Eaton & Cummins AMT JV for CVs

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Eaton and Cummins has formed a joint venture for automated transmissions for heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial vehicles called Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies. A 50:50 joint venture, Eaton Cummins Transmission Technologies, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, will focus on the development of advanced automated transmissions and develop an integrated powertrain and service network. Leveraging the technical strengths and experience of two industry leaders with a long history and deep industrial expertise, the JV will design, assemble, sell and support all future medium-duty and heavy-duty automated transmissions for the commercial vehicle market. Eaton’s current generation automated heavy-duty transmissions to OEM customers in North America. Eaton’s Vehicle Group will retain its global manual transmission business, global clutch business, current generation medium-duty and heavy-duty automated transmission business outside of North America, global aftermarket business, light-duty transmission business, agricultural transmission business, global automotive business and associated product lines.

JCB soil compactor

JCB India’s 11-tonne class soil compactor, JCB116, is finding good success. Adding to the company’s road compacter portfolio, the machine comes with a modern JCB diesel max engine, which is claimed to offer fuel-savings of up to five to 10 per cent. Equipped with German vibration technology that provides more compaction per litre, the JCB116 soil compactor is claimed to guarantee desired compaction density in a minimum number of passes. First to offer an in-built compaction meter, which was designed and developed in India, and ensures uniform compaction, the soil compactor machine offers superior operator environment. The steering wheel has been ergonomically designed, and the cab platform is mounted on four viscous mounts to isolate it from any vibrations. The operator is comfortable even during high amplitude passes. Offering lifetime lubricated center joints and grease-free bearings, which minimises any possibility of failures due to any negligence in greasing of joints, the JCB116 soil compactor has an operating weight of 11,250 kg for the 100 hp non-drum drive variant. The operating weight of the 114 hp drum drive variant is 11,350 kg. Maximum torque the soil compactor engine offers is 430 Nm. To ensure higher productivity, JCB India is offering the machine with its Livelink telematics platform. Support is available in the form of over

650 dealers.

Volvo Buses delivers BSIV compliant 9400 range coaches to GSRTC

Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has inducted BS IV emission compliant Volvo coaches. These include the 9400 multi-axle coaches with a length of 13.7 m and 14.5 m respectively. Powered by a 370 hp (for 13.7 m coach) and a 410 hp (for 14.5 m coach) 11-litre engine, the 9400 coaches are claimed to offer superior performance and fuel efficiency. With the drivetrain of the coaches designed to last the life of the bus, which is typically 10 lakh kms, the 9400 coaches are known to assure high productivity because of their long service intervals and aggregates that significantly contribute to lower the running costs. Apart from high refinement, the 9400 promises passenger comfort and low driver fatigue. Featuring ABS, Electronic Braking System (EBS), Disc Brakes and a hill-start assist, the 9400 complies with the bus body code. It is thus equipped with an emergency exit door, breakable emergency exit windows with T-punch glass breakers, a fire suppression system in the engine and luggage areas, and smoke detection system in the saloon and luggage areas among others. The 9400 coaches inducted by GSRTC are expected to be deployed on longer inter-state routes.

FAG Bearings fairs satisfactorily in FY2016

FAG Bearings, a Schaeffler Group company, is optimistic about growth in India. There is a rider though, that the key initiatives to implement operational excellence are accelerated, and executed such that it helps to build a long term competitive advantage. In line with its strategic concept, ‘Mobility for Tomorrow’, the company continues to focus on four areas – eco-friendly drivers, urban mobility, inter-urban mobility and energy chain. In FY2015-16, the company’s total income was Rs.18,821.6 million, up 5.7 per cent, as compared to the previous year’s income of Rs.17,805.9 million. Profit Before Tax (PBT) was Rs.2,984.5 million, and marked a growth of 1.6 per cent over the earlier financial year. If technology and innovation driven sector sales registered good growth, the sales performance of aftermarket and distributor sector suffered because of price and cash pressure. Exports growth was stable last year. Continuing to focus on high volume business, and expand production of ball-bearings at the Savli plant, the company, for FY2016-17, maintained a positive outlook over short-to-medium term; in commercial vehicles particularly. The company supplies bearing solutions for transmission applications and expects to benefit from anticipated growth.

EVs and bio-fuel buses by next year?

The union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, in his address at an educational institution at Pune recently, is known to have announced that electric buses, cars and two wheelers will gain more visibility next year onwards. This would also apply to ethanol and other bio-fuel buses. Gadkari is said to have reasoned that seven-lakh crore litre of crude oil is imported into the country, which is affecting the country’s economy. Electric vehicles, the minister is known to have expressed, will provide relief. Hinting at commercialising production of Lithium ion batteries, the minister is also said to have informed that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) could devise a way to ensure that a battery on the London bus costing Rs.55 lakh is produced locally and made available at Rupees five lakh. The government, Gadkari is claimed to have said during the address, has decided to produce second generation ethanol from biomass, and an agreement in this regard has been inked with 15 industries.

Pune and Manali to get electric buses?

Pune Smart City Development Corporation (PSCDCL) has come up with an idea to introduce electrical buses in the city under the go-green initiative, claim industry sources. The civic body, under the Pune Mahananagar Parivahan Mahamandal (PMPML), is looking at procuring three electrical buses for month-long trial. The three buses were chosen such that out of the 11 companies that showed interest. Only three companies could provide electric buses for trial therefore. The decision to procure three electric buses for a month-long trail, was taken by PSCDCL members under the chairmanship of Nitin Kareer. Expected to be deployed between Aundh, Baner and Balewadi areas of the city, the three electric buses, claim sources, is part of a plan to deploy 100 electric buses in Pune in total, and over a period of time. Subject to financial viability and performance, the civic body will study various factors governing the operation of these buses, including the expenditure incurred to recharge the bus batteries. The drivers for the three buses, sources said, will be provided by the respective bus company. PMPML will charge standard fare on these buses at least initially. Sources claim further that, as per the directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT), at least 25 electric buses will ply on the Manali-Rohtang highway during the summer tourist season. The move follows the NGT having limited the number of vehicles to visit Rohtang pass. The electric-buses are expected to provide tourist services. Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) is said to be arranging charging points at various locations for these buses.

Dynabrade India celebrates tenth anniversary

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Dynabrade India has turned 10. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Dynabrade Inc., the company, which specialises in the manufacture and supply of portable pneumatic abrasive power tools that are popular in the automotive industry for high quality surface finishing, has come to build a good brand following in India over the last ten years. Also associated with German manufacturer of paint spray guns Sata GmbH & Co KG, Dynabrade India, expressed Hardy Dynabrade Inc. president Hardy Hamann, will expand India office and warehouse. Informed Nischal Sachdev, Managing Director, Dynabrade India Abrasive Power Tools, “We will soon move to a more spacious building with almost double the area not far from our present location at Navi Mumbai.” With a CAGR of 16 per cent during the last 15 years the company has grown over 70 per cent since 2011. Expecting the number of Indian dealers and channel partners to cross 100 from the existing 70, the company, said Hamann, is looking at reforms like GST to increase its business prospects. Said Joerg Goettling, Head of Exports at Sata GmbH & Co KG, that India has become a cornerstone of SATA business. Sata is on the approved list of all major automakers globally, and caters to OEMs like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, and Mahindra & Mahindra among others in India. Dynabrade products are recommended by major paint companies like BASF, PPG, DuPont and Akzo Nobel.