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Table of Contents for Industry Focus - Wheel Loaders





Industry Focus - Wheel Loaders

STEERING GROWTH

 

Armed with technological advancements and innovative features, today’s wheel loaders are finding diversified applications in the market. The ever-increasing construction & infrastructure development is fueling the growth of this ancillary equipment much faster than anticipated. This story traces the applications and advancements that new age equipment manufacturers are offering…writes, PRERNA SHARMA

 

 

Changing the urban landscape of the nation would not have been possible without dependable heavy machinery. To support growth and development in various segments of construction, infrastructure, material handling and more, Wheeled Loaders are one of the most reliable partners. The paradigm shift from the activity entailing labor intensive work to adoption of heavy machinery is a major driving factor for the growth of global wheel loaders market. Additionally, the ability of wheel loaders to perform heavy duty applications effortlessly is also contributing towards the growth of global wheel loaders market. The design of the wheel loader is engineered with heavy duty planetary axle and high tractive effort. The optimized design of wheel loaders provides greater stability, serviceability and performance in heavy duty applications enabling it to operate in versatile and rough conditions. The increasing adoption of machine which can operate in rough conditions is expected to provide opportunity for the key players in global wheel loaders market. Wheel loaders have applications across industries, such as mining, forestry and agriculture, and public infrastructure. Public infrastructure is expected to have the largest market share among the many sectors. Increasing initiatives by government to boost the infrastructure facilities, especially in countries such as India and China are expected to be a major driving factor contributing towards the growth of global wheel loaders market. Government is planning to enhance the infrastructure through investments in areas, such as highways, renewable energy and urban transport, which further enhances the growth of global wheel loaders market.

 

Deployment of armored wheel loaders in military and defense areas has proved greatly proficient as a part of combat engineering missions under hostile territories. The armored wheel loaders are also used for building bridges and bases, removing roadblocks, and other allied activities. This has posed a positive impact on wheel loaders market. Moreover, there are certain activities which can’t be carried out by large bulldozers due to their size, such tasks are easily carried out by wheel loaders owing to their flexibility. The Asia pacific and European regions have proven to be the major contributors of heavy-duty machineries market. Thus, the market size for wheel loaders in these regions is significantly large.

 

The stabilization of global crude oil prices is one of the key factors that will fuel the growth of the wheel loaders market. The stability in oil prices will increase government spending, and this will lead to restarting pending and delayed infrastructure projects. This will, in turn, revive the demand for construction equipment such as wheel loaders, driving the market growth.

 

The introduction of telematics in construction is one of the key trends that will drive wheel loaders market growth. Telematics consists of remote communications and informatics, that are extensively used for fleet tracking or managing a group of vehicles and other assets. Off-road telematics can track the performance and location of both plant and equipment in real-time. On-road telematics provides managers with reporting data that is updated with information related to human resources. Such benefits will lead to the adoption of telematics in the construction industry. As a result of these factors, the market will register a CAGR of over 9% in the coming years.

 

 

Applications Abound

The various applications of wheel loaders include the transfer of quarries, hot slag, wooden logs and salt stockpiles amongst other applications. The increasing mining and construction activities across the globe is influencing the growth of global wheel loaders market. The manufacturers in the construction and mining industry are focused to offer efficient machines for the proper facilitation of heavy loads. According to a report by Absolute Market Insights, the different loader types, include articulated, compact backhoes and skid steer among others. Articulated loader type is expected to hold the largest market share in the future. The ability of articulated wheel loader for pushing, lifting and loading earth, sand, snow and other heavy material and objects in industrial sectors is observed as a major factor aiding the growth of this segment in the global wheel loaders market. However, compact backhoe is expected to register the highest CAGR in the coming years. The technologically advanced construction of compact backhoe provides simpler and quicker transfer of heavy loads. Additionally, compact backhoe is also used to excavate footings and foundations, which require high versatility in operation and is fit for urban operations on the account of compact size.

Wheel loaders operate in different types of loads, which includes less than 20T, 20T - 40T, 40T - 60T kg and >60T. the less than 20T of operating weight variant of wheel loaders is expected to hold the largest market share in the global wheel loaders market. They are primarily used for handling daily jobs, which includes material handling, truck loading, general construction to stockpiling. However, more than 60T operating weight type of wheel loader is expected to register highest CAGR in the future. The application of >60T wheel loader is primarily found in mining, quarries, steel mills and other industrial applications like oil & gas Sectors. The high adoption of this type of wheel loader can be attributed to  its heavy duty applications in these areas.

 

 

Innovative Alternatives

Along with the other robust and sturdy heavy equipment ranges by JCB, Wheeled Loaders are the versatile machines that offer the best-in-class productivity along with fuel-efficiency. Capable of performing for continuous hours, JCB Wheeled Loaders work with precision and perfection. At present, the range of JCB Wheeled Loaders include three models, 430ZX Plus, 432ZX and 455ZX. These machines come with bucket capacities ranging from 1.7 cum to 5 cum.Every loader has got unique features that offer an unmatched performance and world class reliability. While an increased shovel capacity of 1.1 cum in 3DXL gives an extraordinary productivity, rugged & reliable 430ZX PLUS has got an engine that delivers 99kW power and offers low maintenance costs.With a hydraulic oil change period of 2000 hrs, 432ZX not only takes care of your earthmoving applications but also offers fuel savings of `1 Lakh per year.

