobility solutions for Indian armed forces,” said Baba N. Kalyani, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Forge. “We look forward to deliver combat-proven mobility solutions to customers in India,” announced AM General President and CEO Andy Hove.

Four products from Ashok Leyland

Ashok Leyland announced the premiere of an advanced truck driving simulator for the all-terrain Stallion 4×4 truck, Field Artillery Tractor (FAT) 6×6 on the Super Stallion, Rhino 4×4 contemporary logistics vehicle and an ambulance 4×4 for enhanced medical support. Specifically designed for tough operating environments, and offerring the latest technology by extending a legacy of manufacturing innovative and world-class logistics equipment according to Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland Ltd., the truck driving simulator for Stallion 4×4 has been built to simulate challenging terrain like snow covered roads and undulating sand dunes. Co-developed with SAAB, it would help to reduce training costs and provide situational training in a secure environment by simulating all types of terrain and weather conditions in India on a full scale replica of the driver’s compartment. A self-learning package renders a detailed review of individual training sessions to improve driving proficiency. Multiple simulators can be integrated for group movement training like moving in a convoy.

FAT 6×6 on Super Stallion platform has been designed and developed to function as a Common Gun Tower for all artillery guns. Engineered to provide unprecedented flexibility in rapid deployment, and utilisation of artillery resources, an order of over 450 vehicles have been bagged by Ashok Leyland from the Indian Army. The Rhino 4×4 is a contemporary logistics vehicle that offers greater crew comfort and easy drivability. It comes with automatic transmission, a higher power to weight ratio and gradeability, increased payload, ground clearance and step climbing capability, ABS, CTIS, reduced turning circle diameter, provision for HVAC, and many more exciting features. The Ambulance 4×4 is air-conditioned and built to provide enhanced medical support in the immediate hours of sustaining injuries. Having a double walled insulated body to maintain inside temperature, the ambulance is equipped with rear air suspension. Fitted with equipment that meets advanced life support standards, 825 numbers of such ambulances (in 4×2 configurations as well) will be supplied to the Indian Army. Ashok Leyland has announced that they have secured orders worth Rs. 800 crore in the supply of defence vehicles.

Tata Motors and JLR make a mark

Having supplied over 100,000 vehicles to the Indian military and paramilitary forces in the logistics segment, Tata Motors displayed a LSV among a host of other offerings including an armoured amphibious FICV, Kestrel. Highlighting the fact that his company has tied up with many foreign technology providers, Tata Motors defence business head, VS Noronha, mentioned that anti-tank and missiles would be installed on the Kestrel. Hinting at the light armoured multi-role vehicle playing a crucial role in-line with the requirement of the armed forces, Noronha stated that the LSV would be a part of the whole line up of programs in the land systems arena for the Indian Army. Of interest were a 6×6 high mobility vehicle and a new generation 2.5-tonne model apart from mine protected vehicles. Group company Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) marked a presence. It offerred the light 4×4 Land Rover Defender series vehicle that is designed to meet a wide range of defence, reconnaissance, refugee protection and peacekeeping roles. According to the company, all Land Rover defence vehicles are designed to meet the needs of the modern army, with optimal external dimensions, high payload to weight ratios, special fixings and quick strip down. On the sidelines of Defexpo 2016, Tata Motors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharashtra Ex-Servicemen Corporation Ltd (MESCO) for the creation of employment opportunities for ex-service men of Indian Army. This is in response to Tata Motors’ solution for the Indian Ministry of Defences’ (MoD) prestigious USD 10 billion combat vehicle programme.

