We deliver fuel efficiency across all elements of our machines via our engines, systems, and future technologies while increasing the productivity for our customers, says Rohit Punjabi, General Manager (Strategy Development), LiuGong India. Excerpts from the interview. What have the market trends for equipment and machinery been like in 2012? There is a tremendous potential for the construction equipment industry, given the infrastructure deficit in the country. Indian construction equipment industry is expected to grow at a compounded rate of 21 per cent. The emphasis on the quality and the subsequent introduction of several new road construction technologies too, is playing a key role in increasing demand for road construction machinery. Some of the key enablers to drive the construction equipment industry will be the role of government in speeding up the projects, financing of construction equipment and a key role played by the Public-Private Partnership in projects. LiuGong India offers a wide range of the equipment catering to the road construction equipment. What is the demand-supply scenario for motor graders? As India continues to focus on infrastructure requirements, the demand for the motor graders continue to grow. NHAI continues to set the aggressive targets of road construction per day resulting in the multiple road projects being awarded on a monthly basis. Our state governments focus on the roads as an asset and its ability to promote inclusive growth are also the positive growth enablers for the motor grader industry. LiuGong offers graders in 150-215 HP range in India for construction and mining applications, the most popular model being the 414BSIII and CLG418 which is used mainly in the construction projects.How do you differentiate your product from the competition? We are delivering fuel efficiency across all elements of our machines via our engines, systems, and future technologies while increasing the productivity for our customers. LiuGong’s motor graders are set to redefine performance, fuel efficiency, and operator comfort. The machine, used primarily for highway construction and road maintenance, offers the new, powerful, water-cooled BSIII Cummins engine. As with all LiuGong machines, operator comfort, accuracy and safety receive the utmost attention. For operators comfort and safety the machine is equipped with an enclosed FOPS/ROPS cab, standard heating, air-conditioning, a fully adjustable seat etc. Our efforts have always been to build the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly machines.To what extend does the soil condition determine the selection of compactors?The desired level of compaction is best achieved by matching the soil type with its proper compaction method. Clay is cohesive; its particles stick together requiring high impact force to compact. Best compaction of the granular soil is possible with shaking or vibratory action. For mixed type of soils, it is a good idea to choose the compactor appropriate for a larger percentage of mixture. What are the latest product/ technology trends in compaction/ paving? Liugong India is a full- line construction equipment manufacturer enjoying an unmatched heritage of leadership, innovation, and reliability built over years by attaining the global expertise and excellence. Liugong offers the finest road compaction equipment. The CLG611H caters to the soil compaction needs of the sector while the CLG614 is a master at asphalt compaction. These machines are built specially for Indian roads and are the best at compaction. Excellent manoeuvrability and compact designs make these ideal for a wide range of areas.Will there be a new launch at bC India? We are quite enthusiastic about our participation on a prestigious platform like bC India 2013. bC India is the largest construction equipment, technology and services exhibition. It is a great opportunity for us to showcase our product portfolio and also a great way to showcase India’s potential in manufacturing world class construction equipment. We sincerely hope that visitors to our booth will get an incredible experience beyond their expectations. Our machines will enthrall the visitors at Mumbai and we will have on display our entire range of machines and technological innovation.