 

In line with the new developments, Tata Hitachi’s new ZW 310-5A wheel loader utilizes innovative technologies to achieve excellent productivity with enhanced controllability. In addition, the machine has a comfortable cab, easy maintenance features, and Hitachi’s comprehensive service package, including ConSite, facilitating operators to work efficiently in tough environments. Power mode can be activated by 2 ways and operators can choose either switch depending on the site required.Active Engine Control System helps in achieving economical operation. It detects movements throughout the machine and adjusts engine speed accordingly for smooth and fuel-efficient operation.ECO Mark Indicator for Fuel function encourages operators to utilize fuel efficiently.

 

The Cat® 903D is compact, yet powerful, delivering high performance with outstanding versatility. A 25% increase in lift capacity and travel speed allows the operator to be more productive, while new optional features such as engine and ground speed control, provides customizable control when running hydro-mechanical work tools. With a more ergonomic cab, new multi-function joystick, and optional ride control, the 903D allows the operator to enjoy all day comfort.The 903D Makes Work Easy with a 25% increase in tipping capacity to handle classic landscaping materials along with a 25% faster ground speed. The optional hydraulic Skid Steer Loader style coupler allows for changing work tools without getting out of the cab. Optional front and rear diff-lock can be activated on the fly, providing maximum traction in slick underfoot conditions.

 

L&T Construction & Mining Machinery offers 2 variants 9020 and L&T 9020SX. L&T 9020 is targeted for the General construction, Blue metal quarry and Raw material handling in the process industry. This model delivers excellent fuel economy and caters to the economy segment of the market. The other variant L&T 9020SX offers 25% higher speed, 10% higher breakout force, 10% more wheel torque and superior operator comfort. This model is positioned for the customers looking for higher productivity and operator comfort and deployed in large Blue metal mines, Wagon loading in Coal mines, Metal and mineral processing industries, Stevedoring operations etc. Both these models are very well accepted and highly successful in the market.

The company has also introduced machine tracking solution called “DigiEye” on both variants of Wheel Loaders, as digitalization tool to enable it’s customers take informed decisions and to improve the machine productivity. The company has also introduced Payload Monitoring System to save time where exact tonnage of material needs to be loaded and to cut down the cycle time.

 

Productivity development is a continuous process for SDLG. Classic combination of power, speed, maneuverability are the results of SDLG’s environment friendly BS-III Engines, VRT Transmissions, Axles, Hydraulics and Lift Arm system. This state-of-the-art machine allows for more work done and more profit.The most suitable 5.4 Ton Payload Wheel Loader is the only loader in its class with a Standard Long Arm to handle Rail Wagon & Dump Trucks. The BS-III engine is very environment friendly. The high torque at lower rpm gives the SDLG machine an outstanding rim pull.

The engine is designed to reduce sound level in the cab to ensure better operator comfort and performance. The Turbocharged low-emission, high performance engine is equipped with air-to air intercooler. Its Electronic engine control unit regulates fuel, for optimal performance in all operating situations. The ECU Controlled engine optimizes performance with the help of the “3 Power Modes”. The Eco Mode saves fuel without compromising production. World Class & Proven VRT Automatic Power Shift Transmission enables fast and efficient work cycles by means of Direct Reversing & Kick Down functions. It reduces cycle time, resulting in more production. Automatic Transmissions ensures the following safety aspects.

 

Liugong 816C wheel loaders come with enhanced features and are one of the most sought-after wheel loaders in the market currently. The turning radius is small and the steering is flexible, which is suitable for operating in tight spaces. Oscillating rear axle keeps four-wheel drive engaged for superior off-road mobility. It has one-stop maintenance: engine, fan, radiator and hydraulic hoses can be serviced from ground level. Optional multiple attachments include multiple buckets, pallet fork, grapples, snow pusher blade and sweeper broom.

 

 

Growing horizons

Growing investments in the real estate sector, as well as the declining average household size, are expected to increase the number of households worldwide, thus driving the demand for new housing. Apart from the residential sector, the non-residential sector is also set to witness a heavy influx of investments, particularly in the manufacturing, social, transportation, and telecommunication sectors. These factors are expected to boost the demand for wheel loaders from the construction industry in the future.Market growth in this segment will be faster than the growth of the market in the agriculture segment.

 

 

Fast Facts

  • In terms of revenue, the global wheel loaders market was valued at US$3,560.9 Mn in 2018 and is expected to reach US$8,065.9 million by 2027 growing at a CAGR of 9.6% over the forecast period.
  • The introduction of telematics in construction is one of the key trends that will drive wheel loaders market growth.
  • The technologically advanced construction of compact backhoe provides simpler and quicker transfer of heavy loads.
  • Deployment of armored wheel loaders in military and defense areas has proved greatly proficient as a part of combat engineering missions under hostile territories.

 

 

 

Tata Hitachi is continuously gauging customer requirements and keeping an eye on the new technology. Based on these factors Tata Hitachi continuously upgrades its offerings and when need arises it creates new variants to address market requirement

SANDEEP SINGH, MANAGING DIRECTOR, TATA HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY

 

 

 

We have introduced machine tracking solution called “DigiEye” on both variants of Wheel Loaders, as digitalization tool to enable our customers take informed decisions and to improve the machine productivity. We have also introduced Payload Monitoring System to save time where exact tonnage of material needs to be loaded and to cut down the cycle time.

VIVEK HAJELA, VICE-PRESIDENT & HEAD-CEB, LARSEN & TOUBRO LIMITED




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