The market for special purpose vehicles in the country is poised for significant upside as the transportation and logistics on the national highways and within cities is set for rapid growth, according to experts in the trucking business.
During inauguration of Mithra-Kyokuto Kaihatsu Kogyo plant near Vijayawada, Jagadish Bhat, Managing Director of MAN Trucks India, said the commercial vehicle application in India has changed and is in for rapid transformation as logistics in various forms is set to grow. From a situation where conventional trucks were used for all applications including transportation, the market offerings are getting more specialised and sector-specific, be it for mining materials or food items through cold storage vehicles.
The transport sector and manufacturers are entering into application specific vehicles to suit mining, roads, construction and movement of materials, he said. New areas for vehicle manufacturers include waste management, food transport and movement of hazardous materials, Bhat said. While the adoption of concrete mixer in construction has gone up, barely 17-18 per cent of the needs are met by transport through special vehicles.
Takaaki Fidetani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kyokuto, told Business Line, “The company is upbeat on India and plans to introduce a much wider range of special vehicles, including large capacity concrete tipper trucks.”
The Japanese company offers solutions for waste management globally from its manufacturing units based in Japan and China. Fidetani said, “We plan to introduce waste management trucks. This will provide immense opportunity in urban areas.”
More than 18-19 per cent of the agriculture products in the country get wasted due to inefficient handling during procurement and later in the entire logistics chain. This is due to lack of storage and inadequate transport network to move them. Significant growth is likely in refrigeration trucks and cold storage chains.
In urban India, 68 million tonnes of waste is generated and only part of it is carried through compactors. To address this, India will require hundreds of 1,000s of such vehicles. The market for cranes mounted on trucks, a new segment, is poised to grow. All these requirements for transportation and logistics will lead to major growth for special vehicles over the next two-three decades, Bhat said.
Maganti Subrahmanyam, Managing Director of Mithra Kyokutu, said, “The market has been sluggish. But it won’t be long before we see huge demand for special purpose vehicles. ”