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JCB to produce 40,000 ecoMAX engines per year at it's Ballabgarh facility Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh, Arjun   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011
New Delhi: Construction Equipment Manufacturer, JCB India Ltd launched it's domestically built BSIII, 16 valve ecoMAX diesel engine. JCB India's facility in Ballabgarh (Haryana) has the capacity to produce ecoMAX 40,000 engines per year on a two shift basis.

The company has invested Rs. 135 crore towards plant, machinery and assembly line for this engine. At the moment the plant is running on a single shift basis. The company expects to reach the full single-shift capacity of 20,000 engines sometime this year itself.

"The engine has 75 percent indigenous parts by value. So far the single largest component, by value, which is not localised is the crankshaft. This will be localised later, in the next 18 months or so," said JCB India MD & CEO Vipin Sondhi.

"The domestic production of JCB engines will enable us to provide the best quality product. We will immediately start powering our backhoe - the 3DX with JCB engines and many other models in our range will follow," said Vipin Sondhi.

He said that JCB would mainly use these engines for the domestic market, while later it might explore the possibilities to supply to other JCB group companies.

JCB sold 21,000 units in 2010. It recently started exports to Indonesia and SAARC countries. The company is aiming for 15-20 percent growth this year.

"Our dealers have been very enthusiastic about the engine. At various levels the service engineers in the dealerships have received comprehensive training on the JCB engine, to ensure they’re in the right stead to serve our customers. Parts for the engines have already been stocked at JCB warehouses and our dealerships. All JCB dealerships across India are now fully prepared to support the JCB engine," Sondhi added.

Each of the dealers have assembled the engines at the facility. Over 1100 people have been trained for this engine.

"India plays a vital role in JCB’s global expansion plans and this development marks another step towards JCB’s growth in India," he said.

In India JCB offers twenty one different machines in seven product types such as Backhoe Loaders, Loading Shovels, Tracked Excavators, Compactors, Telehandlers, Skid Steer Loaders and Pick and Carry crane. The new engine will power it's equipment range progressively.

JCB today is the market leader in construction equipment sector in India with over 50% market share. JCB India is also gaining strength in the Tracked Excavator, Compaction equipment and the Wheeled Loading Shovel segment all over India and has created history in India by selling its 100001st machine recently.

The company has three manufacturing facilities at Ballabhgarh and Pune. JCB employs nearly 1900 people in India. The Ballabgarh plant has a capacity of 100 machines/shift per day. It is the worlds largest backhoe loader plant.

16 valve ecoMAX diesel engine

The engines launched by JCB in India have been designed and manufactured along the same platform as the world record breaking Dieselmax engines. JCB teams from the UK and India worked together to develop this engine for Indian conditions.

The engines will come in the range of 76 hp to 150 hp and will be naturally aspirated, turbocharged or common rail. They will be pressurized by a high pressure rotary pump. The block, bedplate design and crankshaft dimensions are similar to the JCB Dieselmax engine. The cold side has features like 14.5 psi cooling system for increased cooling efficiency, fan belt auto adjuster, 6000 hrs of belt life, oil change period and engine filter change period of 500 hrs each reducing maintenance cost, main filter change period of 1000 hrs, state of the art Delphi fuel system.

Features on the hot side include a heavy duty cylinder block specially designed for off highway applications, aluminum alloy pistons for optimized cooling, centralized location of fuel injectors for even burning of fuel, four cylinder sixteen valves, deep bed plate design for improved stiffness, low noise and improved sealing. The engine can be put on full load directly, no running in required.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 April 2011 )
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