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) from Polaris Defence

Featuring live demonstration of armoured vehicles and military systems besides operations by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Polaris Defence showcased the Dagor (Deployable Advance Ground Off-Road) and MRZR 4 in India for the first time. The company also showcased its civilian business arm’s six-wheeled off-roader, Sportsman Big Boss 6X6 and Ranger 6X6 800. Ergonomically designed with unbeatable combat efficiency, the Dagor was developed under a contract from elements of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and international Special Operations Forces (SOF) customers, and has first-rate off-road capability in extreme terrain at full payload. Its design allows for ease of operation, maintenance and sustained support during combat operations. The vehicle uses a readily available Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) driveline, controls and components. This helps to streamline mechanic and operator training. Claimed to provide its operator instant preparedness for missions even in the most extreme terrain, the MRZR 4 is highly mobile and configurable for a variety of applications. Air transportable, it has been combat-proven and purchased by the US and allied forces. Both Dagor and MRZR 4 are already in use by SOCOM, SOF and Allied Special Forces.

Of the 1055 companies that partcipated in Defexpo 2016, an estimated 52 per cent were domestic exhibitors. The number of domestic exhibitors has more than doubled since the 2014 fair, which had 256 domestic participants and 368 foreign participants. The list of domestic participants included many commercial vehicle manufacturers and suppliers like Tata Motors, Ashok Leyland, Bharat Earth Movers, Bharat Forge, Defence Research Developmental Organization (DRDO) and Mahindra. Among foerign participants, there were 91 from the US, 71 from Russia, 46 from UK, and 38 from France and Germany. The fair focused on the latest developments and products in land, maritime and domestic security systems.

Tyrexpo India 2016

India’s tyre industry is looking up due to the increase in demand for automobiles. The availability of natural rubber and cutting-edge production facilities has also led to India emerging as one of the world’s most competitive tyre markets. In particular, the city of New Delhi is expected to become one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturing centres over the next decade. Tyrexpo India is strategically placed to tap into this growth in India. Tyrexpo India hopes to offer a one-stop marketplace for buyers and sellers of tyres, garages and workshop equipment.

For more details on Tyrexpo India 2016, visit at : Tyrexpo India 2016

5th Annual India Commercial Vehicle Summit

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Indian commercial vehicles are enjoying a rising acceptance in the SAARC region, the Middle East and in the African continent. To deal with this increase in demand, established OEMs are investing in plant expansions across India currently and new entrants are quickly developing their own plants to achieve their share of the pie. The steady development in commercial vehicles industry has lead to intense competition amongst stakeholders. To survive in the competitive market every CV manufacturer is coming up with something new, yet affordable to meet the requirement of the Indian market.

The 5th Annual India Commercial Vehicle Summit will bring together OEMs, Government officials, associations, auto suppliers and institutions to discuss issues that India is currently facing, and to foster communications that will allow India to rightfully take its place as a major international automotive hub.

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Frost & Sullivan launch the 7th edition of Sustainability 4.0 Awards

FrostSullivanFrost & Sullivan announced the launch of Sustainability 4.0 Awards. The awards acknowledge companies for their work in sustainability requirements, across value chains. The seventh edition of the erstwhile Green Manufacturing Excellence awards will be held on May 27, 2016 at Hyatt Regency, Mumbai. This year applications for nominations are open to companies across manufacturing, logistics, hotels, IT and ITES, KPO, BPO, banking, financial services, Insurance, construction, telecommunications and healthcare in India, and the Gulf Cooperation Council, the deadline for which is December 15, 2015.The assessment framework has four major parameters -purpose, planet, partnership and people, with a total of 13 measurement criteria under each parameter. The objective is to help participating enterprises determine their standing, in comparison to other similar organisations. Expressed Nitin Kalothia, Director, Manufacturing and Process Consulting, Frost & Sullivan, “Companies are focusing on incubating novel initiatives to inculcate sustainable development for their entire value chain, beyond manufacturing and environmental sustainability.” He concluded,  adding that  Frost & Sullivan will continue to support and recognise such efforts.

To know more about Sustainability 4.0 Awards and its methodology, please log on to – participate in this awards banquet or to know more about the summit, please send an e-mail to Anita C, Corporate Communications, at / or write to us at with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, company e-mail address, company website, city, state, and country.