“Safety is a high priority for Manitowoc in everything we do, from manufacturing our cranes through to delivery to customers, says Raman Joshi, Managing Director, Manitowoc Cranes in an exculsive interview with Equipment India. Excerpts from the interview.
What is the market potential for crawler cranes in India in terms of market size and value? At present, the potential is more exciting than actual sales which remain at a relatively low level in global terms. However, India is a growing market and that alone marks it out as unusual in the current global economic climate.
With the infrastructure and energy requirements in India there’s no doubt that many large cranes will be required. In terms of general construction and foundation jobs we see lower levels of demand.
Tell us about the range offered by Manitowoc for these segments, and their unique features? Manitowoc is obviously an ‘iconic’ name in crawler cranes with a reputation developed over more than 80 years in the business. The company’s cranes are quick and easy to assemble; strong and fast on the job site; and boast some of the strongest residual values in the market. Another very important side to our cranes is the expert parts and service support we provide through Manitowoc Crane Care, which differentiates us from other companies.
What is the scenario of duty cycle cranes? Our Manitowoc 1015 is designed for duty cycle operations and many of our other cranes can be used for duty cycle activities.
How do you look at safety issues pertaining to the use of crawler cranes? Safety is a high priority for Manitowoc in everything we do, from manufacturing our cranes through to delivery to customers. In terms of operating Manitowoc cranes in the field, we welcome any opportunity to highlight the importance of safety on the job site.
To what extent the stringent emission norms, gets reflected in Manitowoc’s product (crawler cranes) designs? Because Manitowoc is a global supplier all its cranes can be provided with the very latest engines – dependent on which regional market they are being supplied to and specific customer requests. We have also been focusing on operational efficiencies such as improved fuel consumption so our customers get more from our cranes. Also, using a modular design allows customers to switch boom sections and other components between Manitowoc cranes in their fleets, which offer better use of resources.
What is the potential for crawler from the hiring and rental segment? The rental market in India has some very large, well-known companies but there is certainly room for growth. There will be demand for all kinds of capacity cranes, but at the higher end of the scale we believe there is good growth potential with the building of new infrastructure.