Tata Hitachi Construction Machinery Company (Tata Hitachi) is planning to introduce 100-tonne dumper by 2016. The company will also start shipping out its newly-launched excavators and reduce the content of imported components at the company level to 35 per cent in two years time from the current 45 per cent.
According to Rana Sinha, Managing Director, Tata Hitachi, the 100 tonne dumper will be rolled out of the company's Kharagpur factory. Sinha said the prototype is fitted with imported Cummins engine and the transmission from Allison Transmission. Hitachi is making dumpers up to 200 tonne and there was no major challenge in making the 100 tonne vehicle. He also said, there are positive signs for the construction equipment market to pick up in India and the company launched its premium 20 tonne excavator to cash in on the expected boom. Sinha said around 150 units of the new excavator (domestic price about Rs 5.2 million) will be shipped out overseas markets like Middle East this year.