Kawasaki Heavy Industries has completed a new plant at Wipro Kawasaki Precision Machinery in Bengaluru in the Indian state of Karnataka for the manufacture, sale and after-sales services for hydraulic equipment for the construction industry in India.
Kawasaki had decided to build the plant in Bengaluru following the growing demand for hydraulic excavators in India. The company already has a plant in the same city.
Through the new plant, the company intends to meet the demand for hydraulic equipment used by local construction machinery manufacturers, and to generate new demand.
The new plant has a site area of 12,500m², total floor area of 3,000m² and a production capacity of 20,000 hydraulic pumps and motors units per year.
Established in February 2012, Wipro Kawasaki Precision Machinery in Bengaluru is jointly owned by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (51%) and Wipro Enterprises (49%).
It manufactures, sells, and services hydraulic pumps and motors for construction machinery.
With the construction of the new plant, the total floor space of the two facilities has doubled to 6,000m², and production capacity has also doubled from the 2018 level to 40,000 units per year.
The increased production capability is expected to enable Kawasaki to respond more flexibly to its customers’ production volumes.
The new plant will commence production in April 2019.
The company said that although short-term variability is still to be found, 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.
Regarding the hydraulic excavator market, the company expects medium- to long-term growth, 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.
Kawasaki said that it will further its efforts worldwide in developing and delivering high-quality, high-performance products and providing full after-sales services for hydraulic equipment sector.
Image: Kawasaki builds new hydraulic equipment plant in India. Photo: Courtesy of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.