The new plant of Wipro-Kawasaki joint venture to manufacture hydraulic pumps and motors for construction machinery was inaugurated at Bidadi, near Bengaluru. Inaugurated by Azim Premji, Chairman, Wipro Group, the new plant will start production from this April, according to the company. Focused on the growing demand for hydraulic excavators in India, Kawasaki decided to build this plant in Bengaluru, in addition to an existing plant in the same city. The move reflects Kawasaki’s commitment to meet the demand for hydraulic equipment used by local construction machinery manufacturers, and to generate new demand. With the additional floor space provided by the new plant, the total of two has doubled to 6,000 sqm, and production capacity has also doubled from the 2018 level to 40,000 units per year. The increased production capability will enable Kawasaki to respond more flexibly to its customers’ varying production volumes.
Overall demand for construction machinery in India has been on the rise due to an expected growth in investment in local infrastructure, such as expressways, railway networks, and ports. With respect to the hydraulic excavator market, medium- to long-term growth is forecast, as annual demand is expected to reach 40,000 to 50,000 units in fiscal 2025.
Kawasaki has been strengthening its six-region operational structure, encompassing Japan, the UK, the US, Korea, China, and India – the focus of the current bolstering of production capabilities. In order to comprehensively enhance customer satisfaction, Kawasaki will further its efforts worldwide in developing and delivering high-quality, high-performance products and providing full after-sales services for this rapidly-growing hydraulic equipment sector.