ContiTech Air Spring Systems has expanded its product portfolio for the commercial vehicle replacement market with the addition of 18 new types of air springs. These include weight-reduced air springs, which were specially developed for the current generation of Mercedes-Benz Actros. What makes the 18 new types of air springs special according to Contitech sources is the lightweight, patented plastic pistons. Compared to the use of steel components, the weight of the vehicle can be reduced by 12 kg per axle. In addition to the potential fuel saving and the related reduction in CO2 emissions, the low weight also enables an increase in payload. The internal volume of the piston can also be fully utilised, courtesy a special new manufacturing process, which considerably increases the comfort of the air suspension.
The ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) could soon come out with a proposal for the ‘end of life’ of heavy commercial vehicles. Sources claim, as per the proposal, the twin-axle mini trucks could be phased out after 12 years, multi-axle trucks after 15 years and trailers after 25 years. The intention is to curb vehicular pollution, specially since commercial vehicles are said to be prone to faster deterioration. The proposal has sparked off a debate, while the ministry officials claim to have aligned the ‘end of life’ proposal for commercial vehicles with the years on the vehicle’s National Permit (NP). Questions are being raised by industry experts on setting the same yardstic for a NP vehicle to a commercial vehicle that could be plying locally within the state boundaries. As per sources, the ministry has already submitted an affidavit to the National Green Tribunal, that it would come out with a policy on this issue soon.
A manufacturer and exporter of bearings in India, by the brand NBC, National Engineering Industries (NEI) is a part of the C K Birla group, a USD 1.6 billion business conglomerate. NEI has been conferred with the Deming Grand Prize 2015, in Tokyo, Japan. Representing the company on the occasion, Rohit Saboo, President and CEO, NEI expressed, “We are extremely privileged to join the distinguished list of companies across the globe, that have been conferred with the Deming Grand Prize. Being conferred upon with this award signifies our commitment to manufacturing excellence and the benchmarks we have set for ourselves over the last six decades.” The Deming Grand Prize recognizes both individuals and businesses for their contribution to the field of Total Quality Management (TQM).NEIL claims to be the largest manufacturer of bearings in India, with a capacity of 100 million bearings in more than a 1000 sizes. With its focus on the automotive industry across the globe, NEIL claims to have registered a turnover of Rs.1,500 crores in FY 2014-15.Exports jumped up from USD five million in FY 2009 to USD 35 million in FY 2015.
Truck and bus tyre manufacturer Continental India inaugurated their first retail concept store Sat Kartar tyres at Faridabad transport nagar, for heavy commercial vehicle tyres. Spread over 108 sq.m area, the store located off Mathura highway is expected to cater to both truck and bus customers. Looking to offer need based products in the future, Continental India is expected to launch more stores on the lines. The company is claimed to have more than 1400 dealers with a sales and service footprint in more than 100 locations pan